One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 5/13/08 Lake Temp. 52F. Ghetto temp. 60 F. Island tmp. 60.5 F. Yesterday's L/H: 50/58 F. Current conditions: Almost crystal clear night, little to no wind.
After some breakfast, the Caretaker went out on a dandelion hunt, he wanted to catch all the flowers that had bloomed before they turned to seed. After a short walk around the Island, picking the bright yellow flowers as he went, his efforts resulted in a hand full of sunshine. After observing this collection of yellow glow in his hand he summarily through it in the trash. Even when decapitated, dandelion flowers will turn to seed so there is no point in composting them only to wind up planting more dandelions.
After getting some work done on the Island the Caretaker canoed over to Clay island for some recreational raking. The Caretaker had plans for the afternoon so he could only wrangle leaves for about an hour. After leaving Clay to return to the Island, approaching quietly in the canoe, the Caretaker noticed a Blue Heron standing on the South Boathouse dock, wings akimbo, sunning itself. The Caretaker was only able to get about 20 feet from the South dock before the Heron took flight. Always calming to watch a Heron fly; disturbing to hear its call.
The Caretaker grabbed some lunch, packed his camera and a few other things and headed off towards log bay. The Caretaker decided it was high time he went on a field trip, the last time he had done so was back in February. The wind was coming from the Narrows so there would be no burning on the Island for the day and the rest of what needed to be done could be put off for an afternoon. Today's field trip was to Shelving falls. It was a great field trip, the Caretaker had a great time. He took lots of photos, so many that he has decided to start a new blog. The Caretaker's plan for the rest of the Summer is to go on a field trip at least once a week, the images and commentary for these field trips will be posted on a separate blog, if you are a regular reader of The Caretaker's Concern you will be notified when photos and text from a field trip are posted to the new blog. By starting this new blog the Caretaker will also be able to post photos and text from his field trips from years past. If all goes well the Caretaker will have this new blog up in the next few days.