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Keepers Log

False Indigo

Walking the trail yesterday, a flowering bush stopped me in my tracks. What caught my eye was the combination of purple and orange–a colorful spike of purple flowers with orange-tipped stamens. Other visitors noticed the flowers too, calling my attention to two previously overlooked bushes growing on

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Yellow rain

Last night’s thunderstorms left a golden coating of pollen on the walkways.  As rain puddles evaporated this morning, yellow pollen dust was left behind on the pavement.

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Clearwater vacation

I will be away from the lighthouse this week to volunteer on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.  I’ll join the crew of the Clearwater in Poughkeepsie and help with the onboard-education program, teaching grade-school students about the river.  In my absence, Dick and Karlyn will be taking

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Work days

Storm windows out and screens in.  The temperature reached the high 70s/low 80s today, so it was time open up the lighthouse and let in the the river breezes. The sunny weather was perfect for getting work done outside. Now, the boat shed looks happy after getting

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Alosa

Alosa is the genus name for shad, the anadromous fish which migrate up the Hudson River this time of year. Alosa is also the name of the 16′ sloop on loan to me from River Dick. Dick has another sailboat, and this one sat out of the

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Marsh marigolds

Marsh marigolds are blooming!  The green plants recently emerged from the mud, and the bright yellow blossoms stand out.

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Special projects

My two brothers traveled from the city for a visit. Even though they were taking a day-off from work, they wondered if I didn’t have any special projects to do. There are always plenty of projects at the lighthouse, so we went to work. We assessed the

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Paddle-to-the-Sea

A school group visited the lighthouse this morning. The tell-tale long-braided hair and simple calico dresses of the girls identified them as members of the Bruderhoff Community in Plattekill Clove.  Each student carried a miniature canoe.  They carved and painted the canoes themselves. Inspired by reading the

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Spring peepers

Finally, after an overcast week, clear skies. In the western sky shined a crisp sliver of the waxing new moon and the bright planet Venus. The reappearance of the stars prompted me to dust off the telescope and take a look around. A magnified view of the

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Flood weary

The river at flood-stage is a mighty force to behold. Wind-driven waves combined with high water have reeked havoc all week. After five consecutive nights and days of flood-stage high-tides, I am feeling worn down from contending with the aftermath of the flood. Damage to both deck

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