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A Glimpse Of The Catskills February 22, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Last night’s lingering stay up on Windsor Mountain, waiting for the moon which (predictably) appeared only after I gave up and retreated to my car far down the hill, yielded a few interesting shots not of the sky, including this, a sculpted field up on the high dome of a hill. The underlying snow wore a thick icy crust, convoluted by sun and gravity, annealed to a wind-carved layer of sintered snow.  It resembled to my mind the surface of a tumultuous ocean, reflecting the intense blue of the twilight sky and punctuated by the low-angle light of the day’s end:

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And then, after all hope of a glorious moonrise had faded into a desperate struggle to not lose fingertips to the insistent wind, my eye was caught by the silhouette of a distant Catskill peak normally not visible from these parts:

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But you know, the higher one climbs, the broader one’s horizons.

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1. DCup - February 22, 2008

That snow wave picture may be one of your most interesting yet! Incredible!

And you know I love that sunset picture. Beautiful.

2. sherry - February 23, 2008

it does look like water!!!!

3. Randal Graves - February 23, 2008

Man. If I ever write a book, your photos have to be the accompanying illustrations.

4. littlebangtheory - February 23, 2008

DC, thanks – I’m glad you think so!

And sherry, you see it too? 😉

Randall, they’re yours for the asking… Get busy, dammit! LOL

5. P.S. - February 23, 2008

The first photo almost looks like beach sand to me…you know how the wind paints the sand like that sometimes? Lovely, so lovely

6. littlebangtheory - February 23, 2008

It’s a very apt comparison, PS. But strangely, these “erosion formations” were created by a wind blowing from the photographer’s left, while similarly shaped sand dunes (at any scale) would be formed by winds blowing from the right.

Still, you’re entirely correct about the visual similarity, it could almost be either!

7. P.S. - February 24, 2008

Oh, yeah…everyone knows THAT… 😉

8. beatgrl - February 25, 2008

Dcup beat me to it! I clicked in to say that the snow wave could be the best picture yet. I’d love to see the higher resolution version. At first glance I thought I saw water. Well, I suppose I did in a way.
Truly amazing.

9. littlebangtheory - February 26, 2008

Thanks Folks.

More on the “higher resolution” thing soon.


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