River Talk

TRR photos by Scott Rando

A good day to fly

Sometime in the early 1970s, I rented the Cessna Skyhawk from our aero club near where I was stationed in Germany. Although it was a little breezy, the weather forecast was good for that Saturday afternoon. I took my camera along, which was a Minolta 35mm film SLR at the time; I was hoping to get some aerial photos of some nearby landmarks.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Attentive appreciation

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again,” wrote 19th-century American poet, philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

TRR photos by Scott Rando

A white Christmas for 2016?

At the writing of this column, the temperature is in the low 20s and the wind is blowing at 20 mph with higher gusts. A winter storm is forecast for the upcoming weekend, with several inches of snow possible before it turns to rain. It is certainly a good time to be indoors writing a River Talk column.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

A natural new year

With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to think about the broad horizon of possibilities for 2017. One worthy goal to consider is committing to a deeper relationship with the abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation in the Upper Delaware River region.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Christmas for the birds

As some us are taking those first trips to the mall for gift buying, or digging out the Christmas tree lights from the attic, others are checking binoculars, spotting scopes and other birding equipment in preparation for the 117th Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

TRR photo by Sandy Long

Bird lovers on your list?

The holidays are here, and so are some great gifts for those who love birds. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a unit of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY has some exciting offerings. Purchases help to fund the lab’s mission to improve understanding and protection of birds. 

TRR photos by Scott Rando

Monarchs hit Mexico

Reports from Mexico indicate that monarch butterflies have started to stream into their overwintering grounds at the volcanic hills near Aputzio de Juarez (about 100 miles west of Mexico City) during the latter part of October. There is a large number of monarchs in the U.S.

TRR photos by Scott Rando

The raptors of autumn

With the arrival of colder autumn weather comes the honking of skeins of high-flying geese as they pass overhead. Not only geese are on the move, but a myriad of species of waterfowl make their way south for more favorable habitats. Many songbirds, too, are on the move south; some will winter as far as the South American continent.

TRR photos by Sandy Long

Take to the trails

While talking with an acquaintance at a recent gathering, the topic of trails came up. George lives in a 500-acre community where a series of trails weave through a large forested area protected from development.

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