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While walking on a forested footpath in Pike County, PA recently, I nearly stepped on a fawn lying quietly among leaf litter and emerging ferns. The dappled light and the fawn’s cinnamon-colored fur pocked with white spots merged to create the perfect camouflage for the tiny white-tailed deer fawn to remain unobserved as I passed by, oblivious to its silent presence. more
Some years ago, my friend Roger and I found a good hatch of mayflies on one of our favorite rivers. It was Hendrickson time in the Catskills, with a good number of duns that were beginning to hatch, and right around 2 p.m. We had good sport that afternoon, deciding to call it a day right around dinner time. As we were getting ready to leave, I happened to look up at the late afternoon sky, just as the sun was sinking behind the mountains to the west. The angle was just right, and the fading light cast its last rays on thousands of glinting wings, as the Hendrickson and red quill spinners began their mating dance.  more
When I was growing up, sometimes I would run late in the barn in the morning due to unforeseen circumstances—aka animals getting out of fences, pipes freezing, etc. I would have to go to school either in my barn clothes or clean clothes, but I would still smell of the barn, because I didn’t have time to take a shower.  more
PARKSVILLE, NY — Sullivan 180, Sullivan Renaissance and the Sullivan O&W Rail Trail Alliance is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 beginning at 9 a.m. more
I was sad to read the letter that said that chipmunks were rats with stripes. My chipmunks aren’t like that, although maybe I just have a better kind here.  more
According to my fly-fishing diary, the last time I went to West Yellowstone, MT, was during the late summer of 2002. At that time, with the exception of late-morning trico hatches, most of the mayfly and caddis activity was over, and the eagerly awaited blue-winged olive hatches had not begun. more
For the past several months, in support of two beloved family members, I have spent what feels like an eternity in three hospitals and their nightmarish emergency departments, multiple doctors’ … more
The snow has been so pretty to watch this week and sledding, tubing, skiing, and ice skating have been on our list of things to do. There are so many wonderful events and happenings locally that … more
What's new in the Upper Delaware region December 23 to 29 more
One of the little joys of living out here is the sharing of tales between friends. One outdoorsman to another, you will find there are uncountable tales, some fictitious, others just a small stretch … more
    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — Step away from the computer. Put down the phone. Go outside. Sullivan County boasts acres of unspoiled land, miles of rivers and streams. But … more
Two premier hiking seasons in the Catskills—fall and winter—will be rolling out their orange, yellow and white carpets for you over the next few months. These off-road pathways beckon you … more
She sits on the bankwhere small stones punctuatethe surface in front of her,and the river ripples gently at her feet.Here the forest waitswhile the river crosses,tall trunks reflectedin its flow. … more
The river said  I’m glad you’ve come What took so long You’re busy? Indeed I said You just don’t know It’s life these days Not easy Now let … more
The beauty of the natural world of the Upper Delaware River region always restores my spirit, especially in these turbulent times. Seeing an eagle, observing nature at different times of the day, and … more
Humming wet rises swiftly over broad boulders,explores storm-stacked debris with cautious foaming fingers,stops to ripple ‘round fat jumping fish.“Call me River!” it shouts,shooting … more
The smallest tendrilhas me in its gripin the gardenpart of a newbornbutternut squash plantI watch itreaching across the groundthough I can’t actually see when it makes a break for itbutday … more
You shall not revel in our constrainmentCurséd plague, foul maker of forlornness,Nor prison us in woeful malcontent Or sunder our souls from passion’s caress!Toothless are you to crush … more
On paperSo pliant Receptive Susceptible to flushes of colorLight’s various temposmark time   Like the still life of a simple peachthe memory of whichmay sufficeif only its furry … more
Boredom — I miss leavesfalling off trees — wither — it’sCorona season. Kids meant to prance likedeer in field, now still — hidingfrom COVID-19. more
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