Sunday, November 2, 2014

Seven Lakes 2014

Arosha and Grandpa.Last week we went to Seven Lakes for a picnic and some pictures. T. Oksana did not feel well, so it was just us, kids and d. Borya.

Autumn.We got to the lakes relatively fast, although there was a little bit of traffic in Manhattan. Then by the lakes we lost about 25 minutes trying to find a place where we usually stop. It was a gorgeous sunny day, so we were happy to be closer to nature at last.

Colors.We had a small picnic pretty much right away — I took some boiled eggs, baked potatoes, bread, kolbasa, tomatoes, cucumbers and celery. We got a little cold while eating, but warmed up afterwards.

Throwing stones into the water.The autumn colors were past the peak, but the nature was still very pretty.

Washing shells in the lake.We went down to the water. Arosha and I were throwing stones of all sizes into the water, and Anюta tried to do the same without much success.

Anna with Dad.Arosha and d. Borya found some worms and other insects — both of them love exploring nature. They also found a woolly bear caterpillar, which Arosha really wanted to take home for observation. D. Borya said that the caterpillar was about to turn into pupa and encase itself into cocoon. Unfortunately, Arosha might have squeezed it a bit too hard while picking it up, so it did not survive the road to Brooklyn.

Lake Welch.They also saw some wild berberis, and Arosha really wanted to try some. We did not let him, but I had dried berberis at home, and he ate some and really liked it. It’s funny that he always wants to try everything he sees outside, and one of the first questions he asks when he sees things is whether they are edible or not.

Walking.Anechka also enjoyed our trip. I am so glad that we are able to get out of the city from time to time.

Autumn colors.We stopped at Red Bowl restaurant in Williamsburg on our way back. Haven’t been there in a while, so it was nice to chat with David and Vivian and to eat their delicious food. Danya went for Peking Duck as usual and I got steamed sea bass with tofu. Yum!
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Seven Lakes

Picnic table.Last week we had another great family outing. We went to Seven Lakes and the funny thing is that after coming back and checking in on our last year trip — we were at Seven Lakes during the same very weekend of the year.

The four of us.This trip was unique in a sense that all 6 of us went — Alёna, Anna, Arosha, my dad, my mom and I. We took our car and parents took theirs and just followed us and it worked well. This means that we can take more ambitious trips in this configuration.

Arosha and grandpa.It took us almost 3 hours to get to Seven Lakes because we got stuck in some major traffic in Manhattan. Arosha was starting to get restless, but Anna slept just fine.

The middle generation.She also slept well on her way back. She woke up at one point and started crying when we started crossing George Washington Bridge. By the time we were done she stopped crying and went back to her sleeping. She sleeps really well in the car. Even Arosha took a nap on the way back.

Closed gate at Lake Welch.At Seven Lakes we did the same thing we did last year. We drove up to Lake Welch Park that was closed just like last year. We left our cars near the gate and went inside. The autumn is really getting close to full “bloom” at this time of the year. The forest was beautiful.

Walnuts. "The squirrels will have to swim for these." The only mistake we made was overestimate the warmth of the day. My mom had a bunch of different things that we spread around. I ended up with a poncho made out of our picnic blanket. But since the park had tables we didn’t need it. Arosha picked out a table and we had a nice fresh air lunch.

Alëna.Arosha ran around and played with the leaves, explored all the bushes, threw some walnuts into the lake (for squirrels, naturally) and collected a bunch of acorns. When we got home we discovered a tick on his hair. Luckily it was not attached and was just stuck in his hair. That was a bit scary. Got to be careful with those bushes.

Drummer.Overall we had a really nice time. When we got back to our cars instead of just our cars there were total of 12 cars now. We weren’t really sure if it’s OK to leave our cars where we did, but I guess otherwise figured if somebody is doing it it must be OK. Alёna feed Anna and we started our drive home.

Acorns.On the way home we decided to stop by Red Bowl for a nice dinner. The owners — David and Vivian were really nice to us and congratulated us with our newest arrival. They also gave us a nice and unexpected gift — for luck they said. Dinner was great. The day as a whole was great. Too bad it’s getting cold out now, so we’ll probably have to stop soon.

Designer winter clothing line.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Seven Lakes

Autumn on Lake Kanawauke.Yesterday was yet another nice warm autumn day. Alёna, Arosha, my dad and I decided to use it wisely and ended up spending it in the area of Seven Lakes which is located not far north from New York. Even though it is only 60 miles away getting there is not easy as it is on the most opposite corner of New York City from us and we have to drive through it all. And driving through New York is never quick.

By Lake Welch.However it was worth it. The colorful autumn is in its peak. The drive along Palisades Parkway is beautiful. The road is tightly hugged by forest on the both sides and on a sunny day it’s all painted in bright reds, yellows, orange and everything in between. Seven Lakes area itself was beautiful as well — colorful trees reflecting in the water.

