Monday, July 2, 2012

Driving Home From The Farm Through The Adirondacks

The dogs and I had a wonderful weekend up at the farm and a great hike on the Wolf Lake Loop Trail. But Tuesday morning I was up early and preparing to drive home to Albany. I had to be back at work on Wednesday morning. I loaded up the car and began the homeward journey on Route 458. Daphne watched out the car window as we passed by fields of corn seedlings.

Then we traveled down Route 30 until I saw this sign for Follensby Clear Pond. I pulled in to take a look:

Follensby Clear Pond was a glorious Adirondack lake:

But there wasn't much of a place to let the dogs run, so I left them in the car. There were Swallowtail butterflies flitting about everywhere:

A little farther south I pulled into the Raquette River Boat Launch:

Again, there were Swallowtail butterflies in great numbers all along the water's edge:

And the Raquette River was stunning. Once again, however, there was not good place to let the dogs out to run. I continued driving south:

Route 30 took me through the town of Tupper Lake:

I passed by the Northwood Cabins, a motel which reminded me of many we'd stayed at on our summer journeys across the U.S. when I was a boy:

I passed by the Sunmount Development Disabilities Services buildings in Tupper Lake. This is a state run facility and its campus is quite lovely:

I continued south through the town of Long Lake:

I turned east on Route 28N, passing through the town of Newcomb and then on to Blue Ridge Road. I pulled off at the little rest stop along the Boreas River to let the dogs out to play. Like most of the places I'd stopped in the Adirondacks, there were Swallowtail butterflies everywhere:

So many Swallowtails that the place seemed enchanted:

I noticed that the Adirondacks was filled with Swallowtails but there was none up at the farm. According to what I've found on the Internet, the Adirondacks hosts only the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. St. Lawrence County, where my farm is located, is home to only the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio canadensis. I am unable to identify the species by looking, so I am assuming that is the reason I saw so many in the Adirondacks but none at the farm. Can anybody out there identify this species by the picture?:

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