3 cotton wood trees next to our house, one belongs to the neighbor,
and one is really large, and the third leans at a weird angle
kind of over our house. So this year we decided to get a little
work done on the trees. We decided to have the weird leaning tree
removed all together. The tree guys came on Thursday November
8th to take down the one tree and trim the other. The did a really
good job, and cleaned up nicely. Here's some photos.
looks like it will pave the way for more tree plantings this spring.
9/11 and Air Force Memorials November
So I've been
trying off and on for a couple years now to make it to the Pentagon
9/11 Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, which dominates the
sky line in the same area. Spent an hour circling the Pentagon
in my rental car once but never could find the place to park.
Turns out, there wasn't a place to park, and you need to park
on the opposite side of 395 at the Crystal City Mall area and
walk under the highway to get to the memorial. This past weekend
was a beautiful sunny fall day and I managed to make my way over
to the 9/11 memorial and the Air Force Memorial. Both were well
thought out. Here's a few photos from my trip.
View after entering the memorial
Looking back towards the entrance
Looking towards the Pentagon, the path of Flight 77
Air Force Memorial is just a short distance away, by car. I showed
up just in time to be alone for a bit, before a few cars showed
up. The memorial area is surrounded by sycamore trees and the
parking area is really nice. The memorial stands over 200 feet
tall, too tall to get into one photo so close. It was nicely done.
Right when I left 3 tour buses showed up! The memorial is on a
hill overlooking all of DC, so its a neat place to see.
View towards the memorial, Washington Monument
Right side of the monument
Left side of the monument
Looking up at the star burst
View of the Washington Monument from the memorial
Panoramic view from the Air Force Memorial
more information about the Air Force Memorial, visit their official
Hockey Opener November
the RIT Tigers have a home "opener" downtown at the
Blue Cross Arena. Its not really their home opener, but it is
one of the first couple games of the season in Rochester. The
game is always pretty good, and lately we've been getting some
pretty neat teams. This year was Penn State, next year is Michigan.
RIT lost this game 3-2, but it was pretty exciting. Here's a few
pictures, there's more in my
I went to
visit my sister in State College this summer, and as I like to
do, we took a trip to the Penn State Arboretum to look at the
pumpkins and plants that were blooming. This time the place looked
better than ever, with all kinds of flowers still blooming, pumpkins
all over, and really nice weather too. had a great time. Didn't
get my photos up on flickr yet, so here's a few from the trip.
Some of the fancy funky pumpkins
Water lillies still blooming
Meredith in the big yellow chair
The gardens at the Penn State Arboretum
Lots of color in late October still
Nationals Doubleheader November
While on a
trip to Washington DC this fall, I was able to take in a Washington
nationals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was supposed
to be 1 game, but after the game was cancelled the day before
due to rain (that was long gone by game time), I managed to get
to see both games the next day. The first game started at 4pm,
and the next after the end of the first game. I made it through
the whole first game, and 6 innings of the second game. The park
is really beautiful, and very large. Since the attendance to the
first game was light, I was able to sit in many different areas
of the stadium. I wouldn't mind seeing a game there again some
day. There are more photos that I took during the game in my
Nationals Outfielder Bryce Harper
Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Morse batting for the Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman pitching the first game for the Nationals
between my Saratoga trips was the familly vacation to the Adirondacks.
I got a few hikes in, one an ill advised 3.5 miler in 85 degree
heat with a banana and a beer for lunch, had a great time with
my family, and had a relaxing time over all. The weather was just
beautiful, and very warm. Swam in the lake every day. Just a great
year at the lake. Posted a few photos on flickr, and of course
here's a few on the blog.
View from Mount Arab, in Infrared. I climb this mountain at least
once every year.
A trio of Mergansers posed for us for several minutes. I like
this photo because of the dark water.
My reward for a long hot hike up haystack... the good ole "End
of Trail" sign. Doh!
Where the cars go to die. Old Volkswagen in Infrared.
are of course more photos online in my Adirondack flickr gallery.
HA! I lied. I didn't post any yet...
