Early this morning (Sunday, 9/23) I took myself to the Bear Mountain Bridge area hoping for the wonderful mist and cloud that had typified the river view for the last 5 or 6 days that I witnessed on my way to work. But, the air was too dry for that. What's here is what there was, which still ain't too shabby.
While I was at mid span, a group of 10 or 12 runners approached me on the narrow pedestrian way. They were all West Point cadets (mostly men, but also two women). I said "Good Morning" as they jogged past me, and each of them replied with: "Good Morning, SIR!". What a classy group of kids they are. It's nice to see one's tax dollars spent so wisely for a change. They are every inch Gentlemen and Ladies, as well as, no doubt, excellent soldiers.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Here are two more photographs from Goose Pond Mountain State Park. I've photographed the trees several times before, but the foreground goldenrod was new, and I thought it worthy of an new and independent image. The other photograph includes a small portion of the often pictured pond below, but, again, the goldenrod added a new dimension I wanted to record.
Monday, September 17, 2007
This is from the wonderful Orange County Arboretum. Susan and I spent Sunday morning there...she painting, and I photographing. We both favored this little pond that has nothing to do with the marvelous formal gardens there, but seemed just right for the moment and our sensibilities.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
This past Sunday (September 9th '07) was hot, humid and utterly unwelcoming for outdoor adventures. Nonetheless, I took the C220 for a walk at Goose Pond Mountain SP and found these photographs. The wildflowers were so intense and amazing I actually wished I were shooting color film, but I'm happy with what I have nonetheless. I met some nice people there as well, one of whom had actually been born in the house that the park ranger now resides in. It was fascinating to hear his account of the history of this place. He regrets with some bitterness the way New York State took over the land by imposing eminent domain, but glad developers didn't turn it into one more hideous mall had the landowners sold it off privately. I was happy that I could walk the many acres of parkland and not be trespassing on anyone's private property.
Monday, September 3, 2007
These two photographs were made the same early morning within a few yards of each other. It was a beautiful day with crisp air and warm sun. There was frost on the grass, and nascent flowers on the trees. They were taken at the 'Goose Pond' which is a shallow body of water bordered by a jog/walk/bike path of about a mile and a half in circumference in the village of Monroe near where I live.
Yesterday, September 2nd, I accompanied my wife to a new location where she wanted to paint. The place is an historic 1769 farm called Hill-Hold in Orange County (NY). I wandered around the out-buildings and found these three images as well as others I've not yet scanned. They were all taken with the Mamiya C220 and 135mm lens. Despite being sorely tempted to sell the cat to get a Hasselblad so I can really indulge my current square format obsession, on balance the cat is nice enough to keep, isn't worth that much ;-), and the TLR is really doing the job!