Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Some Time in Albany

 A friend and I decided to go to downtown Albany to photograph the architecture at dusk.  It was supposed to be a nice day, but as we began the drive the rain started.  Even though we were a little discouraged, we were determined to keep going since we had cancelled the same fieldtrip last week because of the rain.

When we arrived it was still raining but the Egg sheltered us and in just a short while the rain stopped.   There's not much more of a story to this.  We photographed until it was almost dark and we were cold enough that it wasn't enjoyable any more.

I think the rain was a blessing in disguise because of the interesting shiny patterns left on the ground.  

Still some nice color on the trees in the background

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Carving The Pumpkins

Tonight was one of those rare occasions when all three of the younger grandkids were free (the oldest being away at college). They are soooo busy and between their schedules and mine, it's an intense juggling act to find a day when we're all available to spend some time together.

After gathering them all up, we came to the house and they headed straight for the legos while I cooked some pizza for dinner.  Then we got down to the serious business of Carving.

Carving.   The.    Pumpkins.     

They did it all themselves.  Very impressive.

Halfway done


Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Monday

Some friends and I have started another blog on Wordpress (
At the moment there are three of us participating and we each have one day a week when we're supposed to post at least one photo.  Monday is my day, and for the first time since we began, I remembered and actually posted.

I despaired this morning of finding an image, but as I sat in my living room and looked at the windows with the sun shining for the first time in many days, I noticed the shadows and knew I had discovered my image of the day.

The I started playing around with another object and came up with this next image.

It was such a beautiful day outside I finally decided to take a drive and see what I could see.  I didn't expect much since I took the exact same route I've taken so many times before when I've come home with nothing.

But today was a little different.  All the leaves on these particular trees are gone and the sun was low in the sky so the light was beautiful.  There's just something about the bare trees in the Fall...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Random Fall Images

The first two images were taken from the overlook at Vroman's Nose.  I dragged my feet that day leaving the house, so by the time I got to the top it was almost noon which is one of the worst times of day to take photos on a sunny day. The blue sky was a nice reward though.  The view from this location is always stunning and I certainly wasn't disappointed  when I arrived at the top of the trail.

Another day my friend and I took photos of the house of a friend of hers.  It was another beautiful day.  There were a lot of photo ops on the property.

Friday, October 17, 2014


The other day I was driving to town when I noticed the beautiful fall foliage colors off to my right.  For some reason the colors have sneaked up on me this year.  I know they've been pretty brilliant in other areas, but it seems like it happened all of a sudden here.  

Anyway, I stopped the car and grabbed a couple of shots with my point and shoot since that's the only camera I had with me.  This image isn't one of the best compositions, but it surely shows off the colors.

Today was our hiking day.  We originally wanted to walk the trails in a preserve near Albany.  When we were about 10 minutes into the trail, I looked down and there were about 6 ticks walking up my pant leg.  ICK!!!  I said, "I'm out of here", and the others agreed.

We went to plan B which was a stop at Plotterkill hiking trail.  By then then day had turned really beautiful and the walk was great.  

When we finished with the Plotterkill walk, it was late afternoon.  We decided to make an early dinner stop at Panera's.

So once we got past the tick situation, it was all a win/win day.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Simplicity of Illumination

This past August some photo friends and I visited this house that is under renovation.  I can't even begin to explain the situation since I don't totally understand it myself.  But the house is one of those  old farmhouses that rambles on and on.  It's possible that it was once a nursing home or a home for mentally challenged adults.  It has so much personality and we were set free in it to photograph to our heart's content.

When I first saw this scene, the lights weren't on.  I took a few photos and then decided to plug the lights in.  The lights give it a peaceful comforting look I think.  I really like it.  I think I'll use it for a notecard.