- Sunset on Lake Mahopac
In the previous post I mentioned that two of ...
- Fall view from our patio
I took this picture back in 2012 – maybe just before I started using this blog seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever posted it.
Our friends George and Gloria are moving to South Carolina in a few days. My wife thought it might be nice if we gave them a souvenir of their stay at ...
- Mystery Point – Manitou Station
If you follow Mystery Point Road past the ruin mentioned in the previous post you come to Manitou Station.
This has to be the smallest station I’ve ever come across. According to my very approximate measurements the platforms are about 23 feet long.
My first thought was “What famous/powerful person lives here who has enough clout ...
- Mystery Point – Don’t Look Down
As mentioned in an earlier post the trail runs quite high (in some places as much as 30ft.) above the river. Here’s what you see if you look down from one of the higher parts. Take care if you have a fear of heights or small children who won’t listen to instructions.
- Mystery Point – A burbling brook and a picturesque stone bridge
Coppermine Brook, rises in South Mountain Pass. It then flows in a generally northern direction and passes under Route 9D. Here it’s seen as it passes under Mystery Point Road from where it continues its course until it flows into the Hudson River. I’m not entirely sure to which mine this refers, ...
- Mystery Point – Overview
I’m always on the lookout for new places to walk the dog so I was glad to come across a reference to the romantically named Mystery Point. It’s part of Manitou Park Preserve. Travelling south on route 9d from Garrison towards Peekskill the preserve is on the right a little before you get ...
- Croton Point – Contradictory Signs
I was briefly taken aback when I first noticed these apparently contradictory signs. Then I figured out what was going on. I’ve deliberately organized the composition to hide the true situation, which is that there’s another road going off to the left (out of the picture). The two roads are part of ...
- Croton Point – Fisherman on Teller’s Point
As far south as you can get on Croton Point, this area is known as Teller’s Point. The viewpoint is to the south with Hook Mountain State Park on the right and in the distance the Tappan Zee bridge. I liked the lettering on the rocks: “Keep off the Rocks”. I imagine ...
- Croton Point – Cabins
Near the southernmost tip of Croton Point, Teller’s Point are a number of wooden cabins. I couldn’t see inside, but I could see toilet facilities outside and from reading I’m led to believe that the cabins have electricity, water and at least in some cases have tv (although apparently ancient tv sets). The ...
- Croton Point – RV Park
I’d never noticed this RV park before. Maybe I’d just not walked by this particular part of the park, or maybe I’d just been there at the wrong time of year. I’m not sure how I feel about it. While people should certainly have the right to visit such pleasant places, I ...
- Croton Point – Landscape
I’m not sure what these purple flowers are, but the overall effect reminds me a little of fields of lavender I’ve seen in Provence. I like the multiple layers: the brightly colored flowers in the foreground, the more muted colors of the grasses, the darker shades of the land on the other side of ...
- Croton Point – Overview
I’ve often been to Croton Point, usually to walk the dog, but I’d never really given much thought to its history. To me it was just a piece of land jutting out into the River Hudson, which someone had at some point decided to turn into a park. It turns out that it ...
- A Hike. Part 2
I mentioned in the previous post that that there was something I really wanted to see along this hike. This was it. It’s called the King’s Chamber and it’s one of the largest of the many stone chambers in Putnam County. I’d been trying to find it ever since we moved up ...
- A Hike. Part 1
We live in close proximity to Fahnestock State Park. In fact it has been possible to walk into the park, but only if you’re willing to dash across the Taconic State Parkway during a lull in the traffic. That, however, has now changed. The park has recently acquired some new land south ...
- Driftwood on the Hudson Taken in Cold Spring, NY. Storm King mountain in the background.
- Fort Montgomery – Route 9W Bridge over Popolopen Creek It’s all very confusing. Doing my research for this series of posts on the area around Fort Montgomery I’ve discovered that both this bridge (where Route 9w crosses over Popolopen Creek) and the footbridge (See: Fort Montgomery – Footbridge over Popolopen Creek) are described as “The Popolopen Creek Bridge”.
According to Wikipedia:
During the American Revolution, ...
- Fort Montgomery – Footbridge over Popolopen Creek. As mentioned in earlier posts the pontoon bridge that crossed Popolopen Creek during the Revolutionary war was eventually (and much much later) replaced by a permanent structure. According to Wikipedia:
The red-blazed Popolopen Gorge Trail runs along the south side of the creek to a foot bridge just south of Popolopen Torne. Here, it joins the ...
- Fort Montgomery – A view from the 9W bridge Route 9W passes across a bridge over Popolopen Creek just steps away from Fort Montgomery. This is the view from the bridge. Farthest away is the Bear Mountain bridge over the Hudson River. Next comes a railway bridge and finally the footbridge over the creek that replaced the pontoon bridge in use ...
- Fort Montgomery – A view from Fort Clinton Once upon a time Fort Montgomery sat on the heights above the north side of Popolopen Creek. On the heights on the other side of the creek stood Fort Clinton. Almost nothing of Fort Clinton remains today, but it once stood where the Bear Mountain tolls now stand. This is taken from ...
- Fort Montgomery – Large Boulders I came across these large, impressive boulders between the Barracks and the North Redoubt.
- Fort Montgomery – The Naval Battle I usually illustrate this posts with pictures I’ve taken. However, you can’t really take a picture of an event that took place 240 years ago, so I’m forced to take a picture of the information board that explains what happened. I’ve quoted liberally from these boards in other posts, so it is perhaps ...
- Fort Montgomery – Enlisted and Officers Barracks According to a nearby information board:
The long foundation to the left (see picture above) was a barracks for enlisted men. The short foundation on the right (picture below) housed the fort’s senior officers and served as a commissary for storing food provisions. Items stored here were controlled and carefully guarded. Archaeology suggests ...
- Fort Montgomery – The Redoubts There’s not much to see here nowadays, but this was once the site of the North Redbout.
According to a nearby information board:
Brigadier General George Clinton, the Governor of New York State, commanded Fort Montgomery during the battle of October 6, 1777. Aware the British were approaching, he ordered some of his men to take ...
- Fort Montgomery – Barracks According to a nearby information board:
You are looking at the foundation of a barracks built in the summer of 1776. This was probably a two-story building with a cellar under the northern half. Artifacts recovered from the site tell us a lot about the soldiers who lived here. In the 18th century, ...
- Fort Montgomery – Powder Magazine According to a nearby information board:
Fort Montgomery’s powder magazine provided secure, dry place in which to store the garrison’s gunpowder and ammunition. The magazine was located here because of the site’s good drainage and because of the protection afforded by the rock ridge between it and the river. The magazine was build early ...
- Fort Montgomery – Guard House According to a nearby information board:
When excavation of the Guard House was completed in 1969, the site was reburied to protect the feature. Therefore, little is visible today. The Guard House was divided into two rooms that reflected its dual uses. The southeastern room was where soldiers on guard duty were stationed. ...
- Fort Montgomery – Soldier’s necessary According to a nearby information board:
A “necessary” is a privy, or outhouse. In front of you is the vault of the only necessary known to have existed at Fort Montgomery. When it was finished in April 1776 it was described as “a large necessary, for soldiers”. It is hard to imagine that ...
- Fort Montgomery – Regimental Gardens According to a nearby information board:
The raised beds you see in front of you are a recreation of an 18th century garden. Research has shown that the soldiers at Fort Montgomery had gardens to supplement their food supply. Although we do not know precisely what the soldiers were growing we can speculate on ...
- Fort Montgomery – Overview According to the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site:
Fort Montgomery was the scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Visitors today can tour the remains of the 14-acre fortification, perched on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Hudson. On October 6, 1777, British, Loyalist and Hessian forces attacked Fort Montgomery and ...
- A view from “The View” – Hudson River I include this picture, not because it’s such a stunning photograph, but because of its subject. Living in the Hudson Valley I post a lot of pictures of the Hudson River, usually flowing through some idyllic rural setting. It’s easy to forget that the Hudson flows into the sea at New York City, ...
- Clouds over the Croton Reservoir
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3 from the top of the New Croton Dam looking North-East. In the distance Hemlock Brook Preserve, which the Westchester Land Trust describes as follows:
This 14-acre preserve was donated by Walter P. Lewisohn in 1971 to The Nature Conservancy. In 2003 The Nature Conservancy transferred the preserve to Westchester Land ...
- Spring in the Hudson Valley
Taken near the Bear Mountain Bridge looking North up the Hudson. Bright yellow forsythias in the foreground; The distinctive conical shape of Sugarloaf Mountain near Garrison in the background across the river; and the Hudson River in between.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3
- Locust Grove – Blue Flowers
May favorite color is blue and as a child growing up in the United Kingdom I have fond memories of extensive carpets of bluebells growing in the woods. They were truly beautiful. These blue flowers were growing everywhere when we went to Locust Grove. They’re not bluebells (or at least not those ...
- Locust Grove – Green Barn
This is the same barn as in Locust Grove – Barn Doors, but seen from the other side, across a meadow. Surprisingly for a barn in the US, it’s green. Most of them are red (see: Why are barns in the US always red?).
Who can resist an old barn: colorful, textures, serenely sitting ...
- Locust Grove – Hudson View
From the pet cemeteries, the carriage house, the barn and the lake the Lane Path took us eventually to the Hudson River. This is the view looking North with the Mid Hudson Bridge (officially the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge) in the background. When first proposed in 1923 there were no fixed crossings ...
- Locust Grove – View from the Lake
As the title implies this was taken from not far from the River Hudson. The lake in the foreground is presumably the same one that supplied ice for the Ice House mentioned in Locust Grove – Carriage House. When I was there the leaves had not yet returned to the trees. I’m ...
- Seagull on a post
In an earlier post (See: Ernst Ludwig 50mm f2.9 Peronar)I talked about the difficulties I’d had focusing this lens. I first tried it indoors in quite poor light that required me to use it at a wide aperture. The results were not good: a lot of missed focus.
This picture was taken on the ...
- Mohonk Mountain House
We went for Easter Lunch at the Mohonk Mountain House. It’s about an hour’s drive from our Lake House – just outside New Paltz, itself a rather quaint university town.
The meal was a huge buffet, quite pricey but they you’ve got to admit that the surroundings are quite special. I doubt there’s anything quite ...
- Vernal Pond
I came across this scene near Whortlekill Creek in Dutchess County, NY. I’d like to say that I was taken by tonal contrasts, the shiny water and the textures of the trees/grasses sticking out of the water. And that would be partly true. However, I mostly wanted to use the words ‘Whortlekill ...
