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Maple Avenue

Maple Avenue
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 5 N: 484] (2574)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-12
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, canon EF 28-135 F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Westchester County Roads [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 16:19
Viewed: 1236
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Maple Avenue which runs along the Cross River Reservoir to the dam. there are so many lovely country roads in Westchester County NY.

Westchester County is a primarily suburban county located in the U.S. state of New York with about 950,000 residents. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area. It was named after Chester, in England, and the county seat is White Plains. According to 2006 HUD data, the median income for a household of one person in the county was $75,427 and the median income for a family of four was $96,500.

Westchester County is located in the southeastern end of New York State. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 500 square miles (1,295 kmē), of which, 433 square miles (1,121 kmē) of it is land and 67 square miles (174 kmē) of it (13.45%) is water.

The highest elevation in the county is a U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey benchmark known as "Bailey" at 300 m (985 ft) above sea level in Mountain Lakes Park near the Connecticut state line. The lowest elevation is sea level, along both the Hudson and Long Island Sound.

Officially, the Westchester County Department of Planning divides the county into North, Central and South sub regions. [3]

The closest point on the southern border of Westchester is a little under 11 miles (18 km) from Columbus Circle in Manhattan (which is a customary point at which distances from New York City are measured), where Pelham Manor meets Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. At over 2,700 acres (11 km2), Pelham Bay Park is the largest of New York City's Parks and forms a substantial 'buffer' between suburban Westchester and urban Bronx County. The closest point on the northern border is a little over 38 miles (61 km) by air (51 miles by road).

The native inhabitants of Westchester County belonged to the larger family of Native Americans called the Algonquin Lenape. Their connection to the Mound Builders of the Mississippi Valley, the Aztecs of Mexico or the native groups of Central America, if any ever existed, must have been extremely remote. Their traditions referred in a very vague way to long journeys from the Northwest and of contests with a people who occupied the land before them. As a group, they were not very aware of their own history and records were never made. From this the European settlers were able to obtain very little information about the Algonquin people or their forefathers. Fortunately title deeds given to the European settlers supply considerable information about the location of sub-tribes in the region. The Manhattans occupied the island upon which New York City was built, as well as land in Southern Westchester now covered by the city of Yonkers. The Weckquaesgeeks occupied land along the Hudson River and the central portions of the county where Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and White Plains now stand. The Siwanoy tribe lived along the coast of Long Island Sound where Pelham, New Rochelle, Larchmont, Mamaroneck and Rye now stand. The northern portions of the county were occupied by smaller tribes such as the Tankitekes, Kitchawanks and Saint Siks.

The first Europeans to explore Westchester were Giovanni da Verrazzano in 1524 and Henry Hudson in 1609. The first European settlers were sponsored by the Dutch West India Company in the 1620s and 1630s. English settlers arrived from New England in the 1640s. Westchester County was an original county of the Province of New York, one of twelve created in 1683. At the time, it also included the present Bronx County, which constituted the Town of Westchester and portions of three other towns: Yonkers, Eastchester, and Pelham. In 1846 a new town, West Farms, was created by secession from Westchester; in turn, in 1855, the Town of Morrisania seceded from West Farms. In 1873, the Town of Kingsbridge seceded from Yonkers.

In 1874, the western portion of the present Bronx County, consisting of the then towns of Kingsbridge, West Farms, and Morrisania, was transferred to New York County, and in 1895 the remainder of the present Bronx County, consisting of the Town of Westchester and portions of the towns of Eastchester and Pelham, was transferred to New York County. By that time, the portion of the town of Eastchester immediately north of the transferred portion had seceded from the town of Eastchester (1892) to become the City of Mount Vernon so that the Town of Eastchester had no border with New York City. In 1914, those parts of the then New York County which had been annexed from Westchester County were constituted the new Bronx county.[citation needed]

Today it is one of the most affluent counties in the country, home to many of New York City's most desirable suburban communities. It is a haven for commuters, whether traveling by car or by the Metro-North Commuter Railroad.

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Hi Angela,
Nice presentation of this country road,
good curve and Excellent POV.
lovely colours and sharpness,
well done. good note..

Nice fall colours. Good pov making use of the s curve giving picture emergy. Good job/
Warm regards

Hi, Angela. I like the bend and clarity of photo. We have a few like these in Washington.The POV and composition is good. As an artist I appreciate this kind of composition for an impressionistic painting.cheers.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-12-14 21:04]

A beautiful curvy road and wonderful surroundings. I love the natural colors. Very pretty! TFS

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2008-12-14 23:47]

Hi angela
Good composition, very sharp n colorful.
beautiful curvy road n plasent atmoshpher :)

Hi Angela,
perfect composition. I loved curved S shaped road and autumn mood.
Selahattin E

Nicely framed and composed image Angela.
The path is perfectly leading the eye through the shot.
Nice focus and detail. Well done.
- Vincent

Hi Angela!
great shot, very sharp, nice tones and composition,good point of view.

Hello Angela,

This could be an example of how to chose a good pov and give good composition.
I like the way the track emerges from the bottom r/h corner and sweeps across the frame in a sensuous curve. There are sharp details and contrasting textures. You have chosen to crop the sky which, I am sure, compacted the shot and improved the composition.
Well done!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-15 12:41]

Merhaba dear Angela...
verynice shot and focus..bravo..selamlar

Hello Angela
Beauiful country road wit ha smooth S curve. Nice late-autumn colors and good use of different elements like trees, and rock. I would have cropped the power post the the left though. You note is very interesting
Nicely done

Nice capture of this winding road through the trees. I particularly like the bluish reflections you've captured in water on the road.

Perhaps a gradient or some other darkening technique would have helped for the upper portion of the shot, to reduce the light coming between the trees and preserve the continuity of light and tone throughout the frame?


Hi Angela,

I like this image . . beautifully composed with placing the road curve at the right position . .
Kind of postcard . .
Great shot


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