Sleepy Hollow Lake
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Sleepy Hollow Lake
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We purchased our property on Sleepy Hollow Lake in 1973, because we wanted to live in a protected (deed restricted) country setting that was free of hunting, and where we could enjoy the natural environment just outside our door.  This photo journal is dedicated to the preservation of this natural beauty for all future generations.  It is also presented as an encouragement to others that people can have both modern conveniences (paved roads, water, sewer, electricity, telephones, and cable TV) without destroying the environment.  We can live in harmony with nature.

The Lake

shl-1.jpg (27845 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 01) This photo was taken in early April, 2001 before the ice melted on Sleepy Hollow Lake.  We are looking east-southeastward from our home.
shl-2.jpg (48830 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 02) This photo was taken at the same time we took the previous photo.   In this one we are looking eastward across the lake from our home.  The long afternoon shadows of the trees on the hill behind us are stretching almost completely across the frozen lake surface.
shl-3.jpg (34766 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 03) In this photo, we are looking southeastward into the cove across the lake from our home.  The buoy (on right) is a warning notice to boaters that they are entering a "no wake zone" on the lake.  The home at the end of the cove almost disappears into the surrounding woods, preserving the natural beauty.
shl-4.jpg (41106 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 04) We took this photo from our canoe while looking at the headwaters at the northeastern end of Sleepy Hollow Lake, where the tree branches almost completely cover the lake leaving it in near total shadow.  The small ripples on the surface of the water give an interesting character to the tree reflections.
shl-5.jpg (72309 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 05) We thought this was an interesting outcropping of rocks, plants, and even dead wood at the northeastern end of Sleepy Hollow Lake, which added to the natural character of the surroundings.
shl-6.jpg (41955 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 06) No, there's nothing wrong with your eyes; and yes, you are seeing right-side-up and up-side-down at the same time.  In the foreground we are looking at the tops of sumac in their fall color, and the trees in the background are being reflected in the smooth surface of Sleepy Hollow Lake,  just north of the Murdererskill Road bridge.
shl-7.jpg (62049 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 07) It was shortly before sunset.  The shadow line was creeping up the trees when we took this photo of a tranquil section of the northwestern portion of Sleepy Hollow Lake, where it begins to narrow to the width of a stream.
shl-7a.jpg (46639 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 07A) This is a picture of dual reflections: the reflection of trees, rocks, colors, light and shadow upon the quiet surface of Sleepy Hollow Lake, and the time to reflect upon the beauty of God's creation and our responsibility to preserve and protect it.
shl-8.jpg (78345 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 08) This late afternoon photo captured the beginning of the autumn color change on a bank of Sleepy Hollow Lake, south of the Murdererskill Road bridge.
shl-9.jpg (24938 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 09) This is a close up view of the reflective surface of Sleepy Hollow Lake, with trees and sky suspended up-side-down.
shl-10.jpg (46920 bytes)(Sleepy Hollow Lake - 10) The light rippling on the surface of Sleepy Hollow Lake imparts a "Monet painting" (impressionist) quality to the reflection.

Murdererskill Ravine

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 01)  We took this picture from the Sleepy Hollow Road bridge.  The Murdererskill is the major creek feeding Sleepy Hollow Lake.  The ice had covered most of the stream preventing the snow from melting.  The areas of open water add an interesting contrast.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 02)  This is another view from the Sleepy Hollow Road bridge.  In this photo, we are looking westward.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 03)  This is another view from the Sleepy Hollow Road Bridge, looking eastward.  The ice and snow cover had been melting, leaving only white borders along the Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 03a)  The remnant of the Murdererskill's ice overhangs the flowing water.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 04)  The waters of the Murdererskill flowing under the Sleepy Hollow Road bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 05) The Murdererskill bringing the waters of the spring thaw into Sleepy Hollow Lake.  In this photo we're looking westward from the Sleepy Hollow Road bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 06)  We're looking eastward at the waters of the Murdererskill flowing toward Sleepy Hollow Lake.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 07)  One of the highlights of our walks around the northern loop of Sleepy Hollow Road is looking off the bridge into the Murdererskill ravine.  This photo of a placid pool was taken on the east side of the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 08)  It's also enjoyable to take a closer look at the "simple" beauty of God's creation: the rocks, the water, and the overhanging plants with their watery reflections.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 08a)  This is a picture of the water, rocks, algae growing on the rocks, and the reflections of overhanging tree branches.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 08b)  Almost every place we look, there is another point of interest: the little rock islands, the algae "sea" that surrounds them, and the rocks that lie beneath the water.  The more we become aware of the little segments of creation, the closer we come to respecting and wanting to preserve the whole of creation, and realizing that we don't have to "improve" it. 

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 09)  In December of 2002, we had several inches of snow followed by a whole day of rain.  The next day, we took a photo of the surging waters of the Murdererskill.  This view is from the west side of the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 09a)  There is something fascinating about listening to the roar of the surging Murdererskill and watching the waters boil over the rocks of the creek bed.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 09b)  This is another view of the waters of the Murdererskill as they surge around and over a rock.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 10)  This is another view of the Murdererskill from the west side of the bridge, looking farther to the west.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 10a)  This is a closer view of the Murdererskill where the waters begin to flow over the rocky bottom to the west of the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 11)  The waters of a swollen small drainage stream churn and foam as they meet the waters of the Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 12)  This is a closer look at the surging waters of the Murdererskill just before they pass under the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 13)  This is a view, from the bridge, of the surging Murdererskill flowing eastward.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 14)  In this photo, we are looking downward from the east side of the bridge at turbulent waters of the Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 14a)  This is a closer look at the turbulent splashing water and foam.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 14b)  This is another look at the turbulent splashing waters of the Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 15)  The swirling waters create a seemingly never-ending series of patterns in the Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 15a)  This is a closer look at the churning waters that produce the foam patterns.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 15b)  This is our final look of the day at the splashing waters of the Murdererskill before we continued on our walk.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 16)  We took this and the following photos looking eastward from the bridge over the Murdererskill on Sleepy Hollow Road in February 2005.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 16a)  This is a closer look at the light and shadow on the ice and snow along the side of the creek that attracted us to take these photos.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 17)  This is another view of the Murdererskill as it flows eastward away from us.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 18)  In this photo, we are looking straight down from the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 19)  We took this and the following photos of the swollen Murdererskill on 18 Feb 2008.  We are looking eastward from the bridge.  We had rain over night and by late morning the sun was shining and the temperature had risen into the mid 50s causing rapid snow melt and runoff.

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 20)  This is another photo of the eastward flowing Murdererskill as it flows eastward.  We particularly like the way the misty fog site in the valley.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 20a)  This is a closer look at the misty fog covered Murdererskill ravine.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 21)  In this photo we are looking westward from the bridge as the turbulent waters of the Murdererskill as they flow towards us.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 21a)  This is a closer look at the turbulent Murdererskill.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 22)  This is another look at the Murdererskill flowing towards us.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 22a)  This is the last bend in the Murdererskill as it heads toward the bridge.

 

(Sleepy Hollow Lake - Murdererskill Ravine - 23)  This is another view of the Murdererskill flowing towards us.

 

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