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bear sculpture Great BearI am venturing out to places that are local but I have not visited in decades. It is quite fun to play tourist in your own community. As you can probably tell if you follow this blog, that I have been into my photography more than my writing. Don’t worry winter will be here soon enough and then things will switch.

This Sunday, I went on a nature walk I’ve been to go on to Great Bear Springs. For now there are around 10 miles of trails. Unfortunately, about a third of it is privately owned and for sale. The trails are in Volney and Fulton NY and contain remnants of the Historic Oswego Canal. This canal was built to connect the Oswego River to the Erie Canal. If you’d like to read more about the history of Great Bear Springs click here to go to the Friends of Great Bear Site.  

The Oswego Canal opened in 1828 and evidence of the Guard Lock #2 that you’ll see in the photos was rebuilt in 1855. The lock normally remained open unless the water was abnormally high and the boats passed through the gated system. This part of the trail is for sale — the Friends of Great Bear are working to raise the money to buy the land to donate it to the land trust to keep it forever wild. (as always click to enlarge any photo).

I couldn’t find the name of the toad. If you know — please share your wisdom.