Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sledding in Brookdale Park

Sledding in Brookdale Park
Montclair
2010
Many years ago I brought my own children to the top of this small hill. I had an old Flexible-Flyer - my son and daughter would sit on the sled - hold each other tight - and with a little push from dad - down the hill they would go. There is something about snow that washes time away - and you remain a child.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Hudson River Line

The Hudson River Line
Dobbs Ferry, New York

Some folks like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood, hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood, I’m taking a greyhound (or a train!) on the Hudson River Line - I’m in a New York State of Mind.


"New York State of Mind" Billy Joel

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

River Ice

River Ice
Hudson River
Dobbs Ferry, New York
2009

You can see in the distance the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Tappan Zee receives bad press for two reasons. The first reason, the structure is in desperate need of repair. Second reason, it is a favorite place for the desperate, who feel all is lost. Many have taken their own lives here. Along the bridge there are signs that say "Life is worth living." Yes - life is worth living. Pray for those who are suffering, reach out to them - they need our embrace.

* Let us remember today the suffering people of Haiti. May God help them get through this terrible tragedy.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ice on the Rocks

Ice on the Rocks
Hudson River
Dobbs Ferry, New York
2009

Fifteen miles north of Manhattan, the Hudson River is flowing with ice. The sound the ice makes as it scrapes the shore is like a steam engine. As I was hovering close to the shore, standing on a slippery rock, I realized how easy it would be to slip off and fall under the ice, never to be seen again. A scary thought!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter Afternoon Sky
Montclair

A winter afternoon sky - it was 14 degrees F. when I took this shot. I like the trees in sharp black against the white cloud/blue sky background. It is a bleak midwinter scene. When it gets this cold, and the wind is blowing, you can hear the creaking of the trees. The sound spooks my dog, and it spooks me too!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Warning - Do Not Cross Tracks

Warning - Do Not Cross Tracks
Montclair
2009

While I was snapping this photo, a young boy approached me on a skateboard. He asked, "Mister, do you know when the bus is coming"? I told him I didn't know. I asked him "Why do you need a bus, where do you need to go"? He said "Watchung Ave." I told him "Watchung Ave is less than a mile from here. Why don't you just use your skateboard"? He said "OK, I will", and went on his way.

Now - why was I taking this picture?

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Day at Mills

New Years Day at Mills
Mills Reservation
Cedar Grove
2010

Mills Reservation is a 157.15-acre reservation located in Cedar Grove and Montclair New Jersey. This land is preserved in its natural state. My retriever Shelby and I enjoy taking walks here. It is very quiet. There are rock outcrops here where you can enjoy spectacular views of New York City. It is hard to believe that you are so close to Manhattan.

New Jersey has been the source for many jokes, but it is really a nice place to live - as long as you can afford the taxes!
Happy New Year!