Images from Brant Lake: The Loon

    The ice is slowly leaving the Adirondack lakes. There are those who say the robin is the harbinger of spring but in the North Country the loon symbolizes the turning of the seasons. When the waters open, the loon make its way back from wintering along a southern shore and, once again, the…

Images from Brant Lake: The Black Bear

Recently retired, Evan volunteered to clear trails in the woods around Brant Lake. Every Wednesday he went out from early morning until evening, cutting brush and low hanging limbs that obscured the trail. One of his responsibilities also involved attaching trail markers to the trees; the blue markers were for easy trails, black for trails covered…

Images from Brant Lake: The Stone Wall

  After many years the stone retaining wall of my original home on Palisades Road had disintegrated. I decided to rebuild the wall, and since I had never built a stone wall I followed the various steps outlined by local stonemasons. ”First, you need stones,” they said.  Well, I had plenty of those! Rebuilding the…

The General Store, Part 3: Let Me Out of Here!

  According to the Bible, once every seven years a sabbatical year is proclaimed. At that time the land lies fallow and renews itself. Roger and Jane Daby represented a variation on the sabbatical year. Every seven years they put the general store up for sale. If the store was sold they would take a…

Ride the Shooting Star

Mid January. The fire in my fireplace, reduced to red embers, would be extinguished for another night. The house slept, except for Coco, our Dog Of All Breeds, who had ventured outside before she would settle in on the blanket in our bedroom. Ready to join my family I went onto the patio to call…

BEWARE! THIN ICE

Winter’s existential question: When is it safe to venture onto the ice at Brant Lake? What is the necessary thickness? For Coco, our three-legged, 45-pound Dog Of All Breeds, the answer is one inch of ice. However, if Coco spies a chipmunk on the ice she will scamper out at one half inch. Ice fishermen…