Optimistic Progression

On Saturday morning, January 23, 2016, Winter Storm Jonas had already slammed much of the East Coast with record snowfall, but in Orange County, NY it was just beginning. This is where I live. It was the very edge of the storm.

The area just fifteen miles due south of my home was buried in snow, and fifty miles south-east, Manhattan was crippled.  However, less than thirty miles north there was no snow. None at all. That’s where we my husband and I headed in our four-wheel drive Dodge Ram Truck.

At about 12:30 pm on Saturday the 23rd it looked like this traveling east on Route 17 near Monroe, NY.
As we approached the Harriman toll booths, which had become invisible, it looked like this. DSC07397-2-rt17-harriman-ny-blizzard-1-23-2016-wm
Behind a bus and a couple of cars, in the photo below we were about twelve miles from home and headed north on the New York State Thruway.
Not long after heading north, visibility began to improve.
About five miles north of the toll booths, I could see the structures of Mountainville to the east of the Thruway.
Two miles from there, I could see the end of Andrew Goldsworthy’s stone wall sculpture, Five Men, Seventeen Days, Fifteen Boulders, One Wallat Storm King Art Center.
In just seven more miles, the snow had rapidly diminished.
Only two more miles north, at the Plattekill rest stop, there was almost no snow.
We drove a few more minutes to find the apple orchards north of Newburgh completely snow-free. The ground even looked a bit green.
The road became dry.
In the distance the Shawangunk Mountains and the Catskills were visible over the tree line. Blue sky threatened to move in on the storm.
Our destination was the next Thruway exit, New Paltz, NY, where we attended a memorial service for a friend’s mother who had passed a few days before.

On the way home we took a slightly different route which allowed us to avoid even more of the storm which, by the evening, was beginning to abate. The next day our driveway and walks were clear by late morning, but to the south of us there was much more digging to be done.

Having driven in snow storms before and in possession of a big four wheel drive pick-up, knowing we were heading out of the storm, forever the optimists, and perhaps a bit foolhardy, my husband and I were sure we could make the trip to New Paltz and home again without incident. Thank God this proved true!

I hope you weather all your storms safe and warm!


This post is my response to The Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge: Optimistic.


17 thoughts on “Optimistic Progression

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I tried to get shots of a few of the other large sculptures visible from the Thruway at Storm King, but didn’t manage to focus my camera from our moving truck quickly enough. I hadn’t put the words “storm” and “king” together with the actual events of the day until I read your comment… yes, storm king Jonas! 😉

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    1. Thank you! Your comment is very kind, especially since this batch of photos was taken from a moving vehicle. Though they aren’t the very best quality, they tell the story and I’m happy with that 🙂

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  1. Definitely a journey only an optimist would attempt. I am glad you made it ok. Your photos of the snowy highway look like paintings – really beautiful

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    1. Thank you! I was happy with the narrative aspect of the photos, but feeling that they weren’t really up to par in the aesthetic or technical department, having been taken from a moving vehicle. A couple of people, like you, however, have commented on their beauty. Perhaps I need to reevaluate my own critique and change the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts) in my head which don’t match my optimistic travel outlook!:-)


    1. Thank you! Andrew Golssworthy’s stone wall sculpture at Storm King is really quite something, although you really can’t appreciate it just from looking at the tail end of it near the Thruway! … Yes, another reason to visit NY! 🙂
      Have you seen the video Rivers and Tides, all about Golsworthy’s work? It’s really great if you’re a fan like me!

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        1. I also received it as a gift several years ago… It is mesmerizing. I really love his work! It amazes me that so much of his effort is put into such beautiful pieces that are so impermanent, lasting only in a photo or on film.

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