- Blue and Red Hydrant
I came across a number of these hydrants (all with different numbers) while walking along a nearby trail. I liked the bold red and blue colors. I’d taken a picture of one of them already, but I liked the background more on this one: the contrast between the colorful hydrant and the much more subdued, ...
- Book of Mormon
A couple of weeks ago we went into New York City for a meal and a show to celebrate my wife’s birthday.
For the meal we went to “The View“, which I believe is the only revolving restaurant in the city. It’s 47 floors up in the Marriott Marquis hotel and takes about ...
- Kings Ferry
It doesn’t look much nowadays, but this somewhat out of the way location was very significant during the Revolutionary War.
According to the ‘A Revolution Day‘ website, which provides one day itineraries for visiting Revolutionary War sites by car (this from the section on Route 9):
Kings Ferry was a major crossing point on the ...
- Sunset, Briarcliff Manor
The sun was going down as I was sitting in the kitchen of our house in Briarcliff when I noticed all kinds of colors coming in through the windows. I stepped outside to find this amazing sunset. I know that sunset pictures are supposed to be clichéd, but this one was just so ...
- A view over the bay
In October, 2003 I found myself in Dakar, Senegal (See Dakar, Senegal 2003). I was staying in the Hotel N’Gor Diorama out by the airport and this is the view from my room – looking out over the N’gor bay. I liked the stark silhouettes and the multitudes of people in the water. ...
- A light across the lake
March 15 and we’d just had a major (15 inches) snow storm. The sun had just about gone down, and I was sitting at the computer, occasionally lifting my head and looking out across the lake, when I noticed a light in one of the houses on the other side of the lake. Because ...
- Croton Gorge – A river runs through it
Taken from on top of the New Croton Dam, the Croton River flows from there for about four miles until it enters the Hudson near Van Cortlandt Manor
According to Wikipedia the Croton River:
…is a river in southern New York that begins where its eastern and western tributaries join downstream from the Croton Falls Reservoir. Shortly ...
- Croton Gorge – The falls at the New Croton Dam
A few shots of the Falls at the New Croton Dam (and yes there was an older dam that preceded it). Above, taken from on top of the dam looking down. The two below, taken from the base of the dam.
- Croton Gorge – A view from on top of the dam
Taken from the top of the Croton Dam, looking down onto the spillway. You can clearly see its dual nature: part natural, part man made. On the left the water rushes through the natural part, and on the right it flows over the man made part.
As an article on the Amusing Planet website ...
- Croton Gorge – Why do they do this?
We’d walked some distance along the Old Croton Aqueduct (OCA) trail and decided to turn around and head back, this time staying on the OCA rather than taking the River Trail as we had going out. Soon afterwards I noticed the above on one of the rocks.
We continued down towards one of the periodic ...
- Croton Gorge – Serendipity
When I embarked upon this walk in Croton Gorge I didn’t have high expectations. I’d been there many times and thought that I must already have come across everything of interest. However, one of the great things about photography is that no matter how many times you’ve visited a place there’s always something new. ...
- Minolta 70W Riva Zoom – Results
Icy Roaring Brook
I described my experience using my February film camera in February film camera – Minolta 70W Riva Zoom. I now have the results back so how did it come out?
First I was right that the first six frames had been taken by the friend who have given me the camera. There ...
- Snow over the lake
From the bright sunlight and the vivid colors of the preceding post: Temple, Yangon, Myannmar we return to the gloom of Winter in NY State.
Since this last snowfall we’ve had a few cold, windy, but essentially sunny days. Tomorrow will be in a similar vein. But then on Tuesday we have one of ...
- What a difference a day makes
Yesterday was a sunny, Spring-like day with temperatures near 60F. Some people were wearing T-shirts! And then today….
Taken from our patio around noon today (when it was still snowing) with a Sony Alpha 500 DSLR and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 LD Di II Macro IF Lens.
- Train arriving through the murk
I took this picture in December, 2013 through the window of a moving train on the Hudson Line (the blank greyness in the background is where the Hudson River is supposed to be) – on the way back home from New York City.
I like the general gloom accentuated by the dirty windows and way ...
- Leitz 90mm Elmar LTM in Color
When I was writing the earlier post on this lens (see: Leitz 90mm f4 Elmar LTM) I realized that I’d only shown black and white images. So since the weather wasn’t particularly pleasant I decided to take some color pictures using it in and around our house:
Above – Orchid.
One of my wife’s plants (I ...
- Tarrytown reservoir
This was taken in the early days of my camera collecting. As I recall it was taken with a Zorki 4 rangefinder camera with a Industar 61 55mm f2.8 (not the L/D version) lens. I don’t recall what film was used other than that it wasn’t Kodak Professional BW400CN. I remember this ...
- Falling snow
Another view of our Japanese maple – this time as a snow storm was in progress. I was trying to capture the falling snow, with some success I think.
Seen at the side of the road around our lake. I’m not entirely sure why I like it. Maybe it’s the undulating snow? Maybe it’s the way the ‘pools’ recede into the background? Maybe it’s the contrast between the light and the dark? Maybe it’s the way the light sparkles on ...
- Cardiac beach
When we first bought the lake house we were told that there were five beaches around the lake: children’s beach; spur beach; moon beach; north beach; and park beach. Needless to say in the almost five years we’ve been here I’ve been to all of them.
However, I was walking the dog around the lake ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Huygen’s Helmet
A nearby sign reads:
Dutch, born 1965
lives and works in Amsterdam and New York
Huygen’s Helmet, 2009
Materials: Welded metal, pvc pipe, structolite.
HVCCA exhibition ‘Double Dutch’
Support generously given by FONDS BRVB
and the Mondriaan Foundation.
Double Dutch was an exhibition celebrating the Quadricentennial of the Dutch discovery and settlement of the Hudson River, which took place between September 12, ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Arc Peekskill Riverwalk Park is not just a pleasant walk with impressive views of Peekskill Bay and the Hudson Highlands. A number of interesting sculptures are placed along the paths. The walker can break their progress for a while, pause and consider the artwork.
This is the first of a series of posts covering some of the ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Views across Peekskill Bay to the Hudson Highlands
A couple of view of Peekskill Bay taken from the area directly in front of the railroad station looking North West.
Jones point (at the foot of the Dunderberg Mountain) is on the left, with Bear Mountain in the distance. On the east side of the river is the road up to Anthony’s Nose and ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Views towards Mount Saint Gabriel/Fort Hill
Taken from the Riverwalk looking back towards Route 9.
I’d often wondered what these two interesting structures on top of the cliffs are. A conveniently placed information board explains:
Several outstanding historic structures sit high above you on Fort Hill, overlooking Peekskill Bay. The castle-like structure on the left as the Saint Mary’s School for ...
- Peekskill Riverwalk Park – The View from Travis Cove
I’ve posted about the Peekskill Riverwalk Park before:
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Sam Oitice Heroes Remembered 9/11
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Commemorative Bell
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Jan Peeck’s Vine
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Abraham Lincoln in Peekskill
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – The Peekskill Brewery
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – The Golden Mean
Peekskill Riverwalk Park – Stargate on Hudson?
Peekskill Riverwalk Park ...
- Sunrise over a frozen, snowy lake
I had trouble sleeping last night. I awoke at about 5:30 am and spent some time fiddling around on the computer and drinking coffee. Around 7:00 am I suddenly became aware of a deep red glow coming from behind the high ground on the other side of the lake. It was still ...
- Christmas tree
Yes, I know that Christmas is long gone. But I’ve only just now gotten around to taking this picture.
We’ve had a house by the lake for over four years now. Every year the Garden Club (of which we are members) puts up a Christmas tree in the small park by the entrance to ...
- Drinking Trough
I came across this drinking trough in the picturesque little part of Garrison, NY know as Garrison Landing.
Clearly it had something to do with Gurdon Saltonstall Osborn (what an interesting name) born June 14, 1895 and died at a very early age (less than one year) on March 13, 1896. I knew that there had ...
- 2016 Favorites – Color
Light through trees.
The previous post featured my favorite black and white pictures for 2016. This one highlights the color pictures. Again in no particular order.
Passing train. In 4th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central.
Yellow flowers. An Impression.
Juniper at dusk
Colorful commercial landscape.
Still life in blue and white.
Yonkers by ...
- 2016 Favorites – Black and White
Another year has whizzed by and it’s time to post some of my favorite pictures from 2016 – black and white first. Like last year I’m presenting my ten favorites – in no particular order.
At this point last year I said:
I’ve been trying to find a focus for my photography, which at the moment ...
- Skier on the ice
Our lake is now completely frozen. However, we’ve had a few ‘warmish’ days with temperatures well above freezing. Usually people don’t go onto the lake until we’ve had several days of below freezing temperatures. So I’d be a little concerned that the ice is not all that thick at the moment.
My wife was ...
- Hudson river cruise – Manhattan view View from the rear of the departing boat, of the Manhattan skyline, almost 20 miles to the South. The George Washington Bridge (GWB) is in the foreground and the Empire State Building to the far left. The tall building just to the left of the GWB pier is (I believe) One World Trade Center.
- Yonkers by night – under the railroad tracks
Taken by the Ferry Terminal near to Yonkers Metro North station after we returned from a cruise on the Hudson. I was attracted to the bright blue color and the wavy decoration.
- Community church of Yorktown cemetery – Overview
This cemetery is adjacent to the Community church of Yorktown.
The Find a Grave website describes it as follows:
The church cemetery, which church members are gradually reclaiming from the woods, hosts dozens of Tompkins and pre-Revolutionary War residents
Building of the Croton Dam. Fifteen hundred bodies were moved out of the six cemeteries that lay in the ...
- Last of the fall leaves
The leaves have now pretty much fallen from the trees around where I live. However, I took this picture a few weeks ago and at that time there were still some bright colors around.
Taken at Whitby Castle in Rye, NY.
- Glenclyffe 14 – Crosses in the woods
I came across a number of these crosses in the woods. I have no idea why they’re there. They don’t appear to bear names so I doubt that they’re graves. Maybe stations of the cross from the days when the grounds contained the Roman Catholic Monastery? But those days are long ...
- Glenclyffe 13 – Abandoned basketball court
Looking at the facade of the old Fish mansion this now abandoned basketball court stands just off the right side. Looks like it hasn’t been used for some time
- Glenclyffe 8 – Boats on the Hudson
Another view of the river with the West Point Museum in the background. On this visit there seemed to be a lot of boats on the river. Here are a couple passing by my viewpoint.
- Glenclyffe 6 – Urn with flowers
This flower-filled urn stands on a parapet directly in front of the entrance to the former Monastery of Mary Immaculate. From here you can see the cliffs on the other side of the Hudson and on top of them the West Point Museum, which its website describes as follows:
The mission of the West Point ...
