I love Barnum Pond!
Every time we go to upstate New York, I make it a point to stop and take in the beauty that is Barnum Pond. I always take shots of the pond. Barnum lies just a little north of Paul Smiths, on the way to Malone, New York, directly alongside Route 30. It’s a small, shallow pond (84 acres, 10 feet deep), wherein which I always recall this funny memory: my youngest brother, Greg, and I had had come home to see Dad…it might have actually been to attend the funeral service for my dad’s dad, back in 1992. My dad had lived in Dickinson Center, NY at the time. Anyway, Greg and I had decided to go canoeing, so we’d taken one of Dad’s canoes and had gone out on Barnum that June day. As we’re having a great time paddling out in the middle of Barnum and catching up, we look back to shore and see this red Forest Ranger truck pulled over to the side, and this ranger standing tall and purposeful at the water’s edge…staring at us through binoculars.
Ha! We’d been caught!
Really? Of all the acreage in Region 5 of upstate New York (and, if I remember right, it’s the largest region in the state) that my Forest Ranger dad patrolled, he’d just happened upon us?
I’m not even sure if we’d left a note—I’d hoped we had, since that is what I always do—so, I’m sure he’d probably stopped back at the house and seen the note, then decided to come check us out. But it was so funny, seeing him there, all official and all, binocs to his eyes, staring at us as we paddled around Barnum Pond in one of his Department of Environmental Conservation canoes.
These pictures, below, were taken in the early evening of August 10, 2017. The second image is of a log poking up out of the water to our right. The very last one is of all the bugs that had been buzzing around us and skittering across the water. Yeah, that’s one of the things upstate NY is know for. Bugs.
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