Happy Birthday Love

Today is my wife’s birthday. Apart from perhaps a couple of occasions when one or the other of us was away on business it’s the first birthday in 43 years I can remember when she wasn’t around. She passed away last October and I miss her terribly.

Taken with a Konica Minolta Maxxum 500 and 50mm f1.7

Across the stepping stones

This was taken at the Rockefeller State Park and Preserve. I’d seen an interesting composition with small stream and the round stretch of water in the foreground and the larger, Swan Lake in the middle-background. I even liked the way you can see a path winding up to the Overlook Trail on the far side of the lake.

Then I saw this couple approaching along another trail and I decided to wait to see if they would walk across the stepping stones, which they did.

Taken with an Olympus OM-D E-M10 and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4-5.6

On the Trail to Raven Rock – A hint of the past glory

Most of the trails at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve are on former carriage trails from when the Rockefeller family still owned the property. The park is very popular, particularly at the moment as people deal with COVID and you usually see lots of people. Sometimes you see people riding horses, but you don’t often see carriages. So this was an unexpected, and pleasant surprise.

I had visions of the Rockefeller family out for a ride in their carriages – without the masks of course.

My dog, Harley doesn’t quite know what to make of horses. He doesn’t see them often enough to form an opinion. He does know what deer are though and he knows that they are something to bark at, and if possible chase. I think he sees horses as big deer, so I have to be careful to keep him close and socially distanced from the horses lest he spook them.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4-5.6

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.

Around the Neighborhood – 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.