One of the reasons I like Tinker Park in Henrietta NY is that each hike can have its own surprises. I have hiked in the park many times and always find something out of the ordinary. I have watched the birds as they flutter from one nest box to another. There is a large number of bird species in the park. From bluebirds, to geese and robins and many more types. The deer are very abundant in the park as well.
On my last hike in the park, I almost missed my surprise. I had been in the park this time taking some photographs of the park its self. The section I was hiking in had an elevated trail of about three feet. The light that day was great for taking photographs. The park offers so many subjects to shoot. I had my camera on a tripod (I usually shoot landscapes from a tripod) getting ready for the shot. I took my eye away from the viewfinder to check the scene and what I surprise!! A doe and fawn were walking under my lens! I quickly and as quietly as I could changed my camera settings and started to take photos of them. The doe walked her fawn towards a tree that was about forty feet away and then she started to eat her way in a circle back towards a section of trail on the other side of where the trail curved. The doe was so close I was afraid of spooking her and seeing her run away. My movements were very slow and deliberate inching closer with each shot. I would shoot some images then move closer. I left the tripod where I was shooting and keeping it in sight slowly crept close to her. At the same time, she was feeding her way to me. I thought for sure that at any minute she would dash away. Eventually she got so close to me I had to wait for her to move a little as she was closer than my lens can focus. This whole happy adventure lasted over 45 minutes. I have never experienced anything like that before that day. By the time she sauntered out of camera range I has well over 100 photos. I had planned to be in the park about two hours so it was time for me to leave to return another day for a new adventure.
Anyone who is in Monroe County should take a hike through this pleasant park. The trails are flat and easy going and at any time of the year, there is something to see. It is great for a family outing with a stroller, wheel chair bound people and anyone who has trouble walking. The park is on Calkins Road in Henrietta NY. If you are visiting Rochester, I would recommend a hike through the park.
If you have a question about a particular trail or hiking in general, feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com.
Some books available (all by Sue and Richard Freeman):
“Take a Hike! Family Walks in the Rochester New York Area” (This is my go to book for info on hiking). Sue and Richard Freeman
“200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York.”
“Take Your Bike! Family Rides in Western New York” (Many bike trails can be hiked).
Got to www.FootPrintPress.com for a complete list and to order.
Hiking Clubs in the area:
LL Bean Outing Club