“Indian Pipes” or “Ghost Plant”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A walk in the woods today, turned out to be a macrofungi field trip.  Still very damp, even mucky in places, after getting eight inches of rain in recent weeks.  All these pictures were taken within a few hundred feet of each other (with an iPhone 5s).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finger Lakes, FLX, hiking, Ithaca, NY, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. July. A Rose by any other name

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Some towns to our west, in Cayuga County, have had flooding recently. Eight inches of rain over two weeks, and the woods are filled with fungus. I know little of wild mushrooms, so no one should rush out to eat this on my say-so, but I think this is what the old folks call “sheepshead”. You can get an idea of size from the oak leaf in the top right corner, of the first photo.  Kind of sloppy ground for walking, but also kind of neat.  So many fungus, almost glowing in the dim woods, it struck me that a coral reef was taking root.  While I was away last summer, there was a drought, and everyone reported on all the little streams that pretty much dried up, but they’re now going full tilt.

 

 

 

 

 

Finger Lakes, FLX, hiking, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. July. Eight inches of rain

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Finger Lakes, FLX, photography, Upstate New York

shadow of a fern

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“Excelsior” is the motto of New York State, “Ever Upwards,” and this works for the glen.  A series of little waterfalls, the tallest is actually a thin cascade over one hundred feet tall. First time I’ve hiked here.  A few miles from the much better-known Watkins Glen, but this one isn’t a park.  The “entrance” or mouth of the glen is unmarked, and unattractive, a narrow opening next to a highway, so it doesn’t attract many people. But one minute’s walk and it’s quiet and picturesque – the tiny waterfalls are great.  There are two other issues, though.  One, there’s very definitely sulfur in them there hills, and the stream smells of it. Two, it’s a good place to break your neck. Don’t bring children.  It’s private land, and hiking is allowed, but no real trail in parts, so it’s a scramble over slick, crumbling shale and clay.  I’d advise real caution going up the stream bed, or along it, and normally I never say stuff like that.  This is a very slippery place, and one member of my party, who was being careful, stepped on a root and went down a slope. Fast. Luckily a two-inch sapling snagged her before she went over and hit the rocks, and nothing broken.  And she wasn’t carrying my camera, so everything was ok in the end.  The Finger Lakes Trail passes close by, but it’s been routed away from the glen, and you won’t see most of the falls by staying on it.

 

 

Finger Lakes, FLX, hiking, photography, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. Late Spring in Excelsior Glen.

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A very busy photograph, but that seems appropriate for Teddy Roosevelt. The real Teddy did visit Waterloo, but by train, on a whistle-stop campaign for Governor.

 

 

 

This small village lost fifty-eight men during the Civil War.

 

 

 

The actual observance of Memorial Day, and commemoration of the fallen, will be on the 30th, as it has been, every year, for 151 years.

 

 

 

I took a picture of an old Chrysler, and didn’t see the reflection of the flags until I got home. This is similar to the one owned by Harry Truman, who would drive with his wife Bess to NYC, to visit their daughter.  He drove it himself, with no Secret Service detail.

 

 

courtesy of the Truman Library, accession Number: 2004-213 ~ ~ ~ Reminded me of the song by the band “Chicago”–  America needs you Harry Truman ~ Harry could you please come home Things are looking bad ~ I know you would be mad ~ To see what kind of men ~ Prevail upon the land you love ~ America’s wondering, how we got here ~ Harry all we get is lies~ We’re gettin’ safer cars ~ Rocket ships to Mars ~ From men who’d sell us out~  To get themselves a piece of power ~ We’d love to hear you speak your mind ~ In plain and simple ways ~ Call a spade a spade~  Like you did back in the day ~ You would play piano ~ Each morning walk a mile ~ Speak of what was going down Each honesty and style ~~ America’s calling Harry Truman ~ Harry you know what to do ~ The world is turnin’ round ~ and losin’ lots of ground Oh Harry is there something we can do to save the land we love ~~~~~ by Robert Lamm

Civil War, Decoration Day, Finger Lakes, FLX, History, Memorial Day, Upstate New York, Waterloo

151st Memorial Day Parade, Waterloo, NY.

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You cannot walk around Upstate NY without coming across traces of old farms and industries. Fallen-down barns, the foundations of houses, lime kilns, stone walls, and wire corn cribs buried under wild grapevines and Virginia creeper. And even after all that has crumbled, rusted away, and been covered up with soil and leaf mold, daffodils persist, year after year, to show where a farmhouse yard used to be.

 

 

 

 

FLX, Uncategorized, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York, April ~ ~ ~ A place where a farmhouse used to be.

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Taughannock closeup

 

 

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In Trumansburg, NY, flowing into Cayuga Lake, a few miles north of Ithaca.

Thirty feet taller than Niagara Falls (but a bit less water)

The name “Taughannock” is apparently not Iroquois, but most likely Leni Lenape (aka Delaware, an Algonquin tribe).  I’ve heard many explanations for the word, from “large waterfall in the woods,” to the name of a Delaware chief, to “Better get out and carry your canoe for a bit“.

Finger Lakes, FLX, hiking, Ithaca, Uncategorized, Upstate New York

Pictures of Upstate New York. Taughannock Falls, Fall and Winter.

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