This was a
banner year for Saratoga trips, as I made it out for 4 of the
7 racing weekends. I had a great time and was able to stay with
my friends Mark and Melody in their camper at a nearby campground.
Saved a fortune on hotel rooms. There was a lot of great racing,
and although I didn't win money by the last day of the meet, I
did place a lot of bets, and only ended up down $40. Not bad for
8 days racing.
All of my
photos are up in my
flickr gallery, but I'll post one photo from each week to
keep you interested. Jim Dandy day started out nice, but then
rain moved in, and by the 5th race it was pouring out. Hiked the
camera back out to the car only to have it clear up a few races
later for some really nice races later that day. We saw a lot
of great horses this season, Fort Larned (eventual Breeders Cup
Classic Winner), Alpha and Golden Ticket battling to finish in
a dead heat in the $1 million dollar Travers Stakes. Mucho Macho
Man and To Honor and Serve in the Woodward. A really great season
that I will remember fondly for a long time.
The 7 horse, Pete's Parley would pass the 1 Crown the Chief for
the win in this race
Dominus wins an Allowance on Whitney day, He would win the Bernard
Baruch on Travers Weekend as well.
Alpha chases Golden Ticket (34-1) down the stretch at the Travers,
the only dead heat in 143 runnings.
Mucho Macho Man battles To Honor And Serve down the stretch at
Mark and I
went to Geneseo this summer to see the air show again because
we had so much fun 2 years ago. This year, despite almost no chance
of rain, we were treated to a full day of overcast and rainy weather.
Despite the 2+ hour rain delay, we got a pretty good show and
met some of the re-enactors as well. It was a pretty fun time.
There are a few more photos in my
flickr gallery. This year I made a bigger effort to try and
improve my photography by trying to get the propellers in motion,
with not so good results. I ended up with most of my attempts
over exposed, and blurry. Live to try again I guess. Here's a
few photos from the day.
An air show in Rochester is never complete without the Canadian
Probably the best show of the day, by the Jelly Belly team, seen
here landing on a camper.
I made the trip across town to Victor, NY to photograph the Stuart
Horse Trials on a hot Saturday morning. The event schedule was
actually moved up because of the heat expected that day. Despite
my camera acting up, I got a lot of neat photos and saw a lot
of beautiful horses. As always, here are a few photographs in
the blog, and there are more in my
This is one of my favorite colored horses this day. Entering the
This IS my favorite colored horse, I call him a cow horse.
Into the water hazard.
Across the water hazard.
Coming right at you. Look at the concentration in the competitor
and the horse's eyes.
The splash zone!
are, of course, additional photos of many of the competitors in
flickr gallery of the 2012 Stuart Horse Trials.
On one of
my business trips to Washington, I took the time to visit The
Mall and view the monuments and museums in the Capital. I hadn't
been there since I was young. The mall was really long, but I
walked up and down it. Saw the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument,
Capitol Building, White House and more. It was hot, but I had
a good time walking around and taking photos. Unfortunately, The
Mall was all torn up as they were doing drainage work this year
(thanks to Federal Stimulus money). On a later trip I would visit
the air and space museum as well. As always there are additional
photos in my
flickr gallery, and a few here as well.
Building in Infrared
on the Mall in DC
The Three Servicemen
Statue near the Vietnam War Memorial
Monument - Now Closed due to last years Earthquake
dad and I made our semiannual trip to the races. This year it
was to Watkins Glen for the Sahlen 6 Hour race on a sweltering
hot July weekend. We had a great time, 3 days of racing and camping.
Thanks go to Cal and Bonnie for letting us use their camper. It
was much more fun than tent camping. There are loads of photos
flickr gallery, but here are a few here to capture your interest.
quick trip to Boston saw us atop the Coca-Cola roof deck seats,
except we were standing room only. It was a really great place
to see a game, except of course for the rain delay again. Grumble.
