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August

August was called the “Sturgeon Moon” by fishing tribes because the sturgeon was easier to catch in late summer. I call this month “Katydid Moon” because the katydids start up their nighttime chorus. This year I first noticed their sing-song stridulation the night after the August full

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Question for the Keeper: ripples

Question: Why are some patches of the river’s surface smooth and other rippled during a drizzle? This question arises from observation of the texture of the water’s surface. In a drizzle, rain droplets ripple the surface of the water. Although the rain is falling uniformly, smooth patches

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Testimonial: "Bountiful breakfast"

The lighthouse was profiled in the article A Home Away From Home in a regional magazine The Chrongram.

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Question for the Keeper: Oldest Lighthouse in the U.S.

The Saugerties Lighthouse is 140 years old this year, built after the Civil War. As old as it is, it’s a young light compared to Colonial era lighthouses. What is the oldest lighthouse in the U.S.? Two lighthouses vie for this title. The first lighthouse built in

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Osprey mating fails

The opsrey pair gave up the nest in the treetop near the mouth of Esopus Creek. After sitting on the nest for two to three weeks in late April/early May, they started a second round of courtship. They made a half-hearted attempt at a nest on channel

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River neighbors

I walked down to the Tivoli landing carrying a portable drill. As I strapped it on the back of my kayak, a man standing nearby gave me a quizzical look and asked what I was doing. Short answer: “My neighbor in Glasco needs to borrow a drill,

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Cranes, hoists and winches

The winter took its toll on the lighthouse dock. River ice bent and tore the steel pilings. After spring thaw, the dock was sagging at one end and off-kilter at the other. The pilings for the ramp were bent like pretzels. I attached some temporary supports to

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Winds of change

As the season switches from winter to spring, the winds of change blow fiercely. Lately, the wind has been gusting over 30 mph and creating white caps and 3-foot swells on the river. Anything not lashed down is at the whim of the wind gusts. Today, I

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Question for the Keeper: tide

How does the tide clock work? Does high tide occur at the same time everyday? At the lighthouse, a tide clock adorns the kitchen wall above a regular analog timepiece. The tide clock has a single hand that sweeps around its face pointing towards high tide or

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First swim of the season

Sunny afternoon. After a long run, I took a quick dip in the river. I didn’t linger underwater for more than a second. Water temperature: an invigorating 46 degrees F.

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