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Any cemetery of decent size has a section devoted to military veterans. In addition, practically any cemetery has veterans’ headstones decorated with American flags scattered among the graves. But when you visit a national cemetery you are likely to be struck by the sheer number of graves of veterans and their spouses. These numbers have grown significantly with the aging of veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam. On this Memorial Day weekend, let’s pause a moment to remember all those who served our country.

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I recently had this photo accepted into the 39th Photo Regional, which took place at the Albany Center Gallery.

Sign of the Times?

While I captured the image a while ago, it seems to me rather relevant today. 🙂

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After arriving in Texas recently for a visit, my sister (a master naturalist) took me to Stella Rowan Prairie. SRP is a rare, tiny remnant of the original grassland prairies that once covered the Great Plains – before much of them were wiped out by development and agriculture. It ironically resides in the middle of some of that development, between Fort Worth and Dallas. While the area just looks like boring grass from the distance, once you get closer you find there’s a wonderful array of diverse grasses and flowers – many of which are in bloom this time of year.

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I continued to work on this project in 2016; this is a collection of some of my favorite images from the year. They were taken in upstate New York and Texas. You can find more images from this series on the As We Are Now series page.

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Lately I’ve been exploring some of the artifacts of the “glory days” of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Last Sunday I paid a visit to Overlook Mountain in Woodstock, which (fittingly) overlooks the Hudson River Valley.

This is a richly historic part of the country – the earliest settlers pre-dated the Pilgrims’ arrival in Plymouth. The 1800s were a particularly lively time in the area, as the well-to-do from New York City and elsewhere built lavish estates along the Hudson or visited fancy hotels in the Catskill Mountains. Many of those estates are still maintained today, though others have deteriorated into ruins or vanished completely. Meanwhile, most of the various “mountain house” hotels in the Catskills are gone – succumbing to changing tastes in travel, the risk of fire in isolated mountain locations, and the move to preserve the Catskill mountain wilderness.

The Overlook Mountain hike goes through the ruins of the only remaining Catskill mountain hotel, the Overlook Mountain House. The third in a series of lodgings built on the spot, it was constructed of concrete to mitigate the risk of fire which had destroyed its predecessors. Sadly, this version was apparently never completed. The owner halted construction when he enlisted for WW2. When he returned after the war he found the buildings had been broken into and pretty much everything of value had been taken. Quite a “thank you” for his patriotic service! The project was abandoned, and a fire in the 1960s left the buildings in their current gutted shape.

I originally took these photos in color, but decided they work better in black and white. Among other things, I found the vivid blue skies distracting. Besides issues of composition, their cheeriness seemed inappropriate for a place that today exudes a haunted air of unfulfilled dreams and aspirations.

Ghostly Guest House

Guest House

Entrance With Fountain

Entrance With Fountain

InsideMtHouse

Inside the Mountain House

Spectral Stairs

Spectral Stairs

Shadow Windows

Shadow Windows

Mountain House from Overlook Summit

Mountain House from Overlook Summit

Overlook Summit, Facing North

Overlook Summit, Facing North

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