A touch of brightness in an otherwise dull landscape

These and a few brightly colored berries and seeds and the only things adding color to the Winter landscape. I always wondered what they were and couldn’t understand why people would want brightly colored cabbages in their non-vegetable gardens. After some ‘googling’ I discovered that they are ornamental (or flowering) cabbage . Apparently there are a number of varieties. Who knew?

Taken with a Sony A7IV and Sony FE 28-75 f3.5-5.6 OSS.

A walk to Ossining – Almost home – the house on the corner

This house is about one block from mine. It was once the gatehouse to another great estate: V. Everit Macy’s Chilmark. Valentine Everit Macy (March 23, 1871 – March 21, 1930) was an American industrialist and philanthropist, involved in local government. In the 1910s and 1920s, he served in Westchester County, New York, as commissioner of the Department of Charities and Corrections, the Commissioner of Public Welfare, and as Commissioner of Parks.

Once upon a time part of this building was a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through. A road ran through this ‘porte cochère’ , over a stone bridge and then up through the property to the main house. The bridge and main house still remain. The ‘porte cochère’ was subsequently covered and is now a room in the house, which was until fairly recently owned by two of my friends.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

A walk to Ossining – A break in the wall

I’ve taken lots of pictures of this part of the wall around the former Speyer property. I think it interests because for the rest of its length the wall is just that: a plain brick wall. Here, however it’s different: there are columns, wrought iron railings, an arched gateway with its wooden gate still standing (just). And on top of the nearest and the farthest columns there’s a plaque bearing a single word. The left one reads “Wald” and the right one “Heim”, which was the name of the Speyer property: “Waldheim” or “Forest Home”. I can’t help wondering why it’s like this. It doesn’t look large or fancy enough to be a main entrance to and estate of this magnificence. So what was it?

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

A walk to Ossining – Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

A short walk South along Route 9 from the blue house, the Old Croton Aqueduct trail crosses the road. I turned onto this and headed towards home. Above: One of the 21 ventilators,conical stone towers about 20 feet high, that were placed about a mile apart along the Aqueduct “to give free circulation of air through the Aqueduct,” in the words of the chief engineer John Jervis.


Sparta Brook as it passes under the Old Croton Aqueduct trail.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II