Monthly Archives: March 2015

Old Dutch Church–Window Marking Original Doorway

(2014-10-13 006)I took a photograph of where the Old Dutch Church’s door used to be located before Broadway/Route 9 was relocated to another one side of the church, prompting the congregation to move the door to face the new Broadway, thereby eliminating the old door location and reorienting the inside of the church.  Well, I found the photograph.

You can see that the stone below the window doesn’t quite match the surrounding stone. This window is the only one to have stonework like this below it; below the other windows a the stone configurations match the surrounding stonework. It was here that the original door was located, which was removed and the doorway made into a window.

This window is now located to one side of the reconfigured inside of the church, facing the altar.

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Finally, Spring!

(2015-03-16 001)Though March 20th marked the official start of Spring, the weather had other ideas.

We got a snowstorm that day; the snow didn’t start laying until after three. By evening, it looked like a winter wonderland–on the first day of Spring. Most of the snow melted yesterday in the 40 degree-plus weather. I wasn’t surprised. I knew that Winter would give us one last kick. However, we are moving too close to the sun for this type of weather to last much longer.

This pic is of Canadian geese. (Thanks for the identification, Mary!) This is the same flock that I wrote about a few weeks ago. The birds were looking for ground not covered in snow. The small park near the Tarrytown train station was perfect.

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The Hudson, soon to be Ice-Free

What a different two weeks makes!

The image on the left was how the Hudson River looked near the Philipse Manor train station at the end of February. The right image is how the same area looked on March 11th, during a week of temperatures that were above freezing. There’s still ice in places on the Hudson, but it’s finally melting!

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Art or Not–Should I Ask?

Okay, for at least the last four weeks, these “snow” people have been haunting the “confluence” of Broadway and Fifth Avenue across from Madison Square Park. The first time I saw them, t I thought that someone had built snowpeople. The tourista have been flocking around them, and usually what they find interesting I avoid.

Today, I decided to snap a few quick pics. I thought they were idiotic, but after looking at the photos, I find them funny–even though they scream snow!

What do you think?

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Winter Birds

(2015-02-26 001)Last week, I was surprised by the group of ducks in this photograph. They were across the street from the elderly apartment building. As soon as I stopped to take the picture, they came toward me, thinking that I had food for them, which I didn’t.

I saw a group of birds once before this and the evening after I took this photo. Both were in the small park down from the Tarrytown train station, but it was not this group of birds. That group were swans (geese?) and they were BIG.

Most of the park’s walkways are not plowed, so they were on the big area that was. (Still, that concrete must have been COLD!) I had to make two of them move to get by. The next night, they were again in the park on the concrete.

This winter has been hard on everything. I have a small bird feeder on my back porch that I try and keep filled for the birds, but the ducks and swans are too large to eat from it. Because it’s on a post and open on all sides, the birds usually use my living room window sill as a place to eat. (I discovered this when I heard their wings bumping the window.)

Below are photographs of the Hudson River over the past two weeks. You can see how iced-over it is; the colder it is, the more ice forms. This week we are supposed to have a day with a high around 45 and it’s supposed to rain. I don’t know if that will help or hurt, as everything freezes again every night.

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