Catskills Part One: Kaaterskill Falls

Upper Kaaterskill Falls
Upper Kaaterskill Falls Creek, a rock cairn accents the view, mid-stream
Kill this. Kill that. Fishkill. Peekskill. Fresh Kills. Say what?Okay. It's a Dutch term meaning creek or waterway (a vestige of the area's colonial past) and found its way into Catskill--ONE name for this dissected assortment of variously protected natural areas in New York State. The geology seemed familiar in places to me as someone familiar with the Ridge and Valley and Allegheny Plateau geology:Geologically, the Catskills … Continue Reading ››

Klingon Devil Pods: Trapa natans

IMG_4349devilpods480And it turns out that the name we gave it-- "Devil Pods"-- is one of the historically-used "common names" for this plant. It took us a while to finally conclude that it was indeed a plant, since the pods seem to be made of a very hard alien material rather than any botanical matter we'd ever seen.So had concluded at first that these were actually baby Klingons, dropped at Kingston Point Park along the Hudson. But then I knew that I had seen images of this bizarre thing from … Continue Reading ››
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