• Tarrytown Reservoir As I recall this was taken in the early ...
  • Buster This is our friend’s dog, Buster. He can look a little ferocious at times, but he’s actually quite sweet. He’s a French Bulldog (known in French as a “Bouledogue Français”). Quite rambunctious when he was younger, as he’s aged he’s become more mellow.
  • Garden Club Meeting My wife and I are members of our local garden club, which recently held a presentation on “Birds of the Hudson Valley”. Here two of the participants are watching the presentation. The garden club also has its own closed Facebook Group, but the club’s chairperson didn’t want this picture to be posted. I wonder ...
  • The England of My Childhood Ian Berry | The English. An elderly woman plays cricket with her family on the beach. Whitby, England. 1974. © Ian Berry | Magnum Photos Ian Berry’s 1978 book sees him return to his homeland after many years abroad to both document and rediscover the English way of life…After a decade of travelling and living in ...
  • Croton Point – Yew Trees In the previous post (See: Croton Point – Cabins) I referred to a piece by Sarah Gibbs Underhill (a descendant of the original owners of “Interwasser”, a mansion, which once stood on Croton Point) in which she said: “The four yew trees are still standing, and have grown to heights of 60 to 100 feet. ...
  • Croton Point – Cabins Near the southernmost tip of Croton Point, Teller’s Point are a number of wooden cabins. I couldn’t see inside, but I could see toilet facilities outside and from reading I’m led to believe that the cabins have electricity, water and at least in some cases have tv (although apparently ancient tv sets). The ...
  • Memories of the Dambusters A number of earlier posts related to the New Croton Dam and co-incidentally this post too deals with dams, specifically a raid during World War II (WWII) officially called Operation Chastise, but which to many of us is better known as just “The Dambusters” after the book by Paul Brickhill and the 1955 film. ...
  • A Hike. Part 2 I mentioned in the previous post that that there was something I really wanted to see along this hike. This was it. It’s called the King’s Chamber and it’s one of the largest of the many stone chambers in Putnam County. I’d been trying to find it ever since we moved up ...
  • First Baptist Church, Tarrytown, NY According to Wikipedia: The First Baptist Church of Tarrytown is located on South Broadway (U.S. Route 9) in Tarrytown, New York, United States. It is a stone building in the Victorian Gothic architectural style dating to the 1870s. In 1983 it and its rectory were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Congregants first met in ...
  • 99 White Plains Road, Tarrytown I’ve driven and walked past this building many times, but never really paid attention to it. Today my wife had a doctor’s appointment not far away and while waiting for her I took the dog for a walk. As I walked by I finally noticed the building and thought to myself that there ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Route 9W Bridge over Popolopen Creek It’s all very confusing. Doing my research for this series of posts on the area around Fort Montgomery I’ve discovered that both this bridge (where Route 9w crosses over Popolopen Creek) and the footbridge (See: Fort Montgomery – Footbridge over Popolopen Creek) are described as “The Popolopen Creek Bridge”. According to Wikipedia: During the American Revolution, ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Footbridge over Popolopen Creek. As mentioned in earlier posts the pontoon bridge that crossed Popolopen Creek during the Revolutionary war was eventually (and much much later) replaced by a permanent structure. According to Wikipedia: The red-blazed Popolopen Gorge Trail runs along the south side of the creek to a foot bridge just south of Popolopen Torne. Here, it joins the ...
  • Fort Montgomery – A view from the 9W bridge Route 9W passes across a bridge over Popolopen Creek just steps away from Fort Montgomery. This is the view from the bridge. Farthest away is the Bear Mountain bridge over the Hudson River. Next comes a railway bridge and finally the footbridge over the creek that replaced the pontoon bridge in use ...
  • Fort Montgomery – A view from Fort Clinton Once upon a time Fort Montgomery sat on the heights above the north side of Popolopen Creek. On the heights on the other side of the creek stood Fort Clinton. Almost nothing of Fort Clinton remains today, but it once stood where the Bear Mountain tolls now stand. This is taken from ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Large Boulders I came across these large, impressive boulders between the Barracks and the North Redoubt.
  • Fort Montgomery – Enlisted and Officers Barracks According to a nearby information board: The long foundation to the left (see picture above) was a barracks for enlisted men. The short foundation on the right (picture below) housed the fort’s senior officers and served as a commissary for storing food provisions. Items stored here were controlled and carefully guarded. Archaeology suggests ...
  • Fort Montgomery – The Redoubts There’s not much to see here nowadays, but this was once the site of the North Redbout. According to a nearby information board: Brigadier General George Clinton, the Governor of New York State, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle of October 6, 1777. Aware the British were approaching, he ordered some of his men to take ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Barracks According to a nearby information board: You are looking at the foundation of a barracks built in the summer of 1776. This was probably a two-story building with a cellar under the northern half. Artifacts recovered from the site tell us a lot about the soldiers who lived here. In the 18th century, ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Powder Magazine According to a nearby information board: Fort Montgomery’s powder magazine provided secure, dry place in which to store the garrison’s gunpowder and ammunition. The magazine was located here because of the site’s good drainage and because of the protection afforded by the rock ridge between it and the river. The magazine was build early ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Guard House According to a nearby information board: When excavation of the Guard House was completed in 1969, the site was reburied to protect the feature. Therefore, little is visible today. The Guard House was divided into two rooms that reflected its dual uses. The southeastern room was where soldiers on guard duty were stationed. ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Soldier’s necessary According to a nearby information board: A “necessary” is a privy, or outhouse. In front of you is the vault of the only necessary known to have existed at Fort Montgomery. When it was finished in April 1776 it was described as “a large necessary, for soldiers”. It is hard to imagine that ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Regimental Gardens According to a nearby information board: The raised beds you see in front of you are a recreation of an 18th century garden. Research has shown that the soldiers at Fort Montgomery had gardens to supplement their food supply. Although we do not know precisely what the soldiers were growing we can speculate on ...
  • Fort Montgomery – Overview According to the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site: Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson. On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and ...
  • Clouds over the Croton Reservoir Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3 from the top of the New Croton Dam looking North-East. In the distance Hemlock Brook Preserve, which the Westchester Land Trust describes as follows: This 14-acre preserve was donated by Walter P. Lewisohn in 1971 to The Nature Conservancy. In 2003 The Nature Conservancy transferred the preserve to Westchester Land ...
  • A Day in New York City – A pair of frogs This two frogs (along with three others and a few ducks) sit on the base of the Honey Bear Statue near Central Park zoo. Apparently water sprays from their mouths although when I was there the fountain was not functioning (possibly because of the season). Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.
  • A Day in New York City – Honey Bear Statue This statue stands just outside the zoo in Central Park, New York City. According to the Central Park Conservancy web site: This whimsical bronze is in a niche that flanks the triple-archway that supports the Delacorte Musical Clock between the Central Park Zoo and the Children’s Zoo. The Dancing Goat is the bear’s counterpart on ...
  • A Day in New York City – Samuel Morse Statue Finally in New York City, we took a taxi from Grand Central Terminal to Central Park. The driver dropped us off near 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. As we got out of the taxi I noticed a statue. Imagine my surprise to discover that it was of Samuel F.B. Morse, whose former ...
  • Hopewell Junction Depot I came across these old photographs of the Depot at Hopewell Junction. I could tell that they were old because Anthony Musso in his book Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley Vol. II mentions that the original depot originally had doors with rounded tops. Apparently it was hard to insulate properly so all ...
  • A treasured memory We recently received this picture from one of my wife’s relatives. The small child is my wife aged about 6 months, being held by her father. It’s was very low resolution scan, full of spots and other marks i.e. not a particularly good scan. I was able to eliminate many of the ...
  • A face in stone I can’t really articulate why I like this picture. Maybe it’s the expression on the face? Maybe it’s the strange carvings around the face? Maybe it’s the carvings in general? Perhaps the textures? Somehow I found it appealing – what can I say? Taken with a Canon EOS 650 and Canon EF ...
  • A twig in the snow Another shot taken in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor, NY. I liked the “minimalist” composition and the extreme contrast between the bright white of the snow and the stark blackness of the twig. It made me feel cold, which I imagine I was since there was quite a lot of snow on the ...
  • Rushes Taken in Law Park, Briarcliff Manor, NY while walking the dog. I liked the layers: the snow in the foreground, the first group of rushes (sharp), the icy snow covered pond, and then the second layer of rushes (blurred). Also the sets of diagonal lines that lead the eye through the picture. Taken ...
  • Seagull on a post In an earlier post (See: Ernst Ludwig 50mm f2.9 Peronar)I talked about the difficulties I’d had focusing this lens. I first tried it indoors in quite poor light that required me to use it at a wide aperture. The results were not good: a lot of missed focus. This picture was taken on the ...
  • Mohonk Mountain House We went for Easter Lunch at the Mohonk Mountain House. It’s about an hour’s drive from our Lake House – just outside New Paltz, itself a rather quaint university town. The meal was a huge buffet, quite pricey but they you’ve got to admit that the surroundings are quite special. I doubt there’s anything quite ...
  • Vernal Pond I came across this scene near Whortlekill Creek in Dutchess County, NY. I’d like to say that I was taken by tonal contrasts, the shiny water and the textures of the trees/grasses sticking out of the water. And that would be partly true. However, I mostly wanted to use the words ‘Whortlekill ...
  • Through the door of the slave house Dakar is situated on a peninsular and is the western most part of Africa. Consequently it’s a touch closer to The Americas than anywhere else in Africa. Perhaps this is why it was the main jumping off point for the slave trade. The slave trade was centered on Gorée Island, which is ...
  • A view over the bay In October, 2003 I found myself in Dakar, Senegal (See Dakar, Senegal 2003). I was staying in the Hotel N’Gor Diorama out by the airport and this is the view from my room – looking out over the N’gor bay. I liked the stark silhouettes and the multitudes of people in the water. ...
  • Croton Gorge – Things lost In an earlier post I mentioned that one of the great things about photography is that there’s always something new: e.g. a new viewpoint; different light; things you just missed. In this case what was new was that a couple of things that were previous there, have now gone. These pictures were taken with a ...
  • Croton Gorge – Old Stone Hearth I came across the stone structure near the house overlooking the Croton River. It’s right next to the solitary gravestone (see: Croton Gorge – Serendipity and Croton Gorge – Red Door). From the chimney like structure on top and the fireplace looking area at the bottom, I’d guess it’s some kind of hearth i.e. for ...
  • Croton Gorge – A river runs through it Taken from on top of the New Croton Dam, the Croton River flows from there for about four miles until it enters the Hudson near Van Cortlandt Manor According to Wikipedia the Croton River: …is a river in southern New York that begins where its eastern and western tributaries join downstream from the Croton Falls Reservoir. Shortly ...
  • Croton Gorge – Circular structure in the dam plaza This strange circular pit containing pipes stands in the dam plaza. It’s surrounded by an iron fence and you can see the falls in the background. I have no idea what it is, or what its use was. Perhaps it was some kind of long abandoned water feature, possibly a fountain of ...
  • Croton Gorge – The face of the New Croton Dam It really is very impressive. The dam is 297 feet high from bottom to top; 266 feet broad at its base. The dam’s foundation goes down 130 feet below the riverbed and contains 850,000 cubic yards of masonry. At the time of its opening (1906), it was the tallest dam in the world. This ...
  • Croton Gorge – The falls at the New Croton Dam A few shots of the Falls at the New Croton Dam (and yes there was an older dam that preceded it). Above, taken from on top of the dam looking down. The two below, taken from the base of the dam.
  • Croton Gorge – A view from beneath the dam Here’s a view from the plaza at the foot of the dam. Once again you see the dual nature of the spillway – natural on the left; man made to the right. I’ve posted about the Croton Dam before. See: Croton Dam Croton Dam Revisited Croton Dam However, although I spoken of the dam, I don’t recall saying anything ...
  • Croton Gorge – A view from on top of the dam Taken from the top of the Croton Dam, looking down onto the spillway. You can clearly see its dual nature: part natural, part man made. On the left the water rushes through the natural part, and on the right it flows over the man made part. As an article on the Amusing Planet website ...
  • Minolta 70W Riva Zoom – Results Icy Roaring Brook I described my experience using my February film camera in February film camera – Minolta 70W Riva Zoom. I now have the results back so how did it come out? First I was right that the first six frames had been taken by the friend who have given me the camera. There ...
  • Snow over the lake From the bright sunlight and the vivid colors of the preceding post: Temple, Yangon, Myannmar we return to the gloom of Winter in NY State. Since this last snowfall we’ve had a few cold, windy, but essentially sunny days. Tomorrow will be in a similar vein. But then on Tuesday we have one of ...
  • Snow patterns on our patio Our last snow fall came after a period of abnormally warm weather so the ground was quite warm. This meant that initially the snow stuck mostly on the grassy/mossy areas rather than on the paved areas. From this arose these interesting snow patterns. As the snow continued I imagine the paved areas cooled down ...
  • Happy Traum at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center I’d never heard of Happy Traum, but the events at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (TCCC) (see also: Tompkins Corners Cultural Center; Latino music festival at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center; David Amram Quintet at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center) are usually worth going do so when my wife mentioned that this was taking place we decided ...
  • What a difference a day makes Yesterday was a sunny, Spring-like day with temperatures near 60F. Some people were wearing T-shirts! And then today…. Taken from our patio around noon today (when it was still snowing) with a Sony Alpha 500 DSLR and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 LD Di II Macro IF Lens.
  • Vines on an old building Another old film picture taken around the time I started collecting cameras. This one was taken with a Fed 2 rangefinder camera and Industar-61 lens. It was taken at Pocantico Lake (see Old Waterworks at Pocantico Lake for a better sense of the surroundings. The picture is taken of the facade on the left ...
  • Tarrytown reservoir This was taken in the early days of my camera collecting. As I recall it was taken with a Zorki 4 rangefinder camera with a Industar 61 55mm f2.8 (not the L/D version) lens. I don’t recall what film was used other than that it wasn’t Kodak Professional BW400CN. I remember this ...
  • Mini snowman While walking the dog in Law Park in Briarcliff Manor I spotted this tiny (it couldn’t have been more than about six inches tall) snowman sitting on a wall. We’ve had temperatures in the high 50sF for the past few days so I imagine it has gone by now.
  • Falling snow Another view of our Japanese maple – this time as a snow storm was in progress. I was trying to capture the falling snow, with some success I think.
  • Snowscape Seen at the side of the road around our lake. I’m not entirely sure why I like it. Maybe it’s the undulating snow? Maybe it’s the way the ‘pools’ recede into the background? Maybe it’s the contrast between the light and the dark? Maybe it’s the way the light sparkles on ...
  • Cardiac beach When we first bought the lake house we were told that there were five beaches around the lake: children’s beach; spur beach; moon beach; north beach; and park beach. Needless to say in the almost five years we’ve been here I’ve been to all of them. However, I was walking the dog around the lake ...
  • Bear Mountain Inn 2 Another view of the Bear Mountain Inn. Talk about rustic! I liked the natural look of the stone contrasting with the more artificial, geometric lines of the windows, sills, and door. I also liked the the way the diagonal lines of the stairs cut through the otherwise horizontal/vertical nature of the composition.
  • Chess board I liked the contrasts between the blacks and the whites and the way that almost nothing except the foremost piece is in focus (and that only barely). The black pieces in the background seem to me to look almost a little threatening as if they’re waiting to pounce.
  • Stone birds on a curved wall Taken during a visit to Washington, D.C. in July, 2015 – in the plaza outside our hotel. I was fascinated by these small stone birds scattered around on walls, planters etc. throughout the plaza. I also liked the curve of this low, stone wall/bench.
  • Bear Mountain Inn I regularly monitor about 150 photography related feeds, one of which is Matthew Durr Photography. I’m accustomed to seeing his pictures of Japan so I was quite surprised to come across this one: Site Update 2016: Bear Mountain, Panoramas! in part because the Bear Mountain in question is a short drive (about ...
  • Ruins through a window Or at least through an opening that once was a window. Northgate, once the estate of Edward J. Cornish and his wife Selina now stands in ruins in the woods just north of Cold Spring, NY. Atlas Obscura provides the following information (in: Ruins of the Cornish Estate): Starting at one of the country’s most beautiful train terminals, ...
  • New Windsor Cantonment: Blacksmith’s tools Taken at New Windsor Cantonment in May, 2015. The Cantonment contains a working forge and part of the tour included a demonstration of how to make a nail using the tools and other equipment available during the Revolutionary War. A single guide took us around the site, explained the history of the camp, did the ...
  • New Windsor Cantonment: Chairs Taken inside the Temple of Virtue (or at least the 1960s reproduction of it that now exists) at New Windsor Cantonment, in May 2015. I’m not entirely sure why I like this. Maybe it’s the contrast between the light walls and the darker chairs. Or perhaps it’s the contrast between the smooth wood of ...
  • New York’s finest Taken on the occasion of the Pope’s visit to New York City in September, 2015, which we attended as did a lot of other people. They did a fantastic job of marshaling the teeming multitude up and down various avenues in Manhattan and into Central Park. Thankfully there were no incidents!
  • A statue Detail of a larger statue seen in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY just about one year ago (1/29/2016).
