You’ve probably walked on a forest path or even a secondary road this summer in the morning when it was still cool and spotted bright red or orange newts on the trail or roadway. These are the commonly found red efts, or the immature stage of the red-spotted newt. Almost a florescent orange, they look as if they want to be found.
The Old Man phoned that day. He called me “ToTo.” I don’t know why, but hope it was out of some semblance of affection. He could be warm and charming at times, more often, short tempered and difficult. Probably related to his constant hip pain, medicated with various whiskies.
NARROWSBURG, NY — Join Seiso Paul Cooper, Sensei, for a haiku hike, “Amid Summer Silence.” Walk along the Upper Delaware River with stops along the way for writing, reading and reciting spontaneously created haiku. Emphasis on “Zen Beginner’s Mind” means that no writing experience is necessary.
Forests of the Upper Delaware River region are currently filled with the sounds of summer insects. I enjoy hearing them signal the rising heat of the day, or falling asleep with the windows open as the mesmerizing calls bring the night alive.
COCHECTON, NY — There will be a corn plot variety demonstration held across from Cochecton Mills Inc. (30 Depot Rd.) on August 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature 14 different corn varieties, and representatives from both Cochecton Mills Inc.
BETHEL, NY — The Delaware Highlands Conservancy announces a free community picnic event, Saturday, September 16 from 4 to 8 p.m.
I have been seeing something this summer that, for the most part, has been missing during the last few summers. The once plentiful monarch butterfly, which I did not see in the wild, or saw only one or two a year, has become easier to spot this year.
For fly fishermen, the month of August is normally a pretty tough time to pursue trout. For those of us who simply can’t wait until the cooler weather returns, we’re lucky to have two top quality tailwater fisheries right in our backyard.
LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — On Saturday, August 19 at 1 p.m., Morgan Outdoors hosts the Catskills Astronomy Club for a Pre-eclipse Solar Viewing out front on the sidewalk. The club will set up telescopes with high-quality solar filters for an opportunity to learn more about our closest star and the solar eclipse happening on Monday, August 21.
You are walking along a forested trail when a glowing orange mass among the trees catches your attention. Closer inspection reveals it to be a beautiful bracket fungus commonly called Chicken of the Woods.