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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