• Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Sheep In my opinion sheep are among the least intelligent animals in the entire universe. We would often see whole flocks of them on the moors near where I lived. They’d sprawl across a busy road, completely blocking it – totally oblivious to all of the chaos they were causing. If there’s one ...
  • Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Cows In the previous post (Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Goats) I mentioned that I didn’t know much about goats. However, I do know a bit about cows. Cheshire, the county where I grew up is largely rural. Agriculture is mostly based on the dairy trade, and cattle are the predominant ...
  • Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Goats More cute, furry farm animals. Although I grew up in a rural part of the UK and my grandmother owned and operated a farm, I don’t know much about goats. They didn’t seem to be common where I lived.
  • Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Llamas I’ve come to realize that Llamas are quite popular in the Hudson Valley (See:The Famous Hudson Valley Llamas site). I supposed they’re a nicer, cuter, more pleasant version of a camel (in my experience camels are mean, foul-tempered beasts that smell, bite and spit).
  • Putnam County 46th Annual 4-H Fair – Horse Riding This was one of the first photographs taken with my new Sony A77 II. The first few didn’t come out all that well as I was unfamiliar with the camera and had changed some of the settings (most notably setting up back button focusing) and found myself reaching for buttons in the wrong places. ...
  • A friend visits Not too long ago a friend of ours came to visit. We had a very pleasant lunch outside on the patio overlooking the lake. I don’t recall why we came indoors (maybe it was getting cold? Maybe it was starting to rain?), but indoors we certainly came, and had our dessert in the ...
  • Grasshopper We went out last Sunday to pick up a couple of lamps we’d just purchased. On returning home I noticed this colorful little guy on our door. I thought it would be relatively easy to get a picture, but no doubt observing my presence he started to move away. He didn’t jump ...
  • Geneva – Mont Salève, An international traveller I’m not referring to my wife (who’s been an international traveller for a good number of years), but instead to our dog Harley seen here (with my wife) on top of Mont Salève. He’s now on his third country: the US (his birth place, or at least I assume it is. He was ...
  • Roaring Brook Lake Monster? My wife recently came across this scary looking creature in our garden. It’s a bit over one inch long and is actually just an empty shell, the top of which has split and something has emerged (think Alien). After some advice seeking and research I’ve concluded that it’s the nymph form of a ...
  • Green Heron We have some frogs at our house in Briarcliff Manor. Our friends are staying there at present and have (or at least one of them has) developed a strange attraction to them. Yesterday he sent me a message with an attached picture saying that a “large” bird had turned up and that the ...
  • Hairy White Caterpillar I was walking the dog around Lake Shore Road, when I noticed some movement around my feet. Looking down I saw this fluffy looking creature. I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I suspect it’s the caterpillar stage of Cycnia tenera or the dogbane tiger moth. The markings on the head gave the ...
  • Geneva – Carouge, Place du Temple The Place du Temple is smaller, and less busy than the Place du Marche and I tend to prefer it as a place to hang out. Most places are closed on Sunday in Geneva, and when we lived there we would often pick up a newspaper and go somewhere to sit, have breakfast and ...
  • Geneva – Waiting to Board In the preceding post (See Geneva – Introduction) I mentioned that there was a third factor that convinced me to go on vacation this year. I worry about being away because I don’t like leaving our animals, particularly our dog, Harley (I don’t worry so much about the cat. Cat’s are pretty independent and ...
  • Buster This is our friend’s dog, Buster. He can look a little ferocious at times, but he’s actually quite sweet. He’s a French Bulldog (known in French as a “Bouledogue Français”). Quite rambunctious when he was younger, as he’s aged he’s become more mellow.
  • A recent visitor to our garden A type of woodpecker: a northern flicker. Specifically (if I’m not mistaken, which I might well be) a yellow-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus auratus). So if it’s a woodpecker why is it chewing up our patio rather than pecking wood? Grab a worm on the patio or bang your head against a tree? I guess it’s ...
  • Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm f3.5 T Tessar This came attached to an Exa (See:New Acquisitions – Exakta Varex/VX IIa and Exa August 10, 2015) that I acquired in 2015, but had never used. I decided to give it a try right after I had tried out the Ludwig Peronar I mentioned in an earlier post (See: Ernst Ludwig 50mm f2.9 Peronar). ...
