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
Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)
This Land Is Your Land
Group 1 in the water
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”
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.
It was a beautiful day
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.
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
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.
“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,”
Union Maid – Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie
Anti free market ideas/laws caused by Unions (list borrowed from: lobotero):
- All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
- Paid Vacation
- Sick Leave
- Social Security
- Minimum Wage
- Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
- 8-Hour Work Day
- Overtime Pay
- Child Labor Laws
- Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
- 40 Hour Work Week
- Worker’s Compensation (Worker’s Comp)
- Unemployment Insurance
- Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
- Employer Health Care Insurance
- Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
- Wrongful Termination Laws
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
- Whistleblower Protection Laws
- Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
- Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
- Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
- Sexual Harassment Laws
- Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Holiday Pay
- Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
- Privacy Rights
- Pregnancy and Parental Leave
- Military Leave
- The Right to Strike
- Public Education for Children
- Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
- Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States
“The Labor Movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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!
The Great River Swim
This image is from The Great River Swim 2010. Pete Seeger warming up the crowd. Every year 250 swimmers raise money for River Pool at Beacon.
Katherine swam it the last three years but did not this year since she was on a special assignment and I was nowhere near the event nor near the Hudson. I, instead, watched the Yankees get clobbered by the Red Sox. However the seats were really good and my Mother and Aunt and Uncle were very pleased with the results…
It was snowing when we left NYC this morning. It was 23 Celsius when we landed.
Pete Seeger is perhaps more identified with the Hudson River than any living person. We have seen him perform at the Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim the past three years.