The Finger Lakes Region of New York

We are back from a short visit to the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The region is gorgeous, especially as the leaves begin to turn as fall arrives. Small towns dot the landscape, and except for the larger cities like Ithaca, home of Cornell, it is mostly rural territory. And it has those scenic lakes, particularly Lake Seneca and Lake Cayuga. Seneca is the largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes measured by area; it extends to a depth of 618 feet at its deepest point. Cayuga is the longest lake at 38 miles, but it is not as deep as Seneca. Cayuga’s maximum depth is 435 feet.

 

In addition to the beautiful scenery, the area has lots of vineyards, so of course we went wine tasting. And we had some very nice Cabs and Chards.

 

The Finger Lakes region is home to the Women’s Rights Movement, and it has a number of museums celebrating that fact. Like all political movements, in the fervor of the moment the participants tend to get carried away. The early suffragettes claimed that by allowing women to vote the nation would rid itself of corruption. Moreover, they insisted that women would never support legislation in favor of women only. Well, we know how that worked out. (See below).

 

All in all the Finger Lakes region is well worth a visit. But unless you are a professor at Cornell or a wine producer, there doesn’t seem to be all that much opportunity here.

 

Anyway, some photos of our travels below. Please click on the photos below to see large, high resolution versions.

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Four silos, several barns and tractors on green grass with a blue sky background
Horses Grazing in the Field
Looking out over Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State
Seneca Falls, NY, USA — Sept 30, 2017 — The Seneca Knitting Mills building, due to re-open in 2018 as the Center for Great Women. Editorial Use Only.
Photo out a window at cows grazing in a pasture
Waterloo, New York, USA — September 30, 2017 — Customers at a cheese tasting in a barn at a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of NY State. Editorial Use Only

 

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From Summer to Fall

Summer is gone, the fall is here, the ocean is getting rougher, and of course it is hurricane season. The water was sufficiently treacherous over the past weekend that 35 people had to be rescued from the surf in Belmar, according to the Mayor. The Mayor said that 35 people had to be pulled out of the water by lifeguards, police, the Coast Guard and…”water rescue staff”. If not lifeguards I wonder what the term “water rescue staff” is supposed to refer to.

 

Anyway, off to the Finger Lakes region in New York State soon, where we hope to get some nice autumn shots. Some Spring Lake beach shots below.

Waves from rough Atlantic seas smash up against the rocks of a jetty at the Jersey Shore.
Waves roll into the beach on a cold gray rainy morning
Waves come crashing onto shore on a rainy, gloomy morning
Rainy, foggy morning with a storm on the horizon
Photo of the Spring Lake boardwalk on a wet and foggy fall morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A visit to Tanglewood and Saratoga Springs

It’s tough to beat the natural beauty of New England. We recently took a trip up to Saratoga Springs to visit the track, then on to The Clark museum in Williamstown, and then onto Lenox Massachusetts where we were able to see Yo Yo Ma play with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. And we got to see a boat go through lock #4 in New York State.

 

The Clark Museum in Williamstown, MA.
Looking at the stage from inside “The Shed” at Tanglewood.
Horses come around the bend in Saratoga Spring race track
Horses race for the finish on turf
Two silos, trucks and a barn on a green crop field under threatening skies in New England.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parks and Recreation

The Monmouth County Park system is often thought to be one of the finest in the country–and with good reason. The parks are meticulously maintained; they are stunningly beautiful, and they are brimming with activities for all ages. So not too long ago I paid

Geraldine Thompson
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a visit to Thompson Park in Lincroft. Thompson Park which includes the former home of Geraldine Thompson, and now serves as the Thompson Park Visitor’s Center. The park, which was established in 1968 totals 667 acres, of which 215 were donated by the estate go Geraldine Thompson. The park, which is truly magnificent, features the Marlu Lake (pictured below) is not to be missed.

 

A scenic lake surrounded by green trees on a summer morning. Two canoes are in the distance are on the lake.
Two canoes float lazily along a lake surrounded by green trees.
A path out of a heavily wooded area to a clearing that goes between large two trees.
Two trees up a slope in a green meadow with a dramatic sky in the background

 

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Asbury Park Photo Walk

A beautiful summer morning—just right for a photo walk with Michael and Beverly Miller in Asbury Park. We started at Convention Hall early when we had the pale morning light, and wandered around taking photos as the sky brightened and the beach and boardwalk began to fill up.

 

Here are some photos from the walk.

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A Little Macro Photography

Macro photography, which entails close-up photos of a subject, is particularly well suited for nature photography. So in order to learn about the art of macro photography, composition and technique, I went to a Visions Photographic Workshop run by Michael S. Miller. I might add that Michael’s classes and workshops can benefit any and all photographers, from beginners to more advanced practitioners. Michael is a great teacher, and his classes and workshops are a lot of fun to boot. Try going to the Visions Workshops website to have a look. You also might want to check out the Visions Facebook page.

 

Anyway, for the Macro Photography workshop Monday evening, the light and weather were perfect. So we spent the evening on the beach crawling around in the sand to get some close-ups of seashells and other stuff lying around in the sand. Here (below) are some of the resulting photos.

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Seashell with a Heart
Broken-up Seashells Litter the Beach
Mussells, Pebbles and Seashells on the Beach
A collection of seashells lying on the beach
A seashell lying on the beach in late afternoon
Seashell on the beach Surrounded by sand pebbles in late afternoon

Sightseeing around Maui

After taking a day trip to Oahu to see Pearl Harbor, we spent the next few days sightseeing around Maui. From wide expanses of green farmland, to meadows and beaches, mountains and volcanoes there is no lack of stuff to see. Including Makawao, a town about 5 miles away that it is, believe it not, a bit of a cowboy town. And if you want to live in a place that never quite left the 1970s behind, you might want to visit a small town on Maui called Paia.

 

A final piece of very important news: we are close to a Whole Foods store that has excellent wines at very good prices.

 

Anyway, here are a bunch of photos from our sightseeing adventures.

 

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Beautiful Day in NYC

Yesterday, February 2 was a beautiful day in Manhattan–although a bit in the brisk side. A stroll around Central Park provided some nice photo opportunities–see below. We will be in Hawaii in a coupe of weeks, so we will be posting from Maui pretty soon.

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Wollman Rink
Skaters on Wollman Rink in Central Park
New York City, USA — February 2, 2017 — New York City Police Car on duty in Central Park with children playing in the background. Editorial Use Only.
New York City, USA February 2, 2017 — The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park with ducks swiming in the pond below it. Editorial Use Only
Couple standing on a hill in Central Park looking at skyscrapers on the West Side
An Anonymous Couple Stands on a Hill in Central Park looking at skyscrapers on the West Side
New York City, USA — February 2, 2017 — The Gapstow Bridge in Central Park with ducks swiming in the pond below it.