A Walk Around Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – Overview

Continuing with posts featuring Fall colors we come to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, NY. This cemetery is near to our house in Briarcliff Manor, NY so I’ve been there many times. I often go in Winter because they reliably clear they snow and I can walk the dog there when other trails are snow covered.

However, I can’t ever recall being there in Fall.

Above – This statue is part of the impressive Delavan memorial. There are at least four more statues around the base of the column.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A Visit to the Rockefeller Preserve – Horse Riders

I often see horses at the preserve. Harley doesn’t seem to know what to make of them. He doesn’t usually bark at them the way he does with deer. Maybe he’s just overwhelmed.

From time to time I also see horse drawn carriages. This isn’t too surprising as many of these trails were originally carriage trails owned and used by the Rockefeller family before they donated the land to the state.

Taken with a Minolta A500 and Minolta 100-200mm f4.5.

A Visit to the Rockefeller Preserve – Overview

It’s cold and bleak now in January, 2020 and I’m so badly backlogged with my pictures that, to cheer us up, I’m going to do few posts of primarily colorful fall pictures to cheer me up.

These first pictures were taken at the end of October, 2019 during a visit to the nearby Rockefeller Preserve. Above the 22 acre Swan Lake. I was hoping to see some birds so, in addition to my trusty Sony RX100-M3, I took along a Sony Alpha 500 with a reasonably long Minolta 100-200mm f4.5.

According to New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation:

Rockefeller State Park Preserve offers quiet countryside walks of all lengths through forested hills and valleys surrounding sunlit pastoral fields. Thirty miles north of New York City, the property is the former Pocantico Hills and Rockwood Hall country estates of John D. Rockefeller family and William Rockefeller. Since 1983, the Rockefeller Family has generously donated over 1771 acres to the State of New York to safeguard these lands for present and future generations. Managed by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Preserve is open to the public year-round, sunrise to sunset.

The trails of the Preserve are crushed stone carriage roads laid out by John D. Rockefeller Sr. and Jr. in the first half of the 20th century. Designed to complement the landscape, the 45 miles of scenic carriage roads are wide and easy to walk. Popular for walking, riding, jogging, and carriage driving, combinations of trails lead through varied landscapes and past natural and historical features, such as Swan Lake, the Pocantico River with its wood and stone bridges, gurgling streams, colonial stone walls and rock outcroppings. Trail maps of the carriage roads are available at the Preserve Office.

The Preserve is primarily hardwood forest dominated by huge oak, tulip poplar, maple, and beech trees. The forests, fields, streams, and wetlands support a high diversity of native species of resident and migratory birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish and aquatic species, some of which are in decline and now uncommon in Westchester County. With 202 recorded species of birds and its Important Bird Area designation by the National Audubon Society, the Preserve is a must-visit area for birders. Over 100 species of native wild bees frequent spring and summer wildflowers. In the fall, Monarch butterflies stop to feed and lay eggs during their southward migration. An on-going environmental stewardship is underway to favor native biological diversity.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.