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Posts tagged “lakes

Photo #1562 – 02.24.13

View near Dutch Shoe Rock, Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail through High Point State Park offers some great views of New Jersey, as well as nearby Pennsylvania and New York.  Large stretches of the trail follow the rocky ridgeline, and this particular section goes right along a large exposed slab of rock.  Dutch Shoe Rock is a great destination in the fall to catch some of the fall foliage surrounding Lake Rutherford in the park.


Photo #1520 – 01.13.13

Montana Sunrise

During our 5-day family trip to Glacier National Park more than 10 years ago, I saw some great sunrises.  Each morning, I quietly crept out of the cabin in which we were staying, wandered down to the edge of Lake McDonald, and enjoyed a Montana morning in all its glory while sitting on the shore.  On the last morning of our stay, I think I was able to convince most everyone to get up and see the sunrise for themselves.  That is how I got this shot of my sister staring off into the distance as the sun popped out from behind the mountains.


Photo #1495 – 12.19.12

Sunrise at the Dock – Etsy Print

Sunrise at the Dock

Right now, I’d love to jump in a kayak and go for a sunrise paddle around this Vermont pond.  Unfortunately, I’m not in Vermont, and it’s just about winter, so I’ll just have to stare at this photo a little longer to remember the wonderful sunrise on the lake.

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Photo #1492 – 12.15.12

Brink Pond

Located in a section of High Point State Park known as Lusscroft Farm, Brink Pond is a small pond right alongside one of the trails in the park that is certainly a little bit murky.  I took this photo a few years ago, and before then, I had last been at this pond about 15 years prior.  At that time, the lake wasn’t nearly as murky because the farm was the site of a summer 4-H camp.  I spent a week at 4-H camp here, although I think I only swam once in this pond (I passed the 1-minute ‘tread water’ test…woohoo!).


Photo #1487 – 12.10.12

A Bunch O’ Lilypads

How many lilypads do you see in this photo?  How many frogs do you see in this photo?  How many sticks do you see that almost look like they could be frogs?  How many questions am I going to ask?

Only four.  Four questions, that is…you can figure out the answers to the other questions.


Photo #1482 – 12.05.12

Islands of Blue Mountain Lake

On a visit to Blue Mountain Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks last fall, the weather conditions were not all that wonderful.  However, after a bit of pouring rain and dense fog that made it difficult to see anything at all, we were treated to a clearer view of the lake from the Adirondacks Museum as the rain and fog moved out of the area temporarily.  The lake is very pretty with all of its scattered islands, and hopefully the next time we visit, we’ll be able to see the blue waters of Blue Mountain Lake under a clear blue sky!


Photo #1401 – 09.15.12

Lake Aeroflex in Spring

On a nice spring day a couple years ago, I enjoyed a nice hike along the shore of Lake Aeroflex in Kittatinny Valley State Park.  This lake, the deepest natural lake in New Jersey at 110 feet deep, was quite picturesque and had a cool trail that followed the shoreline.  This photo was taken in May when the leaves on the trees were a brilliant spring green, but I’ll have to get back out to this location in the coming weeks to capture some of the great fall foliage that is sure to arrive soon!


Photo #1379 – 08.24.12

Just Above the Surface

This little frog didn’t trick me with his attempt to blend in with the murky pond water all around him…of course, there were probably other times I walked right by and didn’t notice, but on this occasion, I definitely spotted him in the pond.  If just a little more of his head was under the water, he would more convincingly look like the little bubbles on the water surface.  I guess one of his frog buddies will give him that advice…either that, or some bird will scoop him up…


Photo #1378 – 08.23.12

Happy 4th Anniversary, Heather!!

Photo by Dennis Becker

4 years already?!?  It seems like just yesterday that we were walking very, very slowly on the beach toward Lake Valhalla as our photographer snapped photos of us staring at each other…I’m still not quite sure how we didn’t just start laughing at the cheesiness of it.  But hey, I guess it wasn’t all that bad since the photos came out great, not to mention the reception after this photo shoot was outstanding!

