Fall Out The Window!

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A look out the window this morning; chill in the air, mist in the valley, fall foliage underway here in the yard but already waning on the Ramapo Mountains beyond…  Happy Halloween Eve! (Yes, that’s a picture of Sandy Paws, faintly visible in the lower right!)

As usual, thanks for viewing and comments are always welcomed. M 🙂

Keeping An Eye On The Weather – Two, A Birdseye!

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DSC_0763 - Version 2Like a similar image posted last year, I believe this is a Northern Mockingbird (Not Woodpecker!!) , who apparently likes to ride on my weathervane.  Calling him “Klingon,” and wondering how he “gets a grip,” he brazenly sang a happy tune as he swung around, inspiring me to focus on his …sharp little claws. In fact, there is a small scratch on the surface,  just under his sharp little left, rear claw.

(Bottom image is enlarged from top)

Thanks for viewing. Comments are always encouraged. M 🙂

Bald Eagle Talent Contest – Oct. 9th, 2014

A few days ago, a pair of bald eagles appeared in one of the recently vacated osprey nests on the edge of Barnegat Bay, (Ocean County) New Jersey.  As seen from a few hundred yards offshore, they apparently were playing ‘one up-manship,’ although I have no idea of what their gender was. (?!) For the captions, the “wife” is initially in the nest, with the “husband” on the perch. 

Thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome 🙂

This post contains 18 relatively hi res images, so you can click or finger stretch to see better, or if short on time, simply browse the images. 

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Wife:   “I stand in this nest facing south”
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W:   “And now, I’m facing north!”                         Husband:   “Boring!”
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W:   “And, Now, I’m facing west!!!”                  H:   “Whooo! Soo talented!!! Now, WATCH THIS….”
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                                                                           Wife:   “Ahhhhhh! ”                    “H:   “BOO!”                                                          
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H:   “First Step – ‘Walk this Way!’ “
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H:   “Second Step – ‘Ready for Liftoff!’ “
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H:   “Third Step – ‘Ahhh such form…!’ “
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H:   “Fourth Step –  ‘Touchdown with style!’ ”                    W:   “Jerk!”
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H:   “What did you say?”
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H:   “Like, you could do it BETTER?????”
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W:   “You’re an idiot!”
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                                                    H:   (Shocked!!!)           W:   (Looks away, unapologetically.)                                                                                                                                                              
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W:   (Planning her  response….)
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W:   “With graceful agility, I gently levitate.”
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             H:   (He looks away, pretends not to see.)          W:   “Yes, I NAILED IT!!
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      H:   “Hmmph! ”        W:   (Takes a bow!)
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W:   (With the antics of the morning over…)   “…Who’s that guy out there in the boat?”

The Longest Footbridge in the World

(Below is a re-post, originally published here on  November 17th 2013 only to be lost in cyberspace 2 months later.) 

Recently, a friend and I walked across the 1.28-mile (2.06 km) Poughkeepsie (NY) Bridge; built in 1889 as the first railroad crossing over the Hudson River south of Albany. A magnificent and immensely important structure for its time, its use was abandoned almost 40 years ago. Through “adaptive re-use” it was re-opened to the public in 2009 as a historic state park, now attracting 750,000 visitors a year.

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As seen in this Google view, the “Walkway on the Hudson State Historic Park,” is a mile or so north of the “Mid-Hudson” automobile suspension bridge, connecting the town of Highlands with the city of Poughkeepsie since 1930.

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The bridge is about 65 miles north of New York City. (Map from Wikipedia)

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Railroad tracks have been replaced by a wide, pleasant pedestrian walkway, accommodating people, children, babies, cats, dogs, bikes …….

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Built and re-strengthened as the weight of the freight trains increased, the structure is another testament to 18th century engineering. However… underneath, it certainly shows it’s legacy.

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The scenery from its deck is awesome, especially in the fall.

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The view to the North

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As seen from the eastern end, the spectacular Hudson is winding north, with the Catskill Mountains in the distance.

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Historic plaques, information boards, and even smart-phone connectivity to points of interest via apps, are available across the span.

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Please click or finger stretch the images for full resolution, and comments are always welcomed. Thanks

Original Comments:

From Maggie: “Lovely photos that make me want to plan a weekend jaunt. I think this would be just as perfect as the trees peek spring green, not just peak in the fall. You captured the autumns colors at their apex.”

M: “Thanks Maggie. We hit it right as besides the folliage, it was just a nice day. Wind and cold can be brutal up there. M”

From Sherri: “Wow, amazing views M! Beautiful autumn colours but so high up, I think I would not like that part as I don’t like heights one bit! Very interesting post about this longest footbridge in the world!

I know this is so late but I wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award, here is the link: http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2013/11/13/first-frost-melts-in-the-heat-of-dragons-loyalty-award/

I haven’t been on my laptop for a few days so it’s taken me a while to get round to everyone, sorry about that! Don’t worry if you ‘do’ awards but I just wanted to thank you for being so supportive of my blog and reading my posts. It means a great deal to me.

Have a great day :-)”

M: “Thanks for the comment Sherri, and also for the nomination. By choice I don’t follow thru with the process, but that doesn’t diminish my sincere appreciation. Your writing is an inspiration, not only for its quality, but content. It’s a pleasure to follow your passion. ”

Sherri: “Ahh, many thanks M, that’s so kind. I knew you didn’t do awards, it’s fine, but I couldn’t not nominate you as I do so much enjoy reading your blog too :-)”