Catskill Photo Weekend

06Feb09

This is a story I wrote for the South Jersey Camera Cub Newsletter about a trip some of us took up to my friends’ resort in the Catskills. The club version included photos by some of my fellow travelers.

On January 23rd through the 25th several South Jersey Camera Club members (Ralph Berglund, Denise Bush, Linda Hollinger, Mike Pillows, Florence Robin, Skip & Carla Vandegrift, Elaine Walsh) met in the Catskills for a fun Photographer’s Weekend. Joining them were members from the Cranberry Digital Photography Club, the Maple Shade-Moorestown Camera Club, Crestwood Camera Club, Flushing Camera Club and the Millburn/Cranford Camera Club. Participants of this Photo Weekend stayed at the Glen Falls House Resort in Round Top, New York, situated on the northern border of the Catskill region. The very affordable package included dinner Friday, three meals on Saturday, a brunch on Sunday and a two-night stay. The grounds are home to two waterfalls and a stream. On Saturday morning and afternoon photo tours were lead by two area photographers. The morning tour was lead by Ron Chiminelli, an energetic guy who took participants to several spots. In the afternoon Francis Driscoll took participants to a very out-of-the-way valley and waterfall called Diamond Knotch Falls. It was a short hike from the cars. There was snow on the ground and the areas were very picturesque. There was a Karaoke party at the resort’s bar Saturday night but details cannot be disclosed! On Sunday morning the temperature was 1 degree. After brunch just a few went to Ice Box Falls. It was a short hike behind the Glen Falls House and what looked like bobcat tracks were spotted along the way! The falls were surrounded by ice, creating unique photo opportunities. The weekend was a great chance to get away and see some different scenery without having to drive too far.

The Glen Falls Resort, owned and operated by my friend, Rich Rosado and wife, Maria.

The Glen Falls Resort, owned and operated by my friend, Rich Rosado and wife, Maria.

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson River. The Catskills are in the background.

The Rip Van Winkle Bridge spans the Hudson River. The Catskills are in the background.

I oslated these 'twin trees' using a telephoto lens. The Catskills are in the background.

I isolated these 'twin trees' using a telephoto lens. The Catskills are in the background.

I like the way the 'winter shadows' create an abstract pattern on the snow.

I like the way the 'winter shadows' create an abstract pattern on the snow.

I was especially interested in the ice forming in the swift and very cold streams.

I was especially interested in the ice forming in the swift and very cold streams.



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