View From the Top

I scrambled aboard a helicopter last week to take a little aerial tour of the Thousand Islands region. This place is so surreal—you never notice just how much water is here until you get up into the sky to behold it. The landscape around these parts is as good a reason as any to get up here during the warm-weather months and pay us a visit...

Special thanks to Tseko Vachev of Adirondack Helicopters for being such a great pilot, and to Harold "Bart" Simpson, my pal from the Redwood Tavern, who took me as his guest. Will do my best with labeling these shots! 

Photos after the jump...
Alexandria Bay and the Thousand Islands

A creek along Route 26:

Downtown Redwood (Mud Lake at left):

Butterfield Lake (top), Millsite Lake (bottom). Cottage Hill Road running between the lakes:

Better Farm in center, Butterfield Lake and Black Creek in background:

Goose Bay:


Boldt Castle, on Heart Island:
All photos by Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.