This time we saw the Sox lose to the Atlanta Braves. Red Sox loses
tend to happen quite frequently to us.
spent the day at the Arnold Arboretum, which was very cool. Lots
of trees, including Redwoods. We walked around a great portion
of the grounds. Then back to Fenway for a night game where we
got to see the gigantic American flag unfurled to celebrate our
veterans service. We've seen the huge flag twice now, and I don't
think it is something they do all that often at Fenway. This time
after a brief rain shower the game started on time, and it was
a beautiful night, plus the Sox finally won!
Picture of Tracy and me during the rain delay. This Red Sox jersey
would disappear from the Hotel Indigo, Newton Riverside
100 Years of Fenway, and the Boston Skyline
Redwood trees at the Arnold Arboretum
View from the top of the hill in the middle of the Arnold Arboretum
This was a variety of Hanging Hydrangea, unfortunately it was
pretty much done blooming. Still cool though.
The hanging plants garden at the Arnold Arboretum
There were some bonsai plants in here dating back to the 1700's!
Fenway park, just as the sun broke through for the start of the
Sox Win! A rarity when
we visit Fenway, unfortunately.
Cod 2012 September
we made a couple trips out to Boston to catch some Red Sox games,
and we visited Tracy's relatives Margaret and Franklin. The first
night we went to Fenway where I surprised Tracy with Green Monster
seats. The view from there is totally awesome, and I suspect we
will be back again some time soon. We went to see the Washington
Nationals play the Red Sox, and got lucky enough to see Stephen
Strasburg pitch, which is a little unlucky I guess because the
Sox ended up losing. Also a bummer was a rain storm before the
game ruined batting practice, which I wanted to see from atop
the Green Monster.
game we went to visit Margaret and Franklin and see their house
on Cape Cod. It was a beautiful day, and we shared lunch, walked
along the beach, and had a late snack and beers. The beach was
really close to their house, and their property is really close
to a State Park. While walking along the beach we saw an Osprey
nest, and since the tide was coming in we saw a seal playing in
the water near where the water was flowing into a marsh. It was
a really fun day.
Our Monster Seats. What a great place to watch a game!
Fenway Park after the rain moved through.
Straburg on the mound, from the Monster Seats.
Osprey nest near the beach
Beautiful Cape Cod Beach
Crabby Crab, there were a lot of these along the shore, and some
bigger crabs in the water too.
Margaret and Franklin waving to the Seal that was swimming about
in the water. He's the black head in the water between them.
complete without a trip to the LPGA practice round. This year
the practice round was Tuesday, and I made a full day of it. Since
the weather was much nicer than last year (no rain), I was able
to see a ton of the major players go through. A thousand photos
later, I had had enough.
what day would be complete without photographs of the Venus transit.
Our once in a lifetime chance to see Venus transit the sun. I
tried to go up to the lake and catch it at sunset, but the clouds
interfered. Still fun though, and I caught the transit at home
on the patio as well.
Venus transit seen through
binoculars projected on my patio. Venus is the small dot on the
bottom of the circular sun
Raced up to the beach only to be defeated by clouds
Nice sunset though
I took a walk around Charlotte pier and beach on what turned out
to be quite the stormy day. Temps were high when the sun was out.
I managed to drive up in the rain, walk around in the sun and
clouds, and then leave right when a fierce storm approached. Got
some great infrared and regular photographs. My plan was to return
again later in the summer a do a ride down the river trail. Haven't
done that yet. These photos were taken June 3rd.
Walking along the Charlotte Pier
Looking towards the East, and the Coast Guard Station
View of the beach in infrared
View back towards the lake in infrared
Serious storm clouds approaching, and just enough sun for a great
shot of the Patrick O'Rorke Bridge
Enough sun for a great infraredshot of the bridge, one of my favorites!
back to posting a few picks on the ScaredyCat site. Its been a
busy summer, with most of my photos going directly to flickr.
But with a little time on my hands, I'll try and post a few here.
So to start, I have a few photos I took around the yard this spring/summer.
These were taken at the end of May. The cottonwoods were in full
A lilac with 3 Bluberry Bushes - Bluecrop, Duke, and Berkley
Massive lupine that survived the winter and frosty spring
Patio before our plants filled it in the summer
A viola plant
Second round of lilacs
View towards the back of our house
Days Again June
When my parent's
invited us over for dinner on Memorial Day, I knew it was time
to bring the camera for some bird shots. I got a funny one of
a male cardinal all kinda puffed up, and we were treated to some
baby bunnies that were'nt that shy at all. My outdoor bird and
wildlife photography can be seen in my
outdoor gallery on flickr. Here's a few shots from Memorial
Male Cardinal resting on the bird feeder perch.
Female Cardinal scouting things out
Baby Bunny Chowdown Party!
State Arboretum June
visit to the air show we had some time to visit the Penn State
Arboretum. Although only a small part of the massive grounds have
been completed it was still fun to go see. If I know one thing
about arboretum's its that they are great for Infrared Photography.
Here's some photos from my visit there. There are more photos
Infrared Imager Gallery on Flickr.
The walk around the Penn State Arboretum
Sculptures in the Penn State Arboretum
Water plants at the Arboretum
Show in Washington June
my brother in law decided it was time to take my nephew Jeffrey
to his first air show. The event he chose was the Joint Services
Open House (JSOH 2012) at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington
DC. The lineup was spectacular and the show was really great.
The flight line was huuuge! Too much to see in one day really.
I was impressed by the B-52 at the end of the runway. Even had
a "Modernization Effort" display projecting usage through
2025. There were lots of neat aircraft on display and performing
tricks. As always, the majority of my photos are available on
JSOH 2012 flickr page. Here's a few on scaredycat too!
The MV22 Osprey hovers
behind two F22 Raptor Fighter Jets
A member of the US Army
Golden Knights Parachute Team. This guy was making his 3,000th
The F22 Raptor
F22 Raptor high speed
The heritage flight
addition to the neat photos, I took a couple of neat videos too.
They are visible on my YouTube page.
raptor Taxing - It was sooo quiet!
Osprey - This guy blew our hats off!
peak Early in 2012 June
the freakishly warm spring this year (in Rochester, March was
our warmest on record, and the average temperature was higher
than the April average), this year the lilac festival peaked a
whole week earlier than the festival (May 10-19). On a beautiful
sunny Sunday I went to Highland Park to view the lilacs early,
and then home for the Kentucky Derby.
were pretty much in peak bloom. Even the lilacs in our yard were
blooming. This year the Rochester area also saw a massive influx
of Red Admiral butterflies. There were tons of them. I've never
seen anything like it, they were flying everywhere like flies.
Anyway, took lots of photos of the lilacs, and butterflies on
lilacs. The majority of the lilac photos are in my
lilac flickr gallery.
Beauty of Moscow lilac
taken in our backyard.
Pink lilacs at Highland
Lilac bush at Highland
A massive influx of
Red Admirals made butterfly photography easy.
Red Admiral on lilacs
at Highland Park.
Red Admiral on a white General Sheridan lilac.
my walk through Highland Park, I went downtown to High Falls,
and walked across the Pont de Rennes bridge to the baseball stadium
and back. Here's a few photos from that walk. I have a lot more
photos of the falls in infrared on my
infrared flickr page.
Downtown Rochester NY on a busy Saturday Afternoon in May.
Infrared photo of the High Falls, taken with a modified Kodak
Lakes Snocross 2012 April
bumped 4 weeks due to unseasonably warm temperatures, the Finger
Lakes Snocross event finally happened on February 24th. I was
planning on going both days, but Saturday I had plans to go see
the RIT hockey game, so I could only go to the snocross Friday.
What a day it was! I left work at 4pm in a total downpour. By
the time I arrived at the track, the sun was out. Then another
downpour, followed by more sun, a rainbow, and finally, rain sleet,
snow, and 40-50mph sustained winds topped off the night. It made
photographing the event even trickier than last year. It was interesting
this year, because the track was made entirely of manmade snow,
surrounded by grass and dirt. By Saturday though, a blizzard swept
through bringing freezing temperatures and significant accumulation.
Here's some photos from the event, and as always, those that couldn't
get enough, there