Bear Swamp

Just off the southern tip of Skaneateles Lake lies the 3,300 acre Bear Swamp Forest. It's a well put together bit of forest criss-crossed with ski trails, snow mobile corridors and logging roads. At the forest's southern end is a parking lot large enough for at least two dozen cars, but I've never seen another one there except my own. Yes, it is a pretty quiet place.

I've been to Bear Swamp a few times. Though I may have brought my camera with me before and there are probably photos from this place somewhere in my archives I've only gotten around to editing the ones I just took a few weeks ago. It's not the sort of place I normally think to go to take pictures or even to go to visit. It's just a bit out of the way and not all that exciting.

Well, that's not entirely true. The swamp is nice. It's not a place I'd like to visit in the summer, but it's pretty. It's especially nice at dawn because it opens to the southeast, great for taking sunrise photos in the winter.

The gallery here is divided into two sets. The first was taken one winter day before it began to snow here. The second, just a few photos, was taken the following morning at sunrise at the swamp itself.



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