16-02-19 Weekly Photo Challenge -Seasons (Hudson River Edition)

The challenge this week is seasons.  We have not had much winter in the northeast yet but the last few weeks have done their best.

These images were shot in and around Highland Falls, West Point, and Little Stoney Point.

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2-17-13 Travel Theme: Mountains

Ailsa’s theme this week is mountains

Mountains come in many shapes and sizes both in reality and metaphorically.  Metaphorically I ran into a mountain today when I finally installed Photoshop CS6 only to discover that my computer’s graphics card can not handle it and Apple tells me that I cannot upgrade the card.  That was a mountain to conquer to get today’s images.

Reality?  The first shot is from 2009 on our way to the Newburgh to Beacon Hudson Swim looking over West Point and the Hudson…

Travels

The next three are from the hike to the Boiling Lake in Dominica

Travel Theme- Mountain-1

My guide

My guide

Boiling Lake

Boiling Lake

10-9-11 Cold Spring

Took a lovely drive up to Cold Spring, NY today – well lovely except for the hour long backup leading to the rotary before the Bear Mountain Bridge…there was an Oktoberfest Event and  RT 9W southbound was shutdown…very intelligent planning. The village of Cold Spring, NY is a small town with lots of antique and craft shops, lots of bars and lots of motorcycles.  It is across the river from West Point, just north of Boscobel and Manitoga.  At the end of Main Street you walk under the train tracks and come up on the Marina and a nice little riverside park.

For those of you who are foliage people, the leaves have just begun to change here.

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9-14-11 Profit and Pleasure

Who will provide the grand design?
What is yours and what is mine?
‘Cause there is no more new frontier
We have got to make it here

We satisfy our endless needs and
justify our bloody deeds,
in the name of destiny and the name
of God

And you can see them there,
On Sunday morning
They stand up and sing about
what it’s like up there
They call it paradise
I don’t know why
You call someplace paradise,
kiss it goodbye

– Henley & Frey

I am currently reading an excellent book, The Hudson: A History, by Tom Lewis. A constant theme throughout the book is the conflicting impulses of people, drawn to the river by its beauty and the beauty of the land around it which they then promptly despoil in the name of progress and profit.

Control of the Hudson was the key to the winning of the Revolution.  We built West Point where it is because it overlooks  the narrowest (and one of the most turbulent) part of the river which means it can control all shipping.  The Hudson split the colonies. If the British had controlled the river they would have cut off the four New England Colonies from the eight colonies south of NY and the British could have assaulted either  with no possibility of reinforcements coming across the river.

NEW THOUGHT: Our good friend, Helena Starcevic, is an amazing ceramicist. She had a one-off exhibit last night in a brand new (and quiet lovely) model apartment on 23rd Street with what is referred to in New York Real Estate parlance as an “oblique” river view. Here is a picture of a mobile she has made with the view behind. Do check out her website.  She has a lot of exquisite pieces for sale.

8-31-11 Newburgh NY (August Is Over!!!! – DAMN)

When I do my trips up river, I do not particularly plan them. I pick a town, search them on Google to see if they list river access. Whether listed or not, I head out assuming that the town will show me to the waterfront.  Today I decided to drive to Highland Falls.  Nothing I could find talked about river, most websites talked about the village and the fact West Point was in/bordered it.  After 45 minutes of driving around the town, it seemed to me that West Point had taken all the river for itself and The Point does not allow “unescorted” visitors so I headed north on Route 9W to Newburgh, NY.

9W Overlooking West Point and the river

I stopped at the parking lot on the other side of the mountain.  An older gent was using a tree as a urinal while a younger gent and a young woman engaged in a mountain top kiss.

View from the other side of Crow's Nest

Note how brown the river is. Silt kicked up by Irene.

I am familiar with the Newburgh waterfront since the River Swim  starts here but I thought I would see what it looks like on non event days and how it had handled Irene.

The river was a mess.  I spoke to several people who told me that it was much cleaner than yesterday, that the water had risen about 5 feet and flooded up over the sidewalk and parking lots.  A man putting his Jet Ski into the river told me that there was a Dead Body Found In River  on Monday.   The death did not appear to be related to Irene.

As always click on thumbnails to enlarge.