  • Presidential inauguration No. Not the one taking place today. This one is much older (160 years to be precise): And, in 1857, the first known photograph of a Presidential Inauguration was captured. This image, seen above, was taken by John Wood, who worked for the Architect of the Capitol under Montgomery C. Meigs. According to a presentation ...
  • Richard Pousette-Dart Source: Richard Pousette-Dart | The Art of Photography I had never heard of Pousette-Dart until I came across the video below on Ted Forbes fascinating “Art of Photography” website (I’ve already posted about his site in The Art of Photography). He also has a fairly long article on Pousette-Dart on the same site. Pousette-Dart seems to be ...
  • Big Sky detail 2 Another take on the “Big Sky” statue – this time in black and white. I think I prefer this version to the color version posted earlier (see Big Sky detail). It’s somewhat more abstract and ambiguous – it’s not immediately obvious what it is.
  • Twins Interesting “twins” statue cum birdbath seen at Amawalk Hill Cemetery.
  • RIP Snowdon Lord Snowdon, the ex-husband of Princess Margaret died today aged 86.Snowdon, a filmmaker and photographer, married the princess in 1960 but they separated in 1978.The photographer, born Anthony Armstrong-Jones, died peacefully at his home, his photo agency revealed.Camera Press said in a short statement: “The Earl of Snowdon died peacefully at home on 13th January ...
  • Cross A simple white cross on a dark background (actually it was green): the door of a nearby church. I liked the minimal composition, which seems to give a sense of peace and tranquility.
  • Hair My wife in the late 1970s/early 1980s. I guess I must have been going through an ‘artsy’ phase at that time. Taken, I believe, with a Canon AE-1, which I bought second hand (and in lousy condition as I recall). I don’t think I ever had a prime lens for this camera. Instead I had ...
  • Broken windows This was taken almost a year ago (January 29, 2016) in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, NY. I liked the varied tones and it’s almost abstract feel. Although I wasn’t conscious of it at the time, I was probably influenced by seeing similar (but much better) photographs by (I suspect) Minor White and/or ...
  • For fans of Downton Abbey This is what the real Downton Abbey i.e. Hiclere Castle in Hampshire, UK looked like in 1895. I particularly liked the interior shots. For example: Rare photographs of the ‘real’ Downton Abbey in Hampshire and its owners the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, and his wife Almina Herbert, from 1895, have been unearthed. Source: Incredible photographs show the ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Raymond plot The most prominent grave markers (i.e. the two directly in front of the cross) are for James Irving Raymond and his wife Grace Clark Adams. According to America’s Successful Men of Affairs: The city of New York, edited by Henry Hall, page 533. James Irving Raymond, head of the importing house of A.A. Vantine & Co., was ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Assorted statues George Washington, Lodge No. 285. Chartered in 1853, George Washington Lodge 285 is a Masonic Lodge in the Fifth Manhattan District under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. Not so much a statue as a relief of some sort, but I’m including it ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Assorted tombs A few additional tombs, which caught my eye. As I mentioned in earlier posts I barely scratched the surface of Kensico Cemetery. The only other thing that these have in common is that I was unable to find any information related to them. The picture above is the Bell Mausoleum. The Kensico Cemetery ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – William Lawrence tomb Again according to Douglas Keister: William Van Duzer Lawrence was born on a farm outside Elmira, New York. His parents, Robert D. Lawrence and Catherine Van Duzer Lawrence, both came from prominent Dutch-American families. At age 19, William went to work in the family’s pharmaceutical business and quickly rose through the ranks. He ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – J. Gordon Edwards tomb Yet another “exotic” tomb! This one-of-a-kind mausoleum is the resting place of prolific silent film director J.Gordon Edwards. Canadian-born Edwards was one of the most prominent movie directors in the silent film era. He began his career as a stage actor and director and then in 1914, he made his film debut as ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Landon tomb Like the Shriners memorial, this tomb has a touch of exoticism. The name on it is “Landon” and so far I haven’t been able to discover any additional information about it’s inhabitant. Doublas Keister’s Stories in Stone. New York. A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries and their residents identifies this ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Mecca temple. A.A.O.N mystic shrine At first I was somewhat confused as to what this impressive structure was. “Mecca Temple”, sphinx’s, lotus blossoms – not something you see a lot of in Westchester, NY. Eventually I figured it out. It was the “A.A.O.N” that gave it away. It stands for “Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Community mausoleum According to Rootsweb This mausoleum was erected in 1924 to replace the original Receiving Tomb. Architect Sidney Lovell styled the building after twelfth-century gothic churches of northern Europe. At the time of its dedication in 1925, the building design was described as Tudor Gothic. The mausoleum was erected with permanence, as well as grandeur, in mind. ...
  • Kensico Cemetery – Overview Mineola Lake. Douglas Keister‘s excellent: “Stories in Stone. New York. A field guide to New York City area cemeteries and their residents” describes it as follows: Kensico might rightly be called the jewel in the crown of the Westchester County cemetery complex. There are five cemeteries bisected by the Taconic State Parkway in the side-by-side ...
  • Reindeer? Taken during the News Year’s party we attended. The owner of the house was an avid hunter and there were hunt memorabilia everywhere including a huge Elk head above he mantel (for those who remember Fawlty Towers think Moose). I believe there was also a room upstairs with a number of animal heads on ...
  • Girl with a phone My wife’s friend invited us over to their house for New Year’s Eve. They have a large house and there were a lot of people there. One of them was this lovely little girl. At one point in the evening, in spite of the noise (and there was quite a lot of it) she ...
  • 2016 Favorites – Black and White Light Patterns. Another year has whizzed by and it’s time to post some of my favorite pictures from 2016 – black and white first. Like last year I’m presenting my ten favorites – in no particular order. At this point last year I said: I’ve been trying to find a focus for my photography, which at the moment ...
  • The Front Page We went into the city on Christmas Eve to see “The Front Page” at the Broadhurst Theatre on 44th Street between 7th and 8th Ave. This production starred Nathan Lane (awards too numerous to mention) and other well known actors such as John Slattery (Mad Men, Iron Man 2, Ant Man); John Goodman (Roseanne, ...
  • Skier on the ice Our lake is now completely frozen. However, we’ve had a few ‘warmish’ days with temperatures well above freezing. Usually people don’t go onto the lake until we’ve had several days of below freezing temperatures. So I’d be a little concerned that the ice is not all that thick at the moment. My wife was ...
  • Ruined buildings near Garrison railroad station If you walk from the Garrison railroad station up the trail towards Glenclyffe and Arden Point you pass this small cluster of ruins. I couldn’t find much information about them other than a short mention on a couple of web sites saying that they were formerly a lock factory.
  • Abandoned shacks I’ve often noticed these ramshackle wooden shacks just off Route 301 between the Taconic State Parkway and Carmel, NY. I’ve also often thought that we should stop and take some pictures, but until now I haven’t done so. There are three of them and I don’t know what they are/were or why they’re ...
  • Eighteen Arhats: My personal favorite – Mahakappina Thera I thought I’d include one of the pictures at a larger size. This one is my personal favorite (which is a pity because it’s also the least sharp. Either I missed the focus or there’s a little camera shake. I’ll have to go back and try again, but probably not before next year as ...
  • Eighteen Arhats: Right Side The second (and final) grouping: statues from the right side of the walkway. 10. Culapanthaka Thera. Culapanthaka was skilled in liberation from mind. He was born a dull person, could not even recite one verse of the teaching He got rid of the impurities of lust and other defilements and attained arahantship after wiping ...
  • Eighteen Arhats: Left Side As mentioned in an earlier post (see: Eighteen Arhats: Overview) I took pictures of each of the eighteen statues beside the walkway to the Great Buddha hall at Chuang Yen monastery. Now I have eighteen pictures. How do I present them in this blog? Clearly one post with 18 pictures would be too much. ...
  • Eighteen Arhats: Overview We recently took our elder daughter to nearby Chuang Yen monastery. As we were walking up from the car park to the Great Buddha hall we were looking at the statues on both sides of the walkway. I had previously taken pictures of a couple of them and now it occurred to me ...
  • John Cohen at L. Parker Stephenson Photographs in New York John Cohen lives near us and often performs at the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, which opened not too long ago in the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (formerly the Tompkins Corners Baptist Church). Here’s a picture of him performing: The late 1950’s and early 60’s was the booming period of artistic freedom — and freedom will only ...
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – The big surprise In the overview post to this series of pictures on Amawalk Hill Cemetery I mentioned that I had a big surprise in store. As I was walking around I noticed what looked like a large glass display case. It seemed such a strange thing to come across beside the gravestones in the woods ...
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – Walled plot I came across this large plot with a heavy stone wall around it. Inside there were only a few graves. I wonder why?
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – Celtic cross and shamrocks One of the relatively few interesting gravestone designs in this cemetery with a celtic cross and shamrocks (I think). According to Memorials.com website: Celtic Cross- The circle around the crosspiece symbolizes eternity. Its’ origin can be traced to the Celtic cultures of the British Isles. There is a legend of how St. Patrick when ...
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – A rabbit or three Sorry, just couldn’t resist this one.
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – Small statues Cherub Many of the cemeteries around here have very plain gravestones and little in the way of large statuary. Perhaps this is because certain denominations frown on excessive ornamentation? I’m sure the cemeteries can control the types of gravestones, but I doubt that they can stop people from putting small, barely noticable, statues on ...
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – Tree and gravestone In the older part of the cemetery. I was fascinated by the way this tree has grown over the small gravestone.
  • Amawalk Hill Cemetery – Overview After our visit to the Yorktown Community Church Cemetery, we went on to another one: The Amawalk Hill Cemetery. I wasn’t expecting much as we pulled in. It looked like your typical, run of the mill cemetery. I was certainly in for a surprise. It’s also known as the Amawalk Friends Cemetery or ...
  • The Ansonia According to Wikipedia: The Ansonia is a building on the Upper West Side of New York City, located at 2109 Broadway, between West 73rd and West 74th Streets. It was originally built as a residential hotel by William Earle Dodge Stokes, the Phelps-Dodge copper heir and share holder in the Ansonia Clock Company, and it was ...
  • Abstract composition One of the things I like about this picture is that it’s not immediately obvious what it is. It’s actually a bunch of fallen leaves on a carp gate. What’s a carp gate you may well ask. Well, a few years ago the powers that be decided to stock our lake with ...
  • Buddha group We were invited to have Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house. I came across this interesting grouping of objects in his living room. It aroused in me a sense of peace and tranquility (as I’m sure he intended). It was rather dark in the living room and since there were others around I ...
  • Indian statuette We have three of these small statuettes on a small pyramid shaped shelving unit in our living room. Right next to it is a slightly taller mirror-fronted armoire on which I’m accustomed to leaving cameras so the cat can’t get at them (it’s a little bit too tall even for her, and in any ...
  • Lion clock on the former Central Savings Bank According to a post (The Solidity and Stature of NYC’s Central Savings Bank) on the Curbed, New York site: The Central Savings Bank (currently Apple Bank), located at 2100-2108 Broadway at West 73rd Street, was built between 1926 and 1928 by the architecture firm of York & Sawyer. The bank had been founded in 1859 and ...
  • 159 West 72nd Street I think I was attracted to the half circular decoration to the right of the doorway. Farther down the wall to the right is a similar decoration, but this time a full circle.
  • My grandmother As I came downstairs this morning I passed this picture in a frame on a shelving unit. The picture had slipped and was now crooked in the frame. So I decided to take it out and straighten it. Then it occurred to me that I should probably scan it and post it ...
  • Subway station on 72nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City A different kind of New York City subway station. According to Wikipedia: The 72nd Street station opened on October 27, 1904, as part of the original subway, with trains running from Brooklyn Bridge to 145th Street. The original configuration of the station was inadequate by IRT standards. It had just one entrance (the control house on the ...
  • Verdi statue This statue stands in Verdi Park on West 72nd street and Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Our friend had driven us (myself, my wife, and our friend’s mother) into the city to see Spamilton. She had another stop to make and so dropped us off near the theatre. We had some time to ...
  • Community Church of Yorktown The Church’s website provides the following history: My friend George took me for a drive to a couple of Yorktown cemeteries, familiar to him, but unknown to me. The first is right next to this church. Our church history goes back to 1785 when the Yorktown Baptist Society, a branch of the Stamford Baptist Church, was ...
  • Happy Birthday, M. Daguerre Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre was born on 18 November 1787 in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, Val-d’Oise, France. Best known as one of the first pioneers of photography he was also an accomplished painter, businessman and advocate of the diorama. His positive daguerrotype process for a while dominated photography until ultimately supplanted by William Henry Fox Talbot‘s, negative calotype process.
  • Zounds! What can I say? Not something you see every day.
  • Whitby Castle My wife went to some kind of fund raising lunch here and I walked the dog while we waited for her to finish, and of course I took a few pictures of the ‘castle’. Of course this isn’t really a castle. I grew up in the United Kindgom and we know what castles ...
  • Staircase I’ve posted pictures of stairs/staircases before so I guess I must like them: Exterior staircase – Chambord Stone staircase Four staircases Boscobel – Interiors Stairs A walk to Rockwood Hall (stairs pictures along with others) Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY (staircase pictures along with others) Angkor (stairs picture along with others) I particularly liked the graceful curves here. I can see at least four ...
  • Glenclyffe 13 – Abandoned basketball court Looking at the facade of the old Fish mansion this now abandoned basketball court stands just off the right side. Looks like it hasn’t been used for some time
  • Glenclyffe 11 – Gazebo I was at a bit of a loss as to what to say about this gazebo, other than that it is a pleasant spot to break your walk, sit, and look out over the river. Luckily I came across this description on the Hudson Valley Pleasures website: We came across this magical place quite by surprise While on ...
  • Glenclyffe 9 – Buddha statue This statue stands in a corner by a doorway in the Garrison Institute (formerly the Monastery of Mary Immaculate). As this was once a Roman Catholic monastery you’d think that this statue might look a little out of place. However, ‘once’ is the operative word here. The building has not been a ...
  • Glenclyffe 7 – Empty planter This planter (if indeed that is what it is) stands in the grounds of Glenclyffe – just across the grassy area in front of the old Hamilton Fish mansion. It’s large, heavy and ornately decorated. If, indeed, it is a planter it’s presently empty.
  • Glenclyffe 5 – Tangle in the woods I was returning to the car from the historic overlook when, about half way to the former monastery, I came across this tangle. I don’t really know what it is – some kind of vine I imagine. I just liked the shape and the textures.
  • Glenclyffe 3 – An historic trail On my earlier walk into Glenclyffe (see Glenclyffe 1 – all that remains of the original mansion and Glenclyffe 2 – Monastery of Mary Immaculate) I walked up to the former monastery, continued on to the former Hamilton Fish house, and then kept going until I reached what was labelled on the map as ‘historic ...
  • Glenclyffe 1 – all that remains of the original mansion I had done part of this walk before. Starting from Garrison Metro North Station (on weekends the parking is free) I followed the first part of the trail and then turned right, passing over the railway lines to explore Arden Point.. I knew that a trail also carried on straight ahead, but it ...
  • Snapping turtle A couple of hundred yards from out house is a small dirt road called “Roaring Brook Lane”. It parallels a brook and goes over a small bridge to a dock by the lake. While walking the dog we decided (actually he decided – I merely followed) to go down to the dock. ...
  • Rock cairn Taken at one of the beaches on our lake. One of the interesting things about this cairn is that it wasn’t always there. In fact even though I visit this beach every few days while walking the dog I’ve never seen it before. At first I thought that maybe I’d missed it, ...
  • Philipstown Depot Theatre We recently went to the Philipstown Depot Theatre, which is housed in the former Garrison railway station. The i Ride the Harlem Line site describes the station as follows: If you’re looking for attractive views along the Hudson, Garrison might be the station for you. Garrison station is located along the waterfront, and from there are lovely ...
  • By the roadside 19: Self portrait with trash pile My ‘By the roadside pictures’ have all so far been ‘pretty pictures’ of flowers and the like. However, I also come across things, which aren’t all that pretty. It was bulk pickup day on our lake when during a walk I came across this rather large mirror. I couldn’t resist taking a ...
  • A pair of pigeons I have a very clear memory of taking this picture. We were in Copenhagen visiting our older daughter and her family. I’d gone with my grandson to his piano lesson. We’d been driven there, but were expected to make our own way home. I recall that we were taking the train ...
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and photography In the winter of 1920, readers of the popular British magazine the Strand found a curious headline on the cover of their Christmas issues. “FAIRIES PHOTOGRAPHED,” it said. “AN EPOCH-MAKING EVENT DESCRIBED BY A. CONAN DOYLE.” The Strand’s readership was well acquainted with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; most of his wildly popular Sherlock Holmes stories ...
  • Old vehicle in the woods In an earlier post (see: Down the Roaring Brook Trail) I mentioned coming across an old, abandoned vehicle in the woods. Here are some more pictures of that same vehicle, this time showing closer in detail.
  • A spider I just took this picture. My work area is down in the basement of our house. It’s only partially finished so we get a few bugs down there – especially spiders. Since I was a kid I’ve always liked spiders so it doesn’t particularly bother me when there are a few around. This ...
