"I look forward to that time of the year when the Mohonk Preserve gives free one month passes to Ulster County residents. I went to the Spring Farm Trailhead this year and took in the amazing vista of the Catskill Mountains. As you leave the parking lot, you are treated to a panoramic view of the mountains, no hiking required! I did hike along some of the trails and fell in love with a view of the mountains from up on a hillside there. It just made you stop and take it all in, the fields, the trees, the mountains. We live in such beauty, and I make every effort to never take it for granted and to take a fresh look around me." Photo and description by Lisa Martine.
Click here to learn more about Mohonk Preserve.
"Esopus Meadows Preserve in Port Ewen is one of my favorite places to relax and just enjoy the beauty of the Hudson Valley. I got there on a foggy morning and was treated to a misty view of the Esopus Light House. I walked around a bit and found a spot where the tree branches made a nice frame around the scene. The fog was lifting and I hurried to get a shot. It was a quiet, peaceful moment and I think it captures some of the majesty of the Hudson River, even in one of its quiet moments. Every day on the river is different and I never tire of it!" Photo and description by Lisa Martine.
Learn more about the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, here.
In the summer of 1880, a photographer named William Henry Jackson took a photograph of Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River, for the Detroit Publishing Company. Photography itself was a relatively new concept at the time, having only been around for several decades prior. The image he captured shows the mountain as it appeared at the time, which looks surprisingly similar to how it does today, with one notable exception; the Storm King Highway. The highway, which now carves a noticeable line around the lower half mountain was a marvel of civil engineering when it was completed 42 years after this photo was taken. The construction of the highway saved travelers 22 miles off the previous route they would have otherwise had to take between points north and south of the mountain. Preservation efforts in the 1960s, by the group that would become Scenic Hudson saved Storm King from further development as a massive electrical power plant, and retained the mountain as we see it, now.
The photo seen here was meticulously reworked and restored by John Morzen in 2016, using an image sourced from the original 8" x 10" glass plate negative.
Taken by Matt Dammer
"This photo was taken Saturday, January 21st at the summit of Balsam Lake Mountain in the Town of Hardenburgh, New York. As I was nearing the summit, I saw the sun hitting fog that was rolling quickly by, creating rays of sunlight. I was able to snap a few photos before the fog disappeared."
To learn more about Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, click here.
Taken by John Morzen Photography
"During a recent visit to New Paltz, I decided to go for a walk on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. It'd been a while since I had been, but that particular evening it quickly became apparent that I was there at the right time. Even in a month of spectacular sunsets, that evening's was especially nice. While walking along part of the trail that runs parallel to the River, I went down to the water, got this photo, and took in the view."
To learn more about the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, click here.
Taken by Terry Hardy
"It was a beautiful day in late October at Bear Mountain State Park. Hessian Lake had wonderful fall color but cloud cover was moving in obscuring the sun... dulling the colors. Occasionally, a light breeze would ruffle the water. Luckily, I was able to get many captures with the ideal conditions... good lighting and smooth reflections.
In this image, I love the leaning tree and it's reflection creating a nice curve. Image taken with a tripod and multiple exposures. All exposures merged in post process to create depth of color and dynamic range."
To learn more about Bear Mountain State Park, click here.
Taken by Terry Hardy
"While driving on Route 9 on a late October morning, I saw a beautiful rainbow. It was strange due to no showers in the area. I had all my photo gear with me and was heading to Wappinger lake for fall foliage and wildlife shooting. I was disappointed I could not get a photo of it as it was located over the highway and malls. Once I got to Wappinger lake... I saw the rainbow arching over it and scrambled to get my gear setup. Was a very happy photographer that morning."
Taken by Korin Miller
"This photo was taken November 4th from Olana State Historic Site. My daughter and I went out in search of the perfect photo of her for her first birthday. It was a great shot with the barge going down the river because our wedding photos were also shot with a barge in the background, at the Hudson river. This photo was quickly taken using my phone!"
To learn more about Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, New York, click here.
Taken by Amer Ahmed
"On November 6th, I decided to go out for a walk considering how beautiful the weather was, so I headed for the Dutchess Rail Trail. I'm an amateur photographer and have been doing photography for over a year now as a hobby, and needed more photos to take that had a more autumn feel to them. This one turned out great. The leaves were everywhere and the colors were beautiful."
To view the complete Dutchess Rail Trail map, click here.
Taken by Jim Schoneman
"This is the east branch of the Mohawk River at the mill pond dam in West Leyden, New York. I was on the last leg of my drive from Wisconsin to see friends in upstate New York and exited the Thruway at Rome. Ended up getting a little lost and found myself in West Leyden, and seeing this beautiful spot I had to stop and take a picture.
The east branch of the Mohawk meets the west branch in West Branch, New York. The west branch then joins the Mohawk near Rome, New York. The Mohawk River flows into the Hudson at Cohoes. The Mohawk River is the Hudson River's largest tributary.
I like the green plants behind the waterfall."
Hudson Valley Photos
Featuring the best photos from the Hudson Valley region of New York State.