  • Red and Black Bug My eye was initially attracted to the bright colors of this red and black bug against a green leaf. As I looked more closely, however, I noticed what looks very much like a skull pattern on its back. Looking at the black parts and moving from left to right we have: Hair, two round ...
  • A Day in New York City – A pair of mallards Two mallards swimming on Conservatory Water in Central Park, New York City. I’ve always loved the brightly colored mallards, and I also liked the ripples. Formally a naturally landscaped water lily pond, Conservatory Water was subsequently converted into a model boat pond. When we arrived there were a few boats, but when I took ...
  • First day of spring In previous years I’ve done posts on the first day of Spring with pictures of a snow storm. Today it’s a glorious sunny day with nary a cloud in sight. True, we still have about five inches of snow on our patio, but it’s melting fast and a week ago it was 15 ...
  • Ladybugs I was sitting in the kitchen of our house in Briarcliff Manor yesterday when I noticed a number of ladybugs. Many of them had gone to that great ladybug home in the sky, but a couple of them were still ambling around. The one above was walking along our counter top. The one below was ...
  • Neighborhood dogs These two dogs belong to one of our neighbors. You’ll see from the box on the large one’s collar that they are subject to an invisible fence and consequently never come any further than where they are in the picture. They’re looking at our dog, Harley who’s out of the picture on the ...
  • Eel We took the dog in for his annual checkup today and while we were waiting decided to have lunch at a nearby restaurant (Wild Fusion). As we were leaving I noticed an aquarium right by the exit, and inside, along with the usual brightly colored fish, was this spectacular creature. I’d never seen anything like ...
  • 2016 Favorites – Black and White Light Patterns. 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 ...
  • Snapping turtle A couple of hundred yards from out house is a small dirt road called “Roaring Brook Lane”. It parallels a brook and goes over a small bridge to a dock by the lake. While walking the dog we decided (actually he decided – I merely followed) to go down to the dock. ...
  • A pair of pigeons I have a very clear memory of taking this picture. We were in Copenhagen visiting our older daughter and her family. I’d gone with my grandson to his piano lesson. We’d been driven there, but were expected to make our own way home. I recall that we were taking the train ...
  • 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 ...
  • A spider I just took this picture. My work area is down in the basement of our house. It’s only partially finished so we get a few bugs down there – especially spiders. Since I was a kid I’ve always liked spiders so it doesn’t particularly bother me when there are a few around. This ...
  • A fisherman and his dog In the preceding post (Dog and fish) I described an encounter with two fisherman; two dogs and a fish while walking along the Hudson near Scarborough Station. One of the dogs (and the fish) appeared in that post. This is the other dog with his owner taking a break from the fishing. ...
  • Dog and fish Taken at the park next to Scarborough Station in March, 2011. I remember that I’d taken the train home (getting off at Scarborough) and decided to take a short walk by the Hudson river to unwind and to see if there was anything worth a photograph. Two men were fishing. They each ...
  • Spider web I was walking towards Stillwater Pond in Fahnestock State Park when I spotted this spider web. It seemed to just float in the air with no apparent means of support, backlit by the sun. I liked the original color version, but the brights yellows and greens and greens in the background seemed to ...
  • Bolt revisited I’m not referring to Usain Bolt here (although I do have a picture of him on the blog: see What an amazing photograph of an incredible athlete). Rather I’m referring to the rabbit that has recently started to appear in our garden (see A new visitor) and which one of our granddaughters has named ...
  • I’ve got my eye on you I was wandering around at a nearby working farm when this cow (I think it’s a cow) ambled over. I waited for a while in the hope that it would look up, which it eventually did. It’s a fairly rare picture for me in that 1) I don’t often take pictures of animals ...
  • A new visitor I’ve been walking the dog around the lake for about four years now and until recently I’d never seen a rabbit. Now I see them every day including this one today in our garden. I was excited to see a new visitor and also felt a kind of “Aw – how cute” sensation – particularly ...
