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Monday, September 16, 2013

Chill Of an Early Fall(Ooms and Crellin)

Went for a couple of small walks after work today in rural Chatham.  One of my favorite places to walk is Ooms Reservation near Chatham Center off Rock City Rd.  The Columbia County Land Conservancy does a fantastic job here and at nearly all of their preserves.  The trails are mostly through rolling hills and open meadows with the main centerpiece being Sunderland Pond.  The sun was trying to peek out but the clouds were gaining a foothold as I arrived in the early afternoon.  It made for some interesting skies.

The relatively cool(mid 60's) and overcast conditions made for great walking.  This is always a pretty area to photograph with the open country all around you.

As I made the final turn around the pond and neared the end of my walk, the skies began to clear just enough to let me get this beautiful photo.
After leaving Ooms Reservation, I decided to stop by Crellen Community Park, which is also in Chatham, but much closer to the village.  Crellen is, as its name would suggest, a community park, with a public beach, athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground and even some nature trails.  The trails are mostly short and wooded along the banks of the Stony Kill Creek.  After the substantial rains of this past week it was no surprise to see the creek running strong.  It is a quiet and picturesque creek in the corner of this popular park.

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