Abandoned Trucks of the Northern Catskills

October 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
This group of abandoned trucks can be found alongside a busy county highway in the northern Catskills. I have driven past the trucks dozens of times, and even photographed them at times over the years. Although the trucks haven’t moved, it is still interesting to see how the scene can change. Different light, different times of day, different seaso...
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High Test: An Abandoned Gas Station

October 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Driving one day up to the Catskills I took some of the more local roads and highways, rather than the interstate. During the drive, always on the lookout, I came across this abandoned gas station known as “High Test.” Although it had clearly been out of business for a long time, it still retained an element of nostalgic charm, reminding you of bygo...
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Angel Falls and Sholam Falls – A Photographic Study

September 24, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Angel Falls and Sholam Falls are both amazing destinations located along Trout Creek, near the Rondout Reservoir. It’s a two-for-one destination with both falls located within close proximity of each other, with the separate “upper” falls, known as Sholam Falls, measuring approximately 40 feet, and the “lower” falls, known as Angel Falls, measuring...
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Ashley Falls – A Photographic Study

September 17, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Ashley Falls is a delightful three-tier waterfall located in the North-South Lake area of the northern Catskills. Ashley Creek, which originates from North Mountain, flows into North Lake, from which the waters of the lake continue its journey to Kaaterskill Falls, through Kaaterskill Clove and ultimately to the Hudson River. Ashley Falls...
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Tompkins Falls – A Photographic Study

September 10, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Tompkins Falls is a beautiful roadside water fall located in the Delaware Wild Forest section of the western Catskills. The falls, located on the Barkaboom Stream, are approximately 25 feet tall. Near the top of the falls are the remnants of old dam and mill site. The Barkaboom Stream, which rises between Barkaboom Mountain and Touchme...
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Otto Hillig – New Photographs

September 03, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Otto Hillig can be considered one of the great photographers in Catskills history. Arriving from Germany in the United States as a poor teenage immigrant he took on a series of odd jobs before developing a prosperous photography business at his adopted hometown in the village of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York. He operated a well-regarded port...
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Louis E. Jones – New Photographs

August 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Louis E. Jones was a well-regarded photographer and painter closely associated with the Catskill Mountains and, later in his career, with the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I have recently acquired a number of new Catskills photographs by Louis E. Jones. They have all been added to the Jones gallery, which now contains 24 of h...
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Buttermilk Falls: A Photographic Study

August 20, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Buttermilk Falls is a relatively anonymous waterfall located in the Peekamoose Valley near Sundown in the Sundown Wild Forest. The falls consist of two tiers, the upper tier measuring approximately 45 feet in height and the lower tier measuring 5 feet in height. Buttermilk Falls Brook forms on the south slopes of Peekamoose Mountain and joins th...
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Kaaterskill Falls: A Springtime Photographic Study

August 13, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Kaaterskill Falls, at over 260 feet, is the tallest waterfall in New York State and is one of the popular destinations in the Catskills. For over two centuries, visitors, including many famous artists and writers, have journeyed to the falls and found themselves amazed at its beauty. The “jewel of the upper Catskills” was a popular h...
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Sunset Rock: A Photographic Study

August 06, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Sunset Rock is one of the finest views in all of the Catskill Park. Its open ledge area overlooks North and South Lakes and South Mountain (2,460 feet), with Kaaterskill High Peak (3,655 feet) and Roundtop Mountain (3,440 feet) hovering in the background to the south west. The ridge of North Mountain can be seen towards the northwest. The Hudson Va...
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Conklin Hill Falls: A Photographic Study

July 30, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
Conklin Hill Falls is a quiet, yet beautiful, destination in the Willowemoc Wild Forest, located between the hamlets of Claryville and Livingston Manor. The falls are located on an unnamed tributary that feeds in to the Willowemoc Creek, sister to the more famous Beaverkill River. There are actually several falls along the unmarked trail, rangin...
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Rosendale Trestle: A Photographic Study

July 23, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The Rosendale Trestle was originally opened in April 1872 to serve the Wallkill Valley Railroad along its line from New Paltz to Kingston. The bridge was built of iron, in five spans, supported by heavy stone piers and abutment, along with iron columns. At the time of its construction, it was the highest span bridge in the United States. The bridge...
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Pickles: The Saugerties Dinosaur

July 16, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The extreme road side dinosaur known as Pickles can be found at the entrance of the always popular Rip Van Winkle Campground in Saugerties, New York. Blending the body of an Apatosaurus with the head of a T-Rex, the large-scale skeleton stands 38 feet tall and 49 feet long and weighs four tons. The skeleton was constructed in 1994 by Bens...
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The “X” Barn of Callicoon

July 09, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
The region around Callicoon in Sullivan County, New York is home to a great number of farms and barns. According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Sullivan County is home to 366 farms with an average size of 164 acres. Some of the top products from the county include poultry and eggs, milk from cows, hay, cattle and calves and vegetables, melons,...
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Want a Nice Cold Coke?

July 02, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
For most of my visits to the Catskills, I have planned my shooting destinations in advance, while also allowing for a degree of change for lighting, weather, etc. Although it may sound oxymoronic, sometimes as part of the planning process, I will schedule a morning or an afternoon with no plan, to either scout possible future locations or to just s...
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