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Saturday July 2, 2022

The Catskill Mountains by Vir

This painting is a representation of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York. I drew this, with some help from my mother, as we looked out at the huge mountains, tall trees and vast farmlands that were across from the cottage in which we were staying for the summer. After having spent many months at home in New York City during the coronavirus lockdown, my parents and I went to the Catskills for a few weeks to enjoy the sun and the outdoors. The red farm in the picture had horses and ponies that sometimes came into our backyard to munch on the fresh grass. We also saw cottontail rabbits playing in the bushes, ducks crossing the road, deer eating berries and gophers scurrying around the barn.The distant mountains looked blue in color and the tops seemed to disappear into the clouds. The forests were full of yellow birch, red oak and spruce-fir trees. We went on long hikes through narrow trails and had to apply bug spray because there were hundreds of little insects, grasshoppers, bees, wasps and hornets that I did not like. Sometimes we dipped out feet in the cool waters of the “kill” which is the Dutch word for creek. There are many creeks in this region—Bush Kill, Panther Kill, Red Kill, Platte Kill, West Kill and Beaver Kill. There are also many lakes and ponds where we went kayaking. On some nights we would grill our food on an open fire pit. I would help my father pile up the logs, twigs and kindling wood. It was nice to watch so many stars in the sky and listen to the sound of crickets. I will remember this vacation forever.

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10 Responses

  1. Dear Vir,
    That is an awesome painting. Looks like you had lots of fun. Looking forward to hearing more about all the fun stuff you guys did.

    Lots of love,
    Neel fufa

  2. Dear Vir,
    Beautiful painting.Glad to know that you had a good time.You will have a lot to share with your friends and I am sure they will love it.
    We miss you.
    God bless and lots of love.
    Dada

  3. Dear Vir,
    Beautiful painting.Glad to know that you had a good time.You will have a lot to share with your friends and I am sure they will love it.
    We miss you.
    God bless and lots of love.
    Dada

  4. Dear Viru, you have expressed so beautifully in your painting and words the serenity of the Catskill mountains that it immediately transported me there. Thank you for sharing, I miss the mountains but hope we can go together some day.

  5. Dear Vir,
    The painting is so so beautiful .Can I Take a print out and get it framed ?it has been a novel and exciting holiday.I am sure you will enjoy sharing your experiences with your friends Y ou are lucky to have had this chance.Y oh will surely remember it for a long long time.Dada and dadi love you.

  6. Vir’s writing makes me long for the woods and lakes and serenity of the upstate , which I am missing this summer.

  7. Dear Vir,
    Your painting came alive as I read through your story. It made me feel I was there at Catskill enjoying the breathtaking panoramic view of the place. Thank you for sharing this master piece.

  8. Dear Vir,
    Your painting, writing and descriprion of the woods and lakes reminded me of my last year trip to upstate New York. I also learned something new today that “kill” means creek in Dutch.

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