7-29-13 It Was A Beautiful Day For A Swim

Saturday was a perfect weather day for swimming the Hudson River. Temperature was in the mid 80′s, very little wind and partly sunny. We could not have asked for better. I am still working on making the photographs but I wanted to get some shots onto the blog. These have been worked a bit, exposure and white balance mostly, but no magic.

- A technical note for any camera gear folks, I rented a Nikon D600 and a beautiful Nikon 24mm lens to go with my 50mm and my 70-300 zoom-

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land

Fuck Cancer

Fuck Cancer

Group 1 in the water

Group 1 in the water

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete - "I think I'll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies"

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete – “I think I’ll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies”

Mid Swim

Mid Swim

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg, and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

The 10th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim

It was a beautiful day

It was a beautiful day

7-16-13 The 10th Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim

Hudson Swim

As some of you know Katherine (that would be my wife of 28, and partner of 36, years) swam the Hudson to benefit River Pool in 2008-09-10 but was unable to do so for health reasons the past two years.

Well- SHE IS BACK. This year the swim is on Saturday, July 27th If you can donate to the cause of River Pool,  that is great, but whether or no, please send your encouragement and good wishes.

I will have pictures of the event as soon as I am able after it happens. It is always a great day. 250 swimmers and about 100 kayakers, plus the sloop Woody Guthrie and usually Pete Seeger comes out to sing them on. I don’t know if he will be there this year as his wife Toshi just passed away the other day at the age of 91 (they meet in 1943!) but he and Toshi are always there in spirit.

You can learn more about River Pool HERE.

Travel theme: Summer

I am not a joiner and I don’t do “one-off” challenges but I am also a mass of contradictions and this particular challenge which Vlad over at Wind Against Current and Reb over at ColderWeather suggested in their blogs intrigued me.  It is being run by Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? and the theme is – well, see the title of this post.  I have no idea if these photos challenges are supposed to be limited to one picture or if you can use several but since summer means more than one thing to me…

The real kickoff to a New York summer – The Gay Pride Parade

The tidal flats of Blackfish Creek in Wellfleet MA.

Pete Seeger warming up

the swimmers of the The Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim

and, of course,

Lincoln Center‘s Midsummer Nights Swing

5-2-12 The People Ride In A Hole In The Ground

Some of you may recall that when I was in Dominica and climbed to The Boiling Lake, I hurt my knee.  Turns out that I have a “severe grade 1 sprain” of the Medial Collateral Ligament…Nothing much to be done but let it heal slowly (8-10 weeks expected) although my doctor did warn me off of long walks and pivoting or cutting motions.  Naturally my adventures with OWS yesterday involved some running, to get ahead of the march, some unintentional cutting, to make sure I didn’t run into or get run over by anyone and some random knee bumping.  It was 55 degrees, rainy and the knee  was hurting today so I traveled by subway.

These are from the 59th Street – Columbus Circle station…

The bottom two shots are of people playing with computerized images of dogs who “fetch” the ball you have “thrown”…



5:00 PM – Sky over The Hudson River from Yonkers

And since this will post on May 3rd – a very happy birthday to Pete Seeger who turns 93 today.

10-21-11 There’s Something Happening Here

“Wall Street: A thoroughfare that begins in a graveyard and ends in a river”

Source Unknown (by me)

Pete Seeger marches in support of Occupy Wall Street.

Being a blog about the Hudson River…Pete Seeger being one of the great champions of the river and a truly great citizen of The United States, I truly felt the need to report this.  To quote Mr. Seeger:

“The words are simple: I could be happy spending my days on the river that flows both way-ay-ays,”

9-5-11 Happy Outsourcing Day!

Union Maid – Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie

Anti free market ideas/laws caused by Unions (list borrowed from: lobotero):

  1. Weekends
  2. All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
  3. Paid Vacation
  4. FMLA
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Minimum Wage
  8. Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
  9. 8-Hour Work Day
  10. Overtime Pay
  11. Child Labor Laws
  12. Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
  13. 40 Hour Work Week
  14. Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
  15. Unemployment Insurance
  16. Pensions
  17. Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
  18. Employer Health Care Insurance
  19. Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
  20. Wrongful Termination Laws
  21. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  22. Whistleblower Protection Laws
  23. Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
  24. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  25. Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
  26. Sexual Harassment Laws
  27. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  28. Holiday Pay
  29. Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
  30. Privacy Rights
  31. Pregnancy and Parental Leave
  32. Military Leave
  33. The Right to Strike
  34. Public Education for Children
  35. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
  36. Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Damn them!

“The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

8-6-11 Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim…Guest Blog!

As I wrote last weekend…What I Did Instead… Katherine swam in the Newburgh to Beacon swim to benefit River Pool the past three years and I photographed it.  That did not happen this year. Katherine simply had no time to train for the swim, way too much going on, so I went to Boston for the Sox – Yankees game. Katherine did go to the swim but instead of swimming she filled my role and shot.

The water was much rougher this year than in previous years and many swimmers commented on that. It was clear a storm was trying to roll in but the swim was just after Noon and it wasn’t due until 4pm so swim they did.

I know that a few swimmers (who are also writers) are readers of the blog so feel free to post a description or send one to me and I will post it (giving credit where due, of course).

Hope you enjoy the slide show!  You should really play this song as you watch…This Land Is Your Land or this one… The Hudson

They both open in a separate window.Once the music starts come back to this tab and viola!

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