Crescent Beach Sunset

Sun setting over Sodus as seen from Crescent Beach.

Crescent Beach October Waves

Lake Bluff, New York 2009

The sign is up at Lake Bluff! My dad and I finally admitted that Summer 2009 beckons and it was high time for the annual sign hanging.

Lake Bluff sign put into place by Gil and Seth Burgess on 27 May 2009

Leaves are Growing

Things are turning green at Lake Bluff!

Honesty of the Night

There is a natural darkness that compels honesty...
It exists just down the road, a familiar tread
between the trees and under a cloudful sky.

Night creatures play their song, distant and near
and the truth abounds from all things, and from me.

Insight leaks from within and carries on
as light might shine into infinity.
Yet as with light, the honest truth can only reach so far
until it is blocked or deflected.

Whereby might the words of our heart find the way
through all barriers and into the void of lost promise?

Whereby, indeed.

Why do worms come out when it rains?

I have turned into a three year old again always asking the question why. Today after a rainfall at the bluff, of course, there were a tons of slimy worms scattered all over the surface of the dirt road. As a child, I remember finding interest in collecting the worms and storing these little guys in a bucket filled with dirt. This was until my mom made me put all of them back where I found them.

It is a common myth that worms come out of the ground when it rains because they might drown. This is not true. Worms breathe through gas exchange which occurs through their skin. If water has enough oxegen worms can survive in water for many days. So the question is why do these slimy friends come out when it rains? Well, since worms use oxegen to breathe through their skin, being above ground in a moist envirement allows these creatures to thrive. The sliminess and moistness on the worm is actually mucus which assists the worm with the gas exchange. Gas exchange must take place for a worm to survive After a rain a worm plays on the surface because the ground is moist.


I spotted a beaver in the Byork pond at Lake bluff. A few days ago I was driving to work and spotted a big wet fella with a large flat tail walking down the side of the road. Today on a walk with Tanner we spotted a beaver. Immediately I thought this was the same beaver I had seen earlier in the week, but when it dove in the water I discovered this was a kit possibly of the beaver I had seen walking down the road. Tanner and I watched quietly and then continued on our walk a little past sloop landing road. The walk round trip is a total of 4.5 miles from the cottage.

Back Beach Waves

Tanner and I tried to cross in front of the Bluff from East to West this afternoon (11-Mar-09), however were deterred by deep clay. I became stuck and was soaked by lake splash!

The above video was captured with my LG VX8350 (standard clamshell mobile phone). If you can't view it, you're probably behind the times and are still using Internet Explorer to browse the Web. Tsk tsk.

Calm Waters

A sign of Spring? Lake Ontario's waters have flattened today, and the icy shore is breaking apart. For those of us Winter Sportsmen, it's not looking good...

Break out those paddles!

Bluff on a Cold Day

The low temperature was 5 deg. F last night. Coming in late from an amazing moonlight ski, the air was biting to the face. It looks like the temps mid-next week will drop even lower. Of course to me, given that we will keep getting snow, this is all very exciting!

Below are some photos I just snapped of the face of the Bluff and the waters below:

Top of Lake Bluff

Bluffs from West

Tim Stiess is Engaged

Tim Stiess is engaged! For any Bluffers who didn't receive the announcement email coming from him, send on a note and I'll forward to you so you can send your congrats!

Also, I came across a recent Graduate Student Spotlight on Tim on the Virginia Tech website.