Friday, September 20, 2013

Hudson River Valley



This week has been spent exploring the lower Hudson River Valley, the part of New York state immediately to the west of Connecticut.  This is Philipsburg Manor House and its mill, seen across a small pond.

Nearby is Kykuit, the impressive family estate of the Rockefeller family.  An hour north is the Storm King Art Center, 500 acres of rolling meadows and forests, with large-scale modern sculpture placed around.  This is Iliad by Alexander Liberman, from 1974-1976.

This post is linked to Weekend Reflections.

Tomorrow will include a visit to Franklin Roosevelt's home and library in Hyde Park, then on to dinner with friends in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, before returning to West Hartford.


26 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

I love the contrasts, the sculpture is very modern and I like it! I'm enchanted by the idyllic scenery, you got beautiful delicate reflections in your picture!Well done!
Léia

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have seen the Hudson River Valley countless times in paintings, but only once in person, and that was in the dead of winter. Hyde Park would be almost a religious experience for me to visit.

There is an Arizona connection FDR. Isabella Greenway, the founder of the Arizona Inn and Arizona's first Congresswoman, was a bridesmaid at Eleanor & Franklin Roosevelt's wedding. (Teddy Roosevelt attended her wedding while he was President.)

Mersad said...

I also like the red sculpture. Red and green are complimentary colors.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Luis Gomez said...

These are gorgeous Jack. Love the sculpture. Have a great weekend.

Sharon said...

Beautiful photos here. The sculpture looks similar to one that is on the grounds of the Phoenix Art Museum. I'm looking forward to this little tour.

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful captures for the day, Jack! The red sculpture is fascinating! Great reflections for the day as well! Enjoy your weekend -- as you always do and that's always the best thing about your pics -- one can sense your pleasure!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You were lucky to have sunshine for your explorations Jack' you wouldn't have had such luck around these parts :)) fab reflections in first shot and ....let's just say..I do love red :)

Kate said...

An incredibly beautiful area to visit. The historical aspect is almost mind-blowing. Used the Hudson River Painters often in my classroom instruction in American Lit.

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful top shot!

JM said...

This is such a beautiful scene, Jack! The reflections are awesome and I like the contrasting sculpture on that setting.

Marleen said...

The scenery is beautiful and very inviting to visit. The modern sculpture makes it even more interesting.

VP said...

I was impressed by the giant red bunch of pasta (we call that kind penne)...

'Tsuki said...

The giant sculpture is very intriguing... It looks like a playground for kids... ^^

The reflection is magnificent.

This is indeed a lovely place.

Halcyon said...

Such a pretty place! Nice reflections.

William Kendall said...

Lovely shots, Jack. I've been down the Hudson a handful of times, but not as far as NYC itself.

jennyfreckles said...

The mill scene is idyillic. Hang on to that weather for me, too!

James said...

What a beautiful reflection photo! I thought the Alexander Liberman sculpture looked familiar and then I remembered that there is one in Dallas too.

acreativeharbor.com said...

Beautiful reflection of such a serene place ~ carol ^_^

LONDONLULU said...

Oh I'm envious! I always wanted to visit Storm King! Beautiful captures - I've always enjoyed this area of the Hudson River Valley.

Randy said...

Great looking reflection and area.

Karl Demetz said...

What an incredibly beautiful area, Jack, the shot with the reflection is gorgeous!

EG CameraGirl said...

The weather must have been perfect!

Nita Davis said...

Oh wow, what a gorgeous spot with a beautiful reflection.

Viera said...

Excellent scenery...glorious capture...

Stefan Jansson said...

Nice early Autumn feel to the first photo which is a good photo over all.

Kay said...

Looks like you had some wonderful explorations. We don't have so many of those historic buildings out west here - beautiful reflections.

And 500 acres with outdoor sculptures sounds amazing, especially if Iliad is any indication.