Thursday, February 23, 2017

Five Arch Bridge:  The Five Arch Bridge has served the local community for over one hundred years, and it has long been an Esopus Creek angling icon.  In The Well-Tempered Angler the late Arnold Gingrich recalls many stories about rainbow trout the size of salmon grilse, falling into an icy November river and breaking a new cane rod, all in the shadows of this historic landmark.

Plans are underway to replace this old bridge, often blamed for flooding in the local hamlet, with a new modern structure sometime by the year 2022.  Anglers will miss this piscatorial Esopus symbol, but it will never be forgotten.

Five Arch Bridge, Boiceville, NY, 11x14 (DtC):

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Watercolor:  Recently Lois started using a new medium: watercolor.  The watercolors below are all portrayed on 9 x 12 paper.

Brook trout, Rondout Creek (DtC):

The sawmill, Frost Valley YMCA:

Dividing weir, Ashokan Reservoir:

Sunset Rock, North-South Lake,

Mother's Pool, Phoenicia, NY,

Chimney Hole:

Biscuit Brook:


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gertrude’s Nose:  The Shawangunk Mountains, or “Gunks” as they are called, consist of a ridge of white conglomerate rock, for the most part, that extends roughly from Kingston, New York south through Port Jervis.  The Gunks are rich in history and natural beauty.  Once inhabited by Lenape Indians, the region now attracts countless visitors every season of the year who hike, bike, and climb their rugged terrain.

One of the most famous cliffs, found within the confines of Minnewaska State Park, is known as Gertrude’s Nose.  The name is derived from the 1682 deed of Gertrude Bruyn, an early settler of Dutch descent.

Gertrude's Nose, 11x14:

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Straus barn:  Come the hot, dry summer months of July and August, there’s no place this angler would rather drift a dry fly than on the headwaters of the East Branch Neversink, deep in the center of Cecil Heacox’s Charmed Circle, a place some call Shangri-La.  If it were not for the efforts of Roger and Gladys Straus, this opportunity might not exist.

Wild brook trout still succumb to historic old wet fly patterns, like the Scarlet Ibis, in the shadows of the Straus barn along the sheltered banks of the East Branch Neversink.  The barn was a former sawmill, and according to the former caretaker of the Straus properties--- Mike Dean, the oldest continuous still standing structure in the Town of Denning.

The sawmill, 11x14:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Burroughs:  The loose flow of the artwork below exhibits little connection to John Burroughs’ harsh words about the landscape of the upper Rondout.  In his essay, A Bed of Boughs, the Catskill naturalist 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.”  Perhaps only the most astute observer might be able to locate this deeply shaded section of John Burroughs’ Rondout Creek.

Burroughs, 11x14:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Woodstock School of Art:  During 2016’s summer, Lois attended a Woodstock School of Art workshop taught by Kate McGloughlin.  Various “plein air” landscapes were created from Hudson River valley and Catskill scenes, all depicted below.  These are quick studies of the countryside, each with a bit of history involved.

From Shultis Farm Road, in Bearsville--- a venerable Ulster County family name.

Mountain view, 10x8:

Shultis Farm Road, 8x10:

From Rokeby, or La Bergerie, in Barrytown, across the Hudson--- with many landowners from the Livingstons to the Astors.

La Bergerie, 10x8;

The shade tree: 8X10:

From Weidner, or Hickory Hill farm in West Shokan--- with tentacles in the Hardenburgh Patent.

Hickory Hill Farm, 8x10:

Weidner barn, 8x10:

From Herrick’s bridge, in Saugerties--- an Ulster County family name that dates back to the founding of America.

Herrick’s field, 5x7:

Krummholz, 5x7 (sold):

Herrick’s red barn, 8x10:

Coxing Kill trout:  The Shawangunk Mountains--- or Gunks are they are known--- run from Kingston south to Port Jervis, the eastern ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.  While this name has a Dutch derivative, Native Americans referred to the Gunks as “smoky air.”

In Edward G. Henry’s handbook--- Gunks Trails--- the author wrote, “If the Shawangunks were said to have a heart, it would be the Trapps and Sky Top. … The Trapps titled, hard strata boldly rise from the small, glacier-enhanced gap.  The Delaware Indians used this mountain pass as a major war trail.  The Trapps is Dutch name meaning ‘staircase’, but the name was actually applied to a small settlement below the cliffs.”

Coxing Clove is centered by the Trapps and Sky Top; it was first settled in the late 1700s primarily by inhabitants of Dutch descent.  Lake Minnewaska is also found here, out of which drains a branch of the upper Coxing Kill flowing downstream through the glacier gap.  This lake was once known as Coxing Pond.

The Delaware Indians and Dutch are long since gone, as is the Trapps hamlet.  Perhaps today this area is best known for its world-class rock climbing, but brook trout are still to be found.

Coxing Kill trout, 11x14: