Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Panoramic Street Shots Of Beacon

Out walking to our favorite part of Beacon again today and took these. Click on the images to enlarge them!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mt. Beacon Panorama

I did not even know I had the software to do this until recently. This was stitched together from three photos I took near the peak this morning. It was too foggy to shoot the valley, so I took these pictures of the scene at the top. Click on it to see it bigger.

Morning Hike Up Mount Beacon

Remnants of the Mt. Beacon funicular.


Future ax murderer?

The wheelhouse that drew the funicular to the top.

Ruined motor bushings.

Vanishing point.

Looks like a mission.

Markers for the trail we took.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Warm Late Winter Day

Means, "take pictures on way to work."

The tide is going out - you can tell because the mud is moving in lines toward me, and I have my back to the Hudson River. The Hudson is a tidal estuary. The effect of the tide goes all the way to Troy, NY, some 100 miles from NYC.

This is where I stand when I take pictures for my brother's blog.

Vaclav's Boulangerie

I was asked to contribute to a pot-luck dinner at work by making bread. Here we go.

Sunday afternoon I prepared seven batches of the dry ingredients (18oz of flour, 2tsp yeast, 2 tsp salt) and placed them in bags. Mise-en-place, if you will. One of the seven bags is missing because it's now combined with 12-13 fluid ounces of water. 

If you don't have one of these, you ought to. Yes, I said "ought." It is a moral imperative. I hate kneading by hand and I don't have the space anyway.  

The first batch is done. 6 more to mix and rise.  

Three batches are already rising. 

All seven rising.

Parchment paper and cookie sheets ready to go.

After about an hour, I can see the first batch is rising. How do I know it was the first? By the position of the bowl on the table. 

Now we shape each batch into some form. I am not very good at this part. 

Everyone is shaped, rising again. That's seven trays of 12 rolls each. 

Don't forget to do the dishes. A clean kitchen is a must for safety and smooth operation. No, I am not messing with you. This is why my wife calls me her favorite kitchen gadget. I think.

Bakin' away...

First batch is DONE. I wonder how good they are. 

After they all cool for a few hours I will bag them in a huge Zip-Loc bag (have you ever seen one? You can  fit a week's laundry in one!). Tomorrow they will be consumed by my colleagues at work. 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Walk

Scenes from a Sunday afternoon in Beacon, NY.

More work going on at The Roundhouse At Beacon Falls

Interesting windows at Jessica Wickham Woodworker.

A warm day brings people out on East Main Street. 

This is a doggie in a store window. I don't know how much he cost. 

A ladies' clothing store in Beacon, Jacqueline. Nice hats in the window for  Easter.

Looks like we finally have a florist in town. 

Also our own local beer at Hop.

A pretty dress in the window at Lauren and Riley.

Antiques for sale in front of a store.