Friday, February 27, 2015

Fifteen arches, the Dividing Weir Bridge:  New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP) announced the Dividing Weir Bridge, also known as Fifteen Arches, will be reduced to a single lane of traffic beginning February 25th, 2015 until the fall of this year.  The century-year-old bridge is due for repairs.  It separates both basins--- upper and lower--- of the Ashokan Reservoir and serves as the only causeway across NYC’s impoundment.  Sometime during the next decade it will be replaced entirely.

The landscape below was originally painted as a 5”x7”, but was commissioned to be redone as an 11”x14”.

Fifteen Arches, 11x14 (SOLD):

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter on Rondout Creek:  American naturalist John Burroughs wrote glowingly about the Rondout Creek.  In his essay “Speckled Trout” he called this headwater brook “one of the finest trout streams in the world”.  And in “A Bed of Boughs” he wrote, “The scenery was wild and desolate in the extreme, the mountains on either hand looking as if they had been swept by a tornado of stone.”  Plus, “My eyes had never before beheld such beauty in a mountain stream.”  Yet one wonders if this well-traveled natural historian ever laid eyes on the upper Rondout Creek during the winter months, which seem to fill about a third of any calendar year in this mountaintop valley that lies in the shadows of Peekamoose.

Winter at Morrell's, 8x10:

Somehow the powers to be in state government lost all sense of history calling old Morrell's Field now Trailer Field.  How tacky and insensitive; but those who appreciate what once was, can still visual it in that which exists today.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mount Jo:  Mount Jo is located in North Elba, New York in the Adirondack Mountains, on property owned by ADK, and has an elevation of two thousand eight hundred seventy-six feet.  The site of Adirondack Loj, the historic lodge built by Henry Van Hoevenberg Sr., and Heart Lake are located at the base of this picturesque mountain.

Mount Jo, 11x14 (Sold):

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Arches Bridge:  The Five Arches Bridge in Boiceville, New York has long been an iconic landmark for Esopus Creek anglers.  Many a wild rainbow and brown trout have passed under this viaduct on their spawning runs upstream into the Esopus from New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir less than a mile downriver.

Numerous books and stories about fishing this legendary Catskill stream often mention Five Arches, built in 1911, by name.  Perhaps one of the best stories was written by the late Arnold Gingrich in his book, The Well-Tempered Angler.  Gingrich told of fishing the Esopus one cold, twenty-two degree day, on November 22nd, in the shadows of the arches, falling in and breaking his prized bamboo rod.  Yes, ask any serious Esopus Creek angler where Five Arches is, and they can tell you.

Sadly plans are underway to replace the bridge as it has become a source for flooding the hamlet of Boiceville in recent years.  Nothing is forever.

The landscape below was done from a November photograph of the old bridge taken while standing upstream and flyfishing the Esopus.

Five Arches aflame, 11x14:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Pool:  Long before Ed Van Put’s excellent book, Trout Fishing in the Catskills, was published I explored, wandered, and fished the upper reaches of the West Branch of the Neversink River.  As the title suggests, Van Put's work reveals details of the history of trout fishing in these Catskill Mountains.  And with regards to one stream Van Put wrote, “The valley of the West Branch has long been known as Frost Valley and has a wild and rugged landscape that has been a deterrent to early settlement.”  And even today pristine parcels of the Catskill forest flourish while the cold, clear West Branch remains home to wild brook trout.

One such image graces a portion of the dust jacket of Trout Fishing in the Catskills.  It is a pool on the West Branch lost in the Catskill Forest Preserve, which I was lucky enough to have found and enjoy for many years now.  The seasons and time have changed this hidden treasure a little, but for the most part it's the same today as it was decades ago when I first came upon it.

Trout Fishing in the Catskills by Ed Van Put:

The Pool, West Branch Neversink, 11x14:

Saturday, October 4, 2014

B W S Road Bridge:  Not far from the shadows of New York City’s dam, and the first bridge over the legendary Neversink downriver of the reservoir, is the B W S Road bridge.  This location holds special meaning to Ed as it was the first place he ever saw the Neversink back in the early ‘70s.  Throughout all these years since, this location has not lost its charm.

B W S Road Bridge, Neversink 11x14:

An earlier variation of this landscape, titled Neversink, B W S Road Bridge can be found on this blog using the LABEL: Neversink.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September plein air:  Lois took part in a September Landscape Workshop offered by the Woodstock School of Art and Kate McGloughlin.  The workshop emphasized September sunlight on Hudson Valley landscapes.  Once again it was a most enjoyable experience.

On September 6th students visited the Thorn Preserve on John Joy Road in Woodstock.  This sixty acre preserve is operated as a partnership between the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and The Woodstock Land Conservancy with views of Overlook Mountain.

Thorn Preserve 8x10 (Sold):

On September 7th students visited Claudia’s farm on Upper Cherrytown Road in Kerhonkson.

Hay barn 8x10: