Past Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our First Photo Contest: Jannet Denney and Aran Voss Hutchins tied for first. People’s choice to Melissa Maki.

Accidental Meeting by Janet DenneyACCIDENTAL MEETING
Imagine, always wanting to visit the Adirondacks …. You know no one here and know even less about what’s in Port Henry BUT you hop aboard the Amtrak train in NYC and arrive for a weekend. This is just what Barbara, from Salt Lake City, did. An accidental meeting brought three residents and Barbara together. What a better way to show off our beautiful area to Barbara than a hike up Cheney Mountain? It was a trip Barbara will never forget. It was a hike we three will never forget as we felt we had shown our visitor a great time. It is such an opportunity for all involved when you allow a stranger to become a friend….due to a hike. – Janet Denney

Snowberry Moth by Aran Voss HutchinsSNOWBERRY MOTH
While walking the Black Kettle Nature Trail I came across this beautiful little creature that at first I thought was a Bumble Bee but it would have been the largest bee I had ever seen at 3 to 4 inches long. It was perched in the grass along the trail that goes through the field on our way back to the car. I took some photos of this unusual sighting and immediately researched what it was when we arrived home. I learned it was a Snowberry Clearwing Moth which is a member of the Sphinx Moth family. It is one of the diurnal Sphinx Moths so it forages during the day by using it’s long tongue to suck nectar from flowers. I have had the great pleasure of walking the CATS trails to discover all these little jewels that we are so lucky to have all around us in the Adirondacks if we take the time to look. – Aran Voss Hutchins

The Best Day Ever by Melissa MakiTHE BEST DAY EVER
It starts by hearing the words “Let’s go”
The backpack is ready, but sometimes they’re slow
to get everything packed and the truck in gear
We are so excited to hit the trail, we are so near!
We smell the fresh air and know there are worlds to explore
We run on the CATS paths and are so thankful for
the many volunteer hands who clear this beat
so even the tiniest feet
can run safely and easily thru the meadows and woods
swimming and smelling and climbing so good!
And then collapse back in the truck ready to nap
After taking in the beauty of nature we tip our cap
Thank you CATS for everything
From these three shiztus who feel like Kings! – Melissa Maki


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