  • Beaver lodge on Pelton Pond Unfortunately the Beavers seem to have disappeared. I used to see signs of Beaver activity in the form of recently chewed/downed trees. However, I haven’t seen any such activity for over a year. Maybe they’ve upgraded and moved on to larger premises. According to Beavers, Wetlands and Wildlife beavers stay in the same ...
  • Enormous columns on Route 9 in Briarcliff Manor I’ve been living in Briarcliff Manor for about 18 years and noticed these two huge, fluted Ionic columns almost as soon as we arrived. However, until now I had never taken a picture of them. If you’re travelling north on Route 9 from Tarrytown, just before you reach the intersection with Scarborough road you’ll see ...
  • Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 1: Overview While walking along the Putnam County Trailway a while ago I noticed a path going off into the woods. I followed it for a while, but at that time the trees were bare, snow was on the ground and the trails were icy so I didn’t go too far. This time I approached the ...
  • Fisherman on Pelton Pond This was the only person I saw during a recent three hour walk. I liked the smallness of the figure compared to the height of the trees and the large boulders.
  • Down the Roaring Brook Trail I’d wanted to do this walk for some time. It runs near our house and is the closest access point to Fahnestock State Park. I’ve often said to friends: “It’s possible to walk into Fahnestock State Park from our house – but I haven’t done it yet”. Well now I have. ...
  • Patriots park, Tarrytown, NY I’ve posted before about Patriot’s park (see:Patriots Park Tarrytown, NY). Wikipedia describes the park as follows: The park’s organizing feature is an oval walkway with entrances at the north, east and west, and short paths to a basketball court at the south and North Broadway to the southeast. The main entrance is at the west. ...
  • Grasses As the numerous commuters taking the Metro North Hudson Line pass the post office at Scarborough Station I imagine many of them don’t realize that the building that now houses the post office was once the railway station itself. Right outside the post office is a small flower bed, which at certain times of ...
  • Dog and fish Taken at the park next to Scarborough Station in March, 2011. I remember that I’d taken the train home (getting off at Scarborough) and decided to take a short walk by the Hudson river to unwind and to see if there was anything worth a photograph. Two men were fishing. They each ...
  • Monsters in the woods A while back I mentioned in one of these posts (see Stillwater Lake) that I had come across a sign in the woods that read “Do not pass this point after 3:30 pm”. I speculated that this might be because that was when the monsters were let out. I was back on that ...
  • Owen Jones Monument Revisited I’ve posted a picture of this monument before (see: Owen Jones Memorial, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery). In the earlier post the monument is seen in context: on a hill in the distance other grave markers around it. This is a much closer view.
  • Spider web I was walking towards Stillwater Pond in Fahnestock State Park when I spotted this spider web. It seemed to just float in the air with no apparent means of support, backlit by the sun. I liked the original color version, but the brights yellows and greens and greens in the background seemed to ...
  • Harley Davidson I came across this Harley in the parking lot of our health club. It’s usually quite crowded, but this Harley was way off at the far edge – all by itself. Obviously the owner wasn’t taking any chance of it being banged. I’ve never really wanted to have a motorcycle. I find ...
  • Treasure hunter I came across this man with a metal detector early one morning in 2011 on the Connecticut shore. Apart from myself I think he was the only person on the beach. I liked the primarily horizontal bands of tone: the darker tone in the foreground; then the lighter tone of the sand; the brighter tones ...
  • Wooden eagle statue A nearby plaque reads: “In memory of Benjamin F. DeFrancesco 1898-1993. As the flag flies freely, so do I.” I took this with a Sony NEX 5N and 16mm f2.8 lens and its matched ultra wide angle converter. I recall that I used this combination, but it’s hard to be sure as the metadata ...
  • Statue and bench Taken on the grounds of a nearby mansion. I liked the juxtaposition of the quite new looking bench and the obviously much older statue. The somewhat eroded statue made me think about the passage of time and the way they stand isolated in this bucolic setting aroused a feeling of loneliness (this statement ...
  • Garden club meeting In earlier posts I’ve mentioned that my wife and I belong to the local garden club. It’s been great to be a member as we’ve met many incredible people who also belong to the club. Every year the club organizes two major events: the Christmas Party; and the Garden Tour where members visit ...
  • Facade What I felt most when approaching this magnificent old mansion was a sense of awe. The front facade really was quite imposing in its size and solidity. You approach the house from below, which makes it look even more spectacular. I’ve since learned that it’s not quite as solid as it looks. In the ...
  • I’ve got my eye on you I was wandering around at a nearby working farm when this cow (I think it’s a cow) ambled over. I waited for a while in the hope that it would look up, which it eventually did. It’s a fairly rare picture for me in that 1) I don’t often take pictures of animals ...
  • Exterior staircase – Chambord Taken in 2002 with a Canon Powershot S10 compact 2.1 megapixel camera at Chambord Castle during a very pleasant vacation in the Loire Valley. Chambord is particularly famous for a “double helix” spiral staircase, but I believe that this isn’t it (the famous one is inside the castle while this one is outside). It’s ...
  • Shadows on a wall I’m fond of shadows, see: Tree Shadows on a Wall Early Morning Shadows at the Flea Market A Couple of Shadows Shadows on the Kitchen Floor I took this picture of shadows falling on a red wall (a converted garage I believe) of a house only a few doors down from ours. It was taken around 5:00 pm with ...
  • House in Fishkill, NY This house is at 19 Broad Street in Fishkill, NY. A sign on it indicates that it’s on the National Register of Historic Places, but I haven’t been able to discover any additional information on it. I took the picture in July, 2014. In trying to find out more about the house’s ...
  • Spooky child statue I came across this statue of a small girl in a neighbors garden. The more I looked at it the more it struck me as being a bit ‘spooky’. It’s something to do with the indistinct eyes. You can’t make them out all that well, but somehow they give the impression that ...
  • Stone staircase I liked the curving banister and steps; the repetition of the stone balusters; the contrast between the lighter foreground elements and the darker building in the background; and the stone textures.
  • Urban blight Returning from our trip to the Mills Mansion we decided to stop at our favorite Filipino store/restaurant. Actually I’m not sure that it’s our favorite, but it is the closest. It’s located in a small strip mall on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, NY. While the area around it is generally pretty decent (there’s ...
  • A woman and a dog We came across this statue and my wife immediately wanted a picture (this isn’t that picture) of herself posing with our dog in front of it. The statue has not aged well: the dog still looks rather elegant, but both it and the woman have suffered greatly from erosion. The features of both ...
  • A balustrade I liked the curving lines, the repetition of the vertical elements and the contrasts between the dark and light areas.
  • Yashica TLR Of late I’ve developed an interest in Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Cameras (above my own Yashica 12 – unfortunately not working because of a stuck shutter. I’ll get it fixed one of these days). A couple of days ago I was browsing around and I came across this very useful resource related the ...
  • Tree and Vine I like the contrast between the dark tree and the lighter vine, also the contrast between the rough bark of the tree and the smoother leaves.
  • Terraces Taken at the same time and in virtually the same place as an earlier post: Topiary and for pretty much the same reasons: “I was attracted to the symmetry and stillness of the scene. Reminds a bit of something by Eugene Atget (although not as good).”
  • Cable Barn – North Salem, NY A sign on this front facade identifies the building as “The Cable Barn” and a second sign (in black, lower down and to the left) provides the date 1869 and indicates that the building is an historical landmark. The Town of North Salem, NY website suggests that the building was/is used for “Storage of Town ...
  • Topiary I was attracted to the symmetry and stillness of the scene. Reminds a bit of something by Eugene Atget (although not as good).
  • Untermyer gardens revisited – stone lion Apart from the magnificent sphinxes this was the only piece of sculpture that I noticed. I was a bit surprised by this. I’d thought to find more.
  • Abstract This was taken through the window of a travelling north along the Hudson River. Some of the reasons I like it: 1. The diagonal lines 2. The darker areas at the top and bottom 3. The almost abstract look 4. The ambiguity. It’s not immediately apparent what it is I don’t like the lighter ...
  • Woman and child My wife and one of the grandchildren in our lake. I hope it conveys some of the love I feel for my family.
  • Old tractors My father grew up on a farm and although he never really wanted to be a farmer (if he had he would have stayed there) he retained an interest in “things agricultural” for the rest of his life. One manifestation of this was his inability to ignore any traction engine rally taking place in ...
  • Donkey and Foal In a recent post: Soul/Creativity on his Photos and Stuff blog, Andrew Molitor provides the following quote (which he attributes to Ansel Adams): The final image you achieve will, to quote Alfred Stieglitz, reveal what you saw and felt. If it were not for this element of felt, the term creative photography would have no meaning. For ...
  • Farm Building I like old buildings. They evoke in me a feeling of nostalgia for earlier times. So this one definitely caught my attention. As I looked more closely a sense of amusement started to take over. At first I didn’t see it, but after a while I noticed the rather incongruous ‘Humpty ...
  • Upcoming visit to Untermyer Park We just had some visitors so as we usually do we prepared a fairly extensive meal and afterwards took them to a nearby attraction: Chuang Yen Monastery. They’ve decided to reciprocate by inviting us later this month to a meal at their home in Hastings-on-Hudson followed by a visit to Untermyr Gardens in Yonkers, ...
  • Wooden pier Seen at Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. I liked the way this long, wooden pier zigzagged out into the Hudson. Also the textures of the wood. I find the branches to the top right of the picture distracting, but I couldn’t get this shot without including them and removing them in ...
  • Chef Statue Seen outside a restaurant in New York City. Reminds me a bit of Ted Cruz. Taken back October, 2012 when I had never heard of Ted Cruz. Same kind of almost supercilious sneer masquerading as a smile. Taken with a Sony Nex 5n and Canon 50mm f1.4 S.S.C FD – a very nice ...
  • Portrait of a woman 2 For time to time I go through boxes of negatives from long ago looking for candidates for scanning. I say negatives, but there are also a few (very few) slides – this is one of them. I no longer remember what camera it was (probably a Canon AE-1 or a Minolta 7sii rangefinder), ...
  • French Photography in the 19th Century Not much text in this post (other than the extremely detailed captions), but some interesting early photographs. France is one of the pioneers of photographic technology and advances — progressing it as art and as science. The works of French photographers Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Charles Nègre helped the ...
  • Squirrel-proof birdfeeder – Ha!! Not a stunning picture. It was taken quickly and at a fairly long (250mm) focal length through one of our windows. At first I didn’t know what to do about this. There were two options depending on how the squirrel got there. If it jumped from the Japanese Maple behind then ...
  • The magician Our older daughter, her husband, and their three children came for a visit and we went with them to a sort of children’s party at one of our beaches. One of the highlights was a magician. I loved the expressions on the kids’ faces.
  • Onions in a nest There was a sign next to this pot explaining what kind of onion this is. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of the sign or otherwise note down the information. I have a vague memory of it saying that this particular type of onion is native to South Africa (I might not have ...
  • Plantpots I think it was the light that appealed to me here – sort of ‘dappled’ with interesting shadows cast on the pots. I also liked the arrangement of the pots – I’d never seen plant pots placed on top of each other in the is way (i.e. with the the bottom pot inverted ...
  • Horse and (dismounted) rider Taken at a nearby public garden. The horses (there were more than just this one) had just returned from a ride and were about to be groomed and fed. I can’t really articulate why I like this one.
  • Seating arrangement Interesting arrangement of objects seen in a nearby garden. I’m a sucker for rocking chairs.
  • For those Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) aficionados out there If you’re into Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) cameras you’ll love this site. It has a very simple name: TLR Cameras Website and it’s not all that attractively presented. It has a very ‘old style’ look to it, but it’s packed with information about TLRs of all kinds. The section on his collection ...
  • Ferocious looking bird statue I have no idea what bird this represents. The tail looks a little like a Turkey, but the head doesn’t and if it’s a turkey it’s the nastiest looking Turkey I’ve ever seen. In any case the head looks more like that of a bird of prey of some kind.
  • An interesting mailbox Not something you see every day! This interesting (and huge) mailbox stands outside the Suburban Carting Company in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Presumably not content with a generic mailbox they must have had one custom built to suit their needs. Perhaps they also get such a large volume of mail that they needed ...
  • Table by the lake side Lovely, slightly weathered wrought iron table overlooking our lake.
  • Frog golfers Seen in a neighbor’s driveway. Cute!
  • Bathroom pictures – a reflection This exercise was taken from the “Thinking Sideways” chapter of Freeman Patterson’s book: “Photography and the Art of Seeing. A Visual Perception Workshop for Film and Digital Photography“. It’s in a section entitled “Familiar Things”, which is described as follows: The next three exercises will help keep your spirit of discovery alive, make you more ...
  • Bathroom pictures 10: Legs Why did I take this picture? Well – “It seemed like a good idea at the time, yer honour”. Actually I was feeling a bit frustrated. I had nine pictures, but I couldn’t for the life of me see where another would come from (remember I needed ten pictures). I’d about resigned ...
  • Bathroom pictures 9: Shell The object in the first post in this series (Bathroom pictures 1: Offset spiral) is one of a number of shells my wife has placed in a small tray in the bathroom. In desperation (it is a very small bathroom after all!) I turn to another shell.
  • Bathroom pictures 8: Incense holder A different view of an everyday object: aerial view of an incense holder. Another picture that works better in color – mostly earth tones. The jar is quite colorful and the sticks are bright orange. The mat is a mixture of very light blues and yellows. I think it still works ...
  • Bathroom pictures 7: Through a glass darkly I think it was the patterns (the curved lines) that attracted me here.
  • Bathroom pictures 6: Gradient I liked the contrast between the lighter and darker bands and the way the bands get smaller towards the bottom. I also liked the textures of the lighter bands.
  • Bathroom pictures 5: Sparklies This is actually another view of the object in the preceding post: Bathroom pictures 4: Folds. However, where that picure was soft and ill-defined this one is sharper, with more hard edges and well defined shapes.
  • Bathroom pictures 4: Folds I’m not entirely sure what I liked about this one. Maybe it’s the dark and lighter shady and the somewhat shiny texture. And the fact that its rather soft and flowing.
  • Bathroom pictures 3: Self portrait The most difficult part of taking this picture was keeping the camera out of the frame! After that – trying to keep my expression from looking too demented (harder than you’d think. It took me a few attempts to get an expression that I was satisfied with).
  • Bathroom pictures 2: Vortex No prizes for guessing what this is. I actually preferred it in color, but since I’d decided to do the entire series in black and white…
  • Bathroom pictures 1: Offset spiral Another series! An earlier post mentioned a book I recently acquired: Photography and the art of seeing. In that post I said: I particularly liked the exercises he proposed, mostly in the “Thinking Sideways” section. I tend to get in a photographic rut where I take pretty much the same type of ...
  • Update: Church at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 301 I posted about this church September 2013 (Church at the intersection of Route 9 and Route 301). At the time I couldn’t find out any more information about it. Today I was browsing around in Cold Spring and leafed through this book: Around Cold Spring by Trudie A. Grace when I noticed a ...
  • Zeppelin painting company I loved the quirky sign on this building in Cold Spring, NY.
  • African statue It was standing on one of our shelves and caught my eye. A gift from our older daughter who lived in Africa for some time. I tried using the Carl Zeiss Jena 58mm f2 Biotar, but didn’t get the results I was looking for. Where I was taking the picture was rather dark ...
  • Empty (abandoned?) house on North State Road My wife was doing her exercise class yesterday and I decided to take Harley for a walk in the vicinity of Club Fit in Briarcliff Manor. While walking along North State Road towards Ryder Park I came across this empty house.
  • A comfortable spot for a nap Our dog, Harley found a comfortable spot for a nap: on my wifes’ legs as she was lying on the sofa reading the newspaper.
  • Sing Sing prison Seen from down by the Hudson Line railroad tracks in Ossining, NY. Looking at this picture closely you can see that what should be vertical lines are, in fact, wavy. It was a very hot day so I suppose that this effect is some kind of heat haze. According to Wikipedia: Sing Sing ...
  • Carved head Seen on one of the magnificent staircases at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY. I like the flowing lines and the textures of the two pillars. I have no idea who this depicts, nor do I know who created it and my attempts to find out have so far come to nothing.
  • Some more from Drewsclift Cemetery A few more from my recent visit to Drewsclift Cemetery. Small obelisk. I’ve seen the bush in bloom in other cemeteries and it’s really quite spectacular. Gravestones. Another large obelisk. I loved the patterns in the stone. Gravestone with plant.
  • My new workspace Our basement is divided into a finished area (our TV room) and an unfinished area. A few years ago I started to use a portion of he unfinished area (used for our washer/dryer and as storage) as my workspace. Since then we’ve gradually tidied it up and made it more comfortable. The latest change ...
  • African carved wooden sculpture This wooden sculpture sits on the wall of our TV room. It looks like a huge comb and I have no idea what it represents. I don’t even really know how we came to own it although I imagine it was given to us by our older daughter who spent a number of ...
  • Watkins Glen State Park Watkins Glen State Park taken in July, 2006 with a Canon Powershot S50. Quite remarkable rock formations. According to Wikipedia: Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while ...
  • Clouds I was sitting on our dock – reading, drinking and generally watching he world go by when I noticed these interesting cloud formations.
  • Still life with lilacs One of the books I got for my birthday was “Sudek” by Sonja Bullaty. I’ve become something of a fan of Josef Sudek of late – ever since I saw some pictures he’d taken of St. Vitus’ Cathedral in Prague. Some of his pictures remind me a little of another one of my ...
  • Drewsclift Cemetery Entrance to the cemetery looking from inside. A small, pleasant cemetery in the town of Southeast. You approach the cemetery along a short trail (where I saw the Dryad’s Saddle fungus). It would have been a tranquil walk if not for the close proximity to a major highway (Route 684) and the ...
  • Can you really transform a bland picture into “fine art”??? In this video, Swiss photographer and YouTuber YuriFineart shows you how he took a bland snapshot and turned it into a “fine art” looking black and white image. Scroll down and hit play to see how he does it: Source: Petapixel – How to Transform a Bad Snapshot Into ‘Fine Art’ with Lightroom What an astonishing ...
  • Three owls Seen in a neighboring garden. Picture taken with a Sony Alpha 500 and Tamron 18-25mm f3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro.
  • Four chairs I was intrigued by these four chairs sitting outside a neighbor’s house: different sizes; different colors; different textures – against the backdrop of a nice stone wall.
  • Waiting for the bus on a hot sunny day You had to feel for this guy. It was a hot day today – about 81F and it had obviously taken its toll on him. Maybe he’d just come off work? Perhaps he’d had some sleepless nights? Who knows?
  • Fan Vaults I suppose I could say that I was aiming for a diffused, high key effect here, but it wouldn’t be true. In reality I was using a recently purchased Canon f1.4 lens in Leica Thread Mount on my Sony Nex 5N. I think it’s probably the first manual focus lens (with adapter) that ...
  • Metal garden obelisk/trellis I’m attracted to objects like this. Although it’s probably not all that old it gives the impression of having been there forever. The paint has started to come of and numerous spots of rust are starting to appear. Even the vines look a little bit unkempt as if this small structure has ...
  • Oriental stairs I think I like this because initially the eye is drawn to the lightest object in the picture i.e. the table in the bottom left corner. Then the strong diagonal of the stair rail leads up and to the left where just to the right, in the top right corner there’s a small oriental ...
  • Another wooden form As with the last one (see Wooden Form) I liked the curves and the textures of the wood. In that case the curves of the wood were mirrored by the shadow cast on the walls. In this case the curved form is literally “mirrored” by its own reflection.
  • Wooden form I liked the curves and the textures of the wood – and the shadow cast on the wall.
  • Revisiting some old pictures taken with a very simple camera NY Street Vendor. Back in 2012 I posted some pictures taken with a “plastic fantastic” Bell and Howell Camera (see Bell & Howell). I don’t know how long the film had been in that camera (probably years) and the scans were poor and low resolution (done in a local CVS). The colors were also way ...
  • The chair in the corner The original color version of this picture was all earth tones: browns, oranges etc. At first I was inclined to post it that way, but then I thought – what would it look like in black and white? The initial answer was – terrible!!! All of the colors converted into similar tones ...
  • Springwood – Fala Fala was FDR’s Scottish Terrier. Fala was devoted to him and FDR was devoted to Fala. One story in particular resonated in this election season of insults and attacks. It seems that FDR had been insulted by his Republican opponents (it seems not much has changed). In response he had these words to ...
  • Old farm equipment I came across this inside a stable dating back to 1886. I have no idea what it is.
  • Spooky child doll I came across this old doll sitting on a chair the other day. It seemed a little scary to me so I thought I’d try to enhance the “scariness”.
  • Two titans These two busts, one of Sir Winston Churchill and the other of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) stand facing each other on the grounds of the FDR house, Springwood in Hyde Park, NY. They’re by Oscar Nemon (born Neumann). At least the Churchill bust is by Nemon (I’m not entirely sure who was the sculptor for ...
  • Birthday boy Yesterday was my birthday and we went out to dinner and a fine performance of “Man of La Mancha” at the Westchester Broadway Theater. My wife had earlier asked me to scan this old picture so that she could post it on Facebook and of course I neglected to do it. So on our return ...
  • Revolving Door This is another one of those pictures that I like, but can’t explain precisely why. It’s something to do with the way you look through the door and see the figures behind. The door is a little out of focus and the figures behind are sharper so you tend to zero in on ...
  • Waterfall – Hawaii, 2006 Taken on the Big Island on News Years Eve, 2006 with a Canon Powershot S50. I don’t remember exactly where it was taken.
  • Old Carriage I was returning from a walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct when I spotted this old carriage on the grounds of the Clear View School (formerly the Scarborough Day School). Taken with a Sony Nex 5N and Sigma 30mm f2.8.
  • Statues, Copenhagen, Denmark 2011 Seen in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2011. I believe that these two statues depict Marsyas and Athena. According to Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, the satyr Marsyas (/ˈmɑːrsiəs/; Greek: Μαρσύας) is a central figure in two stories involving death: in one, he picked up the double flute (aulos) that had been abandoned by ...
  • The Kiss Taken in a small park somewhere on the east side of Manhattan, around 47th-49th Street and 2nd Avenue with a Panasonic Lumix Zs7, an inexpensive compact camera with a very long zoom – very useful in this case. An invasion of privacy – maybe? But this was a public place so there’s always the possibility ...
  • Smalley Inn, Carmel, NY I took this picture shortly after we bought the lake house in 2012. I was exploring what was for me a new area and passed by Carmel. I was a bit hungry and the Smalley Inn looked like an interesting spot to grab a sandwich. While I was there I got talking ...
  • Boy and goat Taken in June 2013 with a Sony Nex 5N and its 18-55mm kit lens at Niese’s Maple Farm. Even though I made this photograph a while ago I still remember it well. The boy had been looking down and then he suddenly looked up, fortuitously right at the camera. At the same ...
  • A Chandelier It was the curves of the candle holders that caught my eye. That and the contrast between the darks of the chandelier and the lights of the walls behind.
  • Spiky Stem I think it was the contrast between the darkness of the stem and the lighter thorns (if that’s what they are) that caught my attention. And the way the thorns cast their shadows. I have no idea what plant this is.
  • Chapel of our Lady Restoration. Restored chapel in Cold Spring, NY Chapel Restoration Facade. According to the restoration website (which also has some interesting old pictures). Like most American stories, ours begins with immigration. Of the multitudes who came to our shores between 1820 and1860, a third were from Ireland. For those who gained employment at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, a chapel was established to ...
  • The busiest and best breakfast in New York Taken across the street from Grand Central Terminal with a Sony Nex 5N and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens outside what I believe is the Pershing Square Cafe. I think there’s something a little surrealistic about this picture with the disembodied head of the woman emerging from the chaos of the reflections. I’m not at ...
  • My wife and our visiting friend from Bangkok Our friend’s wife transferred to Bangkok, Thailand about a year ago and of course he went with her. But they retain a house here (presently rented) and return frequently to make sure everything is OK. He’s here at the moment and staying in our house in Briarcliff Manor (which is right next to ...
  • Interesting wrought iron grave marker I’ve been to a number of cemeteries and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a wrought iron grave marker. In case you can’t read the writing on the medallions the top one is nicely embossed and says: “Alois Beier x1895 +1970”. The bottom one seems to have just been painted on an ...
  • A crack in the concrete I recently posted (A couple of short videos) a video interview with David Bailey in which he said: I never understand when people say I don’t know what to photograph. Just look at a concrete wall with cracks in it and you can paint for eternity. I’m never at a loss to find out what to ...
  • Around the picnic shelter at Pelton Pond I’ve posted about Pelton Pond before. Old Equipment on Pelton Pond On Pelton Pond It’s quite close by and its a relatively short, easy walk for when I don’t feel like anything more strenuous. I took the dog for a walk there again the other day. These pictures were taken around the picnic shelter, which overlooks ...
  • Union Cemetery A nearby blue historical marker sign describes it as follows: Established 1863 Union Cemetery Two acres purchased, surveyed and dedicated for burials of early area families. Located just South of Foshay’s Corners on the old Dutchess Turnpike (now Route 301) on lands of Foshay and Halstead farms, incorportated May 28, 1868 as Union Cemetery Association. Ezekiel ...
  • His other car’s a Mercedes It was a gorgeous, sunny day the other day and I was walking the dog around the lake when my friend Paul pulled up in his Jaguar – with the top down. He looked rather ‘cool’ and I was completely at a loss for words. And yes – his other car IS a ...
  • Beacon Falls As it flows through Beacon, Fishkill Creek drops over a waterfall and then tumbles over a number of boulders past old buildings from another time. It also passes by one of our favorite restaurants: SWiFT at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. I’d neglected to bring a camera with me so these were taken ...
  • Fairy in the garden Taken in our garden at the lake house in June, 2013 with a Yashica FX-2. I’m little confused with this one. It’s certainly taken with a Yashica FX-2 (with 50mm Yashica DSB lens) and it’s with a number of other pictures with the June 2013 date, but doesn’t it look like snow on ...
  • Grand Central Terminal I went into New York City last night to have a drink with a friend and former colleague. We arranged to meet in “The Shakespeare”, and English pub-like place in the William hotel on 39th street between Park and Madison Ave. As I was walking back along Park Avenue I noticed the brightly ...
  • Matthew Vassar House This house once belonged to Matthew Vassar (April 29, 1792 – June 23, 1868. Born in the UK, Vassar was a prominent businessman and Brewer. He was also known for his philanthropy. He was the founder of the renowned Vassar College (founded 1861). A historic marker on the property reads: “Matthew Vassar. ...
  • African Street Scene Taken on Gorée Island, off Dakar, Senegal in October, 2003.
  • Marsh or Swamp? After I’d taken this picture I browsed around on the internet to find out what this body of wetland actually was. I couldn’t find a name for it, but in my search I discovered that there’s a difference between a marsh and a swamp, something I’d never given much thought to before. This particular stretch ...
  • Moore family plot According to the nearby sign: The Moore Family Descendants of Clement C. Moore, Author of a “A Visit from St. Nicholas“. The Moore family resided in Ossining from about 1839 until the early years of this century. They were descendants of Clement Clark Moore, the well-kown scholar and writer who lived from 1779 to 1863. The family resided in ...
  • Hoffmann family plot According to Wikipedia: John Thompson Hoffman (January 10, 1828 – March 24, 1888) was the 23rd Governor of New York (1869–72). He was also Recorder of New York City (1861–65) and the 78th Mayor of New York City (1866–68). Connections to the Tweed Ring ruined his political career, in spite of the absence of evidence to ...
  • McCord family plot The nearby sign reads: James McCord Revolutionary War veteran, original settler. James McCord. December 14, 1752 – September 5, 1833 was a private in Colonel Hammond‘s Militia along with his brother, Robert. Two younger brothers joined the British side, fought in Delancey’s Brigade and laster (sic – probably later) went into exile where they died. James is buried ...
  • Old cart Came across this during one of my walks. I love old pieces of equipment – actually old things in general. I post so many landscapes that you’t think I had a passion for landscape photography, but this isn’t actually the case. At one point, enamored of Ansel Adams I thought I might ...
  • A pleasant surprise The entrance to this trail (marked only with a horseshoe symbol) is a less than a 5 minute drive from our house in Putnam Valley. I’d been there before but for some reason (which I can’t recall) I hadn’t explored the trail very thoroughly. Today I was looking for a quick walk close ...
  • Warren’s Sugarhouse I posted a picture of Warren’s Sugar House once before. That one was a fairly close in view. This one is a broader view showing more context.
  • Wildflower Island I’ve been posting a lot of black and white pictures of late. This is largely because, with the warmer weather, I’ve been out walking a lot and this is when I most often take pictures. Unfortunately where I walk is, at this time of year, not very colorful so I tend to prefer ...
  • The boathouse I’ve often thought that this boathouse would make an interesting picture (at least to me) and in the past I’ve taken a number of pictures of it. None of them came out quite like I wanted them too. Still I kept trying. I’m much happier with this one.
  • George Borup RIP According to a sign next to the grave site: George Borup. Member of the Peary Expedition to the North Ploe (sic). George Brandreth Borup was born in Ossining on September, 2 1885. The son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry D. Borup and Mary Brandreth, he attended the local Holbrook Military Academy (formerly located almost opposite our ...
  • Collyer Mausoleum Interesting Egyptian looking mausoleum in Dale Cemetery. Their site describes it as follows: The Collyer Family played an important role in the ship-building industry during the 19th Century. Thomas Collyer was born in Sing Sing in 1818 and exhibited a fascination for boats from early childhood. He was employed at the age of fourteen by ...
  • Moth We went into NY city to have dinner with our son-in-law, Colin who was visiting from Geneva. The windows at Scarborough Station are right on the Hudson and as I we were waiting for the train I noticed a number of moths on them. As I started to take some pictures my wife ...
  • Dale Cemetery, Ossining, NY I don’t know how I missed this place for so long. I live quite close by and the cemetery even bears the same name as mine. We’ve often passed along Routh 134 in Ossining, NY and I’ve often seen a cemetery on the side of the road. Thinking it was the Dale ...
  • On the phone Seen during a walk in Ossining, New York.
  • Two graces Doorway of the Michael Kors show at 610 fifth avenue, NY in Rockefeller Center. This entry door between two shop windows belongs to the “Maison Française”, which celebrates the “Friendship of France and the United States. It features a gilded bas-relief by Alfred Janniot called : “Paris and New York Joining Hands ...
  • Pyramid Shaped Rock Went for a two hour walk yesterday along the Roaring Brook Trail in Fahnestock State Park – in the direction of Stillwater Lake. There’s not much to see at this time of year (bare trees, fallen leaves, rocks etc.), but I did come across this interesting pyramid shaped rock. I guess it must ...
  • Fungus From my research I believe this to a Mossy Maple Polypore (Oxyporus populinus), but I have some doubts as it doesn’t have the moss, which typically accompanies a fungus of this type. Oxyporus means “polypore with a sharp, acid taste”; populinus means ” inhabiting poplar (Populus) trees.”, which is odd since it’s mostly found near ...
  • Detail of a gravestone at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery A lyre. The instrument of Apollo, the lyre is a Greek symbol denoting heavenly accord, harmony, and music and song praising God. It could also be seen as a harp, which is a symbol of heavenly music, or hopes of heaven. Stringed instruments such as these are often associated with Divine music. Lyres on gravestones ...
  • Dead trees Dead trees in one of the un-named (or at least I couldn’t find the name) ponds in Fahnestock State Park.
  • Horse and Rider In an earlier post (Approaching Rockwood Hall) I mentioned that we (myself and our dog, Harley) had an encounter with a horse and rider. I don’t think he’d ever seen a horse before and he was very excited – so much so that I had to pull him back to stop him from running ...
  • Approaching Rockwood Hall I’ve posted before on Rockwood Hall, the former estate of William D Rockefeller in Tarrytown, NY: Goat Portrait Rockwood Hall Foundation and Trees Bridge to Nowhere. Rockwood Hall – Evening. A Walk to Rockwood Hall. Winding Path – Rockwood Hall. Rockwood Hall – July 6, 2011 – early evening The grounds were landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead (known for Central Park and Prospect ...
  • Hans Christian Andersen Statue, Copenhagen, Denmark Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square), Copenhagen, Denmark. Created by Henry Luckow Nielsen (1902-1992) in 1961. I haven’t been able to find much information about the sculptor. This was taken back in 2005. Our elder daughter and her family lived in Copenhagen for several years and we went to ...
  • Monument Park, Peekskill I first noticed this impressive monument some time ago, but didn’t have a chance to look at it closely at the time. I went back yesterday. It’s the Town of Cortlandt Civil War Memorial even though it’s located in Monument Park, Peekskill. It’s the most spectacular of the monuments there, but it’s not ...
  • Bird in a tree It was the coldest night of the season last night with temperatures going down to -5F/-20C. It was also windy so it felt more like -25F/-31C. I came down a little before 8:00am and the sun was just rising. This large bird of prey was sitting in one of our trees. ...
  • Woman gazing What was she gazing at? She was walking up a flight of stairs (I was at the top) and hanging from the ceiling was an Alexander Calder mobile: Lobster Trap and Fish Tail, 1939. The picture was taken at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Tall Figure III Taken August 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. It’s certainly by Alberto Giacometti, but I’m not entirely sure what it’s called. I believe it’s Tall Figure III.
  • The lure of “likes” A while back I joined a Facebook group: The Hudson Valley in Pictures. One of the first pictures I posted got what seemed to me to be a very large number of “likes” (probably because the groups I usually belong too are much smaller than this one). This was pleasing. However, as ...
  • Ron When we bought our lake house a few years ago we decided to remodel the kitchen. This brought us into contact with a number of interesting contractors who actually did the work. Ron was one of them. He’s presently an electrician and he did pretty much all of the electrical work on the ...
  • Owen Jones Memorial, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery This spectacular memorial to Owen Jones is, with its gothic embellishments, to me one of the most striking in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. I’d been up at the top, nearer to the memorial, but close up I found it difficult to get a good angle on this rather large structure. I gave up and ...
  • Reaching Through The Shadow: 9/11 Memorial – Croton Landing I’ve posted about this memorial a couple of times before. It’s in Croton Landing Park, a favorite spot for walking he dog: Croton Landing Park 9/11 Memorial at Croton Landing revisited The memorial seems to have been evolving. When I first went it was essentially just a twisted girder from the ruins of the World Trade Center. ...
  • Alvin Langdon Coburn Great article on Alvin Langdon Coburn on The Online Photographer. It’s nice to see someone who doesn’t dismiss pictorialism out of hand. Alvin Langdon Coburn, if you don’t know the name, born 1882, was a pictorialist enfant terrible (nevertheless dominated by his strong-willed mother) who did his best work before the First World War—he gained ...
  • Andres Our friend, Andres was visiting from Geneva so we went into NY City to have lunch. We’ve known Andres for about 25 years, first meeting when we were both working in Geneva. We moved back Geneva and he moved back and forth between Geneva and NY a couple of times before we both ...
  • Pennsylvania Station around 1910 And they destroyed this to make way for the monstrosity that is the new Penn Station with Madison Square Garden on top of it! “Thirty-Second Street entrance, Pennsylvania Station, New York.” The original Penn Station in the final stages of construction, circa 1910. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
  • Smokers Taken just four days after I retired in 2012 with a Sony Nex-5N and a 55-210 mm lens that was purchased using a gift certificate given to me by my staff as a retirement present. It was taken on 44th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave in New York City and as I recall it was ...
  • Snowy lake During another walk this small bridge caught my attention. It’s just about visible from the road through a neighbors driveway. I’d probably walked by about every other day for the past 3 years or so, but I’d never noticed it. This time I did. After I’d taken the picture (when I was looking ...
  • People in windows I was walking the dog in Briarcliff Manor when I noticed the geometric pattern of the bright windows against the darkness outside. The people seen through the windows add a human dimension to an otherwise abstract pattern.
  • Light patterns While waiting for my wife to emerge from our local health club (she does dance/exercise classes there) I noticed these patterns being made by the light shining through a glass roof.
  • Scary sculpture on a building in Manhattan Taken in March, 2012 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-7. This architectural feature is fairly high up on a building in Manhattan. For all its failings (smeary images, green cast, over-aggressive noise control – many of them fairly typical of small sensor compact cameras) the ZS-7 has one great advantage: its 25-300mm zoom range. ...
  • Skaters at Rockefeller Center This is another one of those pictures that I like without knowing exactly why. When I took it I remember that what impressed me was the movement of the skaters around the rink. Some were extremely graceful, others less so. I’ve never been on ice skates in my life and my occasional ...
  • Away in a manger Seen in a nearby church during a memorial service we attended January 4.
  • Graveyard for stone pillars. I noticed these four stone pillars in a garden not too far away from where I live. They each have a metal piece sticking out of the top and I found myself wondering what it’s purpose was. Maybe something had once upon a time been attached? But what? They were placed ...
  • Roaring Brook The lake into which this brook runs is called “Roaring Brook Lake”. The brook runs alongside “Roaring Brook Lane” so I guess this must be “Roaring Brook” – just before it runs into the lake, about two minutes walk from our house.
  • Walking the Dog For once it’s not me walking the dog, but me taking a picture of someone walking the dog. This was taken with a NEX-5n and 18-55mm kit lens. It was soon after I got the camera and I wasn’t all that familiar with it. It was early in the morning in November ...
  • Red Anthurium I was sitting at our breakfast table when this plant caught my eye. A friend of ours had given it to us as a Christmas present. It has green leaves, and red waxy flowers with a projecting bit in the middle that’s a lighter color of green. Although it’s quite colorful for ...
  • Triangular Forms This was taken right where Roaring Brook enters the lake. I was struck by the triangular shapes: the rock; the old tree stump; and the lake intruding into the scene. I also liked the textures of the rock and the stump in contrast to the comparative smoothness of the lake in the background.
  • Tree and Rock This tree is at the end of a neighbors driveway. I’ve walked past it many times and there is something that attracts me to it: maybe it’s the way the tree divides? maybe it’s the rough textures of the rocks and the tree bark? Somehow I’ve never been able to get a shot ...
  • A couple of interesting posts on black and white landscape photography Two posts on topics of interest to me: landscape photography and black & white photography recently caught my attention on Andrew Gibson’s blog: The Power of the Black & White Landscape How to Compose Black and White Landscapes. To me the second of the two articles is the more interesting. Where the first merely encourages people to ...
  • 1000th post on this blog This is the 1000 post to this blog. The first post is dated 5 October 2011 and the 500th post is dated 28 December 2014. So it took me about three years to do the first 500 posts and a little over one year to do the second 500. Since my main ...
  • Frozen Stream Taken while walking the dog – or in this case just after walking the dog. We’d been for a walk and I noticed a few things I thought worthy of a picture. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera. Luckily this stream is only a couple of minutes walk from where I live ...
  • An Organ In an earlier post I mentioned that an old friend of ours had passed away. His memorial service was yesterday and of course we went. I was sitting near this organ and decided that it would be worth a picture when the service was over. I liked the straight lines contrasting with ...
  • Bock, bock, bock, bock, bock, begowwwwk The rather strange title is supposed to be the sound that a chicken makes. I had no idea how to write that sound so I looked it up on the internet. I found a number of possibilities – none of which seemed to be particularly compelling. This one seemed to be the ...
  • 2015 Favorites – Black and White Lightbeams. Another year has passed and it’s time to post some of my favorite pictures from 2015 – starting with some black and whites. Like last year I’m presenting my ten favorites – in no particular order. I’ve been trying to find a focus for my photography, which at the moment is all over the place. ...
  • Traffic Policeman, New York City Taken during a walkaround in New York City in February, 2012 on Fifth Avenue around 50th Street (near St. Patrick’s Cathedral). The camera was a Sony Nex 5N and I believe the lens was a Canon 50mm f1.4 in Leica Thread Mount.
  • Madonna and Child Statue Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 in March, 2011 at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, Ossining, NY. I came across a very small shrine in the grounds and in it was this lovely little statue.
  • Nets I was walking across one of the playing fields in Briarcliff Manor when I came across a small goal. I don’t know to what sport it relates (it’s too small for soccer; maybe lacrosse?). I was drawn to the patterns made by the nets; the contrast between the white netting and the darker ...
  • Fire In Law Park, Briarcliff Manor Some excitement in the Village of Briarcliff Manor. Apparently there was a fierce fire last Saturday at the pavilion overlooking the village pool in Law Park. The fire started around 9:00 pm, quickly engulfing the structure in flames. The Briarcliff Manor fire department is very close to the park so one would assume ...
  • Abraham Lincoln Statue, Union Square, NYC This was taken around 10:00 am and the light was already bright and contrasty. I thought I’d avoid the probably most common view of the statue i.e. from the front and take my picture from the side. The color didn’t add much value so I started to think in terms of black and ...
  • Figure on an Escalator Taken in February, 2012 before I got serious with this blog (there are only three posts prior to February 2012). Shot inside Grand Central Terminal. For some reason I really like this picture. In fact I like it so much that I have a print of it on my wall. I’m ...
  • Stonecrop Gardens – Conservatory According to a brochure Stonecrop Gardens on the Hudson River Valley Institute site: The Conservatory at Stonecrop has four wings. Each wing has the ability to maintain a unique environment with climate control systems. It was completed in 1997, and is used as a display house in the winter and spring. At that time of year, the display ...
  • Ansel Adams’ Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII More than 30 pictures in this article. Ansel Adams is best known for his breathtaking landscape photos, but he photographed much more than nature during his decades-long career. In 1943, already Source: Ansel Adams’ Pictures of an American Concentration Camp During WWII Bearing in mind Donald Trump‘s recent comments regarding Muslims I wonder how close we are to ...
  • Urban Decay In the previous post (A Couple of Buildings on Main Mall Row, Poughkeepsie, NY) I mentioned that there were a lot of lovely buildings in Poughkeepsie. While that’s certainly true there are also a lot of boarded up shop fronts and abandoned houses. This seems to be typical of many of the larger ...
  • Tree Shadows on a Wall My wife had ordered something from Sears and had to pick it up. While she was inside I took the dog for a short walk around the parking lot. It was around 4:00 pm on a very bright sunny day. The sun was low and the light was very contrasty. As ...
  • Thai Woodcarver Taken somewhere outside of Bangkok, Thailand sometime in the early 2000s. I don’t remember what camera I used or what film. I do remember being quite impressed by his abilities and his concentration. Even with lots of people (including myself) milling around him, making noise, shooting off flashes etc. he remained entirely focused ...
  • Photobook completed I have a number of ongoing projects few of which I’ve actually completed. In this case, however, I managed to finish one – probably because it had a very definite end point. Back in May 2015 our friend Paul expressed a wish to do something with his old negatives. Specifically he wanted ...
  • At Home – Briarcliff Manor Yesterday was Black Friday and my wife wanted to go shopping. Since the demise of our old Toyota about a year ago we now have only one car and I didn’t feel much like going to the mall so I stayed at home in Briarcliff Manor. To keep myself occupied I walked around ...
  • Stone Building in Fahnestock State Park Numerous quaint stone buildings are scattered around Fahnestock State Park. I believe they were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks (FOFHH) site has a section on the history of the park, which states: Work on park improvements at Fahnestock began almost immediately ...
  • A Floating Market Scan of a negative probably taken in the early 2000s at a floating market outside of Bangkok, Thailand. The floating markets hark back to a time when water transport played a more significant role in everyday life than is now the case. Most of the markets are now tourist traps. I believe this ...
  • Grafitti on a Notice Board The title says it all.
  • Frog in a Window Taken towards the end of the day and shot through a dirty window and a screen. The autofocus was really hunting and couldn’t find focus. I switched to manual focus. Unfortunately I was so fixated on the frog that I didn’t notice that I didn’t have enough depth of field to get ...
  • Always look back During my recent walk in the woods I went down to Stillwater Lake then turned around and retraced my steps back to where I’d left the car. If I hadn’t walked back down the trail I wouldn’t have noticed this incredible fallen tree branch – I just hadn’t seen it on my way down. It ...
  • Perfect and Unrehearsed Interesting take on Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment” with, as always from Lens, lot’s of great pictures. I’ve always been a bit confused by exactly what was meant by the “decisive moment”. This article helps a lot in clarifying things. The definition that I’ve heard most goes something along the lines of “the single short moment ...
  • Stairs I came across these stairs somewhere on the east side of Manhattan. I liked their curved lines and the arch that separates the two staircases. Also the vertical lines of the railings and the contrast between the light tones of the stairs and the deep blacks of railings. The shiny balls on ...
  • Self Portrait In A Damaged Mirror This was taken inside a toilet at Law Memorial Park, Briarcliff Manor, NY. As I was leaving I noticed this mirror. It was made of very shiny metal rather than glass and it had obviously been vandalized extensively. I also noticed that my reflection in the mirror was distorted because of the ...
  • New York Central Locomotive The museum’s web site provides the following information: As built, this was an E-7 diesel-electric demonstrator unit which was labeled “The Train of Tomorrow”, a four-car domed streamliner. This train made two visits to Connecticut – once in November 1948 and again in April 1949. In 1964, it was converted to an E-8 by the Union ...
  • China as it once was – photographs by Thomas Child Photographs of Peking, now known as Beijing, made by Thomas Child in the 1870s and 1880s are to go on show in London’s Chinatown as part of Asian Art in London season.More than 30 original photographs from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection, the largest holding of historical photographs of China in private ...
  • Chairs and Tables in Bryant Park Taken in Bryant Park (behind the Public Library on 5th Avenue and 42nd Street, New York City) in May, 2012. I liked the contrasts and the shadows.
  • Recumbent Lion Our neighbor (two houses away) has stone gate posts at the end of the driveway and on top of each of the gate posts lies one of these lions. I was walking home as the sun was going down and picking out the lion on the left gate post.
  • On the Khlong Scan of a negative taken many years ago outside of Bangkok, Thailand. According to Wikipedia: A khlong (also commonly spelled klong; Thai: คลอง (Pronunciation)) is the general name for a canal on the central plain of Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, the Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers, and their tributaries. ...
  • Withered Blossom On a shrub next to the road in one of our neighbor’s gardens. I wanted to see how well I could isolate the blossom from the background. It also seemed to me to be reflection of the transition from summer to fall, which saddened me a little.
  • Twig on a Rock I liked the texture of the rock and the diagonal lines of the cracks. Also the contrast with the black, essentially vertical twig.
  • Pall Bearers I thought long and hard about posting this picture. A while back I posted about a niece of ours who had passed away (RIP Eve Borja). This was taken at the funeral and shows the pall bearers waiting to take the coffin. The problem was that part of me felt that posting ...
  • Leaning on a Lamp Post… I’m leaning on a lamp, maybe you think, I look a tramp, Or you may think I’m hanging ’round to steal a motor-car. But no I’m not a crook, And if you think, that’s what I look, I’ll tell you why I’m here, And what my motives are. I’m leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street, In ...
  • Reading in the Park This was taken during one of my periodic walks around New York City. I came across this woman reading in a small park (I don’t remember which park it was nor do I remember exactly where it was) somewhere on the east side of Manhattan. I do recall that she was completely immersed ...
  • Father and Daughter This is my friend Gustavo with his eldest daughter. It was taken in June, 2012 with a Sony NEX 5N and its 18-55mm kit lens. We’d been to an antique car show at Maryknoll in Ossining, NY and after the show we went for a walk around inside the rather spectacular oriental style ...
  • A Watcher Judging by the time stamp on the picture I was passing through Grand Central on my way to work. What caught my attention first was the bright sunlight streaming through the windows at the east end of the terminal. Then I started to pay more attention to the people busily rushing around inside ...
  • Beach Scene with Clouds Taken while on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Spring 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3. I liked the original color version too.
  • Fujifilm HS-10 – Finally Got Rid of it! Back in May of 2013 I did a post: “Forgotten but not gone. Fujifilm Finepix HS10” about my relationship with my poor lamented Fujifilm HS10. Well it’s now very definitely gone. I just boxed it up and sent it to my brother-in-law in California. He had a need for a digital camera ...
  • Photography: An Eightfold Path Toward Self-Discovery Interesting article by Andy Ilachinski at The Luminous Landscape. True photography, as a creative medium meant to express (and only rarely just to impress) requires a lifetime of dedication, practice and patience. In an age of ready access to all kinds of photo gear, from low end to high, and near instant self-gratification with “Wow, another ...
  • Seagull Landing We went to Danbury Fair Mall yesterday. My wife dropped me off at Barnes and Noble (see At the Bookstore) and after I’d spent a while there I walked back to the mall to wait for her. As I was walking back across the parking lot I came across a group (flock??) of ...
  • Vines on a barred window Seen at an old, abandoned ruin of a building (the Beltzhoover Teahouse) by a pond in Irvington, NY. More pictures of the teahouse can be found here.
  • The Bird and Bottle Inn, Garrison, NY According to “Historic Houses of the Hudson Valley” by Harold Donaldson Eberlein and Cortlandt Van Dyke Hubbard: Lying just to the east of the Albany Post Road, at Indian Brook between Garrison-on-Hudson and Cold Spring, the Bird and Bottle began life about 1761 – perhaps a few years earlier – as Warren’s Tavern. When the ...
  • Geese on the Wing In the previous post (Why It Does Not Have to be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained) I mentioned that I find it hard to to break rules and explore boundaries. So I thought I’d try something a little different. This started out as fairly low resolution scan of a film photograph taken with ...
  • Hector Falls Another one from our trip to Seneca Lake in Upstate New York. This is Hector Falls, also on Seneca Lake – Just north of Watkins Glen. The figures on the left are three of my nieces and the person on the right is the husband of the one on the right. He’s ...
  • Pier on Seneca Lake Taken back in July, 2006 with an old Canon Powershot S50 during a visit with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his family. They live in Rochester, NY and took us to the Finger Lakes Region where this was taken. The pier is on one of the lakes: Seneca Lake. Known as the Lake ...
  • Drooping Roses I usually take pictures of flowers because a) they’re convenient – we have lots of them in the garden thanks to my wife’s never ending ministrations; b) my wife likes me taking pictures of her flowers; c) I like the bright colors – they cheer me up. However, because of the above I’ve been ...
  • Stone Doves Taken with a Sony NEX 5n and Meyer Optik Görlitz 30mm Lydith f3.5 outside the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center in Virginia – one of the numerous stone birds scattered around the plaza
  • Norwalk Visitors Dock Another one of my occasional forays into film. Taken in Norwalk, Connecticut – December 2011 with a Arsenal Kiev 4am (A Soviet Union copy of a pre-war Zeiss-Ikon Contax II) with a Arsenal Helios 53mm f1.8 lens. Soviet lenses tend to be a copy of something (usually a Zeiss lens), but I haven’t ...
  • Inside the Mall I was sitting the Danbury Fair Mall reading, sipping coffee and generally whiling away time until my wife finished her shopping when I thought: “Might as well take a picture…”
  • A Faucet Seen in a coffee shop in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I liked the smoothness of the porcelain and the shiny metal fixtures. Also the curves of the sink and the faucets as well as the delicate pattern on the tiles.
  • Facade – Putnam Valley Sheriff’s Office This building is on Oregon Corners in Putnam Valley, NY. It’s opposite a small shopping area. I guess that what first caught my attention was the large shield (it’s actually quite colorful). There are two plaques on the front. One says: June 2001. This building is hereby dedicated to Honorable Vincent ...
  • Emi brings out the watermelon In an earlier post I mentioned that we had been invited to a get together at an apartment on Central Park West. This is the owner of the apartment bringing watermelon to some of the younger guests. I loved the way the children were jumping around. The one on the left seems ...
  • A Walk in the Fountains at the Palais des Nations, Geneva Taken in Geneva, Switzerland, August 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3. This fountain is on the plaza in front of the Palais des Nations, the European HQ of the United Nations. It was a hot day so I knew that eventually someone would run through the water and sure enough someone did. ...
  • A View from Central Park West We were recently invited to meet up with our friends Guy and Summer in NY City. They were staying with a friend in an apartment on Central Park West. This is the view of Central Park from the apartment balcony.
  • Logs Seen at a neighboring house while walking around the lake. I was attracted to the shapes and the textures.
  • Moonrise Roaring Brook Lake My wife and I were returning down the Taconic State Parkway from a shopping expedition to the Danbury Fair Mall when I noticed what seemed to me to be an exceptionally large moon over our lake. I rushed home, got out my camera and tripod and rushed out to take the picture. The ...
  • A Statue on top of Grand Central Terminal Hercules looks up at Mercury in this statue by Jules-Félix Coutan called Glory of Commerce. The third statue (Minerva) is not visibly in this picture. According to The Secrets of Grand Central, Part 2 on the Untapped Cities website: The statue “Transportation”, alternatively “The Glory of Commerce” adorns the front of Grand Central facing south. On ...
  • Early Morning Shadows at the Flea Market Taken early (around 8:00 am) in the morning of October 9, 2011 at the Elephant’s Trunk County Flea Market in New Milford, CT. It was a clear morning, the sun was low and produced long, raking shadows. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3.
  • Disused Building at Oregon Corners This building is on the corner of Hollow Brook Road and Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley, NY. It’s one of a number of businesses that have closed in Oregon Corners since the recent economic crisis. The whole area now looks a little sad. To the best of my knowledge it’s still ...
  • Man on a Boat Back in October, 2011 we went with some friends on a boat ride on the Hudson. This is one of the other passengers. He was wearing a straw hat and soon as I saw him I was taken by the magnificent beard and the expressive wrinkles around his eyes. This was taken ...
  • Boat Slip #18 Taken outside one of our favorite restaurants: Il Laghetto (formerly The Terrace Club) on Lake Mahopac.
  • Building Detail – Manhattan, 2012 Somewhat fuzzy! Somewhat noisy! But I still like it – maybe because it somewhat resembles photographs taken by my idol: Eugene Atget. Seen while walking around in Manhattan (New York City). I’d go back and try to get a sharper shot, but unfortunately I can’t remember where this was. Maybe I’ll bump ...
  • Stairway Detail I liked the curved columns (don’t know what the correct word is) and the way that they are layered to give the impression of two rows, one behind the other. The delicate but intricate carving also appealed to me. Taken in the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY.
  • Old Stove I came across this rusted old stove sitting outside an apparently abandoned waterworks on Pocantico Lake. I’ve posted about this location before in Old Waterworks at Pocantico Lake.
  • Wire Cat I took this picture back in 2011 while testing a beat up old Yashica FX-2 I’d picked up at a Goodwill store. The lens was a Yashica DSB 50mm f1.9. In addition to testing the camera I also put the lens on my NEX 5N. This is one of the results.
  • Chess Pieces This one proved to be more difficult that I’d thought. I liked the shapes of the chess pieces and the contrast between the blacks and the whites. I wanted to arrange the composition so that there was a strong diagonal line. What could be simpler? Well…I hadn’t accounted for the fact ...
  • View from a Hotel Window View of the plaza from our hotel window. I usually take pictures at ground level so this higher view is a bit different for me. I liked the concentric circles made by the benches and the paving stones and the way that they’re broken by the gap in the benches; the family; and ...
  • Madonna and Child Statue Another one from our trip to Washington, D.C./Virginia. My wife and her family wanted to go to Church. I, however, had to stay outside with the dog as we couldn’t take him in and it was far to hot (approaching 100F) to leave him in the car. I’d thought to take him ...
  • Pirate Ship Playground Another highlight of the plaza outside our hotel was a metal frame pirate ship for children to climb on – very popular.
  • Hanging Balls The next few posts contain pictures taken during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. (actually to nearby Tysons Corner and Falls Church). My father-in-law passed away in 1978 and is buried in Falls Church, Virginia. My wife and some of her brothers (and in one case his family) decided to go to visit ...
  • Anyone need a hand? Part of a statue seen in a nearby park.
  • A Couple of Shadows A couple of interesting shadow patterns I bumped into while looking for other things.
  • Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Abraham Lincoln in Peekskill I didn’t even know that there was an Abraham Lincoln museum in Peekskill until I bumped into it while wandering around. It’s not far from the metro north station (between S. Water Street and the train tracks) and at first I didn’t even notice it and walked right by. Trying to find something ...
  • Peekskill Riverwalk Park – The Peekskill Brewery I went to the riverfront in Peekskill to take some pictures the other day. My wife needed the car so she dropped me in Cold Spring and I took the train down. It was a very hot day and when I got there the sun was still very high and the light wasn’t ...
  • Big Sur California These were taken on 29 December 2003 with a Canon Powershot S50. They were taken during a period where I’d soured on photography and so perhaps wasn’t taking as much care as I might otherwise have. Unfortunately I didn’t know enough about the benefits of RAW in those days so these are JPGs – ...
  • Ducks Our friend has some wonderful garden art. I’ve already posted about his herons, his wicker deer, his stone frog, and his swan. Here are some ducks.
  • Bell Pull I spotted this in a nearby church. I hadn’t seen one of these for a while. In fact I thought they’d disappeared entirely and that when you heard the sound of church bells (which you don’t hear as much in Putnam Valley, NY as you did in Sandbach, UK where I grew up) ...
  • Cellphones Galore This was taken in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. So many beautiful things to look at yet many of the people were just sitting there attending to their cellphones. Although I’m a compulsive internet user myself, I find the way these devices intrude into every ...
  • Swan and Jade Plant Another garden ornament in our friend’s garden. I liked the contrast between the light colored swan and the dark jade plant. Also the elegant lines of the swan (I suppose swans are pretty much by definition elegant. At least I’ve never seen one that wasn’t). The contrast between the rough ...
  • Harley by the lake I was sitting on our dock with our dog Harley when suddenly he jumped up and ran off. I spotted him on the grass behind a flower bed trying to get through the trees along the side of our property. There’s also a fence so I didn’t think he’d succeed. I was ...
  • Church Interior with Flag I was walking around an old, deconsecrated church when I came across a room at the rear. Opposite the room was a door to the outside. It was a bright, sunny day and the sunlight was streaming into the room.
  • Shrub Oak United Methodist Church According to Commentary: The History of Shrub Oak, by Lawrence Constant: After the Revolution, by 1789, there was built in the village a Methodist Church – one of the first in the county – upon land owned by Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr., whose father, Pierre, Sr., had been a Congressman, Lieutenant-Governor of New York, president of ...
  • Here’s where we live No, not in the large house in the photograph – that’s long gone. As far as I can determine our house is approximately where the star is. Vestiges of some of the structures still remain, one of them as a wall on the edge of our property. We were told (don’t know if ...
  • Curiosity This was taken at my brother-in-law’s house in Rochester, NY – yes, the home of Kodak. On the left is another brother-in-law, and on the right one of my nieces’ daughters. Between them, and apparently fascinated by either me or what I was doing (i.e. taking pictures) is another daughter. I’m surprised ...
  • Heron Statues I’m not even sure that these are herons – I’m not really that good on birds. My instinctive reaction was to think that they were cranes, but then I started to rethink. They’re in a friend’s garden. His house is situated right next to and slightly above a wetlands area. ...
  • Monarchs of the Glen These wicker deer are in a friend’s garden. I’d photographed them before, but had never been able to get the right angle – largely because I took the pictures from the street while walking the dog. I didn’t want to disturb our friend. Today, however, we were over for drinks, snacks and ...
  • Weathered Wood This magnificent piece of wood is holding up a glass table top in one of our friend’s garden. I was sitting sipping a vodka and tonic when I noticed it. At first he jokingly said that he’d pulled it our of our lake, but finally admitted that he’d bought it. It certainly ...
  • Daphne Sculpture by Renée Sintenis. According to Wikipedia: Daphne (/ˈdæfniː/; Greek: Δάφνη, meaning “laurel”) is a minor figure in Greek mythology known as a naiad—a type of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. There are several versions of the myth, but the general narrative is that because of her beauty, ...
  • Falling Water Water falling over the dam at Teatown Reservation. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 in June, 2011. I’ve seen so many long exposure running water shots that I’m disinclined to follow that route. I preferred to freeze the motion of the water with a faster exposure (here 1/2000 second).
  • Neighborhood Dogs This dog lives about five minutes from where I do. There are actually three of them – the others can be seen in the background. He’s the brave one though. Whenever I pass with our dog, Harley they all charge down, yapping like crazy. However, they won’t go past a certain ...
  • Underware Vendor This was taken with a Pansonic Lumix LX-3 at a flea market in Connecticut in October, 2011. It was early (around 8:00 a.m.) in the morning and the sun was low and very bright. The light was extremely contrasty. At first I’d thought it would make a good color photo (the garments ...
  • Paul and Family I’ve recently started a small project with my friend, Paul. He’s an actor and former Soap Opera Star (General Hospital, Love of Life, The Edge of Night, and Days of our Lives). He also appeared in a number of other TV shows including Kojak, Police Woman, Good Times, The Blue Night etc. He ...
  • Rusting Farm Equipment in the Snow I’ve always been fascinate by old, rusting equipment. I found this piece at the Van Wyck Homestead in Fishkill, NY. I have no idea what it is or what it does/did, but I like the way it looks.
  • ‘The Photographer’ : A Documentary about Edward Weston, Photography and the Photographic process Interesting (26 minute) documentary on Edward Weston. It’s actually quite low on specifics regarding Weston himself, focusing more on photography generally and the photographic process than on the photographer himself. There’s even a short section highlighting some of the giants of photography (e.g. Daguerre, David Octavius Hill, Matthew Brady, Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz ...
  • New Windsor Cantonment: Weathered Planks I liked the textures of these weathered planks on the exterior of an old cabin.
  • Three Chairs I’m not entirely sure why I like this one. Maybe it’s the simplicity – there’s nothing much to complicate the picture? Or maybe its the contrast between the rather smooth chairs and the more textured stone? Maybe it’s the lines of the wires in the chairs? Whatever it is I do ...
  • Root I was out walking with some friends when one of them, knowing of my interest in photography, brought me this interesting looking root. It was essentially all browns so I thought it would look quite ‘muddy’ in color and that a black and white conversion would be in order. I like the contrasts ...
  • New Windsor Cantonment: The Mountainville Hut All of the huts at the New Windsor Cantonment are reconstructions, but this one was built from original materials, which were removed and used for a building on a nearby farm. Later they were donated by the farm owners to make this hut. There were once over 600 such huts, with upwards of ...
  • Winding Path In a nearby park.
  • The Pietrarubbia Group A large-scale work by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. According to the MuseumPublicity website: Pomodoro has described The Pietrarubbia Group as “a vision of an archaic settlement.” With its visual references to ancient burial traditions and hieroglyphics, the work commemorates the history and crumbling beauty of the nearly abandoned village for which it is named. The Pietrarubbia ...
  • Northgate Revisited Front Facade. I’ve posted about Northgate before in Former Stern/Cornish Mansion: Northgate , a ruined mansion just north of Cold Spring, NY. Although the ruin was essentially unchanged other things were different: Different time of year (May rather than December); Different Season (Spring rather than Winter) and perhaps most importantly a different camera/lens combination. ...
  • Wigwam I came across this during a walk at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. It’s an large park (larger than the Rockefeller Preserve and Teatown reservation I believe). It’s very well maintained with lots of trails. There’s also a trailside museum that didn’t look too impressive. I enjoyed the walk, but I don’t ...
  • My Mother’s Birthday today Today is my mother’s Birthday. She would have been 89 had she not been carried away about 20 years ago by Emphysema caused by a lifetime of heavy smoking. She’s seen here with my father on their wedding day in August 1950. I wasn’t born until 1952 and so clearly could not ...
  • New Windsor Cantonment: Chess Pieces Old Chess Pieces – part of a set on display at the Temple of Virtue, New Windsor Cantonment.
  • Two heads are better than one Quirky bench seen in a nearby park.
  • Something’s afoot at Storm King Art Center Detail of “Three Legged Buddha” (see below) by Zhang Huan, one of the most striking (among many) installations at Storm King Art Center.
  • Reflections in a torn curtain – two versions The window is in a sugar house in a nearby park. I was attracted by the textures and contrasts e.g. white curtain/black interior as well as the way the trees are reflected in the glass and are seen through the tear in the curtain. One version is somewhat broader than the other. I like ...
  • Old Tree I’ve been taking pictures of this tree for ages. It’s on the site of a long-gone mansion so I’m sure it’s something exotic. I like the way the branches curl around. It’s almost as if it’s some kind of animal – maybe like the Ents in “Lord of the Rings”. The ...
  • Snapping Turtle As we were walking up to the Washington Irving house Sunnyside during our recent visit we came across this snapping turtle in the grass next to the road and not far from a small stream.
  • Goat Portrait We had visitors from the UK: old friends from university days who I hadn’t seen for over 20 years. The had said that they liked to walk so I took them on a selection of walks in the Hudson Valley. On one of the walks we went down the Old Croton Aqueduct trail ...
  • Rockwood Hall Foundation and Trees I seem to be coming to Rockwood Hall quite a lot and have already posted at least five times (I can think of a couple more but I can’t easily find them because the word ‘Rockwood’ doesn’t appear): Bridge to Nowhere. Rockwood Hall – Evening. A Walk to Rockwood Hall. Winding Path – Rockwood Hall. Rockwood Hall – July 6, ...
  • Warren’s Sugar House This picture was taken with a Panasonic Lumix ZS7 at Teatown Lake Reservation, one of my favorite places to walk. I liked the rustic look, the wood textures and the dappled light. It works better in black and white than in the original color. Teatown Lake Reservation by Lincoln Diamant describes the ...
  • Gilead Presbyterian Church, Carmel, NY According to its website Gilead Presbyterian Church: … was first known as the West Church of Christ in Philips Patent, with Elisha Kent as Pastor. Its first house of worship was Historic Plaquea log structure that was built in 1743 in the area now known as Tilly Foster. From 1755 to 1834, Gilead worshipped in a ...
  • Shadows on the Kitchen Floor We were going out and I was waiting for my wife to finish getting ready. As I stood in the kitchen I noticed the late (around 4:00 pm) afternoon light streaming through the french doors in the kitchen and casting the shadows of the lattice and of a plant onto the wood floor. ...
  • Bridge to Nowhere I’d often noticed this strange structure while walking around at the site of the former Rockwood Hall. For some reason I seem to have spotted it in Summer when it is largely obscured by leaves so I couldn’t find a good place to take a picture. This time the leaves were off the ...
  • Kikuyu Statues I bought these during during my first visit to Kenya (don’t remember exactly when that was). There are two of them: A female figure and a male figure with a staff. I vaguely remember that when I bought them they were labelled as being Kikuyu. They sit in the window in our ...
  • Another Picture of My Wife A couple of months ago I posted a picture of my wife scanned from some old slides I came across. Here’s another one from the same period i.e. around the early 1980s
  • Two Statues in New York City Taken at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New York City with an Olympus Stylus Epic (also known as the μ-II: a 35mm point and shoot camera from the late 1990s. Back to film: Olympus Stylus Epic And Finally found something at the thrift store
  • A Row of Trees I liked the way that the trees receded into the distance and the textures of the bark and the seed pods (if that’s what they are) on the ground.
  • Old Brandreth Pill Factory Revisited I’m glad I took some pictures about a year ago (March 30 2014) of this magnificent old factory building in Ossining, NY as it’s now mostly gone. It’s the old Brandreth Pill Factory and it had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. I just now read that the entire ...
  • Reed Memorial Library The Reed Memorial Library stands at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 52 in Carmel, NY. According to Wikipedia: It is the oldest library building in Putnam County,and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It was built in 1914 by Arietta Crane Reed as a tribute to her late husband, ...
  • Byrdcliffe Art Colony, Woodstock, NY Some time ago our family bought my wife a spa treatment at a place in Woodstock, NY and on a gorgeous sunny day we went there. I had a couple of hours to kill while she was undergoing her treatment and I’d noticed some signs pointing to “Brydcliffe Arts Colony” so I decided to check ...
  • Small Ruin by the Putnam Trailway in Carmel, NY This ruined building is by the side of the Putnam Trailway just outside Carmel going in the direction of Mahopac. I have no idea what it once was, or why it is where it is. Apart from my liking for ruins I also liked the way it’s reflected in the vernal pond in front ...
  • Mount Carmel Baptist Church This lovely old church in Carmel,NY has not one, but two old cemeteries associated with it. Despite this I had great difficulty finding any information related to it on the Internet. Eventually I came across: History of Putnam County, New York : with biographical sketches of its prominent men by Pelletreau, William S. ...
