309:366 Mid-Hudson Bridge
November 6, 2016
A couple weeks ago I took a trip north to Poughkeepsie, New York, to find some foliage in peak Autumn colors. It was a beautifully crisp autumn day with a cloudless sky- and the resulting pictures were full of vibrance and color.
Now that we are in the post-season and I have been sitting on these pictures for far too long, I do not even really have the story I wanted to tell about the town in the front of my mind any longer. Damn you, procrastination!
But all is not lost: I am presenting you with the photographs in a
I haven’t tried this slideshow feature yet, so if it is no good, let me know. There should be a pause button and possibly arrows for manual cycling.
…I instantly removed the slideshow feature. It cycles too quickly, the viewer does not have a relative context of each image within the series, and I just didn’t like it.
So here you can scroll through them all, and click to enlarge anything you like. The captions should still be in place.
I took Amtrak to Poughkeepsie. This is heading north and passing the George Washington Bridge.
The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge takes us from Manhattan into Westchester County and points north.
Passing an old Domino Sugar refinery. When will we cease to unemploy ourselves?
The Tappanzee Bridge in the distance. They are building a new one presently.
Passing through Sing Sing Prison.
Just passing through….
This is as much of a tour of Ossining as we will be doing today.
Hudson River views.
Some park with the foothills of the Appalacian Mountains in the distance.
Out the window lies Bear Mountain Bridge.
West Point U.S. Army Military Academy
Not much left but I remember reading about this private castle. I forget what it is called now. Next summer I’ll go visit.
View of the Walkway over the Hudson bridge from Poughkeepsie train station.
The interior of the station reminds me of Stirling Castle (“They built the roof as if it were an upside down boat”)
The town of Poughkeepsie has not fared as well as the station. This is within walking distance of it.
The Walkway of the Hudson was a rail bridge, now it is part of the rail-trail movement where they turn those unused railways into parks.
Makes for an excellent walk, with excellent views. They are suitable for bicycles too, since they are more or less wide and level.
Overlooking downtown Poughkeepsie.
Same spot, but looking south over the business district and the Mid-Hudson suspension bridge.
Nice framing with the chainlink, right?!
Hudson River- facing Canada.
Such a nice day.
Color and contrast.
I really like the way this silhouette came out!
It was so windy at the top of the bridge though! It was impressive just how much wind is absorbed by the trees below.
Several freight trains went by in the couple hours I was there.
This shows the general walking area. I walked a six mile loop that afternoon.
Standard autumn shot.
The way the train hugs the river and has the few buildings below almost makes it look like a toy train set.
This is the Walkway over the Hudson bridge.
When I saw this guy in the distance, I figured I should wait for him to get under the bridge. Makes for a much nicer photo, right?
This is a barge pushed by a tugboat. Notice the chains on the bow that go under the hull. They are anchored to the rear of the tugboat and used to lock the two units together as one, and assist in steering.
Chains, bow, and water.
Some guy doing stuff.
Suspension cables getting sent into the anchor blocks below.
So the old town was described int he brochure as having “beautiful old Victorian houses.”
From a sweeping pass tey look nice, and probably once were.
But things must be maintained.
And I don’t mean just paint the building. (See the roof caving in, top center?)
This just screams “stolen BMW.”
I got the call that afternoon that I was hired by Metro-North RR. So this will be one of my offices at some point in the future.
Getting ready to head back home after having a couple beers waiting for the train.