Reflections, Travels

Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

It's fascinating sometimes how truly small this world is and how various strands intersect in unexpected ways. This story commences in January last year (2017) with me casually browsing through the New Yorker, reading articles that catch my eye. Yes, I still read the paper version of newspapers and magazine - there's just something about… Continue reading Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

Reflections, Travels

Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

Summer is a great time to visit botanical gardens. It's the best time to enjoy lush green foliage, flower in full bloom and of course, bask in special exhibits. This was especially true of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH where in the Pacific Island Water Garden colorful Central American butterflies… Continue reading Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

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Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

Despite the fact that wagering on races has risen in recent years, there is no denying that overall horse racing viewership and attendance has been in decline since the latter half of the 20th century. Haven grown up relatively close to Saratoga Springs, my parents brought me to the tracks as a kid and I… Continue reading Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

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Falling for Apples

Dropping outdoor temperatures marks the arrival of Fall, and trumpets the highly-anticipated start of the apple-picking season. There is truly something magical stepping through an apple orchard during the crisp morning hours.  The earth wakes from its dewy slumber. The branches extend their silent welcome. The air dense with an aroma of delightful serendipity. Colors… Continue reading Falling for Apples

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Finding the “Park” in Parkway

At 104.12 miles (167.56 km), the Taconic State Parkway (aka Taconic or TSP) is the longest parkway in New York State, winding through four counties (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia) to connect the hamlets of Valhalla and Old Chatham. Proposed in 1925 by then chair of the Taconic State Park Commission (TSPC) Franklin D. Roosevelt as… Continue reading Finding the “Park” in Parkway

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Covergence of the Seasons

Temperatures hovered around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, proclaiming a beautiful spring day. The last thing I expected to see was...ICE? My eyes do a double take as I pass under Minelot Falls and spot the large broken chunks of white. Recalling to mind mini glaciers, these stalwarts of winter silently stood against the rushing water, overlooking… Continue reading Covergence of the Seasons