Friday, October 24, 2014

Inside Out or Something...

When some of us from the astronomy club brought our telescopes to the "Kidfest" at Old Westbury Gardens, we saw a number of other displays for kids.  One of the displays included a number of very creatively carved pumpkins.  The new, new thing apparently, is to carve the outside of the pumpkin, instead of carving a face through the entire shell of the pumpkin.  In fact, there is a program called "Rise of the Jack-O-Lanterns", where they have literally hundreds of pumpkins displayed at night, and some of them are like this.  I can't quite imagine it all, so we are going to go to the event, and of course I will bring my camera.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


You may have to click on this photograph to see the main subject of the picture.  I was down by the harbor, on the opposite side of the fence from these Swans and their cygnets.  The adults kept their eye on me the whole time.  What astounded me was the color of the young swans!  I guess this photograph shows the importance of their gray coloring - you can barely see them in this photograph, since they blend into the sand and reeds that washed up on the shore.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter is Coming On...

First I  saw the blue sky at dusk, then I noticed the old-fashion street lamp, and thought it would make a nice photograph.  While shooting I realized that most of the leaves were missing on one tree, and some were missing from the other.  Oh boy, it was a reminder that Winter is coming on!  Brrrrrr.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gardens in Black & White

There are really nice gardens at the George Eastman House, and I always photograph them when I visit there, no matter what the weather.  Here's the thing - I have always photographed gardens in color.  But I have this book of extraordinary black & white photographs by the English landscape designer Gertrude Jekyll who lived from 1843-1932 in Surrey, England.  She photographed her own garden, which was legendary in its design.  So here's the thing - it is easy for me to photograph in color, but shooting gardens in black & white is hard.  So for that reason I always try to do it.  This is one of my attempts.  I do love the luscious gray tones that black and white photography produces.

Monday, October 20, 2014

9/11 Memorial Pool

I have a bunch of photographs that I hadn't gotten around to posting before leaving for Rochester.  I showed you one picture from inside the museum.  This is a photograph of one of the memorial reflecting pools on the plaza outside.  This part of the memorial is stunning and sublime.  It is a brilliant idea, and beautifully executed.  It is impossible for me to put any of my feelings into words, other than to say that you should really come and see this.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Not Going Anywhere

It was raining as I made my way toward Rochester on Route 96, up above Ithaca.  As I drove by this field, I recognized it immediately.  I have driven by this field for at least forty years.  Seriously.  A farmer started storing old equipment there long before I started coming by.  Strangely, I have never stopped to take pictures here.  But the view of this old truck in the rain stopped me in my tracks!  It just seems beautiful surrounded by fall colors.  If I had to guess, I would think this truck dates back to the 1930's or 1940's.  Perhaps one of you will know.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween is Coming

Halloween is approaching soon, and so Kathy and Jo Anne decided to make masks for the occasion.  They start with thin molded cardboard bases that fit your face, then they use white glue and industrial strength blue hand towels to build up features on top of the cardboard.  So in the condition they are in now, they are half-done.  Even at this stage, they are really creepy, aren't they? They have done more work since I took this photo, so I will have to do a shot when they are finished.