102016: A Beautiful Autumn

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Aside from the continuing low water conditions, this Autumn has been beautiful in the Hudson Valley. Cindy and I spent several hours strolling around the grounds of Art Omi, a beautiful sculpture park and arts center located across the river in Ghent, NY. The rolling hills and the lagoon (pictured above) are the perfect settings for a wonderful array of fine sculptures.

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These are two pieces by the sculptor Folkert de Jong.

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And these two by the sculptor Philip Grausman.

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The next day had us visiting our friends, Manny and Marie, and a walk to the long defunct quarry on their property. Low water, once again – the lowest they could remember.

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I came back later to explore the quarry and its surroundings. The forest, for me at least, seems to provide endless visual  opportunities. You don’t know what they might be. But you can always find them!

These are a few from that walk.

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Back at the studio, downed leaves cover the many surrounding piles of fossil rocks. A few peeked through.

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Enjoy the remaining days of Autumn.

Large and Small

Usually, when I am out hiking and hunting for fossils, I am walking stream beds (often dry), quarries (always precarious at the rims), or hillsides (all too easy to slide down uncontrollably). Safe footing is often a problem. Seldom am I on level ground and so concerns about loose rocks underfoot and equilibrium issues in general dictate a slow and methodical pace. In fact, peering down all the time, looking for anomalous rock patterns, can be almost meditative. The end result, aside from all the cool and interesting fossils I find, is that while I might walk a rather small area I examine it rather closely.

So for a change of pace Cindy and I took a short trip across the river (the Hudson, that is) on Sunday to visit Art/Omi near the town of Ghent, N.Y. For those not familiar, the sculpture park at Omi is set on sixty acres of beautiful, rolling countryside with farmland, wetlands, and wooded areas and contains roughly eighty large scale works. I tend to think of Omi as a somewhat scaled down and more personal alternative to Storm King (an hour to the south).

This week’s blog then is about the two views – macro/micro, long view/short view, large and small – each rich with ample aesthetic value and information to ponder, each the result of awareness of one’s surroundings, and each with a nod to the wonder and beauty of nature and those beings who inhabit it – whether they be artists or 400 million year old former denizens leaving their marks.

First, to Kaaterskill Creek – A bit muddy and slippery but plenty to find.

And now, back to Art/Omi – It’s a great place to visit year round, be it for a picnic in the Summer or cross-country skiing in the Winter – all taking place amongst the work of artists of international renown.

Even in the midst of broad and expansive beauty it seems I can always find room for a couple of closer views.

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