When I was a kid, I always thought it was stupid that people would actually take trips up to my hometown during October just to look at the leaves changing color. I mean, seriously?
Yeah, well, okay, now that I’m a grown-up (technically, at least), I get it. Completely. In fact, I totally get the whole, “Oh, the river is so beautiful! Look at the mountains!” thing that comes over people when they’re in the Hudson Valley.
Today we were driving on the Palisades Parkway near Bear Mountain, and I almost burst into tears because everything, everywhere I looked, was just so beautiful. The trees all around us were fire red and screaming orange, we were passing directly through a flurry of swirling yellow, and I felt—just for a tiny second—like I was seeing all of this for the first time.
I’ve lived within a mile of the Hudson River for my entire life. You take for granted as an adult what surrounded you when you were growing up, but lately I’ve been trying to pretend I’m from Mars (or southern California…whichever) and look at all of this amazing nature-y stuff we’ve got going on around here through fresh eyes.
This photo (yes, you can click to make it bigger!) was taken at on the bluff overlooking the Hudson River at the end of my block in Newburgh, the same area you can see from up on my roof. This isn’t much of a leafy extravaganza shot, I know, but that river. And those mountains!