Tuesday, November 30, 2021


© 2021 Luke T. Bush


For years I wondered about the strange structure standing on a Clinton Street building rooftop seen from Court Street. One pipe thrusting up through the roof with a large rusty sphere halfway up. Separate curved pipes horizontally radiated from the sphere like legs. All black with white ends on the radiating pipes. As I walked by I would speculate: ventilation? lightning rod? I used to call it the Octopus but later I found the appellation Spider a better fit.

Then I found out via Facebook that the structure was an old lighting array, all of its bulbs missing. Someone living in the building accessed the roof and took a photo. The white ends were ceramic light bulb holders.

Doing some research through New York Historic Newspapers I found ads from 1894 on when a restaurant and hotel called the Arcade operated on the corner of Clinton and Marion Streets. I’m assuming the lighting array dated back to this time. The Arcade prided itself as being the only first class hotel in northern New York State.

But don’t look for the Spider now. It’s gone. Apparently it was time for removal. I wonder what kind of lights it used, maybe different colors?

At one time Art Deco was a popular architectural design. The MLD (Municipal Lighting Department)] building on Miller Street had Deco style letters running along the edge of the overhang at the front entrance. You couldn’t miss seeing the large metal letters when looking to pay your utility bill.


The MLD building has at empty for a while, the office moved over to City Hall.  And one day the Art Deco sign disappeared.

Pieces of history vanished.

Morning Forest



Mural by Judy Guglielmo.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Would You Sit Next To Bagged Dogshit?

This delightful photogenic subject was left on a park bench near City Hall. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen bags like this, they’re all over. Does Plattsburgh City have a bagged dogshit pickup service? Is that why someone feels entitled to leave such items behind? Picking up after your dog doesn’t mean skipping over proper disposal. Health hazard, anyone? Time to run a PSA or news articles about the problem and jacking up the fines for lazy dog owners.


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pink Is For Breast Cancer Awareness



The old Courthouse bell tower in downtown Plattsburgh City has been lit up with colors appropriate to the time, for example, red, white and blue for the 4th of July.  Now other colors like pink can be added by the use of tinted glass plates placed in front of the lights.  October is breast cancer awareness month.

Winged Gleaners


While the bee seen above was quickly moving to collect pollen the wasps below were "sleepy."  Apparently the temperature dropped the previous day so quickly that they stayed dormant on the goldenrod until the morning sun warmed then up.



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Golden Rebirth


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Last year volunteers cleaned up downtown, cutting grass growing through sidewalk cracks, picking up trash, making the area more presentable.

But some volunteers removed some goldenrod growing near Macdonough Monument.  Maybe they thought it was ragweed. Goldenrod is beneficial to a number of insects including Monarch butterflies.

But the goldenrod refused to die and it grew back this year, providing food to a variety of insects. This meant I could once again do closeup photography of bees, wasps, locust borer beetles, and even tiny ambush bugs.





Saturday, July 10, 2021

New Mural Growing


A community garden is growing on the back of the building that houses Campus Corner Restaurant at 90 Bridge Street.  Once again Outside Art: Plattsburgh Art Project is creating another mural to brighten up Plattsburgh.



After some modification to the original design the nature themed mural outside the Plattsburgh Public Library has been completed after four years.   On July 16th at 4 PM the mural will be dedicated to the memory of Jerry Seguin, one of the artists who worked on "Read and Grow: Dream Garden Mural."  The dedication will be held on the Brinkerhoff side of PPL where the mural can be seen.

Following the dedication there will be a memorial film about Jerry shown inside the library.  Attendees are advised to be prepared to wear masks depending upon the library's policies. 


Julius, great nephew of astronaut Michael Anderson, sits in a mini FB-111 jet 
reproduction during the Plattsburgh July 4th parade.  Michael Anderson died in 2003
during the disastrous re-entry of space shuttle Columbia.  He was born in 
Plattsburgh and at one time was stationed at the Plattsburgh Air Force Base.  
The Anderson family visited Plattsburgh to attend the dedication of the mural located
 on Durkee Street depicting the astronaut.