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Historic tugs and more

Thanks to downriver-neighbor Dock for alerting me to this fleet of boats on the river. A flotilla of historic working vessels will be traveling the Hudson River and visiting riverside communities in coming weeks. Tugs, fireboat, steam launches, canal schooner, dutch barge, etc. will be featured. I

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Dam builders

This morning, my cross-river neighbor Tim mentioned that he recently noticed a beaver swimming along the shore at the Tivoli Landing. Probably the same beaver I saw one evening while kayaking home from Tivoli last week. I wonder where its lodge is located. Beavers are known for

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Water temperature

Water temperature reading: 78 degrees F. In recent days, the water temperature climbed above 75 degrees for the first time this summer.

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Question for the Keeper: meteor shower radiant

Last week’s Perseid meteor shower prompted the following question: Why do meteor showers appear to radiate from single point in the sky? Meteor shower particles are actually all traveling in parallel paths and at the same velocity, but they appear to an observer below to radiate away

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Star-gazing and lighthouse pollution

A lesson from lighthouses on light pollution: A hometown friend of mine asked me (jokingly) if I ever turn the beacon off for star-gazing. Well, of course not, for obvious reasons, especially obvious to commercial cargo vessels trying to navigate the narrow river channel at night. Even

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Saugerties Lighthouse Vacation

A family who were recent guests at the lighthouse posted two videos on youtube.com about their stay at the lighthouse. The videos provide an interesting overview of what it’s like to visit the lighthouse. Everyone has a different experience, and these videos show one example. For anyone

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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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Outdoor artwork on display at lighthouse

Artwork was installed this week outside the lighthouse as part of the “Explore Saugerties Artists Treasure Hunt.” The art on display at the lighthouse is one of twenty-four artworks installed throughout Saugerties Township for people to find by following clues. The Treasure Hunt is presented by the

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Helipad proposed for property across the river from the lighthouse

A story in this morning’s Daily Freeman concerns a new neighbor directly across the river from the lighthouse: Rolling Stone publisher’s helipad plan unpopular in Red Hook RED HOOK — The town’s Conservation Advisory Council has asked the Town Board to deny a request by Jann Wenner,

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