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 ››

The Creature (Dis)comforts of Air Travel

It had been months in the planning. A college buddy invited me to his home in Westchester County, NY. On Saturday I would speak at the Pound Ridge Reservation Trailside Museum. On Thursday and Friday he and I would hike in the Catskills. But there were issues at both airports that made getting there an ordeal.First there was the altercation with TSA that resulted in the letter below, crudely typed in flight while I was still fuming and indignant. Then at my destination, I suffered the consequences of the airline cavalierly moving my flight FOUR HOURS earlier than scheduled less … Continue Reading ››

Homeland Security: Locally Intact

I know how anxious you have all been during the silence at Fragments since last week, but want to assure you that all is quiet on the western front, and I come back from my adventures in NY state to find the homelands secure.I will, perhaps, have a story of my encounter with TSA and post my letter to them for your approval, or for you to tell me I'd be crazy to send it, or "why bother." But hey, there was a wall sign imploring me and my fellow travelers to tell them how they are doing. Boy, will … Continue Reading ››

The Cry of a Baby, The Big Eyes, The Innocence

A fleeting glimpse of a mother and her baby
A fleeting glimpse of a mother and her baby from my image archives, 2005
Since the severe snow-covered winter of 2009, the "rats on stilts" as I used to call them have not been the constant army against us that they once were.So now instead of fifteen deer of an evening browsing cavalierly at the end of the pasture, we'll see a couple now and then, or none at all.They have even left us our hostas and rhododendron alone, items that … Continue Reading ››
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