As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
I saw above that endless skyway:
I saw below me that golden valley:
This land was made for you and me.
I have just finished a wonderful book: “This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie and the Story of Two American Anthems” by John Shaw. A wonderful and intelligent book with deep research into the life of American music, the two men of the subtitle, and their two songs. Truly engaging and written in very clear and concise prose.
What can I tell you? It put me in mind of The Hudson and I felt the need to post a picture from this summer’s journey.
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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.
Went to Central Park Summer Stage last night to see The Guthrie Family Reunion tour. Arlo is touring with 3 daughters, one son, one son-in-law, a bunch of grandkids and his band to celebrate Woody’s 100th birthday. His sister, Nora, was also there, she is the author, researcher and historian, Director of the Guthrie Archives and President of Guthrie Publishing.
It was a fun evening. The rain held off until just after the show ended. Here you have a little slide show with a few other views
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!
As expected I could not get to the river today but I will certainly be there tomorrow. In the meantime two blasts from the past.
The first is from the The Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim on 7/25/09. This is before the swim started as the kayak escort was gathering. The sailboat in the background is the Sloop Woody Guthrie, named after the folk singer, Woody Guthrie, the companion boat to the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
The second is from 12/27/10 the day after the first big storm of last winter when the river was ice filled and the kids were all playing…