These photos dispel a few things. One is that New York State is entirely occupied by New York City. I know that people don’t actually believe this (well ok, some may), but often when you mention you are from another part of the state (Buffalo, for example) to someone who is not from the northeast, NYC comes to mind. NY State, is in fact an incredibly beautiful state. This of course is just a minor sampling. I took these on a train ride home this morning as we sped up the Hudson Valley. The other thing these photos dispel is that you cannot take good photos with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera (and from a moving train). While it does push the limits of such a camera, it can be done. I was only in NYC overnight and wanted to pack light so I brought only a camera that would fit in my breast pocket. At any rate, you’ve probably gathered by now that the train is my favorite way to travel long distance. But locally, it is a bike, of course 🙂
Sometimes I forget. Or, being in the city for most of my time, I don’t remember. I don’t remember how truly beautiful the surrounding countryside is. This is only 40 miles/64 km from my home. I visited my niece and her husband yesterday at a farm they operate in North Java, NY. The lush green and rolling hills are breathtaking. Fog was just breaking as I took these photos. It felt good to stand and feel the wind on my face and not see another house or person in view…just trees, rolling hills, and pasture. Lovely. Click any photo for a larger view.
This image has nothing do do with this blog other than it has a girl on bike and I like the photo. There’s something about the image that moves me; it’s very yearning. It makes me want to visit this place. If you’d like to read the NY Times article from which this image was culled click here.