Some of us hope we are not too soon forgotten when we move on from this world. If we have children, they carry on part of us; if we have a partiulcarly brilliant career, that might keep us on people’s minds for awhile. But if you REALLY want to leave your mark, you can’t beat stone - and lots of it!
In 1938, Harvey Fite, a sculptor of both wood and stone, bought an abandoned rock quarry near Woodstock and Saugerties and for the next 37 years, one stone at a time, built an amazing site. Originally planned as a setting for his sculptures, it turned into a sculpture of its own.
As you wander around the estate, you will see many of his sculptures, as well as pools and fountains, and the center point - the monolith. At the visitors center where you buy your tickets, there is a brief video that gives quite a bit of background on the man and his monumental project.
There is also a quarryman’s museum featuring a myriad of tools used in the trade. Feel free to ask questions of the very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Then, after a couple of hours exploring, head west to Woodstock or east to Saugerties for some great restaurants!
Be sure to visit their site at http://www.opus40.org for hours and special events.
Anonymous asked: Hi, Asked this question on 360 but not really got the answer I am looking for so please can you tell me if there will be much of a problem useing the 10-22mm on a Canon 350D alongside the 8mm fixed lenses I see for sale, apart from the fact may need to take a couple more shots I believe.
Just thinking that the 10-22mm can be used in other situations where the 8mm is just what it is 8mm.
Hope you understand the question.
There isn’t any problem using the 10-22mm other than requiring more images to cover the entire sphere. I have used both the Sigma 8mm and currently have the Tokina 10-17mm. You’re right in that the 10-22mm would give you more flexibility for other situations while still allowing you to take VR images.
Are you gearing up for summer travels? If so, I thought I’d break with tradition here and offer up a non-local suggestion if those plans include Provence in the south of France - specifically Lourmarin. It is a quaint little village that was voted most picturesque in France several years in a row.
Being a village, it is small and easily toured in a few hours. However, don’t just breeze through and move on to the next spot. Take some time and browse around some of the side streets and you’ll discover hidden gems such as this one.
Now then, where to STAY when you are visiting? Just a ten minute walk down the road takes you to Les Olivettes. This Inn, run by Joseph and Elizabeth DeLiso, (both of whom speak English - he is from Massachusetts and she is from England), has six rooms varying in size from 370 square feet to 760 square feet. All of them have terraces with views of Lourmarin or the surrounding olive groves that gives Les Olivettes its name. Plus, there is a great common room area, as you can see below.
Best of all is a large pool and cabana area. When you want to escape from all the sightseeing and just bask in the sun, this is the place to be. Explore more of this inn with a virtual tour here - http://www.360cities.net/virtual-tour/les-olivettes-lourmarin-france?view=simple - and at their web site here - http://www.olivettes.com/
This morning I heard that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. Today, there is one less madman running loose in the world. Rather than dwell on him or celebrate his death, I’d rather remember those who passed away on 9/11. Let’s work on making this world a place where people would have absolutely no interest in ever following a madman such as this again.
It was a warm sunny day on June 17th, 2000. We were all enjoying the spectacular view from the top of the World Trade Center.