Watkins Glen Winter Views

We made a quick trip to Watkins Glen on a day that alternated between snow squalls and sunshine. While Keuka Lake’s eastern branch is largely frozen over, Seneca Lake is ice free. Susan had a meeting at the Schuyler Chamber office, so I took the camera over to the harbor area. A snow flurry passed quickly and I walked out on the pier. The clouds and soft sunlight provided dramatic lighting as I took a few shots, and then it was back to the car to get out of the wind!

While watching gulls bobbing and wheeling in the wind, I noticed a much larger bird joining them. A young adult Bald Eagle was cruising over the marina, playing with the wind. I made a quick lens change and hopped out to try to catch a picture of the eagle, by which time it was much higher and overhead. An adult eagle with bright white head and tail was keeping station to the east, but it didn’t get close enough for a photo.

Bald eagle over Watkins Glen
A young adult Bald Eagle cruising over the Watkins Glen marina.

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February Thaw

This has been a winter with more snow than what we’ve had for a few years. Many folks have cleaned the cobwebs off their cross-country skis and snowshoes to enjoy the snow pack that has accumulated for a month and a half. The last few days have made a dramatic change- warm weather and strong breezes have melted the ice and snow and turned streams into torrents.

Glenora Falls during a thaw.
The Big Stream meanders through Glenora Gorge and bursts out of a rock cliff to make Glenora Falls.

We made a quick run down to Glenora Falls to see it at full flood. The huge flow of water is spectacular, even if not as scenic due to the brown silt caught in the stream. Even the sound is different- a loud roar rather than the spatter of water on rocks. The stream has large chunks of ice swept away from the cliffs, and the outfall to Seneca Lake is marked by a swirl of ice and foam. The houses along Glenora Point have a marked contrast in views- to the south they back up to a raging muddy stream, and across the road to the north is the placid, blue Seneca Lake.

Glenora Point on Seneca Lake Seneca Lake from Glenora Point

Glenora Falls in Autumn
A view of Glenora Falls in October- even with a period of heavy rains the flow was sedate compared to a winter thaw.

Snowy Outlet Trail

I took advantage of a beautiful sunny day to walk part of the Outlet Trail with my daughter Katie. We found quite a few folks with the same idea- some on skis, some on snowshoes, a few in hiking boots. We started at the Seneca Mills site and walked a bit along the stream toward Penn Yan. We both had cameras, so we took our time and enjoyed the nice sunlight. Katie’s pictures can be found at Keuka Outlet Trail – Kathryn Mae Photography.

A good snow cover for cross-country skiers and snowshoes, the trail still had easy footing for walking.
A good snow cover for cross-country skiers and snowshoes, the trail still had easy footing for walking.
Snow, Ice  and water define the double falls alongside the Seneca Mills ruins.
Snow, Ice and water define the double falls alongside the Seneca Mills ruins.
While some of the Mills walls have collapsed into the stream, some are still in good condition.
While some of the Mills walls have collapsed into the stream, some are still in good condition.
Wild raspberry canes show maroon against a snowy background.
Wild raspberry canes show maroon against a snowy background.
Cross-country skiers enjoy a nice snow cover on the Outlet Trail.
Cross-country skiers enjoy a nice snow cover on the Outlet Trail.

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Lichens and moss cover stone blocks near Lock 7 of the old canal.
Lichens and moss cover stone blocks near Lock 7 of the old canal.
In some ares of the Outlet Trail the old canal is a bog and the trail is the former tow-path. At Lock 7 the trail follows the canal bed.
In some ares of the Outlet Trail the old canal is a bog and the trail is the former tow-path. At Lock 7 the trail follows the canal bed.
I took several pictures of the Outlet Stream and the Falls from the structure of the Seneca Mills water handling controls, then stitched them together to make this panorama.
I took several pictures of the Outlet Stream and the Falls from the structure of the Seneca Mills water handling controls, then stitched them together to make this panorama.

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