Posts published in 2012

Train Ride to North Creek

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Train Ride to North Creek

Last weekend I joined the good people at All Over Albany on an excursion into the Adirondacks on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway, with a wine and cheese tasting at barVino in North Creek. I had been curious about this train since Bennett brought back great photos for AOA on that very same route last winter, and Cheryl Clark's enthusiastic review of barVino helped seal the deal. This was a beautiful ride, concluded with a superb feast of cheese. ... Continue Reading

Art Omi at Night

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Art Omi at Night

Fall is knocking hard on our doors right now, and if you are new to the Capital District you are in for a treat. I have a soft spot for contemporary art so let me recommend three open air museums that combine foliage and creativity: Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, Art Omi in Ghent, and A Rising Tide in Athens. I've mentioned Art Omi earlier this year, but I recently unearthed a few photos I took... around 1AM. What looks ... Continue Reading

Color Me Rad Albany 2012

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 12:16 am

Color Me Rad Albany 2012

This past Saturday morning I found yet another excuse to pick up cider donuts at Altamont Orchards by stopping at the Color Me Rad 5K Run for a few photos. The race, to benefit the Special Olympics New York, took place at the fairgrounds and promised to be colorful. Victim of its success, it also promised to be a nightmare for the small town of Altamont, gridlocking Route 20 & 146 for miles.  “Rad” didn't die in the 80's, after all. A 75% female attendance ... Continue Reading

Course Camarguaise, Bullfighting I Can Get Behind

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Course Camarguaise, Bullfighting I Can Get Behind

I'm on my way back to the US of A after a great time with friends and family in the homeland. I've posted a few photos of my trip on Flickr already, and a digest on Tumblr, but time permitted I'll post pictures and the corresponding cultural tidbits here in the next few weeks. I like to show a different side of France on this blog now and then, and if all else fails you get to learn new jokes ... Continue Reading

Baby Animals Bonanza

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:10 am

Baby Animals Bonanza

Baby lambs. Ducklings. Bunnies in a blanket. Mini-goats. Piglets. Nope, that's not what's for dinner, but it's still on the menu today with a special “OMG Baby Animalz!” double-feature post. I hit Indian Ladder Farms and Hancock Shaker Village in the search for America's Next Top Rooster and come back not only smitten, but very hungry. Baby animals, you are so delicious... ... Continue Reading

Minnewaska State Park

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Minnewaska State Park

If you were out and about in the Capital Region this past weekend I don't need colorful words to describe the weather. It was magnifique, with a side of sacrebleu. The right amount of sun, the right amount of breeze, and the right amount of water snakes. At least that's how I remember our trip to Minnewaska State Park. After almost ten years around here I love that there are still a few gorgeous state parks to discover less than ... Continue Reading

Lantern Tour at Howe Caverns

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Lantern Tour at Howe Caverns

It is Saturday night and I'm 160 feet below the surface, trying not to lose sight of the makeshift lantern in front of me as we make our way back through the Winding Way. The three-foot wide series of curves and corners — formed by the retreating glaciers through limestone — is the last section of The Lantern Tour, a one hour and a half underground getaway at the popular Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, New York. If you grew ... Continue Reading

Hudson River State Hospital

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hudson River State Hospital

A few weeks ago, James, Helena, Bennett, and myself headed out north of Poughkeepsie to visit the abandoned Hudson River State Hospital, a former psychiatric hospital designed by Frederick Clarke Withers in 1867. The facility, overlooking the Hudson River, was closed down in 2001 and since then has fallen into a state of disrepair. This site is one of the largest I had ever set foot in. We decided to stay away from its most hazardous corners and explored a ... Continue Reading

Dundas Castle

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Dundas Castle

A few days ago James, Bennett, and myself took the long ride back to Sullivan County to visit the Dundas Castle. Perched on a small hill overlooking the Beaverkill, this abandoned manor is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture, a movement that appeared in the late nineteenth century in North America. To our surprise, we bumped into many passersby walking the castle's corridors that afternoon. Its three turrets visible from the road and good structural integrity have made this mountain ... Continue Reading

No Skating Allowed

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

No Skating Allowed

There was no shortage of icicles in last week's post but truth be told, we are not getting any closer to winter — it was all CGI. What happened to Punxsutawney's favorite oracle? Somebody please put an end to the rodent's reign of terror, preferably Bill Murray. I captured this photo essay series of photographs back in March but this could have taken place last weekend just as well, kids are already busy skating the Civil War Monument in Washington ... Continue Reading