Added new Winter Ice images to the Lake Ontario gallery.
Added a couple of winter images to the Fabius Farm Seasons gallery.
Added a new Ottawa Gallery, with a few images from our February 2017 trip to Winterlude, as well as a barn from The North Country we saw on the way home in St. Lawrence County, NY.
Also added another local winter image from a while ago to Winter Near Jerry's Place.
Added a few more Holmes Farm images from a couple of years ago.
The barns in this Gallery come from a wide variety of locations including Upstate NY, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Colorado, Wyoming, Dakota and Wales!
We have a large number of Amish families in our area, who are both restoring old barns, and building new ones. One of my personal favorites in this collection is a new Amish barn in winter (though it looks old).
Barns are wonderful structures with so much character and variation. Many are well-preserved and taken care of. But unfortunately we are losing many of the older ones as reflected in several photographs of dilapidated barns... so thank God for Woodford Brothers!
My overall favorite in this collection is "Haylight".
Over the last couple of years I did a photographic study of a farm scene in different seasons and lighting called, Fabius Farm Seasons.
It is amazing how the landscape can change its proverbial garments several times a day, throughout the seasons.
The "lake" seen in some of these images is a temporary spring pond that results from snow-melt.
Spring is a time of dramatic change over a short period, so there are more images from that period.
I don't expect any of these images to show up on the cover of National Geographic any time soon. But I certainly had fun visiting this site in the different seasons and light, and making these images.
These images were taken during our February 2017 to Winterlude.
Winterlude (Bal de Neige) is an annual festival in Ottawa-Gatineau that celebrates winter during the first 3 weekends in February.
One of the main Winterlude sites is the Rideau Canal Skateway which, at ~8 kilometres (~5 miles) long, is the largest skating rink in the world.
The Maine coast is divided into three main areas:
The Adirondacks have 46 peaks over 4000 ft. Climbing them all, and registering with the ADK 46er Organization, makes you a "46er".
The Marshall Brothers, famous in the Wilderness Movement, and Herb Clark (their mentor) were the original three 46ers in 1918.
The ADK 46er Organization was started in the 1920's and maintains an ADK Member Roster in which I am #3031.
My Dad started taking us to the Adirondacks when I was a small boy, which is how I developed a love for the region.
Unfortunately, my serious photography days came after my 46er climbing days, so I lack good quality images from that period.
But, happily, recent trips have afforded some opportunity for photography. I hope you enjoy these images.
Kinzua Bridge in Allegheny National Forest, Western Pennsylvania is very cool & well worth a visit - both for adults and kids (see also).
The park is busy during the day, but I photographed most of these images at first light in early August, and was the only one in the whole park at the time.
When the bridge was originally completed in 1882, it was the tallest and longest railroad bridge in the world at 2,053 feet long and 301 feet high. It was advertised as the "Eighth Wonder of the World".
In 2003 the bridge was partially destroyed by a tornado. In 2011 it was reinvented as a pedestrian walkway where visitors can walk out 600 feet on the remaining support towers to view Kinzua Gorge from an overlook platform.
There is also a trail that goes down to Kinzua Creek, where visitors can view the bridge wreckage.
The visitor center at the bridge has some interesting & interactive exhibits that cover both the history of the bridge & the local wildlife (esp. the Barred Owl !!).
Also of interest in this area: the Rim Rock Trail & Overlook, Kinzua Dam, Kinzua Beach and Jakes Rocks.
These images are from a trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire during August of 2015.
The trip up Mt. Washington on the Cog Railway is a lot fun and worth doing - a highlight of the trip.
The day we went up, the mountain was covered with thick fog at the top, so no views from there. But great views on the way up.
The Kancamagus Highway is also beautiful.
In early March of 2016 we took a quick drive through Death Valley.
We were lucky to be there at the tail end of a rare flower bloom.
Unfortunately, I only had limited time for photography.
I don't do much portraiture, and can't say I'm a fan of staged portraits (though I made an exception for Ama).
But I occasionally enjoy creating images of people doing interesting things.
Now that I think about it... I probably should do a little more of this once in a while...
And since you asked, yes, Roper is a person as far as I am concerned.
Recall that the Rules of Thirds encourages to to you mentally divide the frame into 3 layers from top-to-bottom, and 3 layers from left-to-right. And, having done so, to place the subject(s) within the layers, or on the grid lines.
Occasionally in so doing, your photograph will wind up with a void in 1/3 or 2/3 of the photograph that "feels" unbalanced or un-anchored or unsatisfying.
Adding a Balancing Element can sometimes address this tension and "resolve" the photograph.
Consider for example, how the photograph "Light at Sodus Pt" herein would "feel" with and without the lighthouse at at the end of the pier.
In the 3 images shown here from the Fabius Farm Season series, the small tree, geese, and sun respectively, provide the Balancing Element.
Another great time at Old Home Day 2015! Starting with the pancake breakfast and parade, and ending with the bed races, dance, and fireworks.
Cazenovia Mayor and Marine Kurt Wheeler gave an inspiring patriotic talk on the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The wagon rides were new this year and were a big hit. A big thanks to Dan and his family.
I have a just few more images to add - coming soon...
The New Woodstock Historical Society hosted a stop for the Franklins on their 2015 tour.
Forty-two (42) Franklins showed up at the Depot!
The cars came from all over the country. One owner actually drove his Franklin across the whole country from Oregon to Upstate!
Local folks got to learn more about the cars (e.g., did you know they are air-cooled, not water-cooled?), and the Franklin owners got to learn more about railroad history.
A really nice time for everyone!
Though my primary photographic interest is Landscape, I do enjoy photographing Architecture and Structures as well.
These images are from a variety of places including Canada's National Art Gallery in Ottawa, the French Quarter in New Orleans, Temple Square in Salt Lake City, the Eastman Museum in Rochester, and a few others.
My personal favorities are: