ASP- Day One

After visiting Rick’s Sugar House, I headed up to Fredonia where I got to spend some quality time with my friend Sue.  We visited the SUNY Fredonia studios and gallery.  Then Sue and I had dinner and drank (too much?) wine in front of the fire and talked and talked and talked.  Next day, after watching CBS Sunday Morning with my mom (as I do, weekly!) I headed out to Allegany State Park to spend a couple of days shooting some photos and working on other projects.

Lolli and I went for a hike along portions of the North Country Trail / Finger Lakes Trail.  It was this kind of day:


No long johns.
No jacket.
No hat.
No gloves.
No rain.
No clouds. (Well, a few.)
No snow. (Well, quickly melting.)

No schedule.
No cell phone.
No internet.
No voices. (Except those in my head.)

Oh my god. It is so beautiful.
Let the vacation begin. (Oops, I mean, continue.)

We went to the spring to fill our water bottles.

It was actually almost too warm. Lolli thought so. She lay down in the muck and moss.


Last Saturday started out quite frosty.


At our annual Thanksgiving event at Audubon, I mentioned to an elementary school teacher that I had been out earlier photographing the hoarfrost.


This led to a conversation about the word and the fact that it has showed up in a second grade reading test. Many of the teachers in her school had never heard the word before.


According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word comes from the Old English word har, which means gray, venerable, old, the “gray” referring to a nobleman’s gray hair, I suppose.


Cal Tech has a wonderful website that explains that frost and snowflakes are formed in a similar way when water vapor condenses directly into ice, skipping the liquid water stage. The difference is that snow forms around dust particles suspended in the air, while frost forms on objects on or near the ground.


When frost crystals grow beyond a fine white coating, they earn the name hoarfrost.


Last Saturday, the whole world was covered in the stuff.


If I had been dressed more properly for the cold, I might have stayed out longer to take more pictures!


Google search for hoarfrost images.

France Brook Road

Beech LeavesFrance Brook Road is a one-lane dirt road through Allegany State Park. It is beautiful in any season… but especially today after an early October snow storm.

There are several beaver colonies along this road. I stopped by one of the Beaver Ponds that I have visited before during spring and summer. There were a couple of goldenrod plants near it that looked so cool covered with snow:


The snow kept coming down… from the clouds, but also it would fall off the branches in big loud plops.


I walked further up the road…

France Brook Road

I came upon a beaver colony that I didn’t know was there… Guess I never walked this far, and I never noticed it when I drove this road, either…

Beaver Lodge

I kept thinking I saw a beaver swimming out near the lodge, but I decided it was more likely snow plopping off branches…

Edge of the Beaver Pond 3

I took 283 photos… oh my…

Why My Daughter is Upset

School Closings:

Akron Central Schools
Albion Central Schools
Alden Central Schools
Alexander Central Schools
Alfred-Almond School District
Allegany-Limestone Central
Aloma D. Johnson Charter School
Amherst Central Schools
Amherst Christian Academy
Andover Central Schools
Attica Central Schools
Aurora Waldorf School
Autistic Services School Program
Barker Central Schools
Batavia City Schools
Belfast Central Schools
Bemus Point Central Schools
Bethel Head Start, Bowmansville
Bethel Head Start, Buffalo
Bethel Head Start, Harlem Road
Bethel Head Start, St. James
Bflo. Academy of Science Charter School
Bishop Timon/St. Jude School
Blossom Garden Friend School
BOCES, Carrier Center
BOCES, Hewes Center
BOCES, Lo Guidice Center
BOCES, Ormsby Center
Bornhava Preschool
Brocton Central Schools
Buffalo Academy of Sacred Heart
Buffalo Catholic Elementary Schools
Buffalo Public Schools
Buffalo Seminary
Buffalo United Charter School
Byron Bergen Central Schools
Canisius High School
Cantalician Center, Amherst
Cantalician Center, Buffalo
Cardinal O’Hara High School
Carousel Nursery School
Casa Dei Bambini Montessori School
Cassadaga Valley Schools
Central Baptist Christian School
Charles Finney High School
Charter School of Applied Technology
Chautauqua Lake Central Schools
CHC Learning Center
Cheektowaga Central
Cheektowaga Sloan School District
Child Pro at Blasdell
Child Pro at Monarch Academy
Child Pro at St. Hyacinth’s
Children’s Day Out Day Care
Christ the King School
Christian Central Academy
Clarence Central Schools
Cleveland Hill Central Schools
Clymer Central
Community Charter School
Corner House Nursery School
Coudersport Area School District
Cuba Rushford Schools
Dansville Central Schools
Dayspring Christian Academy
Depew Public Schools
DeSales Catholic School
Dunkirk City Schools
East Aurora Union Free Schools
Eastern Hills Preschool
Eden Central Schools
Eden Co-Op Nursery
Elba Central Schools
Elmwood Village Charter School
Elmwood-Franklin School
Enterprise Charter School
Erie 1 BOCES, Harkness Center
Erie 1 BOCES, Ken-Ton Center
Erie 1 BOCES, Potter Center
Falconer Central Schools
Fillmore Central Schools
Forestville Central Schools
Franklinville Central Schools
Fredonia ABCD
Fredonia Central Schools
Frewsburg Central Schools
Friendship Central Schools
Frontier Central Schools
Galeton Area School District
Genesee Valley Central
Global Concepts Charter School
Gowanda Central Schools
Grace Nurseryland Day Care
Grand Island Central Schools
Hamburg Central Schools
Head Start, Delevan
Head Start, Holy Cross Center
Heritage Education Program, All Sites
Hinsdale Central Schools
Holland Central Schools
Holley Central Schools
Holy Angels Academy
Holy Cross Head Start, Akron
Holy Cross Head Start, Central Center
Holy Cross Head Start, NW Center
Holy Cross Head Start, Sheridan-Parkside
Holy Ghost Lutheran School
Immaculata Academy
Iroquois Central Schools
Jelly Roll Junction
Kadimah School
Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools
Kids Capital Child Care
Kids N Play
King Center Charter School
Lackawanna City Schools
Lake Shore Central Schools
Lancaster Central Schools
LeRoy Central Schools
Letchworth Central Schools
Little Brown’s Daycare
Lockport City Schools
Lyndonville Central Schools
Marjon School of Beauty
Mary Queen of Angels School
Maryvale Schools
Medina Central Schools
Moppets Nursery School
Mount Mercy Academy
Mt. St. Joseph Academy
Mt. St. Mary’s Academy
Nanny’s Nook Daycare
Nardin Academy
New Creation Fellowship Academy
New Life Christian School
Newfane ABCD
Newfane Central Schools
Niagara Catholic High School
Niagara Charter School
Niagara Children ETC/Lockport Rd Site
Niagara Co. Headstart, Inc., All Sites
Niagara Falls City Schools
Niagara Wheatfield
Nichols School
North Collins Central Schools
North Tonawanda Catholic School
North Tonawanda Schools
Northern Chautauqua Catholic School
Notre Dame Academy: South Buffalo
Notre Dame High School
Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools
Old Time Baptist Academy
Olean Head Start
Oracle Charter School
Orchard Park Central
Otto-Eldred School District
Our Lady of Black Rock
Page 1 Preschool, East Amherst
Page 1 Preschool, West Seneca
Panama Central Schools
Park School
Pavilion Central Schools
Peace of Mind Quality Childcare Center
Pembroke Central Schools
Perry Central Schools
Pine Valley Central Schools
Pinnacle Charter School
Pioneer Central Schools
Pixie Village Preschool
Playpen Day Care
Prayer & Praise Academy
Pre-School Learning Ctr.-Springville
Prince of Peace School, Niagara Falls
Queen of Heaven School
Raggedy Ann & Andy Day Care
Refuge Temple Academy
Ripley Central Schools
Royalton Hartland Central Schools
Rumper Room Day Care
Scio Central Schools
Sherman Central Schools
Silver Creek Central Schools
South Buffalo Charter School
Southeast Work Center
Southtowns Catholic School
Southwestern Central Schools
Springville-Griffith Schools
SS. Columba-Brigid Montessori School
St. Aloysius, Springville
St. Amelia’s School
St. Andrew’s School, Kenmore
St. Christopher’s School
St. Dominic Savio Middle School
St. Francis High School
St. Francis of Assisi, Tonawanda
St. Gregory the Great School
St. John Christian Academy
St. John Lutheran School
St. John the Baptist School
St. Joseph School, Gowanda
St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
St. Leo the Great School
St. Mary of the Lake
St. Mary’s High School, Lancaster
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf
St. Matthew Christian Day School
St. Paul Lutheran Pre-School
St. Peter & Paul School, Hamburg
St. Peter & Paul School, Williamsville
St. Peter Lutheran, Northridge
Stanley Falk School
Stella Niagara
Summit Academy, All Sites
Sweet Home Central Schools
Tapestry Charter School, K-8
Tapestry High School
Temple Beth Zion Preschool
Tonawanda City Schools
Trinity Lutheran School
Visually Impaired Preschool
Warsaw Central Schools
Warsaw Head Start
Wellsville Central Schools
West Seneca Central Schools
West Seneca Christian
Westfield Central School District
Westminster Comm. Charter School
Williamsville Central Schools
Wilson Central Schools
WNY Maritime Charter School
Wyoming Central Schools

Her school is not on the list…

radar 2008-12-19

Maybe they’ll close early???