Ice sounds

The thermometer indicated 16 degrees F at sunrise this morning. I stepped outside to fill the birdfeeder. The wake of a passing tug jostled the layer of ice on the water. Undulating with each wave, the ice made a thin, metallic sound. If you ever stood on

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Disturbing the peace

This evening, I rowed the boat up the creek to the sloop Clearwater for the monthly community potluck dinner. The water was tranquil and a gibbous moon shone overhead. The air was so still that Danny, one of the Clearwater crew members, said that he could hear

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Vinny?

Today, I found a small red plastic ball along the shoreline. Numerous balls float ashore (tennis balls, basketballs, footballs, soccerballs), but this one was of particular interest to me. Early in my tenure as lighthouse keeper, I found four plastic toy balls among the flotsam along the

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Sun dog & halo

Yesterday evening prior to sunset, a brilliant sun dog appeared to the right of the sun. Refracted by ice crystals in the upper atmosphere, the sunlight displayed a partial spectrum of color. This “mock sun” gave the appearance of a double sunset. This morning, a halo was

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More news coverage

The local weekly newspaper The Saugerties Times reported on the public outcry at Monday’s village board meeting: “A Civil Action”. Saugerties residents were in an uproar over the lawsuit filed by a village police officer against the Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy. For those just tuning in, the Editorial

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Brant

Several days ago, while walking along the trail to the lighthouse, I noticed an unusual waterfowl at the shoreline–a Brant. A Brant is a smaller cousin of the Canada Goose. This sighting was unusual not only because Brants are infrequent visitors to the Hudson Valley but also

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