- Rick Brockway
- Friday, July 12, 2013
Lightning is beautiful but deadly, so be careful
As you all know, we've had an overabundance of rainfall this summer. And if it isn't raining, the humidity has been intolerable at best. This leads the weatherman to remind us that there's a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms every afternoon.
- Friday, June 28, 2013
Spider webs are part of nature's fine-art collection
There are so many beautiful, unique and wonderful things in nature. It may be magnificent waterfalls cascading down over tall cliffs from an emerald forest. To others, it's a little, tan fawn with white spots as it suckles from its mother in the tall grass on wobbly legs. But one of the most unique things in nature is a spider's web.
- Friday, June 21, 2013
Restrictions on antlers a big deal
Recently, a number of people have been asking me what's going to happen during this fall's deer season with the three-point antler restriction. There have been rumors that the entire Southern Tier will have those restrictions this year.
- Friday, June 14, 2013
Don't play around with snappers
The other day, I was driving along Route 205 between Mount Vision and Hartwick. Suddenly, I had to swerve out of my lane to miss a huge snapping turtle. It was crossing from a large swamp on the left to some higher ground on the other side of the road.
- Friday, June 7, 2013
Emmons Pond Bog is pretty easy to enjoy
Last week in the "What's Happening?" part of this column, I mentioned that Dr. Kudish was speaking at Balsam Lake Mountain about peat bogs.
- Friday, May 31, 2013
Fishing has gotten a lot more complex
As the sun started to set behind the ridge, the end of my rod twitched and then descended into the water on the right side of the boat.
- Saturday, May 25, 2013
Waterfalls are even better when you keep them to yourself
Millions of people flock to see the great waterfalls of the world. They watch the millions of gallons of water wash over Niagara Falls or see the water come out of spectacular mountains to fall hundreds of feet into the valleys below. Waterfalls are truly some of nature's most beautiful sights.
- Friday, May 17, 2013
Kids have sparkle in their eyes
When I was in my teens, old Bill Naatz told me about a stream north of Lake George where a man had panned out enough gold to make his wife a wedding band. It was all rumors, but to his grandson and myself, it sounded like the makings of a great adventure.
- Friday, May 10, 2013
People make the outdoors even better
Too many people take things for granted. If it wasn't for a group of dedicated folks, things wouldn't be the same.
- Friday, May 3, 2013
Turkey season has ups and downs
Turkey season arrived without any fanfare the other day. If I hadn't seen some hunters coming out of the woods with a nice tom, I guess I would have missed it. I don't hunt turkeys anymore.