2020 Favorites

I think it’s fair to say that 2020 was not a good year. It started well enough with the final days of our trip to Switzerland (Geneva) and France (Paris) and then went downhill from there. In February I had some fairly serious surgery, which initially went well but later led to some complications, which while not too serious led a period (from February to August) where I didn’t feel up to going out and taking pictures. During this period, of course, the COVID Pandemic started which didn’t help matters. Eventually the health issues were sorted out (at least for now) and after some additional surgery I started to feel stronger. Then tragedy: my wife of 42 years passed away suddenly and unexpectedly after a very short (just over two weeks) illness.

Since that dreadful day in October however, I’ve been going out a lot, walking the dog and taking lots of pictures. In past years I’ve divided them into two separate posts: color pictures and black and white pictures. This year I haven’t used a single film camera (I do most of my film photography using black and white film). Moreover, I haven’t done many black and white conversions of my digital images. So it didn’t seem worthwhile to do two separate posts.

Above: Watching the Sun go down at Scarborough Station.

A building in White Plains.

Thanksgiving at Croton Point.

Clog wall at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Stone Wall at Stone Barns Center.

Chapel, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Mother and Child.

Spillway at Pocantico Lake.

Lonely tree at Stone Barns Center.

Fading Flowers.

Church in Peekskill by night.

Rockwood Hall at sundown.

Scarborough Station at Dusk

It was getting dark, but I had to take the dog for a walk. Where to go? I decided to go down to Scarborough Station where I used to take the Metro North Train to go to work every day. I’d been there many times and felt that I’d probably exhausted the possibilities for finding something picture-worthy so I didn’t think I’d come back with any pictures. But I took a camera along just in case. This is what a came up with.

Adjoining the station is a small park. Above a picture of the station taken from this park.

This woman was on her phone sitting by the river.

I liked the shape of the tree.

A group of young people were taking pictures with their iphones so I took a picture of them looking out over the river towards the New Tappan Zee bridge.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens.

Another Walk at Rockwood Hall

Rockwood Hall is close to the house in Briarcliff Manor. It’s a very pleasant walk along the Hudson River with some lovely old trees and great views. I’ve posted about it many times so I won’t say much about it in this post. Suffice it to say that it was the former home of William Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller’s brother. See also:

Sunset at Rockwood Hall
Hudson View from Rockwood Hall
Sycamore Tree at Rockwood Hall
Tree at Rockwood Hall
Approaching Rockwood Hall
Rockwood Hall Foundation and Trees
Rockwood Hall – Evening
A Walk to Rockwood Hall
Winding Path – Rockwood Hall
Rockwood Hall – July 6, 2011 – early evening
Sunset at Rockwood Hall

Above the approach to Rockwood Hall with the Hudson River in the background.

All that remains of one of the grandest mansions in the US: the foundations.

More foundations.

One of the old trees.

Another old tree.

More old trees.

Hudson View


Returning home at sunset.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens.

A walk at Graham Hills Park

It was a Saturday and I had intended to go for another walk at Rockwood Hall, but it was teeming with people so I thought I’d try the Rockefeller State Park. It was the same story: the car park was full and the parked cars were backed up all the way down to Route 117 and then for some distance along Route 117. So decided to try nearby Graham Hills Park.

I was talking to a friend about this walk and as I started to mention the park’s name I paused thinking: wasn’t Graham Hill a famous British Formula One racing car driver? As it turned out I was right, but this Graham Hill had no connection to the park. Rather it’s named after Graham Hills, a one-time hamlet and station on the Putnam Railroad, which in turn takes its name from Dr. Isaac Gilbert Graham, a Revolutionary War army surgeon, who settled there circa 1785.

The pictures show a typical woodland walk around here at this time of year: fallen leaves, bare trees, rocks etc. with the odd brightly colored tree (at the time I took the pictures there were still a few but they’re disappearing fast). It’s not an easy walk, particularly when it has rained. The trails are covered in leaves made slippery by the rain and you can’t readily tell what’s under them (rocks, roots etc.) so it’s easy to lose you footing. Also the park appears to be particularly popular with mountain bike riders. While I don’t begrudge them their fun I wish some of them would pay a bit more attention to other people using the park. At times they would come over a rise, or around a corner at high speed and I’d have to quickly jump out of the way.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS kit lens.

Election Day 2020

On election day 2020 I had to go up to the lake house. On the way I stopped at Flory’s convenience store on Secor Road. This was the scene that I saw across the road.

The guy standing on top of the car is not a mannequin, rather he’s a real person wearing a Donald Trump mask. He was waving to passersby and seemed to be having a great time.

It little further down the road there’s an overpass over the Taconic State Parkway. Two other people were walking back and forth across the bridge. One was waving a Trump flag and the other a US flag.

Note that this post does not imply that I am a Trump supporter. I just couldn’t find anything handy related to the Biden/Harris campaign.

Taken with a Sony A6000 and E 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS