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Under the Falls

Under the Falls

So going with the laziness on my part theme, here is another photo and song. For the song, go here.

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Well, I promised that I would deliver, so here they are:

The trip was great, we began hiking up around 9:30 am when the air was still crisp and clean.  We encountered tons of blackberries, which we gorged on.  Apparently so did a bear.  And from the looks of it, not too long ago.

Apparently bears do shit in the woods.

Apparently bears do shit in the woods.

We got to the half-way point of the trail, after the initial steep climb, the path gradually flattened out.  All in all, the trail was about 7.6 miles long. 

Half-way there.

Half-way there.

 Finally, after about 3.5 hours of hiking, we made it to the summit, where we saw one of 6 remaining fire towers in the Catskill mountains. 

4100 ft, 2nd Highest Mountain in Catskills, 1 of 6 Firetowers Remaining in the Catskills

The Hunter Mountain Fire tower: Elevation:4100 ft, 2nd Highest Mountain in Catskills, 1 of 6 Firetowers Remaining in the Catskills

 The view from the top was phenomenal.  At 4100 feet above sea level, you could see mountain after mountain. 

Me from the top.
Me from the top.

 After a nice lunch, we headed back down.  All the way back down, we were accompanied by this beautiful brook.  Here I managed to spot an Eastern Phoebe in the brush, but nobody could get a shot of it. 

A little bit of long exposure on the babbling brook at the foot of the mountain.

A little bit of long exposure on the babbling brook at the foot of the mountain.

A wonderful brook at the foot of the moutain.

A wonderful brook at the foot of the mountain.

 The hike was an absolute blast.  I really enjoyed the company of all the other guys.  Note: All photos were taken with a mate I was hiking with Matthias Kirchner.  Thank you very much.  I will also be posting more as more come in.

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All is well on the Phoenix after its descent onto the pole of Mars.  All of the instruments are working to capacity.   Ever since its landing on the red planet on Sunday, the spacecraft has been filming and taking photographs of Mars’ Northern pole. 

A Photo of Mars’ Icy Ground.  The Polygonal Patterns are Probably Caused Due to the Ice Below the Ground.  Patters Like These are Found on Earth as Well.

As I already said, the Phoenix is on a three-month-long mission to dig in the soil and ice using a robotic arm.  These samples will be used to find out if the conditions on Mars can hold life.  The samples ought to contain organic compounds, the necessary  building blocks for life.

Before landing, a black and white image, aerial image of Mars was taken.   This is the first time any camera has imaged a descent through an atmosphere of another planet.  So far, so good.  Let’s hope there are no problems and we can get answers to some of these intriguing questions. 

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