  • Donkey and Foal In a recent post: Soul/Creativity on his Photos and Stuff blog, Andrew Molitor provides the following quote (which he attributes to Ansel Adams): The final image you achieve will, to quote Alfred Stieglitz, reveal what you saw and felt. If it were not for this element of felt, the term creative photography would have no meaning. For ...
  • Squirrel-proof birdfeeder – Ha!! Not a stunning picture. It was taken quickly and at a fairly long (250mm) focal length through one of our windows. At first I didn’t know what to do about this. There were two options depending on how the squirrel got there. If it jumped from the Japanese Maple behind then ...
  • Horse and (dismounted) rider Taken at a nearby public garden. The horses (there were more than just this one) had just returned from a ride and were about to be groomed and fed. I can’t really articulate why I like this one.
  • Picture appropriated While I’ve heard of such things happening it’s never happened to me – although to be honest I don’t usually check. This time I could hardly miss it though. Our lakeside community has its own Facebook group. I was looking at it the other day when I saw the above picture posted ...
  • 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 comfortable spot for a nap Our dog, Harley found a comfortable spot for a nap: on my wifes’ legs as she was lying on the sofa reading the newspaper.
  • One of Paul’s cats My friend Paul has two cats. This is the female. Unfortunately, I don’t remember her name. There’s also a male, but I didn’t like the pictures I took of him too much.
  • Chipmunk I was walking the dog past a neighboring garden when I noticed movement out of the corner of my eye. Inside the garden was a grid and from time to time a small head would pop out: a chipmunk. Up it would pop. Then it would get nervous and disappear for a ...
  • A pair of swallowtails I came across this pair of butterflies on a nearby beach – Moon Beach. At first I thought that they were Monarch butterflies and described them as such in a post on Facebook. I was politely informed that they are not in fact monarchs. So I replied: “I’ve been told in a ...
  • Seen by the side of the road I was walking the dog when I came across this snake by the side of the road (actually the dog noticed it first. I would probably have walked right by it). It didn’t look in great shape, inert even and I assumed that it was dead. So I thought that this would ...
  • Springwood – Fala Fala was FDR’s Scottish Terrier. Fala was devoted to him and FDR was devoted to Fala. One story in particular resonated in this election season of insults and attacks. It seems that FDR had been insulted by his Republican opponents (it seems not much has changed). In response he had these words to ...
  • Boy and goat Taken in June 2013 with a Sony Nex 5N and its 18-55mm kit lens at Niese’s Maple Farm. Even though I made this photograph a while ago I still remember it well. The boy had been looking down and then he suddenly looked up, fortuitously right at the camera. At the same ...
  • Roaring Brook Lake monster??? Walking along Lake Shore Road in the past few weeks I’ve noticed a fin cutting through the surface of the water in the cove. Imagine the typical image of a sharks fin, but in miniature and you’ve about got it. I took a few pictures, but the fin was quite distant and the ...
  • A gaggle of geese Taken in May, 2010 on Swan Lake in the Rockefeller Preserve with a Panasonic Lumix ZS3.
  • With dolphins Taken on my wife’s birthday in 2005 during a very pleasant vacation in Bermuda. This was during the period where I’d soured on photography and was basically just taking travel and family snaps. The camera I was using at that time was Canon Powershot S-50 – one of the few cameras I’ve ever ...
  • Cat in a bath Illustrates some of the crazy things out cat gets up to even if it’s not much of a picture. It is what it is: a cute picture worthy of sharing with our grandkids – which is exactly what my wife did with it. I’m pleased whenever I get a “half way decent” picture ...
  • Moth We went into NY city to have dinner with our son-in-law, Colin who was visiting from Geneva. The windows at Scarborough Station are right on the Hudson and as I we were waiting for the train I noticed a number of moths on them. As I started to take some pictures my wife ...
  • 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 ...
  • Eirah and Harley go for a walk Taken around 4:00 pm in November, 2015. The light was absolutely gorgeous.
