Children in a bouncy castle

It’s that time of year again. School’s out and the Briarcliff Manor Recreation Department organizes a variety of different summer camps. That means that there are swarms of excited children all around the village.

As I was walking into the village to have some lunch, I spotted a “bouncy castle” in the distance. I didn’t need to get too close to as the little Sony DSC-H50 that I was testing has a 31-465mm (35mm equiv) lens.

The children seemed to be having a great time.

Taken with a Sony DSC-H50

Pocantico River

As it passes by the library building where I volunteer at the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society.

The Pocantico River is a nine-mile-long (14 km) tributary of the Hudson River in western central Westchester County, New York, United States. It rises from Echo Lake, in the town of New Castle south of the hamlet of Millwood and flows generally southwest past Briarcliff Manor to its outlet at Sleepy Hollow. Portions of the towns of Mount Pleasant and Ossining are within its 16-square-mile (41 km2) watershed.

Writer Washington Irving, who lived in the area for most of his life, was inspired by the undeveloped area above the river’s mouth to write his classic “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Later in the 19th century much of the land was purchased by the Rockefeller family as part of their Kykuit estate; today much of that land has become Rockefeller State Park Preserve. A former reservoir used by the city of New Rochelle has likewise been converted into county-run Pocantico Lake Park. While the river runs predominantly through those parks and suburban land, it is still one of the most polluted tributaries of the Hudson. (Wikipedia)

As you can see it’s hardly a roaring torrent at this part of its course. Not even what you’d call a river in fact? It does get a bit more interesting in other parts e.g. see picture below of the so-called Pocantico Falls in Rockefeller State Park Preserve. (picture taken with an Olympus OM-D EM-10 and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42 f3.5-4.6 II in January, 2021


I liked the contrast between the bare, dead tree and the lush, green foliage around it.

Taken with a Sony DSC-H50