Fly-Over Salute to First Line Heroes

Most of the country, and particularily cities like New York, continue in a state of shut-down due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Today, a most welcome and meaningful show of support was heralded simultaneously by the Navy’s Blue Angels, and Air Force’s Thunderbirds, seen below flying from just south of the George Washington Bridge, to The Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan.
I joined about 30, mostly masked onlookers atop a basalt outcropping near Goffle Road, Hawthorn, NJ, to witness the event some 15 to 20 miles (24 to 32 km) distant from Manhattan. Close-ups are seen through ground haze, and a 600mm  lens.


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Staying in Place …in a Pandemic

MARCH 22, 2020, 

As we reel from the Covid-19 crisis,  staying in place is critical to contain the  spread of the virus. Meanwhile, in our backyard today, life went on as usual.



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The Piermont Pier

 

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†About four weeks ago, in one of our last ventures before the Corvid-19 Pandemic, we visited the little town of Piermont, New York …on the Hudson River, and explored its 182 year old rock and earthen pier, which by 1851 served as a loading and unloading track bed for Erie¬†Railroad¬†trains picking up steamboat passengers from Lower Manhattan,¬†twenty-five¬†miles to the¬†South. ¬†On the then longest rail line in the world, vacationers would travel 450 miles (724 km) to Dunkirk, NY and the shores of ¬†Lake Erie. ¬† Some hundred years later, long after the excursions were outmoded,¬†tens of thousands of WW II troops would depart from this same mile long pier to ferries, and transfer onto troop ships in NY Harbor. Sadly, thousands would literally leave their last footsteps on U.S. soil right here. A monument¬†nearby is solemnly named “Last Stop, USA.”

The Piermont Pier is located about two miles (3.2 km)south of the new Mario Cuomo Bridge, jutting out a little less than one mile (1.61 km) into the Hudson River.

The old steamship/ferry slip from years ago is seen above, ¬†…to the left.

Above: Today, the pier is a commercial, residential, and hiking park.

Remnants of the steamship/ferry docks can still be seen in this 2/23/20 view looking south. New York City would be just beyond Tallman Mountain to the right.

Above: A bollard, used for securing heavy lines, is seen here near the end of the pier, looking south.

Above: The trestle part of the new bridge, carrying the New York State Thruway, is about two miles (3.2 km) to the North; and Hook Mountain, overlooking the Hudson, is seen beyond.

Above: The striking new Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge; and two miles (3.2 km) further, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse off Tarrytown, NY seen to the left of center span.

Taken some years ago while boating on the Hudson, Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, also know as Tarrytown Lighthouse or Kingsland Point Lighthouse, was “installed” in 1883.

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And a special note: BE WELL, …and please use best judgement practices as we “navigate” through these un-precedented difficult times. ¬† ¬†M

I’d like to thank the Piermont Historical Society¬†for their added information concerning this topic, and Wikipedia. I am a proud contributer/donator to both sources.

 

 

 

NYC Sunrise – Perspective, Part Two

             Sunrise Over Midtown РLower Manhattan just left of Center

     From Eagle Rock Reservation,  N.J,  a Rescue Dog looks right

Perched on a remnant from the World Trade Center, his gaze is on lower Manhattan

 

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Yosemite Falls – Silhouette

Offering a break from winter blues, below is a late summer image of the top of one of the world’s most photographed waterfalls – during the dry season.

August, 16, 1972
Cascading 2,425 feet (739m) into Yosemite Valley, California, water flow reaches maximum volumn during late spring snow melts.

EXA SLR 35mm film camera, 200mm Vivitar, f 3.5 lens

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Swiss Army Knife meets Mt. St. Helens

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Lately, I seem to be hung up on Swiss Army Knives. See here.¬†¬†Originally, in that post, I wanted to compare the enormous display with my real¬†knife.¬†Unfortunately, ¬†I couldn’t find the knife. But …here it is. I had used it as contrast to the¬†ash¬†from the Mt. St. Helens¬†explosion, nine years earlier. ¬†The two pictures below, from our vacation in August,¬†1989, were taken on the banks of the Toutle River some 30 miles downstream from the catastrophic event which literally blew the top off the mountain.

ABOVE: A few miles east of the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center in Washington State, Rt. 504 crosses the Toutle River, (located near “Toutle” on the satellite image below.) ¬†BELOW: Topless Mt. St. Helens is visible from Interstate 5, about 35 miles away.


¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The Visitor Center is between “Castle Rock,” and “Toutle.

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Autumn 2019, At The Edge Of The Bay

Above: Drainage canal in the Forsythe Wildlife Rufuge, with “Island Beach (Barrier Island) State Park” 3 mi. (4.8 km) across Barnegat Bay

Above, Empty Osprey nest after successful mating and three new chicks off to winter habitats.

Above: A few minutes later, as seen in the far right, second image ¬†…the town of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, (Long Beach Island (LBI)) and its 160 year old historic lighthouse, 5.2 mi (8.4 km) distant.

 

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