Hudson River and Kingston New York

Rondout Lighthouse

During the recent make-over, I’ve switched header of my blog to a photo taken during a wonderful late spring boat ride along the Hudson River.  My wife and I enjoy lighthouses and, no surprise here, there are several that are best seen from a boat.  This is Roundout Lighthouse in Kingston, New York.

Kingston Waterfront

Kingston is a beautiful little river town south of Albany.  For some, this is considered “upstate New York”, though I subscribe to a different definition – only those areas north of Albany qualify for the “upstate” modifier.

A family of Mallards

As we departed from the dock, a family of Mallard ducks gave us an escort.  She was quite successful hatching that may ducklings and I hope that most avoided large fish and the many cats prowling the water front to reach adulthood.

The Hudson is a working river; tugs and barges are frequent sights.
But there's also time and space for pleasure boating, too!

Lots and lots of boats along the river.  The Hudson is actually a “drowned river”, flood by seawater during the end of the last ice age.  As the ice melted and sea levels rose, salt water intruded into the river basin.  For this reason, the lower Hudson is really considered to be an estuary and is tidal well north of the Bay at New York City. 

Esopus Meadow Lighthouse

We boated past this mid-river lighthouse and several mansions built along the shore and then headed back to Kingston and past a waterfront maritime museum.

Mathilda

That’s were we saw Mathilda, a steam tug built during the late 1800’s.  Mathilda sank at her dock during the early 1900’s but was recovered and ultimately ended up at the maritime museum in Kingston, an example of the steam tugs that used to ply the waters of the Hudson.

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Theme 4 – A Pair Of……

Harlequin Ducks
Harlequin Ducks

A pair of amorous male Harlequin Ducks faithfully pursued this female Harlequin Duck around Barnegat Lighthouse inlet.  I took this photo in early February from the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, around the time when these types of duck behaviours become more noticeable.  Harlequin Ducks winter in a few places along the Jersey shore.  Barnegat Lighthouse is one of the most reliable places to find them each year, attracting as many photographers as birders on sunny (and cold) winter mornings.