Being Let in to Marble Cemetery

There are several small cemeteries throughout NYC. Most are closed to the public, but on some occasions, you can enter during an event or public opening. Such was the case with the New York Marble Cemetery, which opens its gates to the public one day each month from April to October. It is located in the East Village and is also known as the Second Ave Cemetery. It is the oldest non-sectarian cemetery in NYC. It was a bright sunny day, and I got there early to avoid crowds (or people of any sort).

Not quite open yet.

Not quite open yet.

The bees are having breakfast.

The bees are having breakfast.

The signs on the side of the gate tells the story.

The signs on the side of the gate tells the story.

Here is the full history lesson.

Here is the full history lesson.

They have chairs out for visitors.

They have chairs out for visitors.

The centerpiece of the cemetery.

The centerpiece of the cemetery.

I love the walls surrounding the cemetery.

I love the walls surrounding the cemetery.

Stone set up.

Stone set up.

An obelisk surrounded by squirrels and shade.

An obelisk surrounded by squirrels and shade.

Hiding in the ivy.

Hiding in the ivy.

There are a lot of these types of markers.

There are a lot of these types of markers.

A bush growing grave stone.

A bush growing grave stone.

Some markers on the walls as well.

Some markers on the walls as well.

The obelisk in the bush.

The obelisk in the bush.

A view of one side.

A view of one side.

Back to the centerpiece.

Back to the centerpiece.

A very old stone.

A very old stone.

Looking across the expanse.

Looking across the expanse.

A small obelisk and some yard tools.

A small obelisk and some yard tools.

The stone by the tree.

The stone by the tree.

Obelisks are popular in this cemetery.

Obelisks are popular in this cemetery.

My favorite of the stone designs.

My favorite of the stone designs.

What was under the walls.

What was under the walls.

Someone broke a marker.

Someone broke a marker.

Markers along the wall.

Markers along the wall.

Interesting small trees grow here.

Interesting small trees grow here.

Someone has left rocks in a traditional sense.

Someone has left rocks in a traditional sense.

Looking out from one end of the cemetery.

Looking out from one end of the cemetery.

I like the shadow play as the sun climbs higher.

I like the shadow play as the sun climbs higher.

Back out the gate we go.

Back out the gate we go.

Next week: I go to Governor’s Island for the first time ever.

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Animal Encounters in the Marshland Conservancy

As posted last week, I went on a hike in the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, NY. This is not a pet friendly hike, as there are lots of wild animals who live in the conservancy and you can come across them at any time. Here are the ones I encountered.

Walk down a path, a wild turkey steps out in front of you.

Walk down a path, a wild turkey steps out in front of you.

It mostly ignored us.

It mostly ignored us…

...which was surprising since it wasn't alone.

…which was surprising since it wasn’t alone.

Momma and babies.

Momma and babies.

Someone left a horseshoe crab shell on a bench.

Someone left a horseshoe crab shell on a bench.

Osprey nest, although we did not see any osprey.

Osprey nest, although we did not see any osprey.

I almost stepped on this crab by accident. It's so tiny!

I almost stepped on this crab by accident. It’s so tiny!

We were walking up a path, when my hiking partner shushed me and noticed this.

We were walking up a path, when my hiking partner shushed me and noticed this.

This doe had no fear of us.

This doe had no fear of us.

She's eating.

She’s eating.

Staring at us. Then back to eating.

Staring at us. Then back to eating.

As I rounded a corner, I came face to face with this guy.

As I rounded a corner, I came face to face with this guy.

He stands to greet us.

He stands to greet us.

Licking his chops. Are we going to be eaten?

Licking his chops. Are we going to be eaten?

Staring right at us.

Staring right at us.

Deer profile.

Deer profile.

He leads us out of the woods to the street/parking lot. A very magical experience.

He leads us out of the woods to the street/parking lot. A very magical experience.

Turtles in the water.