  • Horses Feeding. Cimarron Ranch. There seems to be some history to the Cimarron Ranch, but so far I haven’t been able to find out much. I did come across these three short videos below showing the ranch in its heyday: Cimarron Ranch, Eastern Dude Ranch Association, August 1945 (part 1 of 3) Cimarron Ranch, Eastern Dude Ranch Association, August 1945 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bird in a tree It was the coldest night of the season last night with temperatures going down to -5F/-20C. It was also windy so it felt more like -25F/-31C. I came down a little before 8:00am and the sun was just rising. This large bird of prey was sitting in one of our trees. ...
  • Harley in the snow Taken the other day after a recent snow storm. Although I did remember to change the focus to continuous autofocus I was so excited to see him running in the snow that I forgot to change the shutter speed to something higher. So I got quite a lot of blur in most of ...
  • The lure of “likes” A while back I joined a Facebook group: The Hudson Valley in Pictures. One of the first pictures I posted got what seemed to me to be a very large number of “likes” (probably because the groups I usually belong too are much smaller than this one). This was pleasing. However, as ...
  • A trio of swans While I quite like this composition it’s marred by the fact that it was a very bright contrasty day and the camera, a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 suffered from the typical problems of a small-sensor camera including a low dynamic range. So the highlights on the swan’s back are virtually blown out. To make ...
  • Walking the Dog For once it’s not me walking the dog, but me taking a picture of someone walking the dog. This was taken with a NEX-5n and 18-55mm kit lens. It was soon after I got the camera and I wasn’t all that familiar with it. It was early in the morning in November ...
  • 2015 Favorites – Black and White Lightbeams. 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. ...
  • I know it’s Thanksgiving but was it something I said? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
  • My Wife And Harley The Dog On A Bench Overlooking The Hudson Just a snapshot, but the light was nice and I liked the way they looked!
  • Horse at Stonecrop Gardens I came across this horse rolling around in the grass at Stonecrop Gardens. Taken with a Sony NEX 5n and 18-55mm kit lens in June 2013.
  • Spider in a Train Station Window When I was working I took the train every day from Scarborough Station in Westchester County to Grand Central Terminal. The platform is right on the Hudson, separated from it by a number of windows. Before they renovated the station a few years ago the windows were covered with spider webs. Here’s ...
  • Morning Visitor We have lots of acorns this year: it seems to having been “raining” them for months. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of them scattered around in piles in our garden. Needless to say this attracts chipmunks and squirrels. I caught this one munching away on our patio yesterday morning. I’m ...
  • A Couple of Snakes A couple of snakes have recently made their way into my life. First, I was scanning some old negatives when I came across the picture above. It shows a younger me posing for the usual ‘cheesy’ tourist shot in a market outside of Bangkok, Thailand. I would guess that it was taken sometime in the ...
  • Harley and the Bird Houses Another picture of our dog, Harley sitting in what seems to have become one of his favorite locations. We took him to be groomed a week or so ago and he looks quite different from the way he looked before. Below – the old look Harley sitting in virtually the same spot, but ...
  • 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 ...
  • Harley Enjoying Fall We’ve never let our dogs off-leash in our garden at the lake. Jackson was a bit unpredictable. If he heard a noise, particularly thunder, he’d chase off after it. Soon after we got the house we tried letting him out, but then one day – on an otherwise nice day – there ...
  • Seagull Landing We went to Danbury Fair Mall yesterday. My wife dropped me off at Barnes and Noble (see At the Bookstore) and after I’d spent a while there I walked back to the mall to wait for her. As I was walking back across the parking lot I came across a group (flock??) of ...
  • Harley finds a new friend Every year our friend Roxana has a birthday party for her dog, Buster (see Buster’s birthday party) and this year’s party just took place. This was the first time that our dog, Harley had been to this event and he had a great time. His amorous advances having been rebuffed by one female ...
  • Grey Heron I came across this magnificent bird while walking the dog in Briarcliff Manor. We’d walked through Law Memorial Park, described on the Village of Briarcliff Manor website as follows: Located in the heart of the Village on Pleasantville Road, this seven (7) acre park was gifted to the Village by its first family, Mr.& Mrs. ...
  • Cormorant on a Rock I knew that I would be going to the NY Air Show with some friends and would need to use a long focal length lens. The last time I’d tried to capture aircraft in flight I hadn’t been particularly successful – and these were WWI vintage aircraft that didn’t move particularly quickly. This ...