Alёna and Arosha.Arosha had a great time running through the dried autumn leaves on the ground, but the best part was the discovery of recently used char coals in somebody’s fire pit. He would throw the leaves into it and the fire would pick up and Arosha would look at it, smile, add more leaves and so on. I think he spent at least 30 minutes doing that and was totally fascinated by the whole process.

Lake Welch.I took the chance to capture some of the colors on “film”. I tried taking a number of long exposure shots, but ended up disliking all of them in the end — too much detail gone. I’m attaching my favorite non-long-exposure shots of the bunch to this post. All of these were taken on my wide-angle lens at 16mm.
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Walk

Today we went for Arosha walk with Alёna, Mike and, you guessed it right, Arosha. I took my camera with me. Mike along with all the men in his office are in support of Movember. I just pulled a copy-cat. Here are some shots from the walk.

Beach
Mustang
Autumn
Sunset
Movember Mike
Movember Dan

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Monday, October 27, 2008

October in Poconos

End of October at Mountain Springs Lake.Poconos в середине осени оказался ничуть не хуже, чем в её начале. Яркие краски и характерный, с запахом мокрых преющих листьев октябрьский воздух, на мой взгляд составляют достойную конкуренцию спелой зелени и тёплому дыханию сентября.

The rain didn't stop all Saturday.В пятницу я выбежала с работы в 17:03, а уже около шести часов Даня забрал меня возле метро и мы отчалили в наше выходное путешествие. Прежде чем выехать из Бруклина, мы забрали Мишу, купили продукты в местном Shop Rite, ну и конечно заехали за Игнатом. В Mountain Springs Lake Resort мы добрались уже около 11 вечера, по пути очень неплохо подкрепившись в Olive Garden.

Played cards and dominos all day long.Всю субботу лил дождь, и днём было темно и мрачно. Maple tree dressed in red on the shore of Mountain Springs Lake.Тем не менее я расслабилась и получила удовольствие и от компании, и от домика, и от природы вокруг. Мы дружно играли в домино, чуть менее дружно в карты (Даня и Алина не большие любители Дурака), а вечером в шарады (a.k.a крокодил).

Я целый день что-нибудь жевала — то сушки, то сухарики, то тушёнку, то стейки (мы снова покупали skirt steak и было вкусно), то яблоки, то семечки. Тихий ужас! ) Днём мы устроили себе “тихий час” — вобщем, хорошо было!

Ко всеобщей радости в воскресенье распогодилось, A big family of mushrooms growing right in the middle of the tree trunk.и у нас появилась возможность прогуляться по лесочку и сделать осенние фотографии. Как же всё-таки там красиво! Небо было синее-синее с очень редкими облаками. Из деревьев мне больше всего понравились застенчиво-красные клёны.

Данька очень хотел найти какие-нибудь грибы, и все пристально всматривались в землю под ногами и шарили палками среди опавшей листвы. Лес нас не подвёл и поделился парочкой очень симпатичных, хотя и вряд ли сьедобных обьектов в шапках.

Another kind of tree mushrooms.На одном дереве росли разные виды древесных грибов — по-моему, очень красиво.

Guys joking around.Мойша вывел нас к поляне, где нашлись качели, баскетбольное кольцо и мячи. Ребята с удовольствием поиграли в баскетбол. Мне очень нравится осенняя фотография Дани, где он похож на игрушечного смешного лося. )

Funny fuzzy caterpillar.Еще мы заприметили очень красивую гусеницу неторопливо переползающую дорогу. Интерсно, в кого она потом превратится? Меня удивило, что щетина её оказалась жесткой — примерно как щетка для обуви.

Looking at the sky through the window of tree branches.Мы прогулялись и вдоль озера, любуясь красочными пейзажами. Некоторые люди катались на лодках по озеру, но лично я не очень хотела бы к ним присоединиться.

Alёna sitting in the middle of a leaf-o-fall.Уехали домой мы с Даней, Игнатом и Мишей в восемь вечера, а Маруки оставались там еще на одну ночь. Жалко было уезжать. Эх, если бы это удовольствие стоило бы чуть-чуть дешевле (мы потратили за выходные по $150 на человека), то можно было бы ездить туда почаще. )

Happy Alёna on Mountain Springs Lake.
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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Autumn Colors

AutumnToday we had a mission. Drive out of the city to some place nice and find some autumn colors to capture on “film”. The trees in New York City just refuse to go yellow. Most of them are still green, some are ugly orange, nothing nice.

We woke up early (by weekend standards), picked up Ignat and drove all the way to Seven Lakes via Palisades Parkway — about 60 miles to the north of the city. Sadly for us the sun didn’t want to play our game — it was hiding behind the dark gray clouds. It’s upsetting, but we did the best we could with the available light and sky color.

I just looked through the pictures and there are definitely captures that makes the whole trip worth it. Not to mention the fact that the autumn does look beautiful up there.

I’ll post more pictures later as I have the time to go through them and make adjustments.
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