Pocantico River

I’m a volunteer at the local historical society (The Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society), which is situated on the lower level of the building that also houses the Briarcliff Manor Library, the village Recreation Department, and the Vescio Community Center. A bike/walking path (actually a spur of the North County Trailway) passes right by our building and goes into the village. I often walk along this path into the village. The path runs alongside the Pocantico River. One day, while walking by the river I noticed the patterns that the flowing water was making. They caught my interest and so I took a few pictures.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3


I came across a patch of these delicate, pastel-colored flowers. I don’t know much about flowers, but I think they might be creeping phlox:

Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera) is a low-growing, mat-forming plant that is often seen spreading as a ground cover, in rock gardens, and even in crevices of stone walls. It blooms in the late spring to summer with clusters of fragrant, five-petal flowers that stretch almost an inch across. These flowers tend to attract butterflies and other pollinators to a garden. And after they’re done blooming, the creeping phlox foliage still remains green and attractive for much of the year before dying back in the winter. Plant your creeping phlox in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. The plant has a moderate growth rate.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3

From Rockwood Hall to Sleepy Hollow – Lunch at the Bridgeview Tavern

It was a rather warm day and after walking for some time I was tired; my feet were sore, and I was thirsty and very hungry. My walk had taken me to the bottom of Beekman Ave. in Sleepy Hollow just a block or two from one of my favorite hangouts: The Bridge View Tavern. It has a good selection of beers, food which is decent if not spectacular (fairly typical put style food in fact), a cozy atmosphere and a nice view across the Hudson to the Tappan Zee Bridge. I found myself wondering, however how long the view would last. The restaurant overlooks a former General Motors Assembly Plant. When that facility was demolished in 1999, it left the River View Tavern with a broad, unobstructed view of the bridge. However, the site is now being developed and buildings (condominiums) are popping up all over it. I imagine it won’t be too long before you can’t see the river at all.

From there, refreshed if a little sleepy, I headed home.

Taken with a Sony RX100 M3