- Glenclyffe 5 – Tangle in the woods
I was returning to the car from the historic overlook when, about half way to the former monastery, I came across this tangle. I don’t really know what it is – some kind of vine I imagine. I just liked the shape and the textures.
- Glenclyffe 4 – Hudson view
This was taken from a spot directly in front of the former Monastery of Mary Immaculate. Just cross the grassy area and you’re right above the Hudson. I imagine that the view from the historic overlook would have been something like this before the trees obscured it.
The view is to the north ...
- Glenclyffe 3 – An historic trail
On my earlier walk into Glenclyffe (see Glenclyffe 1 – all that remains of the original mansion and Glenclyffe 2 – Monastery of Mary Immaculate) I walked up to the former monastery, continued on to the former Hamilton Fish house, and then kept going until I reached what was labelled on the map as ‘historic ...
- Election 2016
It’s finally over! After a year and a half of some of the worst invective I’ve ever encountered in my 30+ years living in the US. By the end it had really worn me down.
I struggled to come up with a photograph to illustrate this post and then one day while ...
- Hudson Valley View 2
This is another in a series of pictures I took in August, 2012. I posted the first one in September, 2014 (see Hudson Valley View).
It was taken early one morning just a few steps away from our house. I like the delicate colors. Normally I don’t like it when people ...
- Rock cairn
Taken at one of the beaches on our lake. One of the interesting things about this cairn is that it wasn’t always there. In fact even though I visit this beach every few days while walking the dog I’ve never seen it before. At first I thought that maybe I’d missed it, ...
- Dracula on Hudson?
Visible from Route 9d in Garrison, NY this spectacular building is perched 620 feet above the Hudson. When passing with visiting friends, I’ve commented that this will be my next house.
Actually, it’s Castle Rock, the former home of William Osborn. According to the Huffington Post:
Built in 1881, Castle Rock was the estate ...
- Rockefeller trails 6: building by the Pocantico River
The Rockefeller preserve extends over both sides of Sleepy Hollow Road. This structure stands between the two parts of preserve, and so I guess that technically it’s not part of the preserve. It is, however, pretty much surrounded by it.
I have no idea what it is other than that it stands ...
- Rockefeller trails 5: a couple of fire hydrants
As with the earlier Rockefeller trails 3: bridge over the Pocantico River I’ve taken a picture of the above hydrant before (Rockefeller Trails – Pocantico River Trail). Once again this is the first time I’ve posted a picture of it in color.
As for the picture below I’ve walked past this hydrant many times, and ...
- Rockefeller trails 4: vines on a stone bridge
This is the same bridge as in the preceding post (Rockefeller trails 3: bridge over the Pocantico River). What can I say? – I’m a sucker for vines creeping over old rocks and stone.
- Rockefeller trails 3: bridge over the Pocantico River
There are a number of interesting bridges in the preserve. I’ve photographed some of them (including this one) before: Rockefeller trails – Pocantico River trail
All of the pictures in the above post in black and white. One of them is taken from a viewpoint similar (but not identical to) this.
- Rockefeller trails 2: tree roots and rock
I took the dog for a walk at our old stomping grounds, the Rockefeller Preserve, the other day. I used to come here a lot with our former dog, but nowadays we spend a fair bit of our time further north so I don’t get there as much.
This scene was captured along ...
- Rockefeller trails 1: riders
Fairly typical Hudson Valley scene taken at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. Very serene. I like the way the trees frame the riders and the park landscape in the background and the way the path (probably an old carriage trail) leads the eye to the horses and their riders. The know size of ...
- Beaver lodge on Pelton Pond
Unfortunately the Beavers seem to have disappeared. I used to see signs of Beaver activity in the form of recently chewed/downed trees. However, I haven’t seen any such activity for over a year. Maybe they’ve upgraded and moved on to larger premises.
According to Beavers, Wetlands and Wildlife beavers stay in the same ...
- Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 6: Bamboo grove
I’ve always though of bamboo as a tropical plant. So I’m constantly surprised when I come across extensive bamboo plantings, which clearly survive the harsh winters in the Hudson Valley.
As you enter the Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary from the Fair Street side you encounter this long row of bamboo. Obviously it does well in ...
- Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 5: Wetland
The sanctuary’s brochure describes wetlands as:
…areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. It’s where land is flooded or saturated at or near the ground surface for varying periods of time during the year. They are invaluable in controlling floodwaters, recharging groundwater, and filtering ...
- Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 4: Hand cut stone railroad abutment
According to the Sanctuary’s brochure:
The Putnam and Dutchess Railroad had planned to split from the New York and Boston Railroad in Carmel and pass through this site. In 1873 it reorganized as the New York, Boston and Montreal Railway. However, the Panic of 1873 hit and the leases and mergers were cancelled. ...
- Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 3: Woodland scene
According to the sanctuary’s brochure:
The Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary is covered by an upland deciduous hardwood forest. This forest is dominated by oak, hickory, ash, maple, beech, birch and tulip. Native tree seedlings and shrubs are lacking the the forest understory due to being browsed by deer. Deer have not evolved ...
- Fred Dill Wildlife Sanctuary 2: Old Oak “Wolf” Tree
According a brochure found at the trailhead:
This large 57″ diameter dominant White Oak with a spreading crown has tremendous wildlife value. A “wolf” tree is a historical remnant (equivalent to a stone wall) that is an obvious indicator of past agricultural activity. This particular tree was from the Everett Farm. The family ...
- Fisherman on Pelton Pond
This was the only person I saw during a recent three hour walk. I liked the smallness of the figure compared to the height of the trees and the large boulders.
- The leaves they are a changing
It’s definitely autumn now. The days and nights have been getting colder and the leaves are changing color and falling in large numbers.
This was taken at Tibet Lake, about three miles away from where I live.
- Colorful commercial landscape
I think it’s pretty obvious what caught my attention here: the colors. Although I’ve not made an exhaustive study of such areas I’ve walked by quite a number of them and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a loading area with so many bright colors: yellow poles; reddish orange wall; light blue crates; dark ...
- Patriots park, Tarrytown, NY
I’ve posted before about Patriot’s park (see:Patriots Park Tarrytown, NY).
Wikipedia describes the park as follows:
The park’s organizing feature is an oval walkway with entrances at the north, east and west, and short paths to a basketball court at the south and North Broadway to the southeast. The main entrance is at the west. ...
- Monsters in the woods
A while back I mentioned in one of these posts (see Stillwater Lake) that I had come across a sign in the woods that read “Do not pass this point after 3:30 pm”. I speculated that this might be because that was when the monsters were let out. I was back on that ...
- Birch tree at dusk
I was walking the dog along the lake when I saw absolutely wonderful light falling on this birch tree in a neighboring garden. I liked the rich green of the grass and the small splash of the magenta flowers. Unfortunately I was happy with the way the wonderful light was captured. I couldn’t ...
- Wooden eagle statue
A nearby plaque reads: “In memory of Benjamin F. DeFrancesco 1898-1993. As the flag flies freely, so do I.”
I took this with a Sony NEX 5N and 16mm f2.8 lens and its matched ultra wide angle converter. I recall that I used this combination, but it’s hard to be sure as the metadata ...
- Odd looking trees
On first seeing this scene I felt a bit confused. The trees were reflecting in water and I was having difficulty figuring out what were the actual trees above the water and what were the reflections. I decided to exaggerate this confusion by flipping the picture so that the water is at the ...
- Stone wall, fence and shed
Taken in the Hudson Valley a while back. I don’t really remember what I was feeling when I took it. I imagine a certain sense of calm and tranquility brought about by the way the landscape recedes into the distance. I’ve always liked the textures of stones (on looking at it again ...
- A lighthouse
Taken during a trip to the United Kingdom in 2004, this is, with it’s distinctive read and white stripes, the well-known Beachy Head Lighthouse near Eastbourne in East Sussex.
According to Wikipedia:
In 1900 to 1902 under the direction of Sir Thomas Matthews, the Trinity House Engineer-in-Chief, the lighthouse was built, sited about 165 metres seawards from ...
- Urban blight
Returning from our trip to the Mills Mansion we decided to stop at our favorite Filipino store/restaurant. Actually I’m not sure that it’s our favorite, but it is the closest. It’s located in a small strip mall on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie, NY. While the area around it is generally pretty decent (there’s ...
- Diner at dusk
Our local diner: The Landmark Diner on Route 9 in Ossining, NY. Taken around 5:30pm in December, 2012 with a Sony Nex 5N and a then recently acquired Sony 16mm (35mm equivalent 24mm) f2.8 lens. The light was fantastic. I remember thinking that this one was for our son-in-law Colin. Although ...
- Hudson view
Esopus Meadows Lighthouse and the Catskills in the background.
Wikipedia describes the lighthouse as follows:
…nicknamed “Maid of the Meadows” and often simply referred to as the Esopus Light or Middle Hudson River Light is a lighthouse on the Hudson River near Esopus, New York. The lighthouse stands on the west side of the channel, ...
Taken at the same time and in virtually the same place as an earlier post: Topiary and for pretty much the same reasons: “I was attracted to the symmetry and stillness of the scene. Reminds a bit of something by Eugene Atget (although not as good).”
- Seashore – Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Lovely early morning light on Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. The Stanton Inn website describes it as follows:
Greenwich Point Park is known as Tod’s Point to locals (after the last private owner of the land, J. Kennedy Tod, from whose estate the town bought the land after his death in 1945) and is ...
I was attracted to the symmetry and stillness of the scene. Reminds a bit of something by Eugene Atget (although not as good).
- Untermyer gardens revisited – ruined gatehouse
According to the Untermyer Gardens website:
The Gatehouse was built where the Greystone carriage trail crossed the Old Croton Aqueduct. The Croton Aqueduct, constructed to carry fresh water to New York City, ran 41 miles from Croton on Harmon into New York City and was in use in Untermyer’s time. Now the Old Croton ...
- Untermyer gardens revisited – the temple of love
According to the Untermyer Gardens website:
The Temple of Love overlooks a magnificent view south along the Hudson River and the Palisades. Best viewed from below, it is a stupendous rocky fantasy capped with a round temple. It was the centerpiece of an extended rock garden and was flanked by terraced beds. The outcropping was ...
- Untermyer gardens revisited – the vista
The lower portion of The Vista looking down towards the Hudson and the Pallisades. I missed this section of the gardens during my last visit.
According to the Untermyer gardens website:
The Vista was modeled on a similar series of descending stairs at the Villa D’Este in Italy. At the Villa D’Este, the stairs descend ...
