"...for we put the thought of all that we love into all that we make" ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Sunday, October 16, 2011

An Autumn Day

Today I grabbed the new camera and went out exploring! It was lovely and clear this morning… I wish it was still like that now, but this is Rochester… :)


I started very bright and early…


I stopped up at my friend Wayne’s house to get a shot of the beautiful sunrise…


Then I headed up to Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area to get some lovely photos of Honeoye Lake. The view from there is truly amazing. Even my new camera could not do it justice!


It also has a great view of the city of Rochester, which is about 40 miles away. It was a great opportunity to try out the zoom lense!


I got another (and much better!) photograph of the moon…


And then I headed to my favorite place in all of New York- Taughannock Falls State Park! This place is breathtakingly beautiful. Here are the falls from a distance.


And a little closer up…


And a close up!


In scanning around for other shots I found this lovely fall scene..


Then I drove up and around to hike the upper rim trail at Taughannock Falls State Park.


My last stop of the day was this delightful waterfall that is just on the side of the road near Watkins Glen! I love waterfalls and this is a particularly beautiful one.

Well, that is my tour of my beloved Finger Lakes region for today!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A New Toy

I have been saving for a while now, and I finally splurged- on a new camera! it’s a Canon EOS Rebel T2i SLR digital camera. The package I bought came with extra lenses and batteries and stuff. My friend Don has a similar camera and he’s been helping me learn how to use it.


I got a lovely picture of my beloved Munchkin…


I just love the resolution of the new camera! This was taken from clear across the room with a zoom lense.


I tried my hand at photographing the moon. It came out OK, but it definitely made me realize I need a tripod! I took about 50 pictures of the moon and this was the only decent shot. I guess I’m not very steady :)

Tomorrow morning is supposed to be clear (a miracle in Rochester lately!) so I am going to head to my favorite spot down in Honeoye to play with the camera some more. There is a place with a spectacular view of Honeoye Lake and the city of Rochester and I am hoping it will be clear enough to get some really great photos!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Autumn Trip, 2011

Hello all from lovely Plattsburgh, NY! Right on Lake Champlain and minutes from the Adirondack Mountains (and about 5 hours from home), it’s the perfect place for a mini-weekend vacation, and that is just what I am taking!

I drove up last night after work and this morning I headed out bright and early to get to the mountains! I wandered around a bit (intentionally) but eventually wound up in the Lake Placid area. Beautiful!


I saw lovely waterfalls… (at High Falls Gorge, near Lake Placid)


And lovely autumn foliage… (near Lake Placid)

And then I came to a T in the road. If I turned right, I would just be on some road headed somewhere. But if I turned left, I could drive my little Honda to the tip top of Whiteface Mountain! I am sure you can guess which way I turned… :)


This is about 1/2 way up the mountain…


And this is about 3/4 of the way up the mountain…


And this is from the summit of Whiteface Mountain!


Yep- I really was there!

Then I went to Little Whiteface Mountain and took a gondola ride up to the top of it…


Same lake, different mountain!


A view of Whiteface Mountain from Little Whiteface Mountain.


My favorite photo from the day (of over 250 photos!). This is from the gondola on the way back down Little Whiteface Mountain.

Tomorrow I am leaving early so I can go to Fort Ticonderoga on my way home. More photos to follow!