The Hudson River, Presidents, and Ghosts

A while back I pondered the source of the Hudson River, coursing 315 miles from the slopes of Mt. Marcy, (the highest peak in the Adirondacks of New York State,) to the southern tip of Manhattan. So I went there!

At 5,348 ft (1,629m) Mt. Marcy and other mountains of the High Peaks Region shed snow melt and rainwater via¬†thousands of trickling rivulets, forming creeks and streams that feed¬†Henderson Lake, 7.5 miles (12 km)¬†ESE of Marcy’s summit.
ABOVE: A portion of pristine Henderson Lake, of which its out-flow is considered the named start of the Hudson River. Folklore cites a small glacial pond, “Tear of the Clouds” (about 7 miles to the ENE, and higher up on the southern slopes of Mt. Marcy,) as the source of the river, spurring a debate based on “longest length,” vs. “highest elevation” as¬†relevent¬†to proper¬†naming.
¬†Immediately¬†coming out of Henderson Lake, this¬†stream¬†is officially the first water known as the “Hudson River,” seen from the first bridge. A¬†hiking trail¬†to the High Peaks starts here.¬†
Just south, the Mac Naughton Cottage, is one of a dozen or so abandoned buildings on the west bank of the “Hudson River.”

In¬†1827, a mining operation was begun here. Although certainly not a concern at the time, it¬†arguably affected the¬†downstream quality¬†of the¬†river. ¬†(Subsequent pollution sources, such as PCB’s far out-weighed the environmental impact¬†in later years but nonetheless, this operation was large, and spewed mountains of slag and tailings which are still prominent¬†today.) ¬†The initial venture closed in 1857 due to transportation costs and….mysterious impurities in the iron ore.¬†Many years later,¬†MacIntyre Mine as it became known, was obtained¬†by NL Industries, and before closing permanentaly in 1982 produced over 40¬†million tons of titanium ¬†…the strange impurity in the iron ore. ¬†See¬†here¬†for more information. 1982 would mark the end of mining¬†activity¬†leaving behind the Tahawus Ghost Town¬†.

Slightly over 300 miles to the south, the George Washington Bridge is the last span over the Hudson River, as seen in the header image. 

An interesting side note from this area is depicted on the nearby signage shown below. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was vacationing¬†at the above cottage in 1901. He was advised while hiking on Mt. Marcy, that the current President, William McKinley, had taken a turn for the worst after an assassination attempt the week before in Buffalo, several¬†hundred miles away.¬†Determined to get to the President’s bedside as soon as possible, Roosevelt¬†and a driver risked¬†treacherous¬†and frightening overnight conditions¬†on a horse drawn¬†buckboard to the nearest railroad connection in North Creek six¬†or seven¬†hours away. ¬†During this time, at 2:15 AM, President William McKinley succumbed, as¬†Roosevelt was still negotiating the dark, back country terrain. Contrary to the wording on the sign and elsewhere, he would be sworn in as the¬†26th President of the United States later that day in Buffalo.¬†

Note: At the time of my visit I shot these photographs on film.  Thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M :-

Awesome Hyperbolic Paraboloid on W. 57th – Open Soon in NYC


Looking down W. 57th St. at twilight this week, four of the newest buildings including the second tallest in the city, dominate the view. But, look at the closest on the left‚Ķ.


Designed by Danish Architect Bjark Inges, this spectacular residential building  features impressive amenities, and a spectacular open air court yard.  

‚ÄúVIA 57 West‚ÄĚ is so dramatically shaped that it looks different from every  viewpoint, as shown here from the west, (above) and north-west an hour earlier. (below) 


As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

Appreciation for Recognition, to a Traveling Lady

An image included in my 2014 post about Hamilton Park, Weehawken, NJ, was recently selected by “Traveling Lady” for¬†inclusion in herTop 10 Instagram Spots of New York.”¬†See:


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My sincere thanks for this recognition and the company of the other photographers. The original post is at:¬†New York on Sunday ‚Äď From Hamilton Park, Weehawken, New Jersey. Published 9/14/14.¬†

As usual, thanks for viewing. M ūüôā



A Few Favorite images

A few previously unpublished images from the archives – or – what to publish when you are¬†a.) too busy, or b.) at wit’s end (end of wits?) to create anything else!

Sandy Paws guarding the remote – Northern N.J. 5/4/15
Tyler guarding the goal, N.J. –¬†4/25/15
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Gull scrounging for food, Seaside Heights boardwalk, NJ – 5/23/15
Grazing around at the Senior Equine Retirement Farm, near ATCO, NJ – 5/23/15
Home for the birds and the buzzin’ bees, Jersey Shore – 5/19/15
Clouds blowing by the moon on a windy night, Jersey Shore – 2/23/15
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West side of Hudson River, Tompkins Cove, NY – 5/29/15
Optimism by the Hudson River, Tompkins Cove, N.Y. – 5/29/15

Thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā


America’s Cup and Crowded Skies – New York

We had the pleasure to see some of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York Harbor last week-end. With crowds lining both sides of (and on) the Hudson, the unique and expensive racing sailboats were¬†impressive.¬†

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To please spectators, some of the boats paraded¬†under “fast¬† tow” on their hydrofoils, as shown here with the team USA¬†“Oracle.”

Overcast skies dominated the first of two days, and racing was limited due to less than acceptable wind. 

DSC_0726Overhead, however, were the ever-present helicopters, offering race coverage and sightseeing perspectives for those fortunate… ¬†or were¬†they?¬†




Although it looks worrisome from the camera’s long lens, day in and day out “Air Traffic Control” manages to do a remarkable job of keeping these helicoptors ¬†spaced¬†apart within¬†controlled flight paths – a fact underscored by safety records.¬†

I captured the official event photographer as he captured us, from our vantage point below the iconic Colgate Clock, in Jersey City. 


As usual, click on the image for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā