Platte Clove: Introduction

In late September 2012, I had the privilege of spending 5 days in the Catskill region of New York as an Artist-in-Residence. This was made possible through the support of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development which provides artists the opportunity to stay in a rustic cabin in the area known as Platte Clove. Situated between Albany and New York City, the Catskills are a mountainous region and marked by deep gorges, or valleys, referred to as “cloves”. Perhaps the most well known is the Kaaterskill Clove, home to an impressive waterfall of the same name. Running parallel, and south of it, is the Platte Clove.

Location of the Catskill Park (left) and map showing terrain of a small portion (right). The Kaaterskill Clove is the deep gorge in the upper portion of the map and Platte Clove is the smaller one below.

There were a variety of reasons why this residency piqued my interest. The Catskills was the birthplace of the Hudson River School of painting, and as a landscape photographer I can’t help but be influenced to some degree by that body of work. Some of the most iconic paintings by Thomas Cole, Asher Durand and others, are only a few miles from the Platte Clove cabin. Another reason for wanting to spend time in the Catskills is that I love to photograph water, and in particular, waterfalls. It goes without saying that in order for a waterfall to exist, two conditions must be met; you need water and a rapid change in elevation. Fortunately with the abundance of gorges and ample water sources, the Catskills is home to a huge variety of waterfalls.

As I begin the daunting task of going through several hundred images, selecting and editing the most promising, I’ll be updating the blog with a day-by-day account of my experiences and posting new photos. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come. This waterfall sits right behind the cabin and is where I went to fetch my water (I always wanted to say that). More about the cabin and its “amenities” in a future post though! When the blogs are available, I’ll activate the links below. Enjoy!

Platte Clove, Day 1: Epic Fail (Almost)
Platte Clove, Day 2: High and Dry
Platte Clove, Day 3: When I Consider Building an Ark
Platte Clove, Day 4: Feast or Famine
Platte Clove, Day 5: Epitome
Platte Clove, Day 6: Tantalize

Old Mill waterfall.
Print available for purchase.


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  1. Great blog with background info.

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