A Quarry Visit

First level of Quarry in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

First level of the Quarry (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

In the small town of Patterson, NY, about 30 minutes from my home, is a mine still in use for producing crushed stone, gravel and sand.  This limestone quarry has been owned by Peckham Industries (www.peckham.com) since the 70’s, but was actively mined since the 1940’s.  Thanks to the generosity of Peckham Industries, their kind and informative Vice President, Gary Metcalf, and the coordinating efforts of our local Naromi Land Trust (www.naromi.org), I was able to hike down into the spot where everything happens.  What a blast . . . literally. [Read more…]

Bridge to Biodiversity

Pair of Mallard Ducks Enjoying a Swim in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

A Pair of Mallard Ducks Enjoying a Swim (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Imagine a chorus of peepers so deafening workers in the area have to wear ear protection.  That’s the present situation at my favorite nearby wetland community, One Beaver Place.  A few months back I wrote about beaver dams and how they create a welcoming habitat for many of our native creatures, such as birds, weasels, otters, fish, frogs, and peepers, of course!  Wetlands offer a unique window of opportunity to observe many different aspects of a natural environment that we might not otherwise experience.  Especially with the benefit of a bridge that brings you out for a closer look.  [Read more…]

Take a Hike

Appalachian Trail Sign in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Appalachian Trail Sign (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

You will find something more in woods than in books.  Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” ~St. Bernard [Read more…]