Monday was an interesting day. My assistant, Brian Buckley, and I took off a little after 8 am to deliver a couple of large photographs recently sold from my new gallery. We drove to an area I have always wanted to explore yet never have. We delivered the photographs to a home near Fleischmann's at the eastern and western borders of Delaware and Greene counties respectively. This area is really steeped in history. Remnants of the Revolutionary War, old abandoned hotels, ancient graveyards and old farm buildings left to the slow decay of time - ghost towns as Brian so aptly put it. This is a place that the world has left alone. We spent some time in Halcott Center, then moved north toward Lexington. We stopped and made photographs in the Lost Clove on route 42 south of Lexington, a beautiful and mostly unknown place. I had photographed there in the mid 1990s but could not find my old spot. Finally, we realized that beavers had dammed the stream that runs through the clove and had created a pond where originally there was only a small stream ten feet wide. Thus my confusion. Nearby there had been a tremendous avalanche (I think from Hurricane Irene) which wiped clean a huge swath of mountainside.
Finally we went to see the new observation deck at Kaaterskill Falls. An incredible feat of design/engineering and construction. Creates a whole new experience at Kaaterskill Falls. They built the observation deck directly on top of my favorite place to photograph. It is a great improvement and vastly increases the viewing quality as well as public safety. And finally in this long post, I include a picture made not far from the Falls a few years ago. It was made about one mile east of Kaaterskill Falls. Birch Grove, Kaaterskill Clove portrays exactly the feeling of this day…late fall / early winter, when the leaves have fallen but not yet the snow. An elemental and somber time of silver skies and brown earth waiting to sleep. Perhaps the most beautiful season of all.