There are forests, rolling hills, small craggy mountains, barns and farmhouses galore,
but for me the centerpiece of our place in the country is the water.
The waterfall and stream that are part of the watershed.
From the top of those hills and mountains snowmelt runs into streams and,
supplemented by rainfall travels on downhill,
making its way into the Pepacton Reservoir.
From there it funnels via aqueduct to New York City,
in a surprisingly low-tech way. Gravity.
The Catskill/Delaware County Watershed provides 90% of New York City's water.
This means there are lots of restriction on land use,
and that the waters and surrounding lands will remain pristine and undeveloped.
This very morning the water that streamed past as I hunted for wildflowers last weekend
could be pouring, unfiltered from the faucets of my sons who live in New York City.