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Snapping Turtles by Dave Z.

Snapping Turtles Mating by Dave Zavracky
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Being a cabin owner allows for some truly fascinating encounters with the outdoor world. The real and natural, yet seldom seen lives of well-known creatures offer us some truly unique discoveries and experiences. When you spend time in the natural environment, chances are, sooner or later, you’ll run into something that will demand your attention. It happened to me while out fishing on Longwood Lake one morning in mid-May. I came upon a rather unusual looking floating object. Upon closer inspection I noticed the shell of a snapping turtle. As I came right up upon it, I determined that it was two snapping turtles locked together. The two turtles drifted with the current down into lower Longwood lake.

Snapping turtles mate between April and November, influenced by the gradually warming water in the spring and become most active breeding during the warmer months. They begin courtship by facing one another and moving their heads from side to side. Mating begins, in the water, with the male mounting the female and adjusting his tail beneath the female’s to allow the cloacal openings to touch. The female can store the male’s semen within herself for months, delaying fertilization until the optimum time. Delayed fertilization helps snapping turtle populations spread. A female can travel overland to a new lake, pond, or marsh, before initiating fertilization in the new habitat. She excavates a cavity on dry land with her hind feet, buries up to 60 eggs and then leaves. The young turtles find their own way back to the water. Raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and minks raid the nests and prey on hatchlings. Once they reach the water, the young are vulnerable to fish, snakes and wading birds.

Winter 2017/2018

Winter at Longwood Lake:  Photos thanks to Lisa Correa, Aaron Lewit, Vince Reyda, Gail Slockett (and one painting by Gail!), Dave and Patty Spitzfaden, Anthony Tesoriero

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The Annual Ice Fishing Contest – 2018:  Photos thanks to Al and Nancy Saccente and Dave Zavracky

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Power Line Photos March 23-24

March 24 - at work on the tower shown in the previous photo.

March 23, around 5:00PM – at work on the new tower halfway up toward the ridge on the Picatinny side

Picatinny side

Tower construction 6:49 pm, March 23  bringing more material to tower shown in the previous photo
March 23, 6:49PM – Tower construction: Bringing more material to the same tower
March 23 - on the ridge - Picatinny side
March 23 – on the ridge – Picatinny side
March 24 Berks
March 24 – Berkshire Valley Road side looking away from Longwood Lake
March 24 Berkshire Valley Road side
March 24 same tower as in previous photo looking back toward the Lake

Wow! This is happening fast!

Photos taken by Jeff, Dick & Eva-Lee

Photos By Aaron Of Work On The Power Lines

On Saturday, March 2nd Aaron (Cabin # 196) took these pictures of the power line cut as seen from Berkshire Valley Road.

Aaron writes:  “There is some very serious equipment sitting off the road between BVR and the lake. There are cranes at the east and west ridges erecting new bases for new towers (I think).  Bases are in place for the tower closest to BVR.  Nothing appears to be driving (trucks or machines) up the hill from BVR to the west ridge.  There are erosion control measures in place. Lots of stone where soil is disturbed with by trucks and machinery.”

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This is the end of Aaron’s March 2nd power line pictures. Thanks very much for taking them.

Waiting for spring,
Eva-Lee

The Roads Look Good

Paul French has finished work on the roads and they are in excellent shape. But the ground is saturated and it is still raining. Let’s hope for a dry spell.


Photo taken by Aaron Lewit Sunday, March 28

Photo taken by Aaron Lewit Sunday, March 28
Scroll down to previous posts for “before” pictures of the bridge.

Photo taken by Jeff Galloway Sunday, March 28 This is what some of the roads we don’t maintain look like. As Jeff says, “they are instructive about the forces of nature we’re dealing with on the roads that we are maintaining.”


Photo taken today, Tuesday, March 30 by Mike Klein who says, “We are OK So Far.”

Thanks very much to all who have been taking care of the place. Kevin and Mike Rowe pulled trees out of the road early on and I’m sure there are others who helped but remain anonymous.

Eva-Lee