Saturday, October 19, 2019

Upstate Scene

We had wonderful weather and light traffic for our trip back home today.  This was a photograph that I stopped to take on our trip up.  I was attracted by the the grain storage silos which are huge, modern silos, so I am thinking that this is not a single family farm.  Also the cloudy skies above added to the interest in the scene, I thought.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Man in the Moon!

I went to the George Eastman House today to see some of the exhibits.  It is always a relaxing, enjoyable, and educational experience to spend time there.  They had an exhibit of both cameras and some photographs relating to the Apollo 11 anniversary.  After I left that gallery I was wandering down the hall, and saw this beautiful carved and painted moon, fastened to a box.  There was no one around, so I had to find a museum employee who could take my picture, and he was very nice and agreed to take this photograph.  So I am posting it for all of you to see, so that you can have a good laugh!  It is interesting that the Metropolitan Museum of Art had that Moon exhibit I spoke of in a post a month or so ago, and they had hundreds of old photographs that were taken like this!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Vince & Jo Anne's New Home!

Vince and Jo Anne moved into their new home in the early part of September, after living in their other house for 42 Years.  Their other house was only 5 miles away from their new condo.  It is a lovely home and all on one floor, and they won't have to use a snow blower or mow the lawn!

This is a view of some of the neighboring condos that gives a sense of the community.  It is a lovely neighborhood and the buildings are beautifully designed.  Note the overcast skies - hey, we're in Rochester, and they have a lot of overcast skies here!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Ovid Farmhouse, Update

I made my usual stop at the abandoned farmhouse, in Ovid, NY.  Each time I stop I see more and more deterioration.  The front door is now gone and the doorway is boarded up, I guess to keep curious people like me out!  The roof is more and more collapsed each time.  There used to be a front porch and now that has collapsed into rubble.  It is hard to explain my fascination with the deterioration of this building but I have been photographing it for years now.

This is a detail of part of the second story.  I had never photographed this part of the house before, but in seeing how the clapboards have fallen off the wooden sheathing underneath gives more of a sense of a house coming undone.

I was looking for some kind of close up to add variety to these photographs.  I found this window with vines growing around it.  Love that the vine on top of the window has turned red because of Fall.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Strong Memorial, 5:27 AM

The four of us got up at 4:30 this morning and headed off to Strong Memorial Hospital.  Vince had a scheduled surgery, and they sure do want to start early in the morning!  Man, I am NEVER up at 4:30 in the morning.  His surgery went really well and he is fine and he will come home tomorrow,  thank heavens.  As we were pulling into the front entrance of the hospital, I saw this scene and thought it was worth a shot for the blog.  No sign of anyone stirring outside the entrance.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Fall Color Upstate

We drove from Sea Cliff to Rochester today, to visit Vince and JoAnne for a week.  We had great weather for the trip, and I spent a lot of time looking out the window, trying to find a blog post that would show the colors of fall.  The colors were not that brilliant in some places, and in other places at higher elevations it looked as if the colors had come and gone already.  I did find this one scene as I was driving along.  Not great, but the best I was able to find along the route.

Sunday, October 13, 2019


In forestry, windthrow or blowdown refers to trees uprooted or broken by wind. These winds are capable of opening large gaps in forests and in extreme cases causing blowdowns of whole stands from microbursts, tornadoes, cyclones or hurricanes.  There are a lot of blow down areas of trees visible in parts of Yellowstone National Park. Sometimes, depending on the soil, the entire tree is uprooted, and at other times the tree trunk can be shattered.  This is the root system of a tree that has been blown over.  I have no idea of the type of tree, but what an amazing shape these twisted roots make.