Posted by: David Giacalone | December 26, 2009

a foggy white Christmas in Duanesburg

foggy scene from rear of the home of Bill & Cyndi Miner in Duanesburg NY- 25Dec09

– Christmas scene at Miner’s Farm in Duanesburg NY –

icy plants on a foggy Christmas afternoon at Miner's Farm in Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09 Former Stockade residents Bill and Cyndi Miner (they lived at 212 Union St. in the mid- ’80s and early ’90s, when I lived at 214 Union St., and we  shared a driveway and a lot of good times) invited me to their spread along Rt. 20 in Duanesburg for a Christmas brunch.  Approaching the Duanesburg hill, I was surprised to see a fairly thick fog, along with ice-frosted trees.  The temperatures were mild enough to allow my camera’s shutter button to operate smoothly, so I left a cozy wood stove to try to capture a marvelous Christmas Day “backyard” scene in pixels.  Despite the prominence of gray, white and black, each of the photos in this posting is presented in its original color scheme. (As always, you click on a photo to get a larger version and scroll over it for a brief description.)

detail of iced tree limbs - Miner's Farm - Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09 . . .large evergreens at the rear of the home of Bill and Cyndi Miner in Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09

ice coating on tree near the Miner's Farm swimming pond - 25Dec09

As you can see, the Miners did not give up nature’s beauty when they moved a dozen miles from the Mohawk River and Stockade neighborhood.

northward view of Miner's Farm in Duanesburg NY on Christmas Day 2009 Ice and fog make it possible for even an amateur to snap a few subtly dramatic shots, and they make mundane items seem special:

a plant whose name I've forgotten on a foggy Christmas day in Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09 . . . wind chime on patio trellis at Miner's home in Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09

– finally, their swimming pond has turned into an ice-skating rink that beckons even creaky old knees:

the Miner's swimming pond iced over on Christmas Day in Duanesburg NY - 25Dec09

update (July 2011): Reckless planning and zoning decisions by the Town of Duanesburg have threatened the beauty and tranquility at the Miners’ home.  See “Duanesburg needs a dictionary” (July 14, 2011) at my Preserve Our Stockade Trees weblog.


  1. We saw miles and miles of the same Winter Wonderland driving down the Taconic Parkway.

    • It must have been lovely, Beverly. I hope your visibility was good enough to let you drive safely and still enjoy the winter magic.

  2. All I can think of is Walking in the Winter Wonder
    land” The pictures remind of that. What does that remind of? Snow and White Christmas Years Ago.

    • Hi, Helen. It is a Wonderland. My Christmas childhood remembrances from Rochester include more snow, and never had any fog.

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