A visit to Storm King Art Center with Family – Family Fun

Approaching the elevator to the mansion

Granddaughter running.

Father and daughter planning the tour.

Granddaughter resting on Butterfly Chair by Johnny Swing.

Mother and daughters by Three Legged Buddha by Zhang Huan.

Three Legged Buddha, this time showing scale.

Mirror Fence by Alyson Shotz. Both granddaughters loved this one.

Mirror Fence Again.

Both granddaughters running.

Running towards Bitter Sky by Anthony Caro. (I think).

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and a variety of Fuji lenses.

Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society – Presentation on “The Chain that Saved the Colonies”

In earlier posts I’ve mentioned that I am volunteering at the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.

The BMSHS organized a presentation last Sunday (January 15, 2023) on “The Chain that Saved the Colonies.” To stop the British invasion of the New England Colonies during the American Revolution, Peter Townsend manufactured a Great Chain at Sterling Forest for the Continental Army. The chain was placed across the Hudson River at West Point.

Above some links from The Great Chain on display at Trophy Point, West Point, NY.

The presentation was given by Donald ‘Doc’ Bayne. ‘Doc’ has been interested in history since the age of 8. After a long career with Minolta during which he worked as a part time Forest Ranger for Sterling Forest State Park, ‘Doc’ accepted the position of Environmental Educator and Historian for the park. He has acquired a vast knowledge of the forest, animals, Native Americans, and iron history.
In his position he planned and conducted history and nature hikes in both Sterling Forest and Bear Mountain State Parks. He has lectured on many aspects of the environment such as the iron history of New York State. He is a passionate researcher and educator with the ability to feel the history of the land and transmit it to the people.

‘Doc’ shared the history of the iron industry that started in 1736 in Sterling Forest and how the Sterling Forge was used to create the Great Chain that was placed across the Hudson. He also covered the apparently lucrative business of selling fake chains, explaining how to spot a fake rather than real chain, and pointing out where a lot of the chains (both real and fake) are located.
The almost full house thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

The presentation was not recorded. However, ‘Doc’ has given the presentation many times and one version is available on YouTube. Over time he adds and deletes information so what is available on YouTube is not identical to the one he gave on Sunday, but it’s very close. That presentation can be found here:

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The Vescio Community Center awaiting the arrival of the attendees

BMSHS Executive Director, Karen Smith introduces the presentation and ‘Doc’ Bayne.

An almost full house watched the presentation

‘Doc’ Bayne giving his presentation

The location of The Great Chain

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 FE

Some of my favorite pictures of 2022 – Black and White

Queen Anne’s Lace. 25 January.

Triple Arch Bridge, Rockefeller State Park. 17 February.

Statuette in a friend’s house. August 16th.

View from my bedroom. March 12.

Spanish American War Memorial, Yonkers, NY. March 23.

Tree across from my house. January 17.

Feeding pigeons in Washington Square Park. June 3.

Dandelion seeds. July 1,

Chrysler Building by night. September 13.

Skull light fixture. September 9.

Some of my favorite pictures of 2022 – Color

Elena Jumping. June 24.

Wasps fighting. May 27.

Pocantico River passing under the Old Croton Aqueduct. October 23.

Hardscrabble Wilderness Area. September 21

Fish in Law Park. August 26

I don’t think he/she appreciated me taking a picture. February 22.

Hoverfly Macro. September 2.

MOMA Red. September 13.

A Lightshade. September 2.

Lucas relaxing. November 24

Thanksgiving 2022

My friends/neighbors kindly invited me to spend time with them and their family for Thanksgiving. The festivities were to take place at their son’s house, which is only a short drive away from where they (and I live). Above: a view of the Hudson River from their house.

I’d recently had some quite severe dental problems including a broken tooth, two root canals and an infections. I was in quite a bit of pain and generally felt down. I debated whether I should go to the celebrations, but eventually decided that if I was going to feel miserable I might as well do it with friends than stay at home an suffer by myself. So off I went.

After taking some Tylenol I was OK at first, but after eating the usual huge and delicious Thanksgiving feast the pain came back and eventually I had to leave early.

However, while I was there I managed to take a few pictures, some of which I quite like.

Thanksgiving flowers.

A colorful light fixture.

Elena and Clayton – sister and brother.


A festive scene.

Lucas at rest.

The host, Ray.

Elena laughing.

Reina at rest.

The Thanksgiving meal.

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Rokinon/Samyang AF 24-70 f2.8 FE