Turtles in the water.

This guy was massive.

This guy was massive.

Next week: I get to take a walk inside Marble Cemetery.

 

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A Day Trip to the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, NY

Took a day trip up to Rye, NY to do a nice easy hike in the Marshlands Conservancy. You can easily reach it from NYC by taking Metro North. The Conservancy itself is about a mile away from the train station, so you can walk that as well. We had excellent weather during our trip (July 4th). It’s an easy hike, mostly flat, with very easy to follow trails. Also lots of animals. You can see a map here.

Some of the trail under the trees.

Some of the trail under the trees.

A bridge out into the sunny field.

A bridge out into the sunny field.

The path continues along the tree line.

The path continues along the tree line.

Stay out of the high grass.

Stay out of the high grass.

Duck under this tree.

Duck under this tree.

Far in the distance: the Jay House - boyhood home of the 1st Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay.

Far in the distance: the Jay House – boyhood home of the 1st Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay.

Benches are sporadic but nice to have in the heat.

Benches are sporadic but nice to have in the heat.

We enter the marshlands.

We enter the marshlands.

The clouds helped with the sun, so we didn't cook too much.

The clouds helped with the sun, so we didn’t cook too much.

We find a ruin on one of the paths.

We find a ruin on one of the paths.

A hole in the ground of a house.

A hole in the ground of a house.

The remains of a chimney.

The remains of a chimney.

Looking out onto Long Island Sound.

Looking out onto Long Island Sound.

Many boats out on the Sound.

Many boats out on the Sound.

Find the Osprey nest.

Find the Osprey nest.

A newer bridge that leads back under the trees.

A newer bridge that leads back under the trees.

The next section of the marshlands appears.

The next section of the marshlands appears.

This path is much less covered.

This path is much less covered.

There is a golf course nearby, but there is little chance of being hit by a stray ball.

There is a golf course nearby, but there is little chance of being hit by a stray ball.

The marshlands are protected.

The marshlands are protected.

Some trees have fallen and this is how they deal with the big ones.

Some trees have fallen and this is how they deal with the big ones.

A feather in a stump, with moss.

A feather in a stump, with moss.

Next week: The many animal run ins we had on the hike in the Marshlands Conservancy.

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Atop Sleeping Beauty Mountain

On a trip to the Adirondacks, we opted to try a new hike (for us) with Sleeping Beauty Mountain. We parked in the first parking lot (which I now do not recommend) and began the 2 mile hike to the trail head (which is why I don’t recommend it as it adds 4 miles to your hike). The round trip hike is roughly 7.8 miles, plus the 4 to and from the parking lot, means we did 12 miles. We probably could have shaved some off by not doing the loop and going back down the way we came, but I was curious. And it paid off with nice views of Bumps Pond.

The trail is labelled as easy, but I would dispute it. There are a lot of rock falls on the path and it can be a struggle to deal with them. Plus some of the slopes are steeper than planned. So I would call this a moderate hike.

This is the road from the first parking lot to Dacy Clearing - it is one lane so be careful.

This is the road from the first parking lot to Dacy Clearing – it is one lane so be careful.

We came across the ruin of a house while walking to Dacy Clearing.

We came across the ruin of a house while walking to Dacy Clearing.

Doorway to the house.

Doorway to the house.

The trailhead, after 2 miles already.

The trailhead, after 2 miles already.

Smoother sections of the trail.

Smoother sections of the trail.

We reach the top.

We reach the top.

Looking over the rocks.

Looking over the rocks.

Lake George below us.

Lake George below us.

A wonderful view.

A wonderful view.

A hidden pond in the shade.

A hidden pond in the shade.

Big rock on the edge.

Big rock on the edge.

Fun with b&w in landscape.

Fun with b&w in landscape.

A view through the trees as we head back down.

A view through the trees as we head back down.

Coming up on Bumps Pond.

Coming up on Bumps Pond.

