Friday, July 28, 2017

Here and About- High Falls Gorge, NY

Adirondack Park-
The Adirondack Park 
is a part of New York's Forest Preserve 
in in Upstate New York
The park's boundary corresponds 
to the Adirondack Mountains
Unlike most preserves, about 52 percent of the land
 is privately owned inholdings heavily regulated
This area contains 102 towns and villages, 
as well as numerous farms, businesses, 
and an active timber harvesting industry. 
The year-round population is 132,000, 
with 200,000 seasonal residents. 
The inclusion of human communities 
makes the park one of the great experiments 
in conservation in the industrialized world.

The park's 6.1 million acres include more than 
10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 
and a wide variety of habitats including 
wetlands and old-growth forests.

The West branch of the Ausable River 
is one of New York State's
 most famous trout streams. 
The Ausable River journeys north
 to its exodus to the St. Lawrence Seaway.
 Canada Yew is the low growing evergreen shrub here. 
The shrub is a favorite browse food of deer and moose.
 The tan foam at the base of the falls is a natural
 by-product of decaying vegetation.
Rain collects these natural foaming agents from
 the organic residue of leaves, branches
 and trees on the forest floor.
These agents are barred to the river
 and react with the river water. 
The extreme agitation of the river rushing 
over the rocks of the falls 
forms the foam in the pools below.

A trail to hike.
Amazing fresh green colors.
 The sound of rushing water.
A cool day at the end of July.
Family and friends.
Just can't beat that for an
 outing in the Adirondacks.

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