Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

A Jump Start on Fall Colors

By Vladimir Brezina

Of the spectacular Fall colors seen every year all over New York State, New York City’s are always the last to make their appearance. The city is far south, at sea level, and much warmer than its surroundings due to the urban heat effect. And so, in the first days of October 2013, New York City is still largely green.

DSC_0403 cropped smallBut if the Fall colors won’t come to us, yet, we can go to them. This past weekend I found myself at a conference at Mohonk Mountain House, a historic hotel about 60 miles north of the city, located on the Shawangunk Ridge at the southern border of the Catskill Mountains—and most importantly, at an elevation of over 1,000 feet. There, the Fall colors were already in full swing!

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Travel Theme: Height

By Vladimir Brezina

Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge this week is Height.

When returning to New York City by plane, I always try to sit in a window seat. And these days, I look not so much at the land below, but at the water. One of the great pleasures of landing in New York is recognizing from above all the waters where we kayak, the bays and islands that we now know so intimately.

From a kayak, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge appears gigantic—look how it dwarfs Fort Wadsworth to the right of it, itself a massive structure…

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, from a kayak

… but from the air it is just a toy.

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Here’s the southwestern tip of Staten Island…

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… Gowanus Bay with the Loujaine

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… and finally, the East River and its bridges!

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