After seeing the title of this blogpost, you probably pictured a naturist picnic at Harriman State Park for Thanksgiving – but no, this wasn’t the case. I had a traditional (and clothed) dinner. However, the Thanksgiving meal reminded me of sighting a few wild turkeys in the woods of Harriman park this past summer, so this is kind of a bonus to the previous post about my favorite outdoors spot around NYC.
This was a fairly large group of adult females with the offspring – I shot just a few of them (I refer to photography). How many can you spot here? Turkeys camouflage pretty well, and if not the noise they had made running away from me, I wouldn’t have noticed them. I had seen wild turkeys on other occasions, but this was the first time I managed to take a photo of them. It could be sharper, but in my defense it was getting dark and they moved fast.
Another animal that I finally saw and photographed this summer was a snapping turtle.
I can imagine a few male readers cringe thinking that this is the same lake where we swim naked, but snapping turtle is quite a secretive animal and wouldn’t try to hunt you. I was happy to snap a photo of this prehistoric-looking creature though.
And if we talk about ancient animals, there are some more peculiar creatures, like the pretty impressive moss animal Pectinatella magnifica!
Here is a pretty big colony from the Turkey Pond (I have some photos of us swimming there in the previous post, but that time we didn’t have a waterproof camera).
These look somewhat like corals but are not related to them (well, not any more than us).
And here is an American five-lined skink. It’s a young individual, as it still has blue colors. Adult males apparently have a red head, similar to another species of skink that I showed in the previous post.
Chipmunk is nothing special in North America, but I like this photo of one sneaking out from under the rock.
And again, with the reference to the previous post, I just mentioned there that I wished I had known local mushrooms – and this summer I finally started using the Audubon app to detect mushrooms, and we collected quite a lot of them on several hikes:
and various boletes in June around Pine Meadow lake. Actually I used some of the boletes right away for making a soup there.
In early October, Li and I ventured to a new lake for me – Island Pond, and one area on its shores was incredibly rich in boletes!
These are no magic mushrooms, but they make a great soup.
Well, enough of naturalist photos, here is a couple of naturist ones:
On the way to the Island Pond, there was a tree of a weird shape – almost perfect for taking a nap, if only it was softer.
And right by the lake, there was the most interesting ruin that I’ve seen in Harriman park so far – a pretty well preserved fireplace with a chimney.
I see some more photo opportunities for the future 😉