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Illustration: fall leaves

September 30, 2017

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Here, in the Northeast, the leaves are starting to change. Hear the subtle crunching as you walk outside. Gracefully, they float down from the heavens like orange and yellow snowflakes. Although the air is crisp, the colors will soon illuminate the vista with brilliant warmth.

Do you look at the different shapes and try to identify what tree they are from? What tree is common in your area?

I made four watercolors, and then turned them into postcards. Feel free to check them out at my store.

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photo: adirondacks

August 23, 2013

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dog boat

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Here is an illustration of a classic bicycle with a basket. As a small modification, the basket of the model bike was originally made of metal, but I changed it to be wooden. Just to give it a softer Summer feel.

On the same subject of cycling, the car-free biking event, Summer Streets, is happening in New York City. It is three Saturdays in a row – August 7, 14 and 21. This recent weekend, I rode the path from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful experience to ride in the middle of Manhattan without the chaos of taxis and auto traffic.

sketch: autumn

October 28, 2009

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A sketch of the trees and tennis court, looking outside the window of the cabin, during the peak of fall.

Over Memorial Day weekend, I biked on a small path along the Ashokan Reservoir about 6 miles south of Woodstock, in New York State’s Hudson Valley.  The trail is only under 2 miles long (1 mile each way), but the views are astonishing, including mountains, a valley, a creek, a dam, a bridge and a lake.  It is a very easy paved path for the family, walkers and joggers.  A picnic table is in the east parking entrance and a bench is on the west parking entrance.  For fishing, there is an access to the river on the north side of the bridge that crosses the lake.  The reservoir is stocked with lake trout, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseeds and black crappies.  Please note: A New York fishing license is required.

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biking: catskill rail trail

October 29, 2008




For the last mild weekend (72 degrees) of the year, canoeing on the Delaware River at Pond Eddy is the plan. Pond Eddy is a 2-hour drive from home. It was 3 years ago, when I began this blog. One of my earliest posts included a canoe trip from this same place, Indian Head Canoes at Pond Eddy, on the New York State side. Last time, we were the only ones on the 9-mile trip downriver. This time, there are more people – college kids on inflatable rafts, and a school of kayakers. It costs about $75 for two to rent a canoe. I have a fishing pole, and megaworms, and see some of the largest bass off the side of the canoe, but it is late in the afternoon and nightfall approaches quickly. Plus, the whitewater, although exciting for me, requires attention to navigate. Or else, it would be a hypothermic dip, if we were to capsize.







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