- Untermyer gardens revisited – the walled garden
The first thing you see on the tour is the Walled Garden. The Untermyer Gardens website describes it as follows:
The Walled Garden owes its inspiration to the great Indo-Persian gardens of antiquity. Like the ancient gardens, the Walled Garden is divided into quadrants by waterways and bordered by crenellated walls anchored by octagonal ...
- Untermeyr gardens revisited – overview In a recent post (Upcoming visit to Untermeyr Park) I mentioned that I would be going back to Untermeyr Gardens after more than four years. We went with a friend who lives in nearby Hastings-on-Hudson. The weather was not supposed to be good (showers and thunderstorms) but it turned out that the forecast was ...
- Another attempt at expressing feelings – not entirely successful
I came across these abandoned slippers on one of our beaches. My first reaction was that they were very “glittery” as the sun caught the speckles all over them. I tried to capture this in the picture above.
Then as I thought about it more it seemed to me that they were a ...
- Old tractors
My father grew up on a farm and although he never really wanted to be a farmer (if he had he would have stayed there) he retained an interest in “things agricultural” for the rest of his life. One manifestation of this was his inability to ignore any traction engine rally taking place in ...
- Red barns
Taken at Muscoot Farm in October, 2013. According to Wikipedia the farm has a long history:
The land on which Muscoot Farm is situated was part of the 86,000 acres (350 km2) Van Cortlandt Manor chartered in 1697. After the death of Stephanus Van Cortlandt in 1700 and his wife Gertrude in 1734, the manor was ...
- Wooden pier
Seen at Half Moon Bay in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. I liked the way this long, wooden pier zigzagged out into the Hudson. Also the textures of the wood. I find the branches to the top right of the picture distracting, but I couldn’t get this shot without including them and removing them in ...
- Haven’t been getting out much lately
I wasn’t able to get out much to take pictures this July.
First, we had an unusually large volume of visitors. It started with a visit from our younger daughter, who was in NY on business. She wasn’t able to come out and visit, so we went into the city to have lunch with ...
- Juniper at dusk
I made this picture around 7:00pm on July 26, 2016. The roads around the lake were mostly covered in shadow, but the odd beam of light shone through from time to time – in this case picking out this juniper.
I’m not fond of junipers. When we got our house in Briarcliff ...
- Photographing the photographer
The conservatory at Stonecrop Gardens in Putnam County, NY. I didn’t particularly want the woman with the camera in the picture but she didn’t look like she was moving any time soon and I was too lazy to wait. In any case there was no guarantee that she would not have been replaced by ...
- Table by the lake side
Lovely, slightly weathered wrought iron table overlooking our lake.
- Triangular trellises
I liked the the way that the maroon flowers contrasted with the otherwise dominant greens of the background. Also the way the weathered grey wood of the trellises peep out from the greenery.
- Tree roots
I’ve posted pictures of tree roots before, most notably in:
Tree Roots (at Little Stony Point)
Tree Roots (at Roaring Brook Lane)
Wasteland off the lake (last picture)
A few black and whites from the West Point Foundry Preserve (fifth picture)
Rock Formations (last picture)
Here are some more. I like their gnarled appearance and the way they seem to ...
- Dogs on a boat
We often see boats on the lake. We also frequently encounter dogs on the road around the lake. But it’s not often that we see this combination of the two: dogs on a boat.
- A hole in the hillside
Back in July 2012 I was walking around in a small park by the railroad tracks and the Hudson River at the end of Liberty Street in Ossining, NY. I don’t even know the park’s name. I noticed this hole and finding it vaguely interesting took a picture of it. Since it wasn’t ...
- Wonderful early evening light on the cove
I was walking past our friend Roxana’s house when her dog, Buster came running out – excited to see Harley. It was a hot day and she invited me for a beer. Where we live on the open lake, she lives on one of the coves: shallower inlets, of which there are a ...
- Watkins Glen State Park Watkins Glen State Park taken in July, 2006 with a Canon Powershot S50. Quite remarkable rock formations. According to Wikipedia:
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while ...
I was sitting on our dock – reading, drinking and generally watching he world go by when I noticed these interesting cloud formations.
- Photomerge – HDR in Lightroom 6
In an earlier post (Hudson River panorama) I mentioned that I’d tried the new ‘photomerge – panorama’ option in Lightroom 6 and quite liked it. I thought I’d also try the ‘photomerge – HDR’ option. Like the panorama it’s easy quick and produces decent results.
Pictures taken at Spur Beach near where I live.
- Here lies William Acker
I have no idea who Mr. Acker was other than what’s on the grave marker: he was born in 1853 and died in 1936 making him 83 at the time of his death. He seems to be buried with two other people: Frederick and Harriet who I’m guessing from their ages were perhaps a ...
- Hudson view
Spectacular view looking south from high up on Route 218 passing through Storm King State Park on the West side of the Hudson not far from Cornwall-on-Hudson.
- A nice place to sit in Summer
This one made me smile! Every year the level of our lake is lowered two or three feet (sometime even more). I’m not entirely sure why this is done but it seems to be some combination of keeping down invasive species and allowing lake residents to repair their docks.
I imagine that in this ...
- Hudson River panorama
In an earlier post (Finally upgraded to Lightroom 6) I mentioned that I had just changed from Lightroom 5.7 to Lightroom 6.0 (now 6.5.1) and that one of the new features I liked was the Panorama merge. Here’s an example of it . Taken back in April 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix LX3 ...
- Revisiting some old pictures taken with a very simple camera
NY Street Vendor.
Back in 2012 I posted some pictures taken with a “plastic fantastic” Bell and Howell Camera (see Bell & Howell). I don’t know how long the film had been in that camera (probably years) and the scans were poor and low resolution (done in a local CVS). The colors were also way ...
- Springwood – On the trails
When we arrived at Springwood the rain had more or less stopped so while my wife and brother-in-law did the tour, I went exploring with the dog. After walking around a bit near the house I was pleased to discover that there is a fairly extensive system of trails. They meander around the ...
- Springwood – The Franklin Delano Roosevelt residence in Hyde Park, NY
This is the first in a series of posts on Springwood, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt mansion in Hyde Park, NY.
In a previous post I mentioned that my brother-in-law was staying with us and that we had been looking for places to take him. We had already taken him to Boscobel and decided ...
- Boscobel – Rose Garden
This is the third of a series of posts on Boscobel, a lovely Federal style mansion in Garrison, NY the other two being: Boscobel – Objects; and Boscobel – Interiors.
It’s also one of the few exterior shots I took this time around – even if it was taken through a window on the upper floor ...
- Revolving Door
This is another one of those pictures that I like, but can’t explain precisely why. It’s something to do with the way you look through the door and see the figures behind. The door is a little out of focus and the figures behind are sharper so you tend to zero in on ...
- Rockland Lake
Taken early morning (around 6:45 am) in November, 2011 – one of the relatively few times I’ve been able to get up early enough to get the nice early morning light.
The lake, and the State Park that surrounds it has some interesting history
According to Wikipedia:
Rockland Lake was known as “Quashpeake Pond” to the region’s Native ...
- Campers around the camp fire
Taken in November, 2013. I started from near Pelton Pond in Fahnestock State Park and didn’t want to walk along busy route 301 to the trail. Instead, I set out through the woods to see if I could find another way. I managed to make it and on the way came across a fairly large ...
- Waterfall – Hawaii, 2006
Taken on the Big Island on News Years Eve, 2006 with a Canon Powershot S50. I don’t remember exactly where it was taken.
- Fleischmann Pier
Formerly known as China Pier this structure was renamed Fleischmann Pier in 2003 to celebrate the days (from 1900 onwards) when Fleischmann was a major industry in Peekskill. A 1915 release stated “The largest Fleischmann plant is situated at Charles Point, Peekskill-on-Hudson, N.Y. – a beautiful, ideal and advantageous location”. In it’s heyday ...
- Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden
We went with some friends to the orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden the other day. First we stopped at the house in Briarcliff to pick up Ken. Next stop was Chita in Pearl River. And then we went via a very circuitous route through New Jersey, and over ...
- Chapel of our Lady Restoration. Restored chapel in Cold Spring, NY
Chapel Restoration Facade.
According to the restoration website (which also has some interesting old pictures).
Like most American stories, ours begins with immigration. Of the multitudes who came to our shores between 1820 and1860, a third were from Ireland. For those who gained employment at the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, a chapel was established to ...
- Briarcliff sunset
This was taken in November 2011 but I remember it well. I’d stepped into the garden of our house in Briarcliff Manor (probably to let out the dog) when I saw this amazing sunset. The colors are enhanced a touch, but not too much. I even went back to the original file ...
- Around the picnic shelter at Pelton Pond
I’ve posted about Pelton Pond before.
Old Equipment on Pelton Pond
On Pelton Pond
It’s quite close by and its a relatively short, easy walk for when I don’t feel like anything more strenuous. I took the dog for a walk there again the other day. These pictures were taken around the picnic shelter, which overlooks ...
- Weeping Tree
I was walking the dog in Briarcliff Manor when I noticed this tree in the distance. I guess what struck me were the bright green leaves and the way they contrasted with the darker background and the earth tones of the grasses. To me there’s something a little impressionistic about it.
- Beacon Falls
As it flows through Beacon, Fishkill Creek drops over a waterfall and then tumbles over a number of boulders past old buildings from another time. It also passes by one of our favorite restaurants: SWiFT at the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls. I’d neglected to bring a camera with me so these were taken ...
- Another visit to the Old West Point Foundry Preserve Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. We’d already celebrated the day before, but she didn’t feel like staying home so we decided to take the dog for a walk. I know the places to walk better than she does so the decision was up to me. At first I thought of going to ...
I came across these negatives recently. I remember where they were taken (Lugano), but I don’t remember exactly when – sometime in the mid 1990s I believe.
I do remember the trip though – vividly! We’d decided to drive from Geneva to Lugano for Easter and left before 9:00am on a gorgeous sunny day. ...
- One from my wife
My wife took this one at about 6:30 in the evening. I was busy making dinner (Szechuan Chicken) when she said something to me. I looked over in her direction and noticed over her should that the light over the opposite site of the lake was amazing. She hadn’t even noticed it ...
- A party in the woods
I was walking along an old woods road (I now believe it’s called Dicktown Road) when I came across this enormous firepit. Someone had also made a sort of rustic bench and there was also a rusted chair nearby (see picture below). Looks like this was a regular place a party. This ...