  • Statue in the Old Town From a scanned print and taken in the Old Town, Geneva, Switzerland sometime in the early to mid 1990s. It was most likely taken with a Canon AE-1.
  • Touching photographs of Horace Warner’s ‘Spitalfields Nippers’ Wikipedia describes Spitalfields in the late 19th century as follows: By the later 19th century inner Spitalfields had eclipsed rival claimants to the dubious distinction of being the worst criminal rookery of London with common lodging-houses in the Flower and Dean Street area being a focus for the activities of robbers and prostitutes. The latter street ...
  • Grand Central Terminal Or is it? If you give the picture more than a cursory glance you notice immediately that something’s off e.g. the vehicles are much too big in relation to the building. It’s actually a replica used in a model train exhibition held in Grand Central Terminal in 2013.
  • Memento Mori: Bird Wing Solitary bird wing. I looked around but couldn’t find a trace of the rest of the bird. Taken by animals I imagine.
  • Taconic State Parkway around Yorktown Heights This stretch of the Taconic State Parkway has often caught my interest- it’s something about the way in which it curves around through the trees. But for various reasons (It was inconvenient; I didn’t have a camera ready to hand; I just forgot) I’ve never taken a picture of it. This time my ...
  • First Day of Spring, 2015 Japanese Maple in the Snow. True to form this Winter decided that we couldn’t just continue with the nice warmer weather and hit us with a snow storm on the first day of Spring. It was supposed to be around six inches, but turned out to be less – about 2-3 inches in my ...
  • Croton Harmon Station Croton Harmon Station through a window. After my visit to New Hamburg in November 2012 I took the train back to Scarborough and had to change trains in Croton Harmon station. While waiting I took these pictures with my Sony NEX 5N and the rather eccentric RainbowImaging 35MM F1.7 TV Lens. For more information ...
  • Reading in the Park As I recall this was taken in a “pocket” park somewhere on Second Avenue in New York City with a Sony NEX 5N and Sigma E 30mm (45mm equivalent) f2.8. I tend to shy away from pictures of people I don’t know (and even people I DO know for that matter). However, at ...
  • Bird in Flight I was walking around in the neighborhood when I came across this bird feeder in someone’s garden. A cloud of small birds surrounded it with two or three of them at any time taking turns to come and feed. Unfortunately it was some distance away and I didn’t have a long enough lens ...
  • Trees at Little Stony Point I’ve been to Little Stony Point several times. It’s quite close, rather picturesque (Beaches, Hudson River views, Cliffs with spectacular views; A small cave) and it’s an easy walk with the dog. It’s also close to Cold Spring so after the walk I can go for a coffee, a bite to eat or ...
  • Statues on West Facade of the Supreme Court (Appellate Division) Building, New York City According to Wikipedia: The limestone Beaux-Arts courthouse, in the style of an 18th-century English country house, was designed by James Brown Lord and built in 1896−1899. It is considered to be an “outstanding” example of the City Beautiful movement. Some 25 percent of the cost was spent on sculpture, a huge sum at the time. At ...
  • Cabin on the frozen lake I’ve often walked by the small blue cabin by the side of the lake and wondered what it was? Who did it belong to? It sits right next to the lake on a small piece of land with just the cabin, a couple of playground sets, a boat dock, and a rack for canoes. ...
  • A young me As I continued my scanning project I came across this old photo. It’s in pretty bad shape: creased, torn, stained etc. Once I’d scanned it I improved the appearance somewhat, but didn’t spend a lot of time on it (you can easily see some bits I missed up in the hair). Yes, that’s me! ...
  • An elusive statue It’s elusive not because it’s hard to find, but because I find it hard to get a decent picture of it. I’ve loved this statue ever since I started frequenting the nearby cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, NY. That’s almost 17 years now. On a number of occasions I’ve tried to take pictures ...
  • Faucet in the snow Although the weather has improved significantly we still have 2-3 feet of the snow on the ground around here so when I saw this faucet just barely sticking out above the snow it seemed worthy of a photograph. It seemed so incongruous to see something I associate so much with Summer peeping from the ...
  • Garrison Landing View of the US Military Academy at West Point from Garrison Landing. According to Wikipedia: The Garrison Landing Historic District, also known as Garrison’s Landing, is a small commercial and residential area located between what is now the Metro-North Hudson Line and the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, United States. Its buildings were mostly erected in ...
  • Contrasts My memory tells me that these two pictures were taken on the same day, but the metadata associated with them seems contradict this – making them two days apart. The picture above was taken from the front door of our house in Briarcliff Manor. The second one (below) was taken from a friend’s ...
  • People and Dogs on the Lake in a Snowstorm We had about six/seven inches of snow yesterday and were sitting in the living room reading when we noticed movement on the lake. Four people were walking their dogs on the lake. The falling snow did not seem to bother them very much and the dogs seemed to be loving it. By ...
  • Wooden Head with Owl I was walking back from the Parker Bale Post 1597 to the FOE Ossining Aerie 1545 where I had left my car when I noticed these two wooden sculptures apparently carved from trees by the side of the road. I almost missed them. I’m not so wild about the owl but the head ...
  • Artillery Piece in the Snow I came across this in front of an American Legion post in Ossining the other day. I didn’t know what it was so I sent the picture to my friend Ken who’s a former artillery officer with the Australian Army. This is what he came back with: It’s a US 75mm Pack Howitzer…the guns ...
  • Architectural Detail I liked the smoothness of the metal and the somewhat abstract composition.
  • Snow Covered Swimming Pool Our local park has a kind of pavilion (somewhere with tables where you hold events, eat your food etc.) overlooking the town pool. I was in the pavilion looking down on the now frozen and snow-covered pool when I saw this structure – presumably a frame to attach a diving board to. It ...
  • Views from Ossining Library Ossining and Route 9 looking North. I’ve lived in Briarcliff Manor, which is part of the town of Ossining, for about 17 years and have never once been to the Ossining library. I’d agreed to meet someone there and after we had met I decided to go inside and take a look around. Briarcliff ...
  • Briarcliff Manor, NY – Benches in the Snow in Law Park The title says it all. Unfortunately more snow, but even though I’m finding winter tiresome there is something quite magical about recently fallen snow. It washes out all the colors and makes the scenes essentially monochromatic. I love black and white imagery and with these winter scenes it’s almost unnecessary to convert ...
  • Chairs in snow This picture of some metal chairs and a table in our garden was taken by my wife with her iPhone 5s. I did a little editing and converted to black and white.
  • National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen These were taken in May 2011 with a Panasonic LX3. I also took some pictures at the museum and I’d forgotten about them until recently. What I remember most about the visit was the the kids and the teachers had moved to another room and I ran to catch up. Unfortunately I ...
  • Tire Tracks Another picture taken while walking the dog. I liked the textured tracks; the way that they curve away into the distance and thought that a low angle would work well.
  • Mailbox in the Snow Another ‘dog walk’ picture. We’d walked around the lake and I’d noticed the mailbox and the footprints in the snow receding towards the building in the background so I took a picture of it. I guess I was a bit tired after the walk an didn’t look at the resulting image. When ...
  • Panda Face My wife had gone to her dance class and I was walking the dog around the parking lot when I noticed this snowy truck wheel. Somehow I saw a panda face in the pattern of the wheel nuts on the snow. I didn’t have a camera with my and so had to resort ...
  • Snow Around the Lake Taken while walking the dog around the lake (about a 90 minute walk). Inevitably there was snow everywhere. Two bridges. In a small park near to the entrance to the lake. My wife posted this one to facebook and one of her friends commented: ” …it looks like it’s taken from the ...
  • Ice Crystals Leaving the house one day I noticed these ice crystals on one of the windows in our garage. Makes a nice abstract composition.
  • Snowy Bench We’ve been getting a lot of snow of late. Averaging around three snow falls every week, the snow on the ground has now accumulated to about two feet or so. So it’s hard to take pictures outside without getting snow. It’s getting a bit tiresome. Here’s some snow on one of ...
  • Gawsworth Old Hall Some old pictures of a picturesque old building near where I grew up in the United Kingdom: Gawsworth Old Hall. Like many old buildings in the UK it’s reputed to be haunted. According to the Haunted Mansions Around the World site: Gawsworth Hall is a half-timbred, sixteenth century manor house situated in Macclesfield, Cheshire. ...
  • Icy Streambed While walking the dog I came across this frozen stream bed. I’d walked along this trail in the past and had tried to get pictures of the stream when it was flowing. Somehow the light shining through the trees (which usually had leaves when I was trying to take the picture) was too ...
  • Detail of Chrysler Building This was taken in August, 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3. I’d had a good experience with the Panasonic LX-3, but I felt I needed something with a longer zoom. At the time I didn’t really understand the difference that a larger sensors makes and the 12x zoom looked appealing. It was ...
  • A Man (And His Dog) Ice Fishing on our frozen lake I was sitting in our living room reading when I noticed some movement on the frozen lake. It was a man pulling a small sledge – and his dog walking along behind. After a while I noticed that he would move to one part of the lake and stay there for a while, ...
  • The View from My Office Taken from my office in New York City in February 2010. I’d just acquired my then new Panasonic LX-3, the camera which I credit with re-awakening my interest in photography. I couldn’t wait to try it out so finding the geometric patterns on the building opposite interesting I just pointed it through the ...
  • Porch with Vacuum Cleaner Taken during a walk in Ossining, New York. The vacuum cleaner looked somewhat incongruous sitting out on the porch. This is a black and white conversion of a color shot that I rather liked. In color the vacuum cleaner is a bright green color, which in some ways makes it stand out ...
  • Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis. We were down in New York City to see “On the Town”. After the performance we went around the block to the International Center of Photography to see the Sebastiao Salgado “Genesis” exhibition. The photographs are stunning: the light is unbelievable and the tonality of the black an white pictures amazing. Seeing something as ...
  • Icy Hudson Taken at Scarborough Station while waiting for the train into New York City to see ‘On the Town’. It was certainly very cold and except for a channel in the middle the Hudson was frozen. We couldn’t get to the button quickly enough. I hadn’t brought a camera so I had to use my ...
  • 2014 Favorites – Black and White Another year has passed so I thought I’d do a post of some of my favorite pictures – starting with black and white. Last year I did a favorite from each month. This time I’ve decided to just do my ten favorite pictures from 2014. I was surprised to see that four ...
  • Cows Cows and fence. I must confess that one of my reasons for taking our new dog, Harley for a walk around Stone Barns was that I wanted to introduce him to the cows. Before we got him Harley was a stray and I suspect that he was a town dog. He’s fascinated by the ...
  • Stone Barns According to Wikipedia: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is a non-profit farm and educational center with a partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located in Pocantico Hills, New York. The Center was created on 80 acres (320,000 m2) formerly belonging to the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills by David Rockefeller and his daughter, ...
  • Grace Episcopal Church in Hastings-on-Hudson We recently went to this lovely church for the first time – to attend a memorial service for our friend Bob Mawson, who passed away on November 22. Building adjoining the church – Probably the Parish Hall I imagine? The church has an interesting history as described on its website (which provides additional historical information): Grace Episcopal Church, ...
  • RIP Bob Mawson Our friend Robert Mawson passed away on November 22. RIP Bob we’ll miss you. The text below is liberally paraphrased from his obituary. Born in County Durham in the northeast of England in August 1943 he became a boy soldier in the British Army to escape work in the coalmine. He was stationed in Menden, Germany ...
  • And the band played on Pictures from two bands playing at a farm where we went to get pumpkins about a year ago. The first and third are “Nashville Drive” (at least according to the sign). The second and fourth are from another band – I didn’t get the name.
  • Icy Stream Not too far from our house Roaring Brook runs into Roaring Brook Lake. These were taken on Roaring Brook not far from where it enters the lake. Sometimes the brook is quite dry, but we’d recently had snow and the snow melt caused the brook to be fairly full.
  • Downed Tree with Reflections I just liked the way that the tree was reflected in the lake. It didn’t work out quite the way I wanted. I guess my eye filtered out the somewhat distracting background (which the camera didn’t and couldn’t because of the type of camera and lens I had) and isolated the tree more. ...
  • Swans On the Lake at Teatown.
  • Kabayan Oriental Grocery This former store sits abandoned by the side of Route 9. It’s a bit “off the beaten track” and seemed to me to be an odd location for an oriental grocery. Possibly this is the reason it failed. The word “Kabayan” caught my eye. My wife is originally from the Philippines ...
  • Boardwalks, Teatown Reservation Bergmann Boardwalk. Teatown Lake Reservation has a number of trails. One of my favorites is the Lakeside Trail, a pleasant 45 minutes to one hour (depending on how quickly you walk) stroll around the lake. Along the way you come across a variety of boardwalks – from the short ones designed to cross small ...
  • Tioronda School, Beacon, NY When I turned around to take a look at the Craig House (designed as it turned out by the same architect as this building) I turned down a street heading towards Fishkill Creek. Part of the way down I came across this abandoned building. I thought at first that it was a church, ...
  • Birds on a Wire Taken with a Panasonic Lumix ZS7 at Scarborough Station, NY. I recall that I was on my way to work, had just parked the car and was walking to the station when I saw these birds on the wires.
  • Railway Tracks, Scarborough Station Lines, patterns, textures and shadows. Panasonic Lumix, ZS3
  • Barbershop in Ossining, NY
  • Mexico 2007 Turtles Taken during vacation in Cancun, Mexico sometime in March 2007. Statues: Isla Mujeres Metal Madonna Chichen Itza Boy on a Hammock Tulum
  • Statue on the Water Taken on the grounds of our hotel (the Arial Sands – closed since 2008, but supposedly slated for a major redevelopment) during vacation in Bermuda in 2005.
  • Saratoga Battle Site I’m something of a US Revolutionary War buff. I’ve had a particular interest in the battle of Saratoga, partly because it provides numerous examples of why the British could never have won this war (e.g. difficult communications; long supply lines; ready access by the US to militias etc.) but also because it was to ...
  • Amman, Jordan and around about 35 years ago Amman One of my projects is to scan older negatives and/or prints. I have a box full of them and although this project is going slowly I, from time to time, browse through them and pick a few to scan – in this case pictures taken during my very first field trip for the UN ...
  • A Few Urban Landscapes Trying out the dynamic black and white mode on my old Pansonic Lumix LX3, which has been sitting on a shelf since April 2013.
  • The Wonderful Black and white photography of Fred Lyon 32 Stunning Photos Of San Francisco In The 40s And 50s via Buzzfeed. Photographer Fred Lyon, a San Francisco native, is now 90 years old. I also came across an interesting two part interview with Fred Lyon on Petapixel: Part 1; Part 2. I particularly liked the part of the interview where he talks about 10 of his ...
  • Hermance Switzerland Hermance Town Hall – directly across from the church – where the civil ceremony took place. My younger daughter was married January 9, 2010 in the picturesque lake town of Hermance right on the border between France and Switzerland and not far from Geneva. The festivities were spread over two days – with the civil ceremony ...
  • Mummy at the Depot We’d been for a walk at the Old West Point Foundry Preserve and on the way back home I stopped for refreshments at The Depot in Cold Spring. It was in full Hallowe’en garb. As I was leaving I spotted this life-size (if that’s the right word) mummy with a small skeleton on the ...
  • Taking a break? A group of people sitting outside on a nice sunny day soaking up the rays and enjoying a great Hudson River view. I liked the lines of curves of the walls, part of the remains of Rockwood Hall. Were they walkers like myself or perhaps employees of the retirement home in background on ...
  • Pipes Minimalist kind of composition. Nice shapes and textures. Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic film camera.
  • Power Lines On California Hill. I liked the receding towers and the curves and diagonals of the cables. Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic film camera.
  • Kitchen Scenes These are the result of sitting around in our kitchen while playing with my new toy: A Konica 50mm f1.7 AR. I’d earlier obtained two other Konica lenses: a 135mm and a 28mm. I’d been very impressed by the 135mm (I haven’t tried the 28mm yet) and I’d heard good things about the 50mm. ...
  • Some Putnam County Churches Browsing through my pictures I noticed that I have quite a few of our local churches. So here are some of them: St. Philip’s Church in the Highlands, Garrison, New York Presbyterian Church, Patterson, NY. Former Tompkins Corners United Methodist Church – presently vacant and for sale. Reconstructed Red Mills Baptist Church, Carmel, NY Christ Episcopal Church, Patterson, NY.
  • Bannerman’s Castle Bannerman’s castle – now in ruins – on Pollepel Island in the middle of the Hudson River, just north of Cold Spring. Looks impressive, but was never more than a very fancy military surplus warehouse (although a smaller structure was used as a residence). It’s quite hard to get close enough to take a ...
  • A couple of statues from the USS Maine Monument near Columbus Circle When I took these pictures I didn’t know that this was the USS Maine Monument – I just liked the pigeons. According to Wikipedia: The USS Maine National Monument is an outdoor monument, located in Central Park in Manhattan, New York. It was cast on September 1, 1912 and dedicated on May 30, 1913. In 1913, a USS ...
  • Fountain in New York City I liked the backlighting on the drops of water flying through the air.
