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Allegany State Park Firetower

ASP Firetower
Allegany State Park Firetower

The weather was so beautiful the other day and with the leaves being at their peak this weekend . . . . I decided to try and capture some tree top photos from inside the Allegany State Park Firetower.

ASP Firetower

So many steps to get to the top of the tower . . . . ugg and it was a little windy!

From Inside
View from inside!

It was well worth the hike . . . . I had the most spectacular view from inside the tower!

The View

I happen to noticed a Nymphalis butterfly species hiding in the corner of the floor . . . . . OMG . . . it’s a Compton Tortoiseshell!

Compton Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell

Of course I tucked my finger under the Tortoiseshell for a closer look! As soon as the sun reached it . . . the Tortoiseshell opened its wings and started sunning its self . . . . Wow, what a beautiful day it was the other day!

Compton Tortoiseshell
Compton Tortoiseshell opened in the sun!

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38 responses

  1. Pam

    Ohhh, how beautiful, Tom! Definitely worth walking up all of those stairs!

    17 October 2008 at 8:17 am

  2. Wow – great find, and some nice shots.

    17 October 2008 at 9:01 am

  3. Lovely flutterby but those shots of the fall color are spectacular!

    17 October 2008 at 9:29 am

  4. I am taking Firetower hikes in the Catskills every other week. Amazing.

    17 October 2008 at 10:40 am

  5. Great shots Tom !!

    17 October 2008 at 12:27 pm

  6. Gorgeous, thanks for climbing for us.

    17 October 2008 at 12:50 pm

  7. Michael Head

    Very nice! The last time I was up there there were no windows.

    17 October 2008 at 1:32 pm

  8. I’d say the climb was well worth it.Those shots are spectacular.Fall colors last such a short time.

    17 October 2008 at 3:23 pm

  9. Lisa at Greenbow

    What a treasure to find up in that tower Mon@rch. I am surprised that the fire tower is still safe enough to climb. Most of these old towers around here are not climbable any more. It is sad. I have always liked to climb way up there to look around. I always feel so alone. It feels like you find a secret garden. When occasionally a bird flies by or in your case finding a butterfly it seems like magic.

    17 October 2008 at 7:24 pm

  10. Spectacular shots, Tom. The butterfly fits right in with the great fall colors.

    17 October 2008 at 8:08 pm

  11. Awesome. Beautiful colors and a butterfly. Your after my heart Tom.

    18 October 2008 at 5:44 am

  12. The color on the wings of the butterfly match the colors of the leaves. (Is this the tower over there on the Quaker side?)

    18 October 2008 at 7:23 pm

  13. Well, to show my ignorance, I thought it was a moth. Its body looks more like a moth. But it certainly is pretty — quite different from most of the butterflies you would see back east. And thanks for showing more fall foliage. I really enjoy seeing the beauty you can behold there back east. We Californians (at least coastal folks) don’t get to see the intensity of color like that. Thanks for sharing Tom.

    18 October 2008 at 9:25 pm

  14. Great post and great photos. Thanks for sharing!

    19 October 2008 at 12:14 am

  15. Breathtaking–both the view and the butterfly.

    19 October 2008 at 7:51 pm

  16. Wow, what a view! And what a cooperative butterfly (even though it appears a little “worn” around the edges)

    20 October 2008 at 1:41 pm

  17. Amazingly beautiful!

    20 October 2008 at 2:17 pm

  18. I love the amount of reds your trees have. I noticed this year at Oil Creek that there wasn’t as much red. Can the colors change from year to year? That looks like quite a climb to the top. But I know it had to be worth it.

    20 October 2008 at 7:25 pm

  19. That’s a stunning view. Autumn at the peak of color, along with a butterfly who blends right in!

    20 October 2008 at 9:26 pm

  20. nancyann

    Hey, just wondering how you are doing?

    22 October 2008 at 4:03 pm

  21. Mel

    Amazing colours!! We don’t have sights like those in Lima 😦

    22 October 2008 at 5:29 pm

  22. Beautiful fall colors – I’m jealous!

    22 October 2008 at 9:12 pm

  23. Autumn in NY is so lovely, thanks for serving it up.

    26 October 2008 at 10:53 am

  24. Great blog.. Very interesting along with beautiful photos.. Enjoyed it.. 🙂

    29 October 2008 at 1:36 am

  25. I vacation in the Adirondacks so I have not been to Allegany Park but it sure looks beautiful. New York is the best.

    29 October 2008 at 3:19 pm

  26. Peter

    Hi ,
    You get amazingly great close up photos holding a bird or butterfly (in this case)in one hand and the camera in the other. How do you do it and what type of camera are you using?


    31 October 2008 at 3:31 pm

  27. What a wonderful place to be! Great for pictures (so long as they keep those windows clean ;- )
    Can’t believe how lovely that butterfly is when it opened its wings!

    31 October 2008 at 6:37 pm

  28. Tom–where have you gone? No birds? No butterflies? No fall scenes?

    6 November 2008 at 11:48 pm

  29. Hey Mon@rch, wanted to check in to see if everything’s ok and when you’ll be posting next. Hope to see a post from you soon, I miss all your amazing pics.

    10 November 2008 at 12:00 pm

  30. Sarah

    Somebody should kick you…come back.

    12 November 2008 at 8:17 pm

  31. Grace

    Your fans are restless. Need another guest post?

    13 November 2008 at 12:23 am

  32. LOB

    Hi Tom,

    17 November 2008 at 10:22 pm

  33. I hope everything is all right in your corner of the world. I just stopped by to see why my feeds wasn’t picking up your posts any more and saw there hasn’t been one in a while.

    Take care!

    19 November 2008 at 12:04 pm

  34. TuNaMeLt

    Are you in prison!??

    21 November 2008 at 11:21 pm

  35. Are you checking my blog lately?

    23 November 2008 at 10:06 pm

  36. Yoohoo! Tom!!! Where are you?

    24 November 2008 at 6:35 pm

  37. Really great photos.
    xoxo Nita

    25 November 2008 at 2:36 am

  38. loved your photos….. 🙂 nice work buddy 🙂

    10 May 2012 at 7:58 am

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