Tantenmuskaly Falls

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© Kevin Kabuki
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UploadedMay 31, 2011
TakenMay 14, 2011
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/5 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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HershioTantenmuskaly settled near these falls in 1700, and lived his life out as "The Mad Hermit" of the Shawangunk Mountains.

His exploits included jumping from a ridge onto the tops of pine trees on a bet, punching General Berterund's horse in the mouth while visiting Fishkill, also on a bet, and challenging any passers- by to naked wrestling matches, presumably for wagers.

He took the bet of sitting under these falls in the winter of 1738 and died here.

Legend has it that during the coldest days, one can hear the chattering of teeth near water's edge.

The British, who occassionally employed Hershio as a guide and hucksacker to the local Indians, honored him by adopting a cliche phrase describing cynical doubt of an incredible tale that is still in use today: "Yeah, sure, I bet"

8 responses

  • Doug Maddock

    Doug Maddock said (31 May 2011):

    Awesome shot and super story. Well done.

  • Lêda Nardelli

    Lêda Nardelli gave props (31 May 2011):

    great shot!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    Wow! I'm speechless! Actually, no I'm not...not then, not now. I love the photo and I love that I have now learned pieces of history I'm sure not many knew.

  • Tim Foltz

    Tim Foltz gave props (10 Jun 2011):

    Very nice Kevin, the commentary adds a lot. Thanks

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    What an awesome place and capture. Thank you for the history lesson.

  • Ævar B. Jak.

    Ævar B. Jak. gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    Beautiful shot!!!

  • Ted Opderbeck

    Ted Opderbeck said (14 Aug 2011):

    Nice capture - so rich and clear! I wouldn't mind sitting under those falls (if Mr. Tantenmuskaly let me)

  • debby raskin

    debby raskin gave props (26 Nov 2011):

    Soft,, beautiful.

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