  • Woodpeckers at work At least I’m assuming that it’s woodpeckers because I can’t imagine what else could create such interesting patterns. I suppose it could be some kind of bug.
  • A couple of interiors from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. More pictures from my recent trip into the city. This time interiors of the Metropolitan Museum of Arat. I’m not sure exactly what this gallery is. Looks like something Greek or Roman.
  • Chinese Garden Entrance to the Chinese Garden. I was wandering through a maze of rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC trying to find the Garry Winogrand Exhibition when I came across this fascinating Chinese Garden. Detail near the entrance. The Chinese Garden.
  • Breached dam on John Allen Pond We’d tried the Three Lakes Trail before and given up about half way through. I thought I’d try the second half. We walked down Sunken Mine Road past where we’d crossed it before and continued until the Three Lakes Trail turned off to the right at the southern end of John Allen Pond ...
  • Impressive fungus I recently came across this eye-catching fungus. It’s huge. Easily the size of a soccer ball!
  • Graymoor. The home of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement Altar of the Atonement. “…surmounted by a 16-foot-high crucifixion scene. Flanking the altar are Stations of the Cross leading down to the St. Anthony Shrine”. Driving north on Route 9, just before the turnoff for Route 403 you’ll see the entrance to Graymoor on the right. Also known as “The Holy Mountain” it’s ...
  • Four Staircases Found in the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY.
  • Hudson River Shoreline Rocks Found objects on a sandy beach along the Hudson River. Bigger rocks. Tree. Dead Tree Trunk.
  • Wiccopee Trail Woods/farm road trail This trail is very close to our house and connects into the Fahnestock trail system. It’s possible to walk to it, but you’d have to get across the Taconic Parkway. It’s doable, particularly during those times when the Taconic is not very busy. Today we went around rush hour so ...
  • Disused Railway Track Offshoot of the Metro North tracks near Beacon. I don’t know where it goes/went, but judging from the growth it doesn’t get used much.
  • No Dogs Allowed Occasionally, but not often, you’ll see a dog in a bar. The owners must like dogs and have decided to risk the consequences of breaking the public health laws by allowing an animal in. You don’t often see a dog behind the bar though. Maybe this little guy was serving – actually ...
  • A short walk around Fishkill The White House Restaurant/Bar (mostly Bar nowadays by the look of it) in Fishkill. I’d been meaning to take a look around Fishkill for some time, but somehow hadn’t gotten around to it. We have two daughters, one son-in-law, and five grandchildren staying with us at the moment. They wanted to go to Splashdown ...
  • Self Portrait This was taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX3 on the train home from Grand Central Terminal to Scarborough. As I recall I’d had a few beers and I was playing with the camera – partly to get more familiar with it. More importantly perhaps I was trying to keep myself occupied so that ...
  • Jaguar Seen in Geneva, Switzerland some time in August, 2010. I believe it’s either an XK-120 or an XK-150, but I’m not sure which. Actually, as I’m looking at it I’m becoming more and more convinced that it’s an XK-120, largely because the 120 had a two piece windshield while the XK-150 a curved ...
  • Wide angle in the city Taken with a Sony NEX 5N, 16mm lens and ultra-wide converter. Small park/plaza adjacent to the UNICEF building on East 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd) in New York City.
  • Pile of Wood on Hudson Came across this on the Hudson River waterfront in Cold Spring.
  • Winding Path – Rockwood Hall The old William Rockefeller estate, Rockwood Hall is long gone. Only the foundations and a lot of spectacular trees remain. With its impressive views of the Hudson it’s a great place for walking the dog. This winding path near the foundation ruins caught my eye. Taken with a Sony NEX 5N and an ...
  • Waiting for the Train Taken June, 2012 around 10:00 pm at Grand Central while waiting for a Hudson Line Train. She’s certainly thinking very intently about something – I wonder what it was? One of my fairly rare ‘people’ pictures.
  • Cooper Cooper (I know that’s his name because it’s on his name tag in the first picture) came out to greet us during another dog walk. As is common with this kind he was very curious. We have a cat (Gypsy) at home, but she’s very docile and refuses to fight with out dog, ...
  • Sigma AF 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Sony e-mount (NEX) East 42nd Street I’ve had this lens for a long time and I’ve posted quite a few pictures taken with it. But I can’t recall that I’ve ever said anything about it. I like it a lot. It’s small and light and provides autofocus, but not unfortunately image stabilization. The autofocus is maybe a ...
  • Garrison’s Little Red Chapel This building is in Garrison, NY – on Route 9d. It seems that it was built in 1862 and was Garrison’s original Episcopal church (St. James Chapel). Later a stone church was built and the building was moved to its current location. Subsequently it became an antiques store and, if the sign is anything ...
  • Old Roller I was walking the dog around the playing fields when I came across this old roller in the undergrowth. I usually move my glasses up to the top of my head when I’m taking pictures and this time one of the overhanging branches must have knocked them off and I couldn’t find them. ...
  • More from around the lake Waterlogged canoe Some more from one of my walks around the lake. Trees and Rock Garden Canoes at Moon Beach Tree and Ivy The Watcher
  • Grand Central 2010-2011 Lexington Avenue Entrance These are some of the earliest photos taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX3 – mostly from 2010 but a couple from 2011. Still Life Clock Phones Steps detail Waiting for the Train
  • Sylvan Glen I first went here in May 2010. It’s a fascinating place with huge blocks of stone; stone walls, metal cables strewn around all over; rusting pieces of machinery etc. I wasn’t happy with the pictures I got with my then carry around camera: a Pansonic Lumix ZS3. So I thought I’d go ...
  • Secret Garden Well not really that secret. The garden belongs to one of our fellow Garden Club members. The main entrance is up on the road and the property runs down hill to the dock and the lake. However, there’s another entrance. Follow a small path down to the lake and just off ...
  • Light Patterns I was standing in the kitchen late one afternoon. The door to the garage was open and low sunlight was streaming in and projecting patterns on the corridor walls. It looked interesting so I grabbed a camera before the light could go away.
  • Abandoned House on Route 6N I’ve often seen this house on Route 6n right next to one of my favorite restaurants: ‘Holy Smoke‘ (one of the best BBQ places around here it also has a fine selection of craft beers). Yesterday I decided to stop by and take a closer look. At first glace I thought it was just ...
  • USS Intrepid Flight deck with Manhattan in the background. According to Wikipedia: USS Intrepid (CV/CVA/CVS-11), also known as The Fighting “I”, is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns ...
  • Some black and whites from the Gomez Mill House A door in the wall. An earlier post described our recent visit to the Gomez Mill House. Here are a few black and whites from the same trip Old machinery. I’m not sure what this is – maybe a printing press? Old cabinet. It was in the same area as the machinery above so I ...
  • Dogs The house where these dogs reside is about a five minute walk from where I live. The dogs are often off-leash in the garden. They run around the garden and when they see me with our dog Jackson they start barking and they run towards us. However, they never go past a ...
  • Small Ruin at Sunny Ridge Preserve Just to show that my interest in ruins goes back a while these pictures were taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX3 in November 2010 while walking in the Sunny Ridge Preserve in New Castle, Westchester. They’re just off the trail and I have no idea what they once were. Perhaps a farm house?
  • Germaine This is Germaine Chandelier at the February meeting of our Garden club which co-incided with Germaine’s 92nd birthday. Germaine is a fascinating person as can been seen from this extract from the Alsace-New York Newsletter, Spring 2007 celebrating Germaine’s induction as ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre du Merite’: Germain Schneider-Chandelier was born on the 22nd of February 1922, at ...
  • My Top 20 Photos on Flickr 1. Sybil Ludington statue, Carmel NY From time to time I post images to Flickr.  They’re not necessarily representative of my pictures.  I have around 18,000 images in Lightroom and only 532 in Flickr.  What criteria do I use to determine what to post: none really.  It’s all whim.  Some days I feel like posting to ...
  • Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, NY The Storm King Arts Center proclaims: Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands ...
  • Tompkins Corners Cemetery (a.k.a. Carmel Valley Burial Ground and Peekskill Hollow Cemetery) Putnam Valley, NY A large cemetery (about 4 acres) with over 200 gravestones. There are some interesting old gravestones in the old section and some novel statuary in the new part. The Putnam Graveyards site has this to say about this cemetery: The cemetery was incorporated May 4, 1853 as Carmel Valley Burial Ground Association (now defunct). A meeting was ...
  • Waterfall and bridge on Peekskill Hollow Creek On the corner of Peekskill Hollow Road and Bryant Pond Road. Another one I’d driven past many times and never noticed.
  • Post Family Plot The Post Family Plot is a tiny (less than on quarter of an acre) graveyard adjacent to Putnam Valley Volunteer Fire Department station on Peekskill Hollow Road. There are only five graves, all but one bearing the name “Post” (the other one has the name “Nichols”). The earliest (1835) is that of Amanda ...
  • Ruined stone building on the corner of Pudding Street and Richardsville Road As Pudding Street is one of the major roads going to my house I had driven by this corner on numerous occasions. I’d never noticed these ruins. This time I did. Seems to be just an old stone building and not one of the mysterious stone chambers of Putnam County.  Picturesque nonetheless.
  • Beltzhoover Teahouse on Halsey Pond A plaque at the site reads: Beltzhoover Teahouse on Halsey Pond. Largest remaining structure of “Rochroanne”, the 200 acre Belzhoover Estate built in 1905. Melchior Belzhoover was “President” of Irvington from 1904 to 1916. The Halsey family owned a portion of the property from 1927-1976. The pond area became Village land in 1980. From 1994 to ...
  • Rundle’s Mill Drive along Peekskill Hollow Road and turn onto Mill Street (by the Putnam Valley Museum). Before you get to Route 6 You’ll pass a small, red building on your left – on the corner of Mill Pond Road. It looks like a shed and it’s easy to miss, but it’s well worth stopping for ...
  • Greenwich Point Park – Old Greenwich, Connecticut Tide pool. These are some of the first shots taken with my then new Sony Nex 5N. They were taken early on a November morning in 2011. The light was gorgeous. Unfortunately, I can only rarely make myself get up early enough to benefit from this kind of light. I usually shoot ...
  • Dogs When I set up the menus for this blog I included a category called ‘Animals’. This seemed like a good idea at the time but looking back on it a see that I’ve actually posted very little related to animals. Browsing through my past pictures on a snowy day I discovered that I did have ...
  • Messing around at home Little Angels I haven’t been able to get out much for the past few days. I threw my back out shoveling snow; then we had friends over and I spent most of the day cooking. Our water conditioner started to leak (just a tiny amount of water thankfully). It’s ancient and I have ...
  • Red Mills Park, Mahopac NY Red MIlls Historic Park is a small but interesting former site of two mills: a grist mill and a ‘carding mill’. I’d never heard of one of these, but Wikipedia describes carding as: “… a mechanical process that disentangles, cleans and intermixes fibers to produce a continuous web or sliver suitable for subsequent processing This ...
  • Cape Cod? No – Ossining, NY Marina We had an impromptu lunch with some friends at “The Boathouse” by the Shattemuc Marina in Ossining. The food was good and the company better. The restaurant is situated right next to the Hudson River. Looking at the marina from the restaurant you could almost think that you were in New England somewhere. Boat in the ...
  • Sparta Cemetery Ossining NY As the sign says: “1764 – Ossining’s oldest cemetery”. It’s located between Route 9 and Revolutionary Road, close to where they intersect. The Ossining Daily Voice has a short but interesting article about Sparta cemetery. One of the most fascinating inhabitants of Sparta Cemetery is The Leatherman. Wikipedia states: The Leatherman (ca. 1839–1889) was a particular vagabond, famous ...
  • Westchester’s Ridge Hill Mall We had lunch with some friends last Saturday and they mentioned Westchester’s Ridge Hill Mall in Yonkers, NY. We’d never been there so the following day off we went. It’s quite interesting. Most Malls are enclosed areas with lots of shops. They present a nice, protected area, but at times become a little claustrophobic. The Ridge ...
  • Ice I’m actually getting a bit sick of snow and ice, as well as taking pictures of it. As I write this we’ve just had about a foot of snow. The snow appears to have stopped but now we’re getting sleet and freezing rain. There’s so much snow and ice around, however that it’s difficult ...
  • Scarborough Park Right next to Scarborough Station on Metro North’s Hudson Line is a small park: Scarborough Park. The Village of Briarcliff Manor website says: Plan a picnic supper at this park! Incredible sunsets, and the sights and sounds of the majestic Hudson River, await you at this six-acre, 97 year-old park. Bring your fishing poles for some ...
  • Patriots Park Tarrytown, NY This is one of the first pictures I took with my Panasonic LX3 back in 2010 – in Patriots Park in Tarrytown, NY. I was fascinated by the stone structures built to channel the water (apparently called Andre brook) through the park. I liked the textures of the stone and the curving lines of the ...
  • 2013 Favourites – Black and White January – Divya reading It’s the end of the year so I thought I’d look back on some of the pictures I’ve taken. Many of them we black and white. Here are my favorites, month by month. February – Croton Point under snow March – Ceiling Fan at Holy Smoke BBQ restaurant April – Cracked wash basin ...
  • First Snow of 2013 We just had our first snow of 2013. This was the kind of snow I like. It stuck to trees and grass, but didn’t stick to hard surfaces. Less than 1/2 inch total. It looks nice but doesn’t inconvenience me much. I certainly won’t have to shovel. I imagine ...
  • Sony Alpha 500 Ken In an earlier post I noted that my first digital SLR was a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5d.  I bought this camera because: a) I’d had a good experience with a minolta camera in the past. My first serious camera was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. By that time I’d had film SLRs, but when I went to ...
  • Minolta X-700: black and white More pictures from the Minolta X-700 this time in black and white. The subject is the same: Old Saint Peter’s Church, Van Cortlandtville, NY.
  • Gilead Cemetery Carmel, NY A plaque on one of the entrance pillars reads: “Gilead Cemetery. Placed on the New York State Register of Historic Places October 14, 1988 and on the National Register of Historic Places December 1, 1988. This bronze plaque is dedicated by the town of Carmel and the Historical Society, October 14, 1998”. Ken Warnecke of ...
  • Home and Around A few pictures taken while walking the dog around the lake. I liked the textures here: the stone wall, the weathered fence, the rock, the ‘gravelly’ soil and the smoother plant leaves. Lakeview with dock and gazebo. This one looks better at a larger size. Please click on the image. Someone had stuck this plastic bird ...
  • Santa Monica 2003 Incoming Waves. I was reading some articles about Garry Winogrand. One of them mentioned that he never developed film right after shooting it. He would wait for some time (maybe even a couple of years) so that the memory of taking the photo would have faded. Supposedly this allowed him to be more objective in judging ...
  • A tale of two ceiling fans Here the fan is a secondary player. I was lying on the sofa in our living room reading and I happened to look up. I was struck by the pattern of light cast by a table lamp onto the ceiling. The fan just adds a bit of visual variety to the image. Again a chance image. ...
  • Baxter Cemetery abandoned in the woods The old abandonned Baxter cemetery. 48 graves, the earliest dating to 1820. It’s less than 10 minutes walk from the house – in the woods between Lake Shore Road and the Taconic Parkway. It’s not so easy to find. At first there’s a bit of a path, but eventually you end ...
  • Around the lake – some black and whites As is often the case I took these while walking the dog one day. I didn’t have too many winter pictures so I thought I’d take a few before all of the snow and ice disappeared. The first one is of ‘Children’s Beach’, one of several beaches around the lake. In summer ...
  • In and around Carmel, NY Wikipedia has this to say about Carmel: Carmel is a town in Putnam County, New York, USA. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 34,305. The town of Carmel is on the south border of Putnam County. There are no incorporated villages in the town, although the hamlets of Carmel and Mahopac each ...
  • Mannequins Seen while walking around in Manhttan. Along Lexigton Avenue if I remember correctly. Generally liked the figures in the windows alongside the reflections in the glass. Closer view of one of the figures Uncovered female mannequin inside juxtaposed against covered up male outside. Reclining figure vs. standing figure. With reflections.
  • Croton Landing Park The OssiningCrotononHudsonPatch website describes the Croton Landing Park as follows: Croton Landing lies just past the yacht club on the Hudson River, and is home to a short walking trail, waterfront and a natural riverfront habitat full of native plants and animals. Educational material and environmentally-themed art also can be found. Large, flat paths are good ...
  • At the Brasserie Le Bouchon This was taken at the Brasserie le Bouchon in Cold Spring NY. We’ve been going there for some time and I like it a lot. It has a nice French ambience – reminds me of when we were living in France. I’d taken refuge from the ongoing work on the kitchen and ...
  • Assorted Black and White An assortment of pictures. The only thing that they have in common is that they are all black and white. Some were taken with digital cameras and converted to black and white. Some were taken with vintage film cameras. A new gallery: Assorted Black and White
  • Bell & Howell I was cleaning out a closet when I came across a small, plastic camera with the name “Bell and Howell” on the front. I have no idea where it came from (I certainly wouldn’t have bought it), but I suspect it’s the kind of thing that is given away with a magzine subscription. I was ...
  • A few black and white’s A new gallery: Black and White 2012-02-02 12:27 AM



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