Thursday, June 23, 2011

A walk in the Adirondacks 

We walked almost nine miles around an Adirondack lake this afternoon, and I took some pictures along the way. Our themes were dramatic stumps, colorful flora and fauna, and natural selection.


This one looks like a residence, and probably is one.

Stump mania!

Stump mania

Loving the stumps!

Flowers and other colorful things...

A wild iris, right there in the woods.

Wild iris

Adirondack wild flower

I believe this species is butterflyensus oldnassus.

Princeton flutterby

Then, because I promised "natural selection," herewith a just-severed fawn head. We are not sure what is responsible, but we suspect a fox or, perhaps, a coyote.

Red in tooth and claw...

Nature is indeed red in tooth and claw.


By Anonymous tyree, at Fri Jun 24, 01:17:00 AM:

Just beautiful. Thanks.
Yeah, nature is pretty brutal. We human tend to have this strange habit of killing our meals before we dine. Many animals just start eating while their meal is still kicking. This often leads to very strange arrangement of body parts.  

By Blogger rcw, at Fri Jun 24, 08:55:00 AM:

Whoa! Quite a stunning collection of nature's bounty, beauty, and brutality. rather unsettling
(That southeast ridge is one of my favorite spots on the lake).  

By Blogger John Foster, at Fri Jun 24, 10:58:00 AM:

Between Florence and the Adirondacks, you're on a roll!  

By Anonymous Old Fan, at Fri Jun 24, 11:35:00 AM:

Great photos...

As Mr. Foster indicated, nice to see the mighty Tigerhawk traveling to so many fine places.

Thanks for the display.

PS: It appears the amazing Gov. Christie has another accomplishment on some Union pension issues. Have you seen this good news?  

By Anonymous tourpro, at Fri Jun 24, 02:20:00 PM:

Beautiful flower-shot. Thanks for sharing that.

The fawn-head.... I think you are lucky to see that. Nature really is both amazing and unforgiving.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jun 24, 03:54:00 PM:

I could have done without the fawn head, but the other photos were really nice.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Jun 26, 12:24:00 AM:

you sure it was a a fox or, perhaps, a coyote?
To me it was a human that did this.
Just to see it die.  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Sun Jun 26, 07:27:00 AM:

Anon 12:24 -- it was on private property, a long way from a point of ingress for poachers. More to the point, we found evidence of the attack just down the trail -- deer fur and canine spoor right next to each other. So I would say that the odds are very high that the predator was canine, not human.  

By Anonymous daniel noe, at Tue Jun 28, 03:49:00 PM:

That stump is becoming my desktop background for the week.  

By Blogger gregor, at Sun Jul 03, 11:30:00 AM:

the first photo looks like Minas Tirith.
the last one is an excellent counterpoint to the human view of the wilderness. it is a wild place, as the name implies.
happy 4th.  

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