The other day Paul Davis, who has a really fine photography blog at rpdpod, posted a photograph with the title, “Ashokan Farewell.” Paul consistently comes up with more interesting titles than anyone I know. His photo of worn, bent grasses with bright daylight coming through trees in the distance was titled after an American folk tune called Ashokan Farewell.
It’s a beautiful piece of music, one that I love. As I listened to it again I remembered an inspiring afternoon up at the Ashokan Reservoir in New York State. I was living in the city (NYC) back then and thirsted for wide open spaces, for wilderness. The beautiful waters and mountains satisfied my hunger that day. Here are photos of the reservoir and a link for the song, played by the man who wrote it, Jay Unger. I hope you can enjoy them together.
This may not be your typical Christmas season fare, but I trust you enjoyed it! Thanks to Paul for prompting this reverie.
You can find Paul’s photo, Ashokan Farewell, on his website in the December archives – it was posted on 12/18.