Happy 4th Anniversary, Heather!  Love you!


Photo #1371 – 08.16.12

Trying to Break Through the Fog

This past week, I’ve enjoyed a handful of foggy morning runs that resembled the scene in the photo above.  The fog was pretty thick this particular morning at Mountain Springs Lake in Pennsylvania, but as the sun rose higher in the sky, patches of blue sky began to appear, and the warm glow of morning gradually gave way to a beautiful blue sky day.


Photo #1366 – 08.11.12

Choppy Lake George

On a cool fall day, a boat ride around Lake George can be a fun way to spend a couple hours.  This southern section of the Adirondacks had some great foliage around the time we visited, and even though it got quite windy on the boat at times, we had a fun time cruisin’ around the lake.


Photo #1327 – 07.03.12

Hannah & Madison at the Lake

My two oldest nieces are pretty difficult to separate when they get together.  Such was the case when we celebrated Mother’s Day with family this past year, after which Hannah and Madison were exploring the docks on the nearby Swartswood Lake.  It was a gorgeous day, and the two of them had no problem stopping for a moment to pose for a photo with the lake behind them.


Photo #1317 – 06.23.12

First Summit Above Fish Lake

Fish Lake was a really cool location in the southern Yukon Territory that I was able to check out on a couple different trips.  On this particular trip, Ken and I parked at the end of the frozen lake (around Ken’s foot in the photo above), hiked up to this first false summit, and then continued up to a higher summit with even more outstanding views of mountains everywhere we looked.  Along the way, we did some snowpits and snow depth measurements, slid down a mountain, and also made sure to snap some photos of the snowy scenery.  We also snapped some photos of each other taking photos…like the photo above!


Photo #1288 – 05.25.12

Morning at the Pond

This small watering hole isn’t home to much…frogs, muck, shrubs full of red-winged blackbirds, and other typical pond stuff.  It is located up on property owned by Heather’s family where we all gather for some great campouts at least once a year.  We’ll be up there for the Memorial Day weekend and we definitely look forward to relaxing, enjoying the outdoors, and maybe not showering for a few days…camping is awesome.


Photo #1220 – 03.18.12

Adirondacks Moose

If you **really** squint your eyes while looking at this photo, you very well might think a moose is walking through the water right in front of you!  Otherwise, it’s pretty obvious that this is just a moose cutout with a couple of stakes holding it up.  Even so, it made for a nice quick stop as we drove through the Adirondacks on this off-and-on rainy day.  Interestingly, moose were hunted out of existence before the Civil War but started to wander back in the 1980s, although with relatively low numbers, they are still a very rare sight in these forests.

Maybe next time we’re up in the Adirondacks we’ll spot one of the real ones.


Photo #1210 – 03.08.12

Iced Coffee Lake

No, I don’t believe this lake is filled with iced coffee…but then again, it was frozen over, so I cannot be certain of what was below.  But this lake, named Coffee Lake, was definitely frozen over as we enjoyed a scenic lunch break along the Robert Campbell Highway in the Yukon.  The mountains in the distance looked magnificent against a brilliant blue sky.


Photo #1208 – 03.06.12

Heather and Leggs Love to Hike

On a chilly but nice Sunday afternoon, Heather and I went for a short hike at Kittatinny Valley State Park and brought Leggs along for the fun.  He definitely liked sniffing everything and leaving his mark…and overall, we enjoyed our walk along Lake Aeroflex, including a quick posed shot at the lake’s edge.  There aren’t a great number of trails at the park, but we’re looking forward to checking more of them out.

I’m sure Leggs is looking forward to it as well!


Photo #1195 – 02.22.12

Rippled Waters of Lake McDonald at Dawn

A Glacier National Park sunrise really is a majestic event to experience.  I was able to catch a number of sunrises over a few days of staying in the village of Apgar, including this one on the last morning of our stay at the park.  Although the lake surface was a bit rippled, unlike a couple of the previous mornings, the sunrise at the one end of the Big Sky in Montana was fantastic.  This photo of the lake and distant mountains was captured moments before the sun made its appearance.