  • The Birds This was taken back in December, 2010 with a Panasonic Lumix LX-3. But doesn’t the LX-3 have a very limited zoom range you may ask? And you’d be right – it does. This picture was actually taken in the parking lot of a Sams Store near where live. Garbage was strewn ...
  • Snapping Turtle at Chuang Yen Monastery We took visiting brothers-in-law to the Chuang Yen Monastery and were watching people feed (despite a sign saying no feeding) the large numbers of very aggressive carp-like fish in the lake the other day when this medium sized snapping turtle put in an appearance. In the water he/she was outclassed. The fish were far to ...
  • Gypsy One of the comparatively rare (because I find it difficult to get a decent picture of her) pictures of our cat, Gypsy. She was sitting on the table right next to where I was working on the computer when some thing outside attracted her attention. Luckily I had a camera right next to ...
  • Harley goes for a swim It was quite hot the other day so I decided to go for a swim in the lake to cool off. Our previous dog, Jackson had loved swimming in the lake but we weren’t sure how Harley would react to the water. So I carried him in and let him swim back to ...
  • A busy July 4 Our dog, Harley spent all of July 4 barking. We were sitting on the patio and suddenly he would see some action on the lake (e.g. a boat, paddleboard, catamaran, kayak etc. passing) and he would rush downhill to the dock barking all the way. He would then run up and down the ...
  • A Woman and Her Dog Our friend and her dog. He’s a French Bulldog and every year she has an outdoor birthday party for him – last year with a band. Our previous dog, Jackson didn’t get on with him at all. Jackson was smaller, but extremely aggressive with other dogs (he was part Jack Russell terrier). ...
  • Harley by the lake I was sitting on our dock with our dog Harley when suddenly he jumped up and ran off. I spotted him on the grass behind a flower bed trying to get through the trees along the side of our property. There’s also a fence so I didn’t think he’d succeed. I was ...
  • Turkeys in the Meadow I’d been hearing the distinctive “gobble, gobble” sound for a few days, but hadn’t seen the authors. Then the dog started barking like crazy and I thought he’d seen some deer. When I took a look I didn’t see any deer, but I did see this trio of wild turkeys in the meadow ...
  • Mayfly on the Water This mayfly (at least I think that’s what it is) had somehow managed to end up in the water. I was optimistic about it’s chances of getting out though. Lots of sticks and other objects were sticking out of the water. I felt it was only a matter of time before it ...
  • Thailand – Elephants Washing the Elephants. My mother loved elephants! So I’m sure that was one of the reasons I took these. I have to admit though that going for a ride was somewhat exciting for me. Since these were taken I’ve been on safari in Kenya and seen how different zoo/tame elephants are from the magnificent beasts that ...
  • Sammy Many years ago (in the 1980s) when we were still living in Dix Hills, Long Island we had a cat called Ginger. Then I was transferred to Switzerland and the cat went with us. Five years later we moved to France. The cat went with us. Eventually in 1998 we came ...
  • Neighborhood Dogs This dog lives about five minutes from where I do. There are actually three of them – the others can be seen in the background. He’s the brave one though. Whenever I pass with our dog, Harley they all charge down, yapping like crazy. However, they won’t go past a certain ...
  • My first elephant ride My first, and so far only ride on an elephant – seen here in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthya (you can see some of the ruins in the background). It’s not much of a picture, but I can take solace in the fact that I clearly didn’t take it (that’s me on the left ...
  • Wasp on a Glass Table I was sitting in the garden reading one day when this extremely persistent wasp appeared. I don’t like killing things – even stinging insects so I brushed it away. It disappeared for a while and then returned. I brushed it away again, and again, and again…and it just kept coming back. ...
  • Two Turtles on a Log Seen while walking the dog around a nearby lake.
  • Snapping Turtle As we were walking up to the Washington Irving house Sunnyside during our recent visit we came across this snapping turtle in the grass next to the road and not far from a small stream.