I played with the color on this one. I like the effect, versus the previous image above.

I played with the color on this one. I like the effect, versus the previous image above.

Apparently no horses on the mountain trail (good advise with all the rock strewn paths).

Apparently no horses on the mountain trail (good advise with all the rock strewn paths).

Bumps pond.

Bumps pond.

Next week: A day hike at the Marshland Conservancy in Rye, NY.

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Animal Fun With Tongues at the Bronx Zoo

Looking through a bunch of the images I took at the Bronx Zoo, it was brought to my attention that I had a lot of shots of animals yawning and/or sticking out their tongue. So this could be a theme for a possible project or two. Take a look.

Big yawn!

Big yawn!

Keeping the nose in frame this time.

Keeping the nose in frame this time.

Licking his chops.

Licking his chops.

Yawn in the shade.

Yawn in the shade.

Tongue curl in the yawn.

Tongue curl in the yawn.

Licking a tree.

Licking a tree.

Tiger panting.

Tiger panting.

Snow leopard licking his paw.

Snow leopard licking his paw.

Next week: A hike up Sleeping Beauty Mountain in the Adirondacks.

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Gorillas in the Bronx Zoo

Following up on our post last week. Here are the gorillas in all their glory! And there were young ones!!!

I have no idea what those others think they are doing.

I have no idea what those others think they are doing.

A mother watching her young.

A mother watching her young.

The pin-up model.

The pin-up model.

She posed for everyone.

She posed for everyone.

Looking to take the leap.

Looking to take the leap.

I'm going to eat right here.

I’m going to eat right here.

Play time!!!

Play time!!!

We fell over.

We fell over.

Hi mom! We're playing!

Hi mom! We’re playing!

Rolling around.

Rolling around.

Don't play with them, they're too rough.

Don’t play with them, they’re too rough.

Mmmm, food.

Mmmm, food.

Safe with his mother.

Safe with his mother.

Next week: One more set from the zoo, this time, it’s a theme!

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The Bronx Zoo in Early Summer, 2016

As I do each year, a trip occured to the Bronx Zoo to enjoy the animals in the sun before all the schools unleash the kids and camps. We went later in the day, so a lot of the animals were sleeping or waiting for their dinners. Here are a few of my favorites from the day.

One of the elephants is waving.

One of the elephants is waving.

The elephant through the trees.

The elephant through the trees.

The rhino is hungry.

The rhino is hungry.

Go away! I'm eating!

Go away! I’m eating!

The black leopard is not amused.

The black leopard is not amused.

A better look where the reflections aren't drawing focus with their bright colors (I forgot my filter for reflections).

A better look where the reflections aren’t drawing focus with their bright colors (I forgot my filter for reflections).

Oh look up, there are bats. RUN!

Oh look up, there are bats. RUN!

This crane has been there for years. And is always memorable because of the missing wing.

This crane has been there for years. And is always memorable because of the missing wing.

The lions are having a siesta.

The lions are having a siesta.

I shall preen for you.

I shall preen for you.

Mmmmm, dinner.

Get off my lawn!

What's over there?

What’s over there?

I am a giraffe and I can stand still.

I am a giraffe and I can stand still.

Giraffe through the tree.

Giraffe through the tree.

The baboon on the ground.

The baboon on the ground.

Oh joy, more children are coming. Sigh.

Oh joy, more children are coming. Sigh.

Can i escape up there?

Can i escape up there?

I can't help but think they are looking at their genitals.

I can’t help but think they are looking at their genitals.

Comfy seat.

Comfy seat.

Inappropriate touching.

Inappropriate touching.

Where did you go?

Where did you go?

My feet!

My feet!

The komodo dragon has grown.

The komodo dragon has grown.

It is a hot day for the tiger.

It is a hot day for the tiger.

Shadow and the tiger.

Shadow and the tiger.

Next week: The gorillas. There were young’uns!

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