Catskill Favorites


Having been to the Catskills to lead Photo Weekends so often, it is challenging to find something new each time. On this most recent trip I had two of my friends ride up with me, a day early to scout for the weekend tour. The company made it all the more enjoyable and we stopped in Highlands to walk across the Hudson and 1.3 mile bridge to Poughkeepsie. The mid-day sun didn’t make for very good photos but I managed one image, full of specular highlights that I enjoy. We stopped at the Esopus Lighthouse on the Hudson and the late-day sun was in the right position to ‘light up’ the lighthouse. The next morning it was raining so after breakfast at the diner we decided to take the tour of Olana … something we had never put down our cameras down to do. It was well worth it and afterwards the rain stopped and the clearing sky added some cloud interest to the estate. Cranes and scaffolding surrounded the mansion for repainting, so we ventured down to the barn and lake. Our Saturday morning spots included Bastion Falls, which you must get to first before the mobs. Then at the top of Kaaterskill Falls we could look down at the edge and see the tiny trail below. Our last stops before lunch included a picturesque stone church and Mountaintop Arboretum. In the afternoon we visited the Roaring Kill Bridge cascade area where I enjoyed looking for reflections with fall color, upstream from my usual spot. We stopped at the ever-popular and spooky, Cold Springs Inn before it became overcast and our light for the day faded. On Sunday morning it was raining lightly and we went to a nearby waterfall, a mountain lake, a great red barn and Ice Box Falls which is a short walk behind the Glen Falls House Resort. I thought that the autumn scene at the falls was especially nice and a perfect way to end the tour.

‘Crossing The Hudson’ © Denise Bush

‘Esopus Lighthouse’ © Denise Bush

‘Olana Lake’ © Denise Bush

‘Olana Barn’ © Denise Bush

‘Hay Rake Close-up I’ © Denise Bush

‘Hay Rake Close-up II’ © Denise Bush

‘From The Lake’ © Denise Bush

‘Bastion Falls In October’ © Denise Bush

‘Wet Leaves At Bastion Falls’ © Denise Bush

‘Top Of Kaaterskill Falls’ © Denise Bush

‘260 Feet Down’ © Denise Bush

‘Trail Below’ © Denise Bush

‘Autumn Abstract I’ © Denise Bush

‘Upstream’ © Denise Bush

‘Footbridge To Fall’ © Denise Bush

‘After The Rain’ © Denise Bush

‘Autumn Farm’ © Denise Bush

‘Ice Box Falls II’ © Denise Bush

‘Ice Box Falls I’ © Denise Bush

20 Responses to “Catskill Favorites”

  1. 1 Kathleen

    Really nice Denise, I really like the “Waterfall” images!!!

  2. Looks like another productive weekend. Nice work. My favs: Hay Rake I, Wet Leaves at Bastion, and Footbridge to Fall.

  3. 3 Ken Henriques Jr.

    Beautiful different shots of the falls. You always do nice work Denise.

  4. Denise, very nice work….

  5. I continue to be amazed that you find new things to photograph in the same area. You did a great job this time too and the images are wonderful.

  6. Glad to see someone productive at a re-visit. I still find it very, very hard to do, so kudos to you. Really like ‘Autumn Farm’ with the light on the stalks and ‘Top of Kat’ the drop off and then the fall colors… very nice comp.

  7. 7 denisebushphoto

    Thanks so much for looking and leaving comments!

  8. My faves are the quiet water with the reflected colors… almost looks like somebody spilled paint on the water!

  9. Beam me there scotty and throw away the key, very beautiful pics.
    I’m stuck and living in Peninsatraz Florida.

  10. The mountains & rivers rule!!! The vast flat wastelands of Florida & the interminable humidity and heat, pythons your soul like the heavy weight of a casket lid.

  11. Looks like a very awesome weekend. Beautiful work. While I’m always a sucker for rocks and waterfalls, but my favorites of this set are “Upstream” and “After the Rain”. I love that lone Weeping Willow tree in the latter.

  12. 12 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for looking and letting me know which one’s you like. It is interesting that everyone has selected different favorites!

  13. 13 Cathie

    I love the “Upstream” shot. It reminds me of a place I used to go when I was a kid in Pennsylvania. Of course my mom never knew where I was & I was forbidden to go there, but that just adds to the magic of the place! Thanks for bringing back some great memories!

  14. 14 Terry Wilson

    It was great trip, and well worth my greater trip to the east coast to join in. You really nailed those shots from the top of Kaaterskill. I haven’t processed mine yet, but it was difficult with the bright background mountains. I like all of the ones you posted, but the ones from Ice Box best, for the golden leaves. It reminds me of coins in a fountain.

  15. 15 denisebushphoto

    Thanks for visiting!

    • I enjoyed those Catskill photo’s the mountains & rivers also the old relic’s in what looks like a spool manufacturing plant and the worn out shoes too kewl

  16. So beautiful! You manged to caputre the beauty of mother nature, love it.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. That is an older post but I’m still glad you like it. To get to the most recent posts click on ‘Denise Bush’s Photo Blog’ at the top then keep scrolling down!

  17. 19 Illumination Photography

    You live in a really gorgeous part of the world! It must be fascinating to explore all these landscapes and think about the people who used to live there and what the view looked like to them. Love your photographs!

    • Thanks very much! I’ve been rather serious about photography for the last 17 years or so … maybe too serious. It’s difficult to sell! Thanks for following my blog too!!! These older images were from the Catskills in New York where I used to visit… I’ve lived in Colorado for the last year and a half.

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