- California Hill State Forrest
I’ve been to California Hill a couple of times before. It’s less than a five minute drive from our house. The first time I went it had recently rained and I didn’t get very far. A sort of vernal pond had completely covered the trail and I couldn’t figure an easy way ...
- Maui Seascape
In December 2005 we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. As soon as we stepped off the plane a hard to describe sense of calm descended on me and persisted for the entire time we were there (we returned the following year and it happened again). ...
- Marsh or Swamp?
After I’d taken this picture I browsed around on the internet to find out what this body of wetland actually was. I couldn’t find a name for it, but in my search I discovered that there’s a difference between a marsh and a swamp, something I’d never given much thought to before.
This particular stretch ...
- Moore family plot According to the nearby sign:
The Moore Family
Descendants of Clement C. Moore, Author of a “A Visit from St. Nicholas“.
The Moore family resided in Ossining from about 1839 until the early years of this century. They were descendants of Clement Clark Moore, the well-kown scholar and writer who lived from 1779 to 1863.
The family resided in ...
- The pier at Santa Monica
Taken Christmas Eve, 2003. We’d been to California before (most of my wifes’ brothers live there), but not for a while. This time all of them would be there, as would my mother-in-law. This would be the first time in a while that the entire family would be getting together.
Before we met ...
- McCord family plot The nearby sign reads:
Revolutionary War veteran, original settler.
James McCord. December 14, 1752 – September 5, 1833 was a private in Colonel Hammond‘s Militia along with his brother, Robert. Two younger brothers joined the British side, fought in Delancey’s Brigade and laster (sic – probably later) went into exile where they died. James is buried ...
- Shenandoah Mountain
I was feeling a bit frustrated after the disappointment of Twin Hill Preserve so I decided to take the dog for another walk, and to another new location. This time we went up Shenandoah Mountain at the north end of Fahnestock State Park. This was much more enjoyable. It’s a short (20-30 ...
- A bit of a disappointment
As mentioned before I’m always on the lookout for new places to walk so I was pleased to find some information on the Twin Hill Preserve. Unfortunately when I got there I was somewhat disappointed.
First – it’s quite hard to find. It’s not really signed. You have to be on the lookout ...
- Remains of a log cabin
I came across this in the woods the other day. I have no idea what it once was: log cabin? log shack? log shed? Certainly a log something.
A foundation of solid rock.
- Yet another stone chamber
I’m fascinated by these stone chambers and have taken pictures of a number of them already:
Another Stone Chamber
Mysterious stone chambers of Putnam County
A walk up Nimham My hountain
This one’s quite near where I live and is a little different from the others I’ve seen in that there’s a vertical slab on the inside holding up ...
- A pleasant surprise
The entrance to this trail (marked only with a horseshoe symbol) is a less than a 5 minute drive from our house in Putnam Valley. I’d been there before but for some reason (which I can’t recall) I hadn’t explored the trail very thoroughly. Today I was looking for a quick walk close ...
- Warren’s Sugarhouse
I posted a picture of Warren’s Sugar House once before. That one was a fairly close in view. This one is a broader view showing more context.
- Wildflower Island
I’ve been posting a lot of black and white pictures of late. This is largely because, with the warmer weather, I’ve been out walking a lot and this is when I most often take pictures. Unfortunately where I walk is, at this time of year, not very colorful so I tend to prefer ...
- The boathouse
I’ve often thought that this boathouse would make an interesting picture (at least to me) and in the past I’ve taken a number of pictures of it. None of them came out quite like I wanted them too. Still I kept trying. I’m much happier with this one.
- Beavers at work
In a recent post on Teatown Reservation I noted a number of changes since I’d last been there. However, I failed to note one significant difference: signs of increased Beaver activity everywhere. Never before had I noticed so many downed trees near the lake – all with signs of “beaver chewing”. It ...
- On the 5:06 pm to Grand Central
Somewhat experimental for me. Taken through the front window of a metro-north train en route to NY city. I was trying for a certain amount of blur. The first picture is less blurred, and I like the Tappan Zee bridge in the background. The second has more blur and I like the ...
- Back at Teatown
I used to go to Teatown Reservation frequently and have already done a number of posts:
Boardwalks, Teatown Reservation
Tree overhanging Teatown Lake
Water Droplets on a Leaf
Warren’s Sugar House
Flowers in the Woods
I haven’t been back for a while and some things have changed. A new set of trails have been opened up on the ...
- South Redoubt, Garrison, NY
I’ve already mentioned that I went to the North Redoubt, but turned back before I reached the South Redoubt. Today I went back. It was a warm day (mid 60sF) and when we reached the top there was a strange kind of brownish haze across the river. The views from the South Redoubt ...
- Shack in the woods
Walking along the Old Cannon Trail between the North and South Redoubts above Garrison, NY I came across this old shack. I have no idea what it was/is.
Wheelbarrow and other abandoned objects.
Some kind of geared implement.
- Dale Cemetery, Ossining, NY
I don’t know how I missed this place for so long. I live quite close by and the cemetery even bears the same name as mine. We’ve often passed along Routh 134 in Ossining, NY and I’ve often seen a cemetery on the side of the road. Thinking it was the Dale ...
- North Redoubt, Garrison, NY
I’m always looking for new places to walk so I was happy to find out about these two redoubts overlooking the Hudson. Go south from Cold Spring on Route 9d and turn left onto Snake Hill Road. Not too far down is a good sized parking area on the right. If you ...
- The Lake’s back
A few days ago (February 24) we had some strong storms and quite high temperatures. The following day I noticed that all of the ice on the lake had melted. This didn’t happen until April 10 last year!
- Eirah and Harley go for a walk
Taken around 4:00 pm in November, 2015. The light was absolutely gorgeous.
- Ruined building in Fahnestock State Park
I’ve often walked along this particular trail but I’ve never noticed this ruin. I’m led to believe that not too long ago farming flourished in Putnam County. Actually ‘flourished’ is apparently the wrong word. Farming in Putnam was difficult. The soil is extremely rocky and it seems that it was always ...
- Pyramid Shaped Rock
Went for a two hour walk yesterday along the Roaring Brook Trail in Fahnestock State Park – in the direction of Stillwater Lake. There’s not much to see at this time of year (bare trees, fallen leaves, rocks etc.), but I did come across this interesting pyramid shaped rock. I guess it must ...
- Waterfall along the Appalachian Trail
In an earlier post (Hiker on the Appalachian Trail) I mentioned that during a walk we came across a waterfall. The earlier view focused more on the hiker and you could only barely see the waterfall. This post offers a better view.
- Tree at Rockwood Hall
According to my research it’s a Sycamore. It’s much lighter than any of the trees around it and the bark is very smooth and has interesting patterns. It’s also unusually symmetrical. I’ve always thought there was something different about this tree, but didn’t know exactly what it was. I recently read ...
- Dead trees
Dead trees in one of the un-named (or at least I couldn’t find the name) ponds in Fahnestock State Park.
- Hiker on the Appalachian Trail
Went for a walk along Sunken Mine Road in Fahnestock State Park with side trips along the Old Mine Railroad Trail and a portion of the Appalachian Trail. All told we walked for about two hours.
This picture was taken along the Appalachian Trail where we came across a rather picturesque waterfall. While I ...
- Horse and Rider
In an earlier post (Approaching Rockwood Hall) I mentioned that we (myself and our dog, Harley) had an encounter with a horse and rider. I don’t think he’d ever seen a horse before and he was very excited – so much so that I had to pull him back to stop him from running ...
- Ice on Roaring Brook
It’s been quite warm of late (near 60F/15C), but the lake is still frozen solid and there’s still ice on Roaring Brook even if the water is flowing freely. I like the contrast between the brightness of the ice and the dark (with colorful highlights) of the flowing water. The slow(is) shutter speed ...
- Approaching Rockwood Hall
I’ve posted before on Rockwood Hall, the former estate of William D Rockefeller in Tarrytown, NY:
Rockwood Hall Foundation and Trees
Bridge to Nowhere.
Rockwood Hall – Evening.
A Walk to Rockwood Hall.
Winding Path – Rockwood Hall.
Rockwood Hall – July 6, 2011 – early evening
The grounds were landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead (known for Central Park and Prospect ...
- Three garden chairs
Our local garden club organizes a garden tour every year where we visit a number of gardens around the lake. During this particular tour I spotted these three chairs sitting in the shade. I liked the fallen leaves and the light coming through the leaves as well a the contrast between the earth ...
- The lure of “likes” – revisited
In an earlier post (The lure of “likes”) I noted how seductive “likes” on Facebook can be. In it I mentioned a picture of mine that got an unusually large number of “likes” even though it wasn’t much of a picture. I also mentioned how I was fascinated to watch the counter increasing ...
- Croton Dam
I’ve posted pictures of the Croton Dam before (see Croton Dam and Croton Dam Revisited) but earlier pictures have been taken from the dam plaza looking up. This one is taken from the top of the dam looking across the New Croton Reservoir. I like the contrast between the water rushing down the ...
- Snowy lake
During another walk this small bridge caught my attention. It’s just about visible from the road through a neighbors driveway. I’d probably walked by about every other day for the past 3 years or so, but I’d never noticed it. This time I did.
After I’d taken the picture (when I was looking ...
- Light through trees
A couple of days after the big snowstorm I was returning from a walk when I noticed light from the setting sun shining through some trees on the side of the road and picking out the colors of leaves left over from last fall.
I had a pretty clear idea of what I thought ...
- First snow storm of Winter 2015-2016
If you think you’ve seen this picture before – you probably have. I seem to take pretty much the same picture every year after the first serious Winter snowfall. What’s different this time around is that it’s January 23. Last Winter the first decent snowfall was on 28 November (and the snow ...
- Graveyard for stone pillars.
I noticed these four stone pillars in a garden not too far away from where I live. They each have a metal piece sticking out of the top and I found myself wondering what it’s purpose was. Maybe something had once upon a time been attached? But what? They were placed ...
- Christmas Reindeer
I’m not entirely sure why I like this photograph. It’s a bit misleading as it gives the impression that these ornaments are out the the woods when in reality they’re not too far away from a house. Still there were a lot of trees behind them and I suppose the intrusion of technology ...
- Roaring Brook
The lake into which this brook runs is called “Roaring Brook Lake”. The brook runs alongside “Roaring Brook Lane” so I guess this must be “Roaring Brook” – just before it runs into the lake, about two minutes walk from our house.
- Triangular Forms
This was taken right where Roaring Brook enters the lake. I was struck by the triangular shapes: the rock; the old tree stump; and the lake intruding into the scene. I also liked the textures of the rock and the stump in contrast to the comparative smoothness of the lake in the background.
