Living in NYC, it is easy to forget that “city” doesn’t necessarily mean that there is no wild life. New Yorkers tend to think that urban wildlife is limited to rats, strays and roaches. Of course there is the occasional conversation about the return of coyotes (http://nymag.com/news/features/coyotes-2014-2/) or the hatching of baby red tailed hawks (http://nypost.com/2014/05/27/camera-captures-birth-of-red-tailed-hawks-on-window-ledge/) but most the wildlife and animal news in New York is not good.
A few years ago someone was caught trying to sell a live shark on the subway (http://gothamist.com/2012/07/11/man_spotted_selling_live_shark_on_t.php). Last month a dead bear cub was found in central park (http://nypost.com/2014/10/06/black-bear-cub-found-dead-in-central-park/). Last week goat heads were found hanging from a pole in Park Slope, Brooklyn (http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/11/04/goat-heads-found-hanging-from-telephone-pole-in-park-slope/). these are the kind of weird animal stories that New Yorkers are used to.
On a recent trip to Colorado I spent some time in Denver and was pleasantly surprised to find that wildlife is alive and well within city limits. From birds to deer to bison the area was rich with wildlife. I hope you enjoy my photos below.
Oh hello there, deer.
Taking flight in Denver
Last weekend I traveled the short hour and 30 minutes from New York to the Poconos to enjoy a bit of rustic relaxation and get out of the city for a few days. This was not my first visit to the Poconos so I was excited for some relaxation but not really prepared to be impressed. I was totally mistaken.
Picture Perfect afternoon in Stokes State Forrest
Somehow, we timed our trip perfectly to get the best of the autumn leaves without the frigid temperatures. Though we lit a fire in the fireplace every night and even attended a bonfire, we were able to eat dinner al fresco and spend most of our days outdoors.
In Brooklyn we build furniture out of pallets. In the Poconos they are used for bonfires
On the first day, I spent four hours solo kayaking a distance of about 15 miles through the Delaware Water Gap. The views were spectacular! In those four hours I saw only five other people using the river, and you couldn’t even hear cars near by. In my alone time I glimpsed turtles, fish, hawks and a majestic bald eagle gliding over the water.
The prettiest moment captured from my kayak
We quickly learned that taking the back roads were the best way to see the leaves and absorb the beauty and peacefulness of the area. Personally, I love to drive the small winding roads (the faster the better), but the views and wildlife, made it worth slowing down.
Single lane road through Worthington State Forrect
Its now a week later and serious thunderstorms in the area have taken down most of the leaves. Right before I left to catch my bus back to NY, I was driving down River Road for probably the 6th time in two days and happened upon this little bear. Sometimes, you just get lucky I suppose. It seems like we were just in the right place at the right time in so many ways.
Visiting with a bear
Getting directions from the locals