What a great way to start the day!


Photo #1158 – 01.16.12

Dense Fog Over Blue Mountain Lake

The Adirondacks are full of wonderful sights, from large lakes to even larger mountains, and the sights can be even more lovely during the height of peak fall foliage.  Unfortunately, Heather and I were unable to fully appreciate this overarching beauty of the Adirondacks during our rainy visit this past autumn, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we didn’t enjoy what we were able to see!  This foggy view of Blue Mountain Lake with some vibrant foliage was taken from the Adirondack Museum (which was a pretty great place to spend a rainy afternoon!), and while it is certainly a more expansive view when there isn’t fog, I kind of like the feeling of not quite knowing what is beyond the tiny islands in the lake…


Photo #1122 – 12.11.11

Blue Sky Over Lake Rutherford

One of my favorite places to hike is around the shores of Lake Rutherford in High Point State Park, right near the highest point in New Jersey (the High Point Monument is actually just barely visible on the horizon just left of center…don’t worry if you cannot spot it since it blends in with the sky…).  There is a marked trail that passes near one side of its shore, named the Iris Trail, and there is a separate unmarked trail on the other shore, which is where this photo was taken.  I last visited the lake in the beginning of October and was treated to some nice fall foliage on a beautifully clear day.  It’s also a nice place to hike in the winter {photo #633}, so maybe I’ll get back out there again soon for some frozen lake photos!


Photo #1095 – 11.14.11

Golden Ridge Above Sterling Lake

Every October, the NY-NJ Trail Conference holds its Annual Meeting for members of the organization, complete with awards, hikes, and a delicious pancake breakfast.  In 2010, the meeting was held at the visitor’s center at Sterling Forest State Park in NY, and I arrived early to help with some setup.  Actually, I arrived a bit too early, and since no one was around and the building was locked, I took a short hike down to Sterling Lake.  As I did so, the first orange rays of the day’s light shone upon the ridge on the far side of the lake.  All of a sudden, the top half of the ridge was a brilliant golden color while the bottom shadowed half showed off a patchwork of fall foliage.  I sat on some rocks at the water’s edge and enjoyed a bit of quiet tranquility watching the golden ridge.

Before I knew it, I noticed activity back at the visitor’s center and left my rock to go help with the morning’s preparations.  In the end, we had a great meeting and an excellent day to be out for a hike!


Photo #1073 – 10.23.11

Pond Grass in Shades of Gray

What do you see in this photo?  If you see a dragon and a crocodile engaged in a deadly battle…then you have quite the imagination.  If you see bits of pond grass and their reflections against a bright sky on the surface of a still pond…then you are good at reading photo titles.

I thought this photo looked cool in color, but as a black & white photo, I like it even better as it looks more like an abstract ink drawing.


Photo #1064 – 10.14.11

The Appalachian Trail Above Sawmill Lake in October

After enjoying the waterfalls mentioned in yesterday’s photo, I continued my hike in High Point State Park by climbing along the Appalachian Trail.  This stretch of the Appalachian Trail is quite rocky, but it offers some fantastic views all around.  This particular view looks westward over Sawmill Lake and High Point State Park to the Poconos of Pennsylvania in the distance.  Under some brilliant blue skies, there was a really nice mix of fall colors throughout the forest below.


Photo #1062 – 10.12.11

Tutshi Lake

Driving in the Yukon Territory can be very hazardous at times…roads might be muddy or not well maintained, a moose might rumble across the road, or, sometimes most dangerous of all, there is amazing scenery all around you that tempts your eyes from the road.  This scenic view of a frozen Tutshi Lake in the southern Yukon was one such area where it was hard to keep your eyes entirely on the road ahead, so stopping at a scenic overlook ended up being a safe way to take in the views.