A couple of squirrels

According to The Conversation 2019 is a “mast” year for oaks.

If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you’ve noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or almost none, “masting.”

In New England, naturalists have declared this fall a mast year for oaks: All the trees are making tons of acorns all at the same time.

We certainly have hundreds, if not thousands of acorns on the ground.

And with the acorns come squirrels.

First picture taken with a Canon EOS 5d and EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 USM; second with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 and Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f4.0-5.6.

A visit to Fishkill – Van Wyck Homestead – The Mystery of the Stone Floor

There’s a story beneath this unassuming patch of vegetation.

[It’s] directly above a a stone floor. This was discovered during archeological (sic) digs in the 1960s. The soil above the floor had been undisturbed and the floor had been built on a layer from the last glacier deposit. There was nothing below it. The mystery is this. Above the floor was an ancient arrowhead, made and used long before Europeans. Who built the stone floor? Was it local Indians? (Van Wyck Homestead Museum Self-Guided Trail Guide).

Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3.

A (very) short walk around Garrison’s Landing – Old Phone Booth

You don’t see many of these nowadays. This old telephone booth stands outside “Dolly’s” restaurant. In the old days it would have stood outside “Guinan’s”. It does, in fact, get a mention in Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most, which focuses on “Guinan’s” and the interesting case of characters who frequented it.

I don’t think anyone will be using it anytime soon.

The figure to the top left is standing on the platform of the present Garrison Metro-North station.

Taken with a Panasonic Lumix GF1 and G vario 14-42 asph f3.5-5.6.