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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Aug 30, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Adirondack Living - A Life Less Ordinary

"She turned me into a newt."
A typical Adirondack day, yesterday morning started with tea on the patio and a photo shoot featuring the new homestead's temporary local talent, the terrestrial red elf newt. 
Nature's camouflage worked until Newt moved and the leaf did not.

Then shortly after breakfast, the resident post and beam home builder placed and secured the last roof rafter on our new home. This milestone marks the end of the large post and beam framing work. After a few final brace placements, we commence to pounding nails in the roof and walls.

Later in the day on the way to my afternoon trail run, I caught these silly deer chowing down on a Lake Placid lawn.

On the trail, I paused at the height of land to catch my breath and take a photo of this breath-taking view.  Eye candy like this is a side-benefit of living the Adirondack life less sedentary.

As I settled back into my Adirondack chair last evening, the ostentatious fellow pictured below dropped off an overhead maple limb onto the arm of my chair.
He did a fair amount of wiggling around and dancing, obviously encouraging me to get up and get my camera. Unlike his shy neighbor the newt, this caterpillar seemed to want some attention. So I paid him some and even spent some time trying to identify exactly which kind of moth he will evolve into. I think he is a Dryocampa rubicunda. Living the Adirondack life evolutionary, he will eventually fly away as a Rosy Maple Moth.

Reflecting on a typical busy Adirondack day I realize Adirondack living is indeed a life(style) extraordinary.

Photographs courtesy of Joann Sandone Reed.