Solitude on the Hudson
What's my fascination with fog??? Perhaps it's just the calmness of it combined with a little mystery. Fog can certainly set a mood . . . this particular fall sunrise at one of my favorite Hudson River Lighthouses it brought many words to mind . . . peaceful, serene, graceful . . . but the word I think that truly defined this early morning was . . . . . SOLITUDE . . . .
Innisfree Garden - A Spring afternoon . . .
Recognized as one of the “world’s ten best gardens,”* Innisfree is a powerful icon of mid-twentieth century design. Over fifty years in the making, it is the work of landscape architect Lester Collins, FASLA (1914 – 1993), with important contributions by his clients, artist and teacher Walter Beck and gardener and heiress Marion Burt Beck. At its core, Innisfree is about the individual’s experience in nature. Inviting exploration and even contemplation, Collins’ sweeping landscape merges the essence of Modernist and Romantic ideas with traditional Chinese and Japanese garden design principles in a form that evolved through subtle handling of the site and slow manipulation of its ecology. The result is a distinctly American stroll garden — a sublime composition of rock, water, wood, and sky achieved with remarkable economy and grace.
Hudson Valley Winter
What a couple of weeks of weather . . . but that's the Hudson Valley right? If you don't like the weather now, wait 10 mins it will change! Well, here's a quick trip from the Hudson River to a Farm in Millbrook, NY at sunset and then back to the Gunks in New Paltz at sunrise, only to end up back at the Hudson River and points South . . . all in under 3 mins!