Monday, August 28, 2017

Saratoga Race Track Morning Warm-up

After delaying our field trip to the Saratoga track morning warm-ups twice, my friend and I finally made it on a beautiful cool morning just in the nick of time.  The track closes for the season in a few days.

We treated ourselves to a track-side breakfast, then spent some time photographing the horses during their warm-ups.  It's not a colorful as it is during a race, but still fun to try and capture the horses as they run.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Mystery Ride to Corinth

Two of my friends and I have begun a tradition.  It's a mystery ride for a photo shooting day.  We take turns choosing a surprise location.  Whoever is in charge chauffeurs the others to a surprise location.  Once there we spend some time photographing for an alphabet scavenger hunt.

This month we arrived in Corinth on a beautiful sunny day and after about an hour we met back at the park to  look at each other's images.  It's truly amazing how we each come up with such different ideas for each letter. 

After finishing the scavenger hunt we managed to get this group shot by the lake.

None of us were able to complete the entire alphabet, and we decided that for the next trip time we might need a little more time.  

Following are some of the images I made that day.

D Doggie Decal

L  Lock

N  Newspaper

R  Red Firehydrant

U  Umbrella


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Panther Mountain/Echo Cliffs

It's the middle of June.  This is only my 3rd post of the year. 
It's not that I haven't had anything to write about, just that I've been kind of lazy about keeping up.  So here goes for this post.

Today, two of my hiking buddies, Jane & Trish and I, went to the Caroga Lake area and did a short but intense hike up Panther Mt to Echo Cliffs.  It's the first uphill trek we've done this year.
It was one of those picture-perfect days and the trail is beautiful.

On the way to the trailhead

we saw this field of beautiful lupines.  We did a quick U-turn to get some photos.

When we began the trail this young woman, Lindsey, passed us but we met her again as she was coming down (and we were still on the way up).  She had just returned from 3 months of study-abroad in Italy.  Lindsey lives nearby and does this trail 2-3/summer.  She was a pleasure to talk with.

While at the summit this young family arrived and we had a fun and interesting conversation with them.  The dad is military and they were home on leave after being in Japan for 4 years.  After leave they would be heading back to Japan for 3 more years.  

The youngest 2, 5-year old twins, were just adorable.

Some scenes from the summit. 

On the descent we met this cute couple.  She was doing the trail barefooted. 

It was a great day.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Koko Head Botanical Garden

The other day my friend and I finally had the chance to get together to go out shooting.  In all the years she's lived on Oahu, she's never been able to get to this particular Botanical Garden, so that's what we did.  

When we first got there I was a little disappointed.  It was very dry, not much grass and I didn't think there was much to photograph.  Flowers are not my favorite subjects.  But as we walked around I began to see things and decided to get busy with the camera.  

There were a lot of plumeria trees and many of them were blooming.  A lot of the clusters were way up high, but some were at eye level and some low enough to look down on.  

There were several different colors which made for nice changes.  

I thought this gnarly branch was interesting.

This botanical garden has several sections.  The American, the Hawaiian, the African and one or two other areas.  For me, this cactus area was the most interesting.  Who would think that cactus would grow and survive in Hawaii, especially on the windward (rainy) side, but they do.
I don't know what the name of the tree is in the image below, but the cactus is called
Golden Barrel Cactus.  

Octopus Agave (below)  
Since I took this photo, I've discovered that Agave is NOT related to cacti or aloe, but it grows in conditions similar to those plants.  Agave bloom but it takes a long time to flower and then it dies.  

After we left the botanical garden, we stopped at this beach park just to see if there was anything interesting.  By then we were playing around with multiple exposures.  I didn't like most of the ones I created, but I think this one is pretty fun.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Walkabout in Glen

Well it's almost the end of January 2017 and this is my first post of the new year.  I'm really slacking.  

Today turned out to be a very beautiful day.  It began cloudy & dreary and looking like it was going to rain, but early in the afternoon the sun managed to shine through and by mid-afternoon it was almost 50 degrees and sunny with blue skies and it was impossible to resist the siren call to go for a walk.

It's been a lot of years since I've walked around town just to take photos.  

It was a good walk.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Troy Victorian Stroll

It was a beautiful day.  It started out a little chilly, but by noon it was very tolerable.  This is the only Victorian Stroll in the area that takes place during daylight as far as I know.  So I try to get there every year.  

I met a friend of mine there.  Normally I like to shoot by myself, especially when the venue involves large crowds of people.  But she and I are pretty equally matched in the way we like to shoot so it was a fun experience.  Neither of us had to "babysit" the other.

This first group represented a secret organization that worked for the underground railroad.  I had never seen them there before and it was fun seeing something different. 

Civil war fighters.

Santa and his elf.  So cute.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Owl's Head
Keene, NY

Our latest hike was at Owl's Head Mt in Keene, NY.  Ironically there are 3 different mountains called Owl's Head.  This one is a short but intense hike, dotted with many overlooks which makes the trek nicer than most, especially since the colors are changing .   

L to R:  me, Marybeth, Trish and Jane. 

The weather was fantastic, the sky clear and the views wonderful.

There were a lot of cars at the trail head and we expected to see large numbers of people on the trail but there weren't as many as I expected.  The trail was very eroded so I guess this is a super-popular hike.  I thought this would be a good time to continue my documentation of the people I meet along the trail.  Well, it turned out to be so, and we had an unexpected treat at the summit.

We're from Rochester.  We're here for a short vacation.

I'm from Keene and my sister is from New Jersey. My dog is only
8 months old and weighs about 120 lbs.  He's very friendly and

When we got to an overlook just below the summit, we saw this group of young people.  I thought I hit a goldmine.  It turns out they're a group of students from a local college and they belong to a climbing club.  We had a nice conversation with them.

We were fortunate to see one of the climbers doing his thing.  

While at the summit this couple arrived.

We're from Plattsburgh.  "Do you hike a lot?"  "I don't, but he does."

In the below photo these three were with another school group.  They were in a class called Expeditionary Studies at Plattsburgh College.  Two other students and their instructor were learning rock-climbing skills.