Dave Higgins Photography

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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 recently had photos included in two more shows. “Nature Is Nigh” was included in the Mpls Photo Center‘s “Abstracted” show.

Nature is Nigh

“Nature Is Nigh”

Meanwhile, three of my photos were included in the Troy Photo Center‘s Members’ Show. These three, which included “Electrophobic Trees,” are part of a series I’ve been working on called “Where Man & Nature Met.”

Electrophobic Trees

“Electrophobic Trees”

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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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It may be September 7th, but we’re having an unusual heatwave in much of the US. So why not look back on some (sort of) cooling photos I created while on a ski trip to Alaska back in early March? It was also abnormally warm there at the time, which wasn’t too good for the skiing. But the warmish weather made it possible to take a glacier cruise out of Whittier and a walk on the hiking trails near Girdwood, leading to my series “Alaska – 2015.”

Blackstone Bay

The abnormal warmth created more of a challenge for the start of the 2015 Iditarod, leading to the shift of the start from Willow (near Anchorage) to Fairbanks. They still put on the ceremonial start in Anchorage, but they had to truck in 350 truck loads of snow the night before to cover the route. Wandering 4th Avenue that Friday night, I encountered a couple of Bostonians; we noted the irony of Anchorage having to truck in snow while Boston had been trying to truck it out

Fortunately, the snow held up (mostly) for the next morning’s festivities, enabling me to capture many images for my series “2015 Iditarod In Anchorage.”

About to start

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In early March I spent a week in Alaska on a ski trip with friends. Due to the abnormally warm and dry winter there, the skiing was less than great. However, the strange weather did make things very good photographically.  Here’s a sampling of some nature scenes I found there.

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