This "Birder" lives in Ulster Park,NY. It is right below Shaupeneak Ridge and Lake Louise on precious piece of Hudson River nature and wildlife. The "Birder" shares scenes of plants, butterflies, trees and interesting and important people of our Ulster County neigborhood. Justice and Peace themes are also treated. The "Birder" is a Redemptorist Roman Catholic Missionary priest who work with Hispanic families in the region.
A week ago we had a group of United Methodists pastors here at The Mount. There biggest concern was what had happened in the wake of Hurricance Irene and the following flooding in Catskill Mountain towns like Prattsville, Windham and Margaretville. The flooding carried away entire herds of cows, an entire horse farm as well as doing damage to churches and parsonages in the area. The pastors urged even seniors who had some time to come and just "encourage and support" the young people working in the disaster relief work. Yesterday (Oct 4th) my brother and I drove up through Vermont which is still digging out from the enormous flooding. Here are some shots I took in Vermont across from the blocked Highway 107 on the way into Woodstock VT.