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Keepers Log

The Fog

Late last night, I paddled home from Tivoli in my kayak. Setting out onto calm water at slack tide, I anticipated a smooth ride. Usually, I have no problem finding my way. I just aim for the white beacon.  Not so on this night.  As I made

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Saugerties Lighthouse Winter Contra Dancing at the Saugerties Lighthouse, part 1 Contra Dancing at the Saugerties Lighthouse, part 2 

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Question for the keeper: water chestnut

Do you know what those devilish-looking seed heads are? The sharp nut-like items found along the lighthouse trail are the seed of the water chestnut (Trapa natans)–an non-native, invasive aquatic plant species. The seeds seem diabolical if you are walking barefoot and happen to step on one.

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Snow atop Kaaterskill High Peak

It rained overnight at the lighthouse but snowed in the higher elevations of the Catskill Mountains. The clouds lifted this morning and revealed the snow-frosted peaks. The most prominent of the peaks visible from the lighthouse is the Kaaterskill High Peak to the northwest.

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Temperature readings

At sunrise this morning, a layer of frost coated the dock. At midday, the thermometer at the kitchen window read 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The water temperature at the mouth of Esopus Creek was 47 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Comet

Tonight, the skies cleared, which made for spectacular star-gazing. A friend of mine was visiting from Ithaca, so I got out the telescope to show off a few interesting celestial objects. Scanning the night sky for the Andromeda galaxy in the vicinity of the constellation Cassiopeia, I

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Last seen…

From the Hudson River Almanac, regarding the black swan at the lighthouse: According to Rich Guthrie (New York’s black swan expert), “This may be the black swan that had been hanging out on the Mohawk River at Cohoes.”  Located north of Albany and Troy, Cohoes is over

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Black Swan update

I’ve received several inquiries about the black swan last seen in the cove north of the lighthouse. Alas, for several days, I had nothing to report. No recent sightings.  Now, after a week’s absence, the black swan has returned to the north cove, in the company of

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Cup of sugar

The captain of the sailboat Leda phoned while I was preparing breakfast this morning. “Got some sugar?” he asked. “What kind? I have brown sugar, raw sugar, powdered sugar.” The captain was taking some friends for a morning breakfast sail on the Hudson, but they forgot sugar

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Black swan

Last week, I heard reports from visitors of a black swan hanging out in the cove north of the lighthouse. I was skeptical and figured it was probably just an immature, gray swan, so I never bothered to look. Well, two days ago, I saw it fly

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