Upstate New York

Published: May 31st 2017
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I left Swarthmore well before breakfast and headed North through Pennsylvania directly for Summit on secondary roads. No traffic, but lots of cops determined to prevent Memorial Day accidents. Crossed the Delaware on the US 202 bridge and headed into New Jersey. Daniel and Honor and Simon had prepared breakfast outside on the collapsadeck. It was fresh and cool, and we had a lovely meal. We engaged Simon with his new lawnmower (used to clean up after his dad's cut) and the sandbox -- he was his usual charming happy two year old self. Then I struck out North on the big freeways (technically referred to as the "slab") that are now becoming known to us with our visits to Burlington. Enjoyed the beauty of the empty road winding up through the Catskills and the Adirondacks. Reached Warrensburg in time for the end of a motorcycle rally, and walked around a bit before dinner. A beautiful little town lining the banks of the Schroon River, hemmed in by the hills, its story of growth, climax and slump seemed so natural, so American. At its peak in the 1880's, the town had a series of lumber, wool and potash based industries, powered by the rapidly flowing river. Now it is slowly making its comeback through tourism and services.

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31st May 2017
Well, maybe only to old photographers...

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Hi Jim -- I am enjoying following you on your journey. Lovely photo of Simon. Safe travels. Karen Blyth
31st May 2017
Why are old buildings so attractive to photographers ?

Old Buildings
Jim, I think about William Christenberry who returned again & again to the places of his hometown of Hale. The aging process seemed to only make them more & more beautiful. Haunting even! Hope you are feeling better! Cathy
4th June 2017
Why are old buildings so attractive to photographers ?

I agree. I remember staring at his photos in the old Portrait Gallery show.
1st June 2017
Why are old buildings so attractive to photographers ?

Old buildings
I was attracted to this photo right away! Maybe we see a reflection of ourselves.

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