Unusual sight on the lake today

I had just finished the preceding post when I heard my wife shouting from the garden: “H come and look at this. You’ve got to take a picture”. Since I always do as I’m told I grabbed a camera and dashed into the the garden to do her bidding.

Not a stunning picture but I’m sure the grandkids will like it. They’re obsessed with dogs and it’s not everyday that you see one on a paddleboard on a lake.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Sigma 400mm f5.6.

Activity on the Lake

This is the first time I’ve seen people on the lake this year. It was a warmish, sunny day yesterday but I was somewhat surprised to see someone actually in the water. I wouldn’t have thought it would be warm enough for swimming yet. Still each to his/her own.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Sigma 400mm f5.6.

Sparta Cemetery – The Ubiquitous HMS Vulture

It seems that whenever I look into Revolutionary War history in the Hudson Valley I come across a reference the HMS Vulture. In this picture my friend, Ken stands next to a plaque in Sparta Cemetery, which reads:

“This stone was pierced by a cannon shot fired from the British sloop-of-war Vulture commanded by Lieut. Sutherland, September 1780.”

This brings us back to the Ladew family plot mentioned in an earlier post. The Ossining Historic Cemeteries Conservancy states:

A key point of interest is the Ladew family plot. It is the only plot that is enclosed by a brick wall, the west façade of which incorporates all five headstones in the wall. Two of the most famous tombstones are those of Abraham and Anna Ladew’s children—five-year-old Sarah and seven-year-old Abraham. Sarah’s stone is noted as the oldest legible in the cemetery, but Abraham’s is even more famous for another reason: a hole in the surface. Legend has it that in 1780 the headstone was pierced by cannon fire from the British war ship Vulture, patrolling the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War. A plaque has been installed in its place.

I’m at a loss as to why HMS Vulture would fire on Sparta cemetery.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

Newburgh – Billie Joe’s Ribworks

After wandering around a bit at the nursery we were starting to feel hungry, so we decided to go down to the waterfront for lunch. It was a glorious, warm, sunny day and we very much enjoyed eating our lunch outside.


View north with the Newburgh-Beacon bridge in the background.


View south with my wife in the foreground.


As I was on a diet I decided to have this for lunch.

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.