This is part of the Open Source Treasure Hunt. I have loved Hemlock and Canadice Lakes in central New York for almost 20 years. It’s a rare, unspoiled part of New York. So, I’ve decided to start a project to document the recreation activities available in the Park
Phelps and Corham Tract
I took these pictures in spring 2006. This field covers a ghost town from the 18th and 19th centuries.
There are also many ruins from 19th century summer homes along the lake. The old road to these houses is now a crushed gravel walking path, so it’s very easy to get to the foundations. The best time to go for metal detecting is in the spring. During those short weeks, the ground isn’t hard, but the underbrush isn’t thick yet. Summer is the time for fishing and photography on the Lake. There is good fishing for Trout, Bass, even Pickerel.
There is a nesting pair of Golden Eagles on the ridge between Hemlock and Canadice. There are several pairs of falcons that hunt along the shores of both lakes. One or two Egrets make their way up and down the lake occasionally. Dusk is when the show really starts. That’s when the unbelievable swarm of mosquitoes rises out of the southern marsh. They cling to the surface of the lake, sweeping North like a squall line. The fish rise to meet them, but they can only get a few. Just as that spectacle fills your eyes, a new sound comes from behind you. Strange, high pitched, half sounds fill the valley. A moment later, the bats stream through the trees and past your spot. For the short time before total darkness, you can see the most thrilling acrobatics, almost within reach.
I think I’ve found the general area of a roosting cave. It’s on the southwestern shore of Canadice. I’m going to go back down this summer for some pictures. I’m planning to hang an apple from a branch to attract insects. If I focus on the apple, then pan left or right until it’s out of frame, I should be able to get some realistic flash photos of the bats eating insects.