Just when I got the house ready to unload the pod too To be honest, I really don’t mind, it was so sticky and hot and HUMID that the rain is a sweet gift from above. And gives me another reason to blog
One of the things I love most about living in the Capital Region of New York State, and Averill Park in particular, is that we get to experience the 4 seasons. Next week I have a blog post with some outstanding photos of the area taken thruout the year by a young woman named Sarah - some great sunset shots taken over Glass Lake in particular! - and looking at them really got me thinking of how fantastic this area is for year-round natural beauty.
Not only are we blessed with fertile soil, abundant farmlands, hills, and valleys but we have a larger then average number of lakes in our region. I live near Burden Lake (of which there are actually 3!), but there is also Glass Lake, Crystal Lake, Crooked Lake, Snyder’s Lake and Reichards Lake. And they are within 15 minutes of each other.
We also have the Barberville Falls to call our own - Barberville Falls is one of the best known waterfalls in Rensselaer County. On the Poesten Kill in the hamlet of Barberville, it is part of a preserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. These waterfalls mark the descent of the stream with a spectacular 92 foot tall scenic spills over several levels of rough ledges en route to the bottom.
Barberville Falls is a spectacular sight. Above Barberville, the Poesten Kill drains about 35 square miles of the Rensselaer Plateau—an area from Dyken Pond on the north to Taberton on the south. This drainage basin generates a substantial flow of water throughout the year, although the flow is most dramatic in the spring when the snowpack is melting. When it reached the Hudson River at Troy, this same flow of water provided water power for much of that city’s early industrial development.
There is a large pool at the foot of the falls, beyond which the stream flows through a gorge as deep as 100 feet and 500-1,000 feet wide. The waterfall itself is about 90 feet high and 50-60 feet wide. The main rock at the falls is Rensselear greywacke; above the falls are beds of Nassau slate and limestone.
Along the Ridge and Creek trails in the valley, look for a variety of wildflowers including starflower, Indian cucumber, jack-in-the-pulpit, trillium, trout lily and cardinal flower. The forest is a mixture of hemlock and hardwoods such as yellow birch, white ash and sugar and red maples.
Well, that’s it for now - it stopped raining - drop me a note if you ever plan on visiting the falls or coming to see any of the lakes!