Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Traveling Through The Adirondack High Peaks Region

I was on my way home from a two night stay at the farm and traveling through the Adirondack high peaks region. When I got to the town of Brighton, I just couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of mountain scenes which always thrill me:

With high peaks all around, this field of wildflowers was just spectacular. But what was that odd yellow plant in the foreground?

Its flowers looked like the yellow buttons of daisies without the white rays. I found it in my Peterson's Field Guide and identified it as Common Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare. I once would have known that but had forgotten. The field guide said that its fern-like leaves are strongly scented. If I see it again I'll take a whiff:

Many of the old farm fields are now going uncut and beginning to grow trees. This was once marginal farmland but is now quite valuable real estate. I suppose it'll soon be sprouting new homes:

I could drive right into this field because it was already being prepped for new homes. But for the time being, the views were still excellent:

Some day soon McMansions will be blocking these views:

We traveled on to the town of Keene where I stopped once again at the taxidermy store:

And this is the farm field which became totally flooded this past spring. Perhaps that will save it from development:

This is one of my favorite shots and worth clicking to enlarge. This is why people love to travel Route 73 through the high peaks region:

Another quick stop at Marcy Field with its great views:

Adirondack Mountains in every direction. We were at that point getting close to the highway. I'll post more tomorrow:

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