This week the Portland Tree was lit so on Wednesday I decided I would go take a photograph of it for this challenge, however it was completely surrounded by a beer garden…great for beer drinkers (which I am not) bad for me It was also bitterly cold so instead of making my friend wait around with me while I got a photograph of a tree surrounded by beer garden tents, I took about two photos and decided to call it good…well not good, but you get the idea. So I will share that photo with you, but I also want to share a preview of my Maine photos with a Sunset photograph that I captured the first night in Maine.
It just so happens that it actually took a little convincing to get my family to venture to the water to watch this sunset, but I insisted that the clouds looked like they were very promising for a good sunset. They were skeptical that we would make it in time to see the sunset, but we did! So here you go….
One of the big reasons that I took my trip out to New York was to visit my Grandma on my Father’s side. She is now 93 years old and although she has a lung tumor, she still works out in the garden every chance she gets. She says it is her therapy.
It was fall, so unfortunately, the garden was not in its full glory, but what I really wanted was a picture of her outside near it. She was a bit worn out, having worked for a while in the garden already, but she is looking good overlooking her yard. We sat here and I recorded a couple of short stories before she got tired. I decided I wanted to record her telling me some stories, because it is what I remember most about her, every time I talk to her she tells me about a memory from the past and her life. Interestingly she told me a few stories I had never heard before, and none that she usually tells.
I love her, I admire how much she loved my Grandfather and how she always has something good to say about him, I love that she works in the garden all spring, summer, and fall until the weather is just too horrible, and I hope that she gets to continue to do that next spring.
Here are my finial pictures from New York. Soon I will share my Maine photos. I hope you all had a good day to give thanks with your friends or families and have a great weekend.
This is part of a bank vault in what is now an art gallery for community artists in Elmira, NY. You can walk in to look at jewelry in the vault.
My Grandma used to live a few houses away from this waterfall, my parents used to swim at the base of it. Can you imagine having it in your back yard, literally?
A waterfall in Watkins Glen (not the state park the town)
While in New York I spent a couple days with each of my Grandparents. My Grandma and Grandpa live on Seneca Lake year round, and even though it was October they still had their sail boat ready for sailing. I am not sure what time of year they usually put it away for the winter, but it was a nice surprise that I was able to join them on a late morning sail on a lightly windy day.
At one point we did have to paddle the boat, but eventually the wind picked back up. It was a very nice fall activity that I wish I knew how to do well enough to go sailing when I am at home.
The sky was also doing really neat things, like this rainbow that was circling the sun. It really is lovely to be out on the lake on a sunny fall day.
Hello everyone. I might actually be a head of the game this week as far as the weekly photo challenge goes! I have thought about the challenge layers and came up with these photos; taken in an ice cave near Mount Adams.
This is a really neat place to visit, but I highly recommend a few things: a helmet (my kids had them but the adults didn’t and my uncle bumped his head pretty hard), something on your feet to help walk on ice, warm clothes including gloves, and a head lamp. It was probably 90 degrees outside but in the cave it was (obviously) below freezing, which is a big shock going from the sunny 90 degree day.
You can join along in the Weekly Photo Challenge by going here and reading the directions and signing up for the weekly e-mail.
Well last week I shared my daughter’s 4 year photos and talked about how amazing it is that she is not a toddler in any way anymore. Well even more amazing to me is that my son is now seven. Wow, in so many ways I feel like he is still just my baby, but he really is a full fledged big kid now. He totally had his own opinion about getting his photo taken for his seven year photos, which by the way was that he in no way wanted to participate in it.
He ended up giving me about 10 minutes and said I could take 20 photos total. Um, okay. He some how could even really tell when I was taking the actual photo even with all of the sound turned off and me using my zoom lens so I was standing quite a distance from him. It was funny in retrospect anyway.
Here are the results of my ten minute photo shoot with him.
The amazing and always beautiful Watkins Glen situated in upstate New York right off of picturesque Seneca Lake, was one of the places I really wanted to visit again while visiting my relatives in New York. I have gone on this hike several times in my life but up until now all of them had been as a youth.
My Grandparents graciously took me to Watkins Glen but decided they only wanted to hike to the first set of long steep stairs. I made it all the way to the top of the last set of very long steep stairs and spent much of the hike alternating between jogging the trail and stopping to take photos.
If you ever have the chance to be in the area I highly recommend this hike, it is adorned with waterfalls that twist and turn in the path of the narrow steep cliffs of slate.
Now that I have photographed Watkins Glen once, I would really like to go back and do it again at another time of day, and with a tripod.
This little photo shoot was a lot of fun. I can’t believe my little one is 4 and that means officially not in the realm of toddler anymore. We took her 4 year photos at the park and she insisted that Ariel wanted her picture taken also. She also loved exploring the park in hope of finding a caterpillar.