  • Goat Portrait We had visitors from the UK: old friends from university days who I hadn’t seen for over 20 years. The had said that they liked to walk so I took them on a selection of walks in the Hudson Valley. On one of the walks we went down the Old Croton Aqueduct trail ...
  • Bee Spring is here and I have to engage in one of my least favorite activities: gardening. My wife is really the gardener of the family and I will admit that I like it when the garden’s all a-bloom. It’s the process of getting to that point that I’m not keen on. My usual ...
  • California Gulls These were taken on Christmas Eve, 2003 on the Pier in Santa Monica, California. The camera was a Canon Powershot S50, which I eventually gave to my grandson. I guess the gulls must have let me get quite close as the camera didn’t have a particularly long zoom – 35-105mm I believe and these ...
  • Harley on the table It was a gorgeous sunny day the other day: warm with blue sky and no clouds. I put Harley’s bed on our patio table and he lay there for some considerable time looking out over the garden and the still frozen lake. I too sat at the table, reading, drinking rum and coke and ...
  • On the Newburgh Waterfront Getting our ducks (or mostly geese) in a row. As mentioned in the previous post March 31 was my wife’s Birthday. Since she’s fond of fish and all kinds of seafood we thought we’d try Captain Jake’s Restaurant on the Newburgh waterfront. After a nice meal: Surf and Turf for my wife and a ...
  • Bird in Flight I was walking around in the neighborhood when I came across this bird feeder in someone’s garden. A cloud of small birds surrounded it with two or three of them at any time taking turns to come and feed. Unfortunately it was some distance away and I didn’t have a long enough lens ...
  • Gypsy and Harley When I woke up this morning I could feel a lump next to me on the bed (no not my wife. She was on the other side). Assuming it was our dog, Harley I reached out to stroke him. As I did so he made a most un-Harley like noise and I realized ...
  • Contrasts My memory tells me that these two pictures were taken on the same day, but the metadata associated with them seems contradict this – making them two days apart. The picture above was taken from the front door of our house in Briarcliff Manor. The second one (below) was taken from a friend’s ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bali part IV: A few more pictures Kertha Gosa Pavilion. This is the last batch of pictures (I promise) derived from scanned negatives from a trip to Bali. The rest can be found at: Bali I: Batiks Bali II: Around Ubud Bali III: Temples Another Batik Devotions at the temple. Monkeys A performance. Statue Bali Landscape
  • Gypsy I’ve posted quite a few pictures of our late dog, Jackson and also some of our current dog, Harley. But I post very few pictures of our cat, Gypsy. This is largely because I rarely produce a good one. Because she’s black I find it hard to get the exposure right and she tends to ...
  • Goodbye Jackson and Hello Harley It’s taken me a while to be able to write this post. October 30, 2014 we lost our beloved dog, Jackson (that’s him above) after a thankfully very brief illness – to kidney failure. We got Jackson in February 2008 and since then he has been our constant companion. The kids are ...
  • Cows Cows and fence. I must confess that one of my reasons for taking our new dog, Harley for a walk around Stone Barns was that I wanted to introduce him to the cows. Before we got him Harley was a stray and I suspect that he was a town dog. He’s fascinated by the ...
  • Iguanas The first was taken in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the second in Mexico. The first with a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 and the second with a Canon Powershot S50.
  • Feeding the Fish I came across these large, and very voracious fish in a nearby pond. Clearly they were used to being fed and indeed while we were there some people came with a huge plastic bag filled with bread. The contents looked like leftovers from a restaurant. The fish descended on the bread. ...
  • Woodpeckers at work At least I’m assuming that it’s woodpeckers because I can’t imagine what else could create such interesting patterns. I suppose it could be some kind of bug.
  • Birds in Briarcliff We’ve been down working in the garden in our house in Briarcliff Manor and I took the dog for a walk through the village and into Law Park. We were down by the pond when I saw the rather nondescript bird above. I don’t know what it is – maybe a cormorant? ...
  • Swallowtail Butterfly Came across this in our garden today. Luckily it stayed put long enough for me to get the picture.
  • Buster’s birthday party Buster, the birthday boy. Every year our neighbor, Roxana has a birthday party for her dog, Buster. She invites a number of people from around the neighborhood – especially those that have dogs. Here’s a selection of this years’ participants. Cody Charlie Tartine And last but not least, our very own Jackson Jackson really wasn’t crazy about the band. ...
  • Large bug: Cicada? My wife was gardening when she suddenly called me over. She has a small basket for her gardening implements and clinging to the side of it was a large insect – easily 1 1/2 inches long. I’m not very knowledgeable about insects but it seems to me that this is some kind of ...
  • Cooper Cooper (I know that’s his name because it’s on his name tag in the first picture) came out to greet us during another dog walk. As is common with this kind he was very curious. We have a cat (Gypsy) at home, but she’s very docile and refuses to fight with out dog, ...
  • Snake Another wildlife picture. I came across this little guy slithering around in the leaves at Hardscrabble Wilderness Area. A say ‘little’ because he (she?) really was quite small – much smaller than he appears in the picture.
  • Wildlife – Large Beetle I few posts ago I mentioned that I didn’t have many ‘wildlife’ photos because I lacked both the patience and the necessary equipment. However, I was cleaning up my old images and I realized that I had rather more than I thought so I’ll post a few of them from time to time. ...
  • Goslings One of the few ‘wildlife’ pictures I’ve taken. I just don’t have the patience for wildlife photography. As I recall this was taken by the lake in the Rockefeller Preserve back in May 2010 – with my then ‘carry everywhere’ camera: a Panasonic Lumix ZS-3.
  • Geese One of the very few pictures I’ve taken of wildlife. I just don’t have the patience required to take good wildlife pictures. Wildlife photography also seems to require very fast telephoto lenses, which I don’t have and which are quite expensive to acquire. This was taken during a walkabout with a friend. ...
  • Dogs The house where these dogs reside is about a five minute walk from where I live. The dogs are often off-leash in the garden. They run around the garden and when they see me with our dog Jackson they start barking and they run towards us. However, they never go past a ...
  • Gypsy I’ve posted many pictures of our dog Jackson but very few of our cat: Gypsy. So to even up the balance a bit here are a couple of cat pictures.
  • Squirrel Early this morning I was sitting having a coffee when this little guy turned up. At first he perched on the head of a statue in our garden. Definitely picture worthy – but where were my cameras? I have a house full of them, and I usually have the most frequently used ...
  • Dogs When I set up the menus for this blog I included a category called ‘Animals’. This seemed like a good idea at the time but looking back on it a see that I’ve actually posted very little related to animals. Browsing through my past pictures on a snowy day I discovered that I did have ...
  • Horses Horses in Peekskill Hollow, grazing even in the winter cold. Are they even horses? As I look closer they seem to have something of the donkey about them. Maybe some kind of pony? Clearly I don’t know enough about types of equine. In the first and final pictures I waited to ...
  • Jackson in a basket This basket is usually occupied by our much smaller cat, Gypsy. Today, however, our dog Jackson took a fancy to it. It’s really too small for him, but he’s a terrier and not easily discouraged. After about five attempts to get into it he finally made it. His technique was to ...
  • Jellyfish In an earlier post I mentioned that we went to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Ct. In addition to the meerkats we also saw a number of other interesting creatures including these Jellyfish. It was extremely dark and I had to hand hold the camera. The ISO was very high. However, when ...
  • Meerkats Meerkat on watch We took our granddaughter to the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Connecticut. Obviously you’d expect to find fish at an aquarium, but I didn’t expect to find meerkats. They had a very nice display of Meerkats including a small plastic bubble projecting up into their habitat. We couldn’t persuade our granddaughter to go into ...
  • Sony Alpha 500 Ken In an earlier post I noted that my first digital SLR was a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5d.  I bought this camera because: a) I’d had a good experience with a minolta camera in the past. My first serious camera was a Minolta Hi-Matic 7sii. By that time I’d had film SLRs, but when I went to ...
  • Swallowtail Butterflies in our neighbour’s garden Our neighbors had asked us to keep an eye on their house while they were on vacation. They have a few really large butterfly bushes. The name is apparently apt as a small cloud of swallowtail butterflies were flying around them. Pictures below – could be three butterflies or the same butterfly ...



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