An Unexpected Visit to a Heavenly Resting Place - Oakwood Cemetery

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Just when we think we've seen it all, we find out we haven't.  Certainly no one really believes they've seen it all in the literal sense, and realistically speaking, life isn't long enough for anyone to really see all there is to see.  Once in a while though we are lucky enough to happen upon something in life that we never thought we wanted to see but once we saw it, we immediately felt grateful we did.  That is what happened to us yesterday when we paid an impromptu visit to the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, NY.

Hanging On or Hung Up? You Are Not Alone!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

On a recent drive through Grafton Lakes State Park a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but notice something.  All along the winter entrance road, through the woods, my eye kept spotting leaves detoured from completing their autumn descent.  Some, like the one above, got stuck in protruding branches of trees, others even in more precarious positions hanging from cobwebs.  As I spotted and photographed more and more of them, my mind (always thinking in analogies) began to compare these suspended leaves to people, specifically people in crisis.  At times in life we all find ourselves in a position of 'hanging on'.....days when our fears, our pain, our circumstances seem so overwhelming, so hopeless that we are barely hanging on...sometimes by what seems like a thread.

Marchaland Farms - Generations of Easton Family Tradition

Friday, October 18, 2019
work in acres, not hours. 
 They don't just work till the sun goes down, they work till the job gets done.

I got to see firsthand the truth to that statement this past weekend when we had the opportunity to tour Marchaland Farms in Easton, NY.  It may have been our first 'official' visit to the farm, but I've been photographing it for a few years as we traveled past it on Burton Road.  In July, Sue Marchaland, one of my devoted Easton followers, emailed me offering a tour of the farm.  Sue thought some of the views from the pastures might be 'picture worthy'.  Always excited about the prospect of new views, we enthusiastically accepted the offer and when Sue contacted me this past weekend to arrange the tour, we jumped at the opportunity.  I had no idea what adventure Sue's husband, Lou, had in store for us!

Brant Lake - One of 3,000 Lakes in the Adirondack State Park

Sunday, October 6, 2019

They say beauty can be found in unexpected places and I'm pretty sure the Adirondacks are not among the unexpected places anyone refers to. Although not on our regular list of 'go-to' destinations, when we do head to the Adirondacks, we are always rewarded with spectacular sights. That is especially the case when visiting the Adirondacks in autumn.

Autumn Never Looked Prettier Than It Does at the Farm Stand at Tiashoke Farm in Easton NY

Friday, October 4, 2019
I have many 'favorite' things and today's post features a few of them!  Unless this is the first time you've read my blog, you know Easton is one of my favorite places on earth, often the subject of my photos and blog posts.  Like most everyone who resides in the northeast, autumn is my favorite season and I'm pretty sure there's no place that boasts the beauty and colors of autumn better than the Farm Stand at Tiashoke Farm.
Tiashoke Farm
Most of you are probably already familiar with the Farm was featured on WTEN News this week.  But if you missed it (like me), I'm here to fill you in.  You may already know Tiashoke Farm because the Ziehm family has been growing and selling pumpkins for nearly 20 years along Route 40 in Easton (Washington County).
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