- Tree and Rock
This tree is at the end of a neighbors driveway. I’ve walked past it many times and there is something that attracts me to it: maybe it’s the way the tree divides? maybe it’s the rough textures of the rocks and the tree bark? Somehow I’ve never been able to get a shot ...
- A couple of interesting posts on black and white landscape photography
Two posts on topics of interest to me: landscape photography and black & white photography recently caught my attention on Andrew Gibson’s blog:
The Power of the Black & White Landscape
How to Compose Black and White Landscapes.
To me the second of the two articles is the more interesting. Where the first merely encourages people to ...
- Frozen Stream
Taken while walking the dog – or in this case just after walking the dog. We’d been for a walk and I noticed a few things I thought worthy of a picture. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera. Luckily this stream is only a couple of minutes walk from where I live ...
- Old Tractor
We were returning home along the Taconic one day when we decided that neither of us felt like making dinner. Instead we thought we would have our old standby – Chinese food. So we got off a the Secor Road exit and went down to Chan’s Garden (It’s mostly a takeout place and ...
- 2015 Favorites – Color The British are coming.
The previous post highlighted my favorite black and white pictures from 2015. This one deals with my favorite color pictures (again in no particular order).
Inside Tompkins Corners Church.
New York airshow.
Jami and Peggy at play.
River Hudson from the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club
Hydra 70 rocket pods on Apache attack helicopter
Moonrise Roaring ...
- 2015 Favorites – Black and White
Another year has passed and it’s time to post some of my favorite pictures from 2015 – starting with some black and whites. Like last year I’m presenting my ten favorites – in no particular order.
I’ve been trying to find a focus for my photography, which at the moment is all over the place. ...
- Lunch Chez Germaine
I’ve posted about Germaine before in Germaine. She’s still going strong and today invited us to an impromptu lunch. She also invited another friend: our neighbor, Muriel. It was supposed to be just sandwiches, but if you read the linked post you’ll realize that Germaine does not do things by halves – particularly where ...
- Happy Christmas!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Seen in a neighboring garden.
It was nearing 70F/20C today. We seriously considered having Christmas lunch on the dock, but in the end decided not too. It was just too much trouble carrying all the food down. Instead we ate in the dining room from ...
Taken during a vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS3. I liked the bright colors and the lines of the sails and the hulls – curving in opposite directions.
- Abandoned Car
Taken late in November, 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 at Graham Hills Park, Westchester County, NY.
I remember a couple of things about this walk. The first is that I completely underestimated how long the trail was and didn’t take into account how early it went dark at that time of year. I ...
- Rock Formations
In addition to its lakes, ponds, trails and stone building Fahnestock State Park also has numerous interesting stone formations.
Rock eating tree?
- A Splash of Color in the Woods
Walking in the woods in late fall is a pretty monochromatic experience – all warm colors: yellows, browns and oranges. So I was quite surprised when I saw a flash of color. It was fairly far away so I didn’t at first know what it was. As I got closer I realized ...
- Woodland Scenes
Late fall is an interesting time to walk in the woods. At first all I could see was large expanses of bare trees – not really all that fascinating! However, as I was walking back I noticed that the light was very appealing. It was around 4:00 pm and the sun was ...
- Always look back
During my recent walk in the woods I went down to Stillwater Lake then turned around and retraced my steps back to where I’d left the car. If I hadn’t walked back down the trail I wouldn’t have noticed this incredible fallen tree branch – I just hadn’t seen it on my way down.
- Stillwater Lake
I haven’t been getting out into the woods too much of late – for a variety of reasons. We got our dog from a shelter and I think he’s largely a town dog. He much prefers to walk on paved surfaces than he does on the narrow, rocky, rooty trails that seem to ...
- Exit to the Beach
Taken in the Turks and Caicos Islands, April 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3.
- Green Benches
Taken at Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, Connecticut – around 7:00 am and the light was wonderful. This is one of the relatively few times I’ve been able to get up early enough to take advantage of such great light. Sometimes when I’ve gotten up very early it’s turned out to be a ...
- Rustic Wood Structures at Poets Walk Park
In addition to it’s stunning vistas and views over the Hudson and the Catskills, Poets Walk Park also has quite a few fascinating, rustic wooden structures – the most impressive of which is The Overlook (picture approaching The Overlook above).
I wasn’t able to find out much about these structures other than that they were designed ...
- Another Cemetery
I think I’ve done about 16 posts featuring cemeteries, but I haven’t done one for several months (May 2015). This one is opposite the Shrub Oak United Methodist Church. We’d been for great lunch to a Thai restaurant virtually adjoining the cemetery. While my wife was finishing her dessert (sticky rice with mango) ...
- Poet’s Walk Park, Dutchess County, NY
Overlook and tree.
It was a gorgeous warm, sunny fall day with not a cloud in sight so we decided to venture north and take the dog for a walk at Poets’ Walk Park near Red Hook in Dutchess County, NY. I hadn’t been there before and found it most enjoyable – full of rolling ...
- Boats – Thailand
Film scan taken, I would guess about 15 years ago, from a bridge over a canal (khlong) outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Nice colors, nice repeating pattern of the fruits, I also liked the diagonal line of the boat on the left and, of course, the hats.
- Tree on Spur Beach
There are five beaches around our lake. This is Spur Beach. I’d been walking the dog and reached the beach late in the afternoon as the sun was ‘backlighting’ the tree.
- Fall Leaves
For a variety of reasons I haven’t been getting out a lot just lately. So most of my pictures have been taken while walking the dog around the lake. This almost inevitably means that I’ve been taking pictures of fall foliage. I’ve taken so many of them that I’m getting tired of ...
- On the Khlong
Scan of a negative taken many years ago outside of Bangkok, Thailand. According to Wikipedia:
A khlong (also commonly spelled klong; Thai: คลอง (Pronunciation)) is the general name for a canal on the central plain of Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, the Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers, and their tributaries. ...
- Kino Precision Kiron 28-70mm f3.5-4.5 Macro
I picked this lens up for $9 at a nearby Goodwill Store. I’d heard that Kiron lenses were generally pretty good and already had a Kiron 80-200mm F4.5 Macro zoom that I’d picked up at a garage sale for next to nothing (it came attached to a Minolta X-370). Although I hadn’t used ...
- Cathy Hanson for Town Council
I don’t actually know who Cathy Hanson is. I understand from neighbors that she lives in our community, but I don’t think I’ve ever met her. What I was more interested in was the contrast between the bright yellow sign, and the reds of the shrub behind. Also the way that the ...
- Fall around Roaring Brook Lake
I take many of my pictures while walking around near where I live. Just at the moment it’s difficult to see anything but the magnificent foliage. So here are a few shots taken while walking around Roaring Brook Lake. Above a picture of the road around the lake:Lake Shore Road.
Dock at Spur ...
- Intimations of Mortality On stones mossed with hot dust, no shade but the thin, useless shadows of roadside grasses;
into the wood’s gloom, staring back at the blue flowers on stalks thin as threads.
The green slime – a thicket of young trees standing in brown water;
with knobs like muscles, a naked tree stretches up,
dead; and a dead duck, head ...
- Reflections of Fall
Fall is definitely here. Acorns are raining down. And even though leaves are starting to falls the foliage is still quite spectacular as can be seen here – reflected in one of the coves around out Lake.
- Indian Brook Falls Revisited
I was looking back over some old posts when I came across one called Indian Brook Falls. Although the post contained a number of images, only one of them was actually of the falls – and that one was in black and white.
So I thought I’d remedy that situation by providing a few more: ...
- Foggy Lake
Taken early in the morning of October 2, 2012 with a Sony NEX 5N with its 18-55mm kit lens. The lake was as smooth as glass. I liked the muted colors and the way that almost nothing but the floating dock in the foreground is really clear. Also liked the way that ...
- Beach Scene with Clouds
Taken while on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Spring 2011 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3. I liked the original color version too.
- Across the River
From a parking area near Butter Hill on the west bank of the river looking across the Hudson in the general direction of Little Stony Point
Taken in December, 2011 with a Sony Nex 5N and 18-55mm kit lens.
- A comment on one of my pictures
My wife recently posted one of my pictures (the one above) to Facebook. One of her friend’s commented: “Beautiful!! … Eirah, tell Howard that when he gets tired of his camera or makes an upgrade I’ll be happy to take it off his hands.” I know that she meant well, but I have ...
- Hector Falls
Another one from our trip to Seneca Lake in Upstate New York. This is Hector Falls, also on Seneca Lake – Just north of Watkins Glen. The figures on the left are three of my nieces and the person on the right is the husband of the one on the right. He’s ...
- Pier on Seneca Lake
Taken back in July, 2006 with an old Canon Powershot S50 during a visit with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and his family. They live in Rochester, NY and took us to the Finger Lakes Region where this was taken. The pier is on one of the lakes: Seneca Lake. Known as the Lake ...
- North Beach
North beach is one of the five beaches around our lake. I was out walking the dog early tonight and took these pictures around 6:15pm just as the sun was going down. By the time we’d walked back to the house it was practically dark.
I don’t usually go for High Dynamic Range (HDR) ...
- Norwalk Visitors Dock
Another one of my occasional forays into film. Taken in Norwalk, Connecticut – December 2011 with a Arsenal Kiev 4am (A Soviet Union copy of a pre-war Zeiss-Ikon Contax II) with a Arsenal Helios 53mm f1.8 lens. Soviet lenses tend to be a copy of something (usually a Zeiss lens), but I haven’t ...
- Moonrise Roaring Brook Lake
My wife and I were returning down the Taconic State Parkway from a shopping expedition to the Danbury Fair Mall when I noticed what seemed to me to be an exceptionally large moon over our lake. I rushed home, got out my camera and tripod and rushed out to take the picture. The ...
- Ossining Reservoir
The pictures are not so great, but in trying to find out more about this little park I found some interesting local history and a link to a recent TV show.
The park is very near to our house in Briarcliff Manor and it’s usually cleared of snow pretty quickly in Winter so it’s one of ...
- Small Pond off Sunken Mine Road
I don’t know the name of this small stretch of water, but it’s just off Sunken Mine Road – just past John Allen Pond. It might even be an extension of John Allen Pond, but it doesn’t look that way from Google Maps. I came across it after doing the first part of ...
- Old Stove
I came across this rusted old stove sitting outside an apparently abandoned waterworks on Pocantico Lake. I’ve posted about this location before in Old Waterworks at Pocantico Lake.
- After the Storm
We had a rainy day yesterday: steady rain in the morning followed by thunderstorms in the afternoon. After the last downpour had stopped I took the dog into the garden to “do his business”. I looked down at the lake and noticed this rainbow. Of course I had to dash back into ...
- Boat in Cold Spring
Our younger daughter and her family were returning to Geneva, Switzerland the next day and we were going to dinner at the Hudson House Inn in Cold Spring. It was around 8:00 pm, the sun was going down over the Hudson Highlands and this picturesque boat was moored to the dock. What could be ...
There was a blue moon the other day and my wife was complaining that I hadn’t documented this event photographically – so I decided to do so. Unfortunately, the moon picture (while eminently Facebook worthy) wasn’t really that successful. In any case I’d left it too late and the moon was rather high ...
- Woman on a Jetty
Taken one evening on the waterfront in Ossining, NY.
- Music on the Hudson
After the presentation on “Historic Downtown Ossining” some music on the Hudson.
- Ossining Boat and Canoe Club
View of the Hudson through a window at the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club.
We went to see presentation on “Historic Downtown Ossining” given by the Ossining Town Historian. Very interesting if a little long – at least it seemed that way but that might be because we were very hungry. The presentation showed ...
- Big Sur California
These were taken on 29 December 2003 with a Canon Powershot S50. They were taken during a period where I’d soured on photography and so perhaps wasn’t taking as much care as I might otherwise have. Unfortunately I didn’t know enough about the benefits of RAW in those days so these are JPGs – ...
According to Wikipedia:
Olana State Historic Site was the home of Frederic Edwin Church (1826–1900), one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The centerpiece of Olana is an eclectic villa composed of many styles, difficult to categorize, which overlooks parkland and a working farm designed by the artist. As ...
- Falling Water
Water falling over the dam at Teatown Reservation. Taken with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3 in June, 2011. I’ve seen so many long exposure running water shots that I’m disinclined to follow that route. I preferred to freeze the motion of the water with a faster exposure (here 1/2000 second).
- Pagoda by a Lake
Seen at a nearby Buddhist Monastery.
- Winding Path
In a nearby park.
- Lake View – Morning
Taken fairly early in the morning in October 2012. It was slightly misty, the light was lovely, the fall colors were just starting to appear and the surface of the lake was like a mirror.
- Old Tree
I’ve been taking pictures of this tree for ages. It’s on the site of a long-gone mansion so I’m sure it’s something exotic. I like the way the branches curl around. It’s almost as if it’s some kind of animal – maybe like the Ents in “Lord of the Rings”. The ...
- Sunset Cove
We recently had a flying visit from our son-in-law, Colin who was in New York on business. He was able to come out for one evening and we decided to have dinner at a restaurant on the river in Tarrytown. Now I know why the restaurant is called Sunset Cove.
- Bridge to Nowhere
I’d often noticed this strange structure while walking around at the site of the former Rockwood Hall. For some reason I seem to have spotted it in Summer when it is largely obscured by leaves so I couldn’t find a good place to take a picture. This time the leaves were off the ...
- Clouds over the lake
It was early evening and I was sitting in the garden reading and listing to music when I noticed these striking clouds and nice colors as the sun was going down. I rushed into the house and grabbed my Sony RX100 (the quickest camera that came to hand) and dashed back to get the ...
- A Row of Trees
I liked the way that the trees receded into the distance and the textures of the bark and the seed pods (if that’s what they are) on the ground.
- The Lake’s Back
After months of it being frozen, our lake is finally back. The last of the ice (at least on those portions that I can see) melted off today. It was a gloomy, rainy, foggy day (but not that cold at least), but somehow I like the lake. The overcast sky and fog virtually ...
- Lake Geneva 2004 – View from my hotel room
We lived in Geneva from 1990-1995 and you can almost see our house in this picture. It was on the lake, just out of the picture to the left on the other side of the lake. After we’d transferred to New York I returned often on business, which was great as I got ...
- Taconic State Parkway around Yorktown Heights
This stretch of the Taconic State Parkway has often caught my interest- it’s something about the way in which it curves around through the trees. But for various reasons (It was inconvenient; I didn’t have a camera ready to hand; I just forgot) I’ve never taken a picture of it. This time my ...
- Rockwood Hall – Evening
This was taken around 8:00 pm in July, 2012. The sun was low over the horizon – going down over the Hudson Highlands. I’d been looking at the river, but my walk took me in the opposite direction where this wonderful evening sunlight was shining into the trees. I’ve enhanced the colors ...
- First Day of Spring, 2015
Japanese Maple in the Snow. True to form this Winter decided that we couldn’t just continue with the nice warmer weather and hit us with a snow storm on the first day of Spring. It was supposed to be around six inches, but turned out to be less – about 2-3 inches in my ...
- Rocking Chairs on a Porch
This was taken in New Hamburg, NY in November, 2012. It was towards the end of the day and the light was gorgeous. I was using a Sony NEX 5N and a RainbowImaging 35mm F1.7 CCTV Lens, an inexpensive lens (I think I paid $28 for the lens and adapter) with a very ...
- Trees at Little Stony Point I’ve been to Little Stony Point several times. It’s quite close, rather picturesque (Beaches, Hudson River views, Cliffs with spectacular views; A small cave) and it’s an easy walk with the dog. It’s also close to Cold Spring so after the walk I can go for a coffee, a bite to eat or ...
- Cabin on the frozen lake
I’ve often walked by the small blue cabin by the side of the lake and wondered what it was? Who did it belong to? It sits right next to the lake on a small piece of land with just the cabin, a couple of playground sets, a boat dock, and a rack for canoes. ...
- Faucet in the snow
Although the weather has improved significantly we still have 2-3 feet of the snow on the ground around here so when I saw this faucet just barely sticking out above the snow it seemed worthy of a photograph. It seemed so incongruous to see something I associate so much with Summer peeping from the ...
- Garrison Landing
View of the US Military Academy at West Point from Garrison Landing.
According to Wikipedia:
The Garrison Landing Historic District, also known as Garrison’s Landing, is a small commercial and residential area located between what is now the Metro-North Hudson Line and the Hudson River in Garrison, New York, United States. Its buildings were mostly erected in ...
- People and Dogs on the Lake in a Snowstorm
We had about six/seven inches of snow yesterday and were sitting in the living room reading when we noticed movement on the lake. Four people were walking their dogs on the lake. The falling snow did not seem to bother them very much and the dogs seemed to be loving it. By ...
- Views from Ossining Library
Ossining and Route 9 looking North.
I’ve lived in Briarcliff Manor, which is part of the town of Ossining, for about 17 years and have never once been to the Ossining library. I’d agreed to meet someone there and after we had met I decided to go inside and take a look around. Briarcliff ...
- Bali III: Temples
Pura Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
In an earlier post (Bali II: Around Ubud) I mentioned that I was disappointed because I knew I had taken pictures of some quite spectacular temples in Bali, but was able to find neither the negatives nor the prints. I later added a note that while going through some moving ...
- Chairs in snow
This picture of some metal chairs and a table in our garden was taken by my wife with her iPhone 5s. I did a little editing and converted to black and white.
- Snow Around the Lake Taken while walking the dog around the lake (about a 90 minute walk). Inevitably there was snow everywhere.
Two bridges. In a small park near to the entrance to the lake. My wife posted this one to facebook and one of her friends commented: ” …it looks like it’s taken from the ...
- Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
I used to go to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery a lot – see posts below:
Sculpture in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Stained glass at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Even though it’s very close to our house in Briarcliff Manor (maybe about ten minutes away) I haven’t been lately. It’s a great place in winter when options for dog ...
- Adirondack Chairs
Yet more snow!
- Bali II: Around Ubud
My wife was working at a conference in Bali, Indonesia. I’d never been, had heard great things about Bali and felt in need of a vacation so I thought I’d go along. Eirah was working really hard, often into the early hours of the morning so a typical day went something like this. ...
- Icy Streambed
While walking the dog I came across this frozen stream bed. I’d walked along this trail in the past and had tried to get pictures of the stream when it was flowing. Somehow the light shining through the trees (which usually had leaves when I was trying to take the picture) was too ...
- A Man (And His Dog) Ice Fishing on our frozen lake
I was sitting in our living room reading when I noticed some movement on the frozen lake. It was a man pulling a small sledge – and his dog walking along behind. After a while I noticed that he would move to one part of the lake and stay there for a while, ...
- Icy Hudson
Taken at Scarborough Station while waiting for the train into New York City to see ‘On the Town’. It was certainly very cold and except for a channel in the middle the Hudson was frozen. We couldn’t get to the button quickly enough.
I hadn’t brought a camera so I had to use my ...
- Throwback Thursday – Javea, Spain
The view north.
Taken during a vacation in Spain. We’d rented this amazing house on a cliff overlooking the sea. It was in Javea between Valencia and Alicante. We flew to Valencia, rented a car an drove down to the house. We ended up on a gravel road that seemed to lead ...
- Throwback Thursday: The Netherlands My wife likes Facebook. Recently she started a “Throwback Thursday” series, which involves posting old pictures every Thursday. Unfortunately, most of these pictures are pre-digital so I have to scan old negatives and prints so that they can be posted. It’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but never ...
- Croton Dam Revisited
I’ve posted pictures of the Croton Dam before but the earlier pictures were in black and white and taken from a different position so I thought I’d post this one too. I also happen to prefer this one to the others.
I decided to take Harley for a walk along the Old Croton Aqueduct trail ...
- Stone Barns
According to Wikipedia:
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture is a non-profit farm and educational center with a partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located in Pocantico Hills, New York. The Center was created on 80 acres (320,000 m2) formerly belonging to the Rockefeller estate in Pocantico Hills by David Rockefeller and his daughter, ...
While walking around the Cortlandt Town Center shopping area in Mohegan Lake I noticed these trees in the distance, the light picking out their white trunks.
- Winding Road
I’d just finished walking the dog in Woodlands Park, Yorktown Heights and we were killing time while waiting for Eirah to pick us up. This curving road with its vertical lamp posts caught my attention. This was taken towards the end of the afternoon and I liked the way the sun picked out ...
- Fallen Tree Limb
The tree branches seemed like tentacles reaching out towards me. I thought that a lower angle might work well, but it didn’t. It just looked cluttered.
- Icy Stream
Not too far from our house Roaring Brook runs into Roaring Brook Lake. These were taken on Roaring Brook not far from where it enters the lake. Sometimes the brook is quite dry, but we’d recently had snow and the snow melt caused the brook to be fairly full.
- Downed Tree with Reflections
I just liked the way that the tree was reflected in the lake. It didn’t work out quite the way I wanted. I guess my eye filtered out the somewhat distracting background (which the camera didn’t and couldn’t because of the type of camera and lens I had) and isolated the tree more. ...
- Boardwalks, Teatown Reservation
Teatown Lake Reservation has a number of trails. One of my favorites is the Lakeside Trail, a pleasant 45 minutes to one hour (depending on how quickly you walk) stroll around the lake. Along the way you come across a variety of boardwalks – from the short ones designed to cross small ...
- First Serious Snow of Winter 2014
View from our front door.
I suppose that to be precise it isn’t Winter yet, but it certainly feels like it. We had somewhere between 7 inches and a foot of snow.
Bench and patio table.
The above pictures were taken around 2:00 p.m., five hours into the storm and with about another 10 hours to ...
- Hudson Valley Landscape
West bank of the Hudson looking east.
- Amman, Jordan and around about 35 years ago
One of my projects is to scan older negatives and/or prints. I have a box full of them and although this project is going slowly I, from time to time, browse through them and pick a few to scan – in this case pictures taken during my very first field trip for the UN ...
- Oldie: Sunset on the Ossining Waterfront
As I recall this was taken on July 4, 2010 while waiting for the annual fireworks display on the Ossining waterfront to start. Our older daughter and her three children were visiting at the time so we took the two older children to the fireworks. I believe we met up with our friends, ...
- Another Autumn View: Boat on the Hudson Walking along the Hudson I heard the sound of a boat engine. I tried to see where it was coming from and through the trees spotted this excursion boat. I had to run ahead to find an open spot in the trees before the boat got too far away.
Nice fall foliage with Storm ...
- Autumn view from our dock
In the preceding post I provided some pictures of roses taken on our dock. At that time I looked north from the dock and saw this lovely view of an island in the lake with trees in their autumnal glory rising up behind. The colors were fantastic.
- Windswept Roaring Brook Lake
View of Roaring Brook Lake from Children’s Beach on a particularly windy day. The lake is usually quite smooth, but today the wind was really whipping up the waves.
- Another Stone Chamber
I’ve posted before about these strange stone chambers in Putnam County. Here’s another one.
I really don’t know how I missed this one. It’s on the left side of Route 301 (coming from Cold Spring) about half a mile from the other one on route 301 mentioned in the earlier post. I must ...
- Old Equipment on Pelton Pond
I was really impressed by the late afternoon light on this old equipment (I have no idea what purpose it once served) in Pelton Pond. Interesting how the water poured into the hole that you see in the picture.
- Fall Sunbathers
Came across these guys on a beach near the Hudson. Clearly they were taking advantage of the last of the nice weather before Winter closes in on us. They seem to be regulars, because on a subsequent visit I came across two of them heading towards the beach with their collapsible chairs.
- Power Lines
On California Hill. I liked the receding towers and the curves and diagonals of the cables.
Taken with an Olympus Stylus Epic film camera.
- Fall Colors
The title says it all. Bright fall leaves against a lovely blue sky.
- Chuang Yen Monastery – Exteriors
I’d been to this monastery a number of times before. It’s such an unlikely sight in Putnam County, NY that we often take visiting friends there. Since we had some friends over for the weekend we thought we’d go again.
I’d already taken numerous broad view pictures of the monastery so this time I ...
- Chuang Yen Monastery – Details
This is the second of two posts arising from a recent visit to the Chuang Yen Monastery. The first post concentrated on some parts of the monastery complex that I had not visited before. This one focuses on some interior detail. I was really fascinated by the thousands of tiny Buddhas (see ...
- Hudson River from the cliffs at Little Stony Point
I’ve been to Little Stony Point before, but I’ve always stayed at the level of the Hudson. This time I went up a bit higher to the top of the cliffs, which were higher than I had thought. The views were really quite impressive.
- Graffiti on the Rocks
Came across these on the cliffs at Little Stony Point.
- Windsurfers – Malibu, 2007
We’d been on vacation in Hawaii and on the way back we stopped to see my wife’s family, much of which lives in Los Angeles and our daughter, Jasmine who was also in LA at that time. I covered this in an earlier post. We were driving along the coast near Malibu and stopped ...
- Oldie: Hudson River and Bear Mountain Bridge from Dunderberg Mountain
This was taken back in October 2000 with a Canon Powershot S10 (I still have it) – a 2.1 megapixel camera. I used to think that it was taken from somewhere north of Cold Spring (e.g. from Mount Taurus, or Breakneck Ridge or somewhere). I now realize that it can’t have been. It’s ...
- A Walk to Rockwood Hall
View of the Hudson from the site of the former Rockefeller Mansion. Tappan Zee bridge in the background.
Back down in Westchester County. I had a bad experience earlier in the week. We went for a walk at Wonder Lake. It would have been a very nice walk except that we didn’t ...
- Constitution Marsh and Hudson Valley from Boscobel
I have always felt that this view from Boscobel out across Constitution Marsh towards the Lower Hudson valley is one of the best around. I also liked the cloud formations.
- Hudson Valley View
This was taken from the property adjoining our house – less than one minute away. While our property goes right down to a dock on the lake, our neighbours have large boulders overlooking the lake. I like our view from lake level, but I also appreciate their view from I slightly higher elevation.
Taken with ...
- Small cave at Little Stony Point
I’d read that there was a small cave at Little Stony Point (not to be confused with the more famous Stony Point on the other side of the Hudson – where the Revolutionary War battle took place), but had apparently walked by it with out noticing it. This time I spotted it.
- Not something you see every day!
I’d photographed this barn before. At that time it had seemed odd to come across an old barn, in the middle of the countryside – with signs all over it.
Now it’s even more strange – it has a light aircraft parked outside of it. Not the entire aircraft mind you. ...
- Breached dam on John Allen Pond
We’d tried the Three Lakes Trail before and given up about half way through. I thought I’d try the second half. We walked down Sunken Mine Road past where we’d crossed it before and continued until the Three Lakes Trail turned off to the right at the southern end of John Allen Pond ...
- A walk up Nimham Mountain
View from Nimham Mountain
The description on the wonderful “Hike the Hudson Valley” site says: “Fire tower, easy stroll, beautiful 360-degree views” and later: “It took us about 30 minutes to reach the top, walking at toddler speed (you could probably do it in 10 or 15 at normal-person speed).” So I thought this would be ...
- Dover Stone Church, Dover Plains, NY
Entrance to the site.
The Dover Stone Church Visitor’s Guide provides the following description:
Entrance: Large metamorphic rocks converge to form the entrance in the shape of a church’s cathedral window. The gothic appearance of the entrance gave rise to the name “Stone Church”.
“The Pulpit”: Inside the cavern is a rock ledge, affectionately given this name ...
- Hudson River Shoreline
Found objects on a sandy beach along the Hudson River.
Dead Tree Trunk.
- On Jordan Pond
From Route 9 near Cold Spring, NY turn right onto Route 301. After about 2.8 miles you’ll see a trailhead marker on the left side of the road. It’s marked Charcoal Burners. Follow the red (charcoal burners) trail for about 20 minutes until you come to the white (cabot trail) markers by ...
- Wiccopee Trail
Woods/farm road trail
This trail is very close to our house and connects into the Fahnestock trail system. It’s possible to walk to it, but you’d have to get across the Taconic Parkway. It’s doable, particularly during those times when the Taconic is not very busy. Today we went around rush hour so ...
- Disused Railway Track
Offshoot of the Metro North tracks near Beacon. I don’t know where it goes/went, but judging from the growth it doesn’t get used much.
- Waterfall on Fishkill Creek
This picturesque waterfall is on Fishkill Creek, not far from the abandoned Tioronda Hat Factory.
- Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park, NY
Yesterday we went to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, NY. We were going to do the garden tour, but decided to take a look at the house first. Afterwards we were hot, tired and hungry so we just took a quick look at the garden – we’ll go back another day. ...
- Boat in the Mist
I woke up early yesterday to a mist covered lake. I was sitting drinking coffee when a paddle boat came drifting out of the mist – nobody on board. I guess it had become detached from its mooring. So I grabbed a couple of cameras (it’s easier than changing lenses) and went ...
- Hubbard Lodge
Going north on Route 9 from Peekskill towards Fishkill you pass the intersection with Route 301. A little further there’s a sign to “Hubbard Lodge”. I’ve often seen it and the other day decided to see what was there. Drive a short distance down the road and you come to a chalet ...
- On the Appalachian trail to Hidden Lake Mini rock cairn.
Yesterday I took the dog for a walk in Fahnestock State Park starting on the Appalachian Trail – going south. The narrow trail runs along the side of a valley. At times it’s clear that walls have been built to support the trail itself. I’ve since read that at this ...
- Secret Garden
Well not really that secret. The garden belongs to one of our fellow Garden Club members. The main entrance is up on the road and the property runs down hill to the dock and the lake. However, there’s another entrance. Follow a small path down to the lake and just off ...
- Peekskill Sunset
I haven’t taken a sunset picture in a long time. I’d met up with some friends in the city and was returning home. As the train was pulling into Peekskill station I noticed this spectacular sunset. I quickly pulled out the camera and managed to get off a few shots before the ...
- Still Life – Cat and Poinsettia
Trying out an ultra wide angle lens I’ve had for a while but haven’t used much. It’s a Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens with the Sony VCLECU1 High Definition Wide Angle Conversion Lens, which makes it about 12mm. Taking into account the crop factor this becomes the 35mm equivalent of 18mm – still pretty ...
- Dam and Cascade
Near the entrance to our lake is a small park, which the residents have started to call “Two bridges park” because of the two wooden bridges over small streams which pass through it. The garden club (including my wife) plants flowers there every year. In winter one of the fir trees is in ...
- Cloudscapes over the Hudson These were taken back in 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix ZS3, at the time my “carry everywhere” camera. I later upgraded to a second hand ZS7. Eventually I gave this to one of my grandchildren. I missed having such a camera and only last week I acquired a Sony RX-100 – similarly sized, but much ...
- Another snowfall View of the lake from our living room
We had another round of snow the other day. Probably six or seven inches. The first two were taken with my Sony Nex 5n and the last two with my wife’s iPhone 5s.
Snow patterns on the lake
Lakeview with birdhouse
Welcome to the Lake House
- Last gasp for Fall foliage Trees near North Beach.
Most of the leaves around us have now fallen, but there are still a few flashes of colour here and there.
Japanese maple along Lake Shore Road
Japanese Maple on the rocks.
Trees near Moon Beach
- Atgetesque I’ve been an admirer of Eugene Atget ever since I first saw his photographs. The distinctive look comes partly from the fact that he was using equipment, which was already obsolete. He took photographs to sell to painters who would use them as the basis for their paintings. He was also very much aware that the ...
- A New Gallery: Landscapes