Month: August 2009

  • 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 am particularly interested in the lighthouse tender Lilac.…

  • 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 their dam-building activity, but I wouldn’t want to…

  • Water temperature

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

  • 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 from a single point in the sky. This…

  • 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 so, it’s not necessary to turn off the…

  • 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 looking forward to staying at the lighthouse, watching…

  • 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 moon. Male katydids rub their forewings together to…