Catskills Mountains Motorcycle Travel Photographer Author Writer
Michael ONeill Photographer Writer Motorcyclist Adventurer
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Catskills Mountains Motorcycle Travel Photographer Author Writer

"Knowing that I have a couple of hours to kill before Beard and the rest of the crew arrive I set out to explore some more of the Catskills region. Today has been an absolutely stellar specimen weather-wise. Blue skies and big puffy white clouds with temperatures in the low to mid seventies. First stop was the top of the road to The Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort…I ultimately found myself on a gravel road more suited to an adventure motorcycle than my low slung sport tourer, but it leads me to The Palmer Hill Trail, and a glorious scenic view of The Catskill Mountains…"


-Excerpt from "Road Work: Images and Insights of a Modern Day Explorer"


The excerpt above is from my Amazon #1 best selling road travel book which is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon as well as on Apple Books. If you love motorcycle travelogues give this one a read. As the author I may be just a little bit biased, but I happen to think it’s a great one.


Ahh…The Catskill Mountains of New York. I’ve been "visiting" them longer than I’ve been riding a motorcycle and longer than I’ve been a working professional photographer. You see I attended college in this region, graduating a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away?) circa 1974! Where has almost 50 years gone?!?!? I attended the State University of New York at Delhi, which my close group of friends, hooligans and partners in crime referred to as ‘The Catskill Game Farm’. I ‘lived’ in the Catskill Mountains for two years while earning my Associates Degree in Business Management and traveled along NY Route 28 from Kingston, NY to my alma mater more times than I can recall. Today, however, I am on Route 28 on my BMW motorcycle with no particular destination in mind. I leave the main thoroughfare and start exploring remote back roads and ultimately wind up at the head of the Palmer Hill Trail which revealed this wonderful view of the western range of The Catskills. This picture was captured using a Nikon Z mirrorless camera and a Nikkor zoom lens which I carry everywhere in the top case of my bike. The digital image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop software on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer, which also travels everywhere with me. As a photographer, author, writer, long distance motorcycle rider, educator and adventurer I am blessed to travel all throughout the United States and Canada, yet this area is a mere 3 or 4 hours from my Long Island, NY home. My photographic images and written words have graced the pages of many magazines and online resources in the photographic, motorcycle, motorsports, travel and hospitality industries. The images you see here on my web site are just a small sample of my body of stock photography work (all of which is available for sale or lease) and I am available to discuss and undertake any creative project assignment that you may have in mind…preferably ones that can be accessed on two wheels. I’ll take any excuse to ride, you know.