Woodstock NY Area Landscape Gallery

The imagery here, except for the one of the Ashokan Reservoir, is all from the mid-1980's and was taken with an 8"x10" (film size) wooden view camera,  the kind that Ansel Adams used for his breath-taking work of the West. It begins with work taken from what is perhaps the highest house above Woodstock, on the western end of Overlook Mountain, some 200' above the Tibetan Monastery at the old Mead's Mountain House.  Glorious view, but an endless switchbacking road that was miserable in the winter.  My wife Sue and I were married and lived there for nearly two years.  The views were incredible, in all kinds of weather....

See here for availability and pricing of my images as art prints, suitable for framing, printed in Cibachrome and FujiFlex.

My apologies for the watermark, in place to preclude image piracy.  These images are also Digimarc digitally watermarked. 

The glory of a high summer's afternoon with light singing in the air
Bearsville Valley, High Summer, Evening Light #1  Woodstock, NY  1984
Title: Bearsville Valley, High Summer, Evening Light #1  Woodstock, NY  1984

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looking down the valley towards Bearsville (Woodstock is out of sight just to the left).  Technically, this image is flawless and suffers not in the least at being enlarged to 4'x5'

...another glory, the power of a gathering storm with a last shaft of light greening Tonshi Mtn.
The barest glimpse of the Ashokan reservoir can been seen beyond...
Gathering Storm over Ohayo & Tonshi Mtns, Woodstock, NY 1984
Title: Gathering Storm over Ohayo & Tonshi Mtns, Woodstock, NY 1984

...and then the storm breaks over Bearsville, above Bee Tree Hill...
Breaking Storm above Bearsville, Bee Tree Hill, Woodstock, NY 1984
Title: Breaking Storm above Bearsville, Bee Tree Hill, Woodstock, NY 1984

This is almost the same view as the first image over Bearsville....the ridgeline on the right can also be seen there in the first picture.  I was firing up the barbecue at the other end of the house (which looks in the opposite direction) when I heard the baby sitter say, "Wow, look at that!".  I dropped everything and ran to the camera.

The weather was always dramatic.  Sometimes (I never captured it), the valley would be filled with mist, like a sea, with the hills and mountains become islands.

From the west facing slider of the house, you looked across the notch...the Tibetan Buddhist monastery (once Mead's Mountain House) is about 200' below. There were:

  Ice storm, looking across the Mead's Mountain House notch at Mount Guardian
Ice storm, looking across the Mead's Mountain House notch at Mount Guardian
Title: Ice Storm, Mt. Guardian from Overlook, Woodstock, NY 1984

But spring would come...first the tumultous storms

Clearing spring storm, looking across the Mead's Mountain House notch at Mount Guardian
Clearing Spring Storm, Mt. Guardian from Overlook, Woodstock, NY 1984
Title: Clearing Spring Storm, Mt. Guardian from Overlook, Woodstock, NY 1984

Then the glowing promise of a sunny spring day

Spring Sun, looking across the Mead's Mountain House notch at Mount Guardian

Spring Sun, looking across the Mead's Mountain House notch at Mount Guardian
Title: Spring Sun, Mt. Guardian from Overlook, Woodstock, NY 1984

Overlook Mountain seen from the Zena cornfield, High Summer, Cirrus Clouds

Overlook Mtn from the Zena Cornfield, High Cirrus, Woodstock, NY 1983
Title: Overlook Mtn from the Zena Cornfield, High Cirrus, Woodstock, NY 1983
It is so difficult to be able totake this sort of image....you need an uncluttered foreground, which is increasingly rare.  Thankfully the cornfield has been preserved in agricultural use by the efforts of the Woodstock Land  Conservancy. This image predates the television tower....only the fire tower and the derelict hotel are visible on the ridge line

Later, around 1986, Sue and I purchased our first house, in Lake Hill up 212 from Woodstock

It was a modest starter home off Mink Hollow Road, also fertile grounds for imagery.  Mink Hollow Road was once a wagon road to the interior of New York state; hard to believe, but then Lake Hill was a much bigger town than Woodstock.  Now it is a quiet road through the woods that eventually becomes a hiking trail..  There are glorious things to see........

Fall ferns in gold,
Mink Hollow Road

Fall Ferns in Gold, Mink Hollow Road Lake Hill, NY 1986
Title: Fall Ferns in Gold, Mink Hollow Road
Lake Hill, NY 1986

Boulder & Fall Leaves,
Mink Hollow Road
Boulder & Ferns, Fall, Mink Hollow Road Lake, Hill, NY 1986
Title: Boulder & Ferns, Fall, Mink Hollow Road Lake, Hill, NY 1986

A stand of ferns in the fall alongside Mink Hollow Road
Fall Fern Jungle, Mink Hollow Road, Lake Hill, NY 1986
Title: Fall Fern Jungle, Mink Hollow Road, Lake Hill, NY 1986
Lake Hill, oddly enough, has a lake on top of a hill, Cooper Lake.  It became the municipal water reservvoir for Kingston, NY in 1800 and is fed by the Mink Hollow Stream and the rain falling on the surrrounding hills.

Mink Hollow Stream is sometimes deep in the woods.....

Mink Hollow Stream, Deep Shade #2, Lake Hill, NY  1986
Title: Mink Hollow Stream, Deep Shade #2, Lake Hill, NY  1986

  ... and sometimes sparkling through the sunlight

Mink Hollow Stream, Fall, Sunlight #1, Lake Hill, NY  1986

Title: Mink Hollow Stream, Fall, Sunlight #1, Lake Hill, NY  1986


Mink Hollow Stream, Fall, Sunlight #2, Lake Hill, NY  1986
Mink Hollow Stream, Fall, Sunlight #2, Lake Hill, NY  1986
"...and the sabbath rang slowly in the holy streams.."

The stream finds it way to Cooper Lake (Kingston's water reservoir)..............

Cooper Lake, winter twilight

Cooper Lake, Winter Twilight, Lake Hill, NY  1986
Title: Cooper Lake, Winter Twilight, Lake Hill, NY  1986

Cooper Lake, early spring sunrise, drifting ice

Cooper Lake, early spring sunrise
Title: Cooper Lake, Spring Sunrise, Drifting Ice, Lake Hill, NY 1986

Cooper Lake, spring sunrise
Cooper Lake, Spring Sunrise, Lake Hill, NY 1986
Title: Cooper Lake, Spring Sunrise, Lake Hill, NY 1986

You can see into the water and the rocks and depth beneath in the foreground.
In the distance, the horizon, under your feet, the depths: As Above, So Below, the mythic words of the
Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus


Just down the road from Lake Hill towards Woodstock is Shady, just a gathering of houses and a gorgeous vernacular archictecture church, utterly sui generis: The pulpit and altar are in a corner; the whole thrust of the space is on the diagonal.  The carpenters that built it had their own ideas of how to glorify God, and every detail is meticulously and lovingly done; they are long gone, their names lost but the dedication and love of their work still sings....

Interior, Shady United Methodist Church

Methodist Church Interior, Shady, NY 1987
Title: Methodist Church Interior, Shady, NY 1987

Windows,
Shady United Methodist Church

Methodist Church Windows, Shady, NY 1987
Title: Methodist Church Windows, Shady, NY 1987

One of the lessons of photography is that creation is all about us, continually unfolding.  This image was taken on Route 212 one fine early spring morning:

The Dawn of Creation

ree, Spring Sunrise, Veteran, NY  1987
Title: Tree, Spring Sunrise, Veteran, NY  1987

An Annuciation

Ashokan Reservoir, September 2010
Title: Gathering Storm, Ashokan Reservoir, Ashokan, NY 2010

This image of the Ashokan Reservoir was taken September of 2010 with a digital camera, a Canon 5D MkII with a 24-105 zoom at 105mm.

The seasons...

that brief time in spring when every tree flies a different shade of budding green

Spring, Trees in Bud, Pasture & Barn, Stony Hollow, NY 1987
Title: Spring, Trees in Bud, Pasture & Barn, Stony Hollow, NY 1987

If you're familiar with Route 28, this is on the right below a set of billboards just before the Hess gas station.  It is now quite overgrown.

 then summer, deep in a swamp, the greenery runs rampant...

Wild yam vine & dragon fly, Swamp, Highland, NY
Ttile: Wild yam vine & dragon fly, Swamp, Highland, NY 1987

The dragon fly is in the bottom left corner, perched on  a blade of grass

...and fall, when the apple orchard is weighted with fruit and sunset glows in the boughs...

Apple Orchard, early Fall, New Paltz, NY 1987
Title: Apple Orchard, early Fall, New Paltz, NY 1987

This orchard was alongside the New Paltz New York State Thruway access road.  If you were leaving the toll booths form the Thruway, it was on your right.  For whatever reason, it was razed and is now a bare field.  Again, images of glory are all around us if we but look.  One evening in the 80's, I exited the toll booth at sunset, glanced right and was caught.  It's like a seduction of sorts....I notice a hint of what's there...and then the more I look, the more I see until I'm all but gasping.


When the work of imagery is going well and I am "in the groove", there is a return to innocence and an overwhelming sense of wonder

...once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daisies and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light.

And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns
About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home,
In the sun that is young once only,
Time let me play and be
Golden in the mercy of his means,
And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves
Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and
cold,
And the sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.


Dylan Thomas' Fern Hill, in its entirety here...


My apologies for the watermark, in place to preclude image piracy.  These images are also Digimarc digitally watermarked. 

See here for availability and pricing of my images as art prints, suitable for framing, printed in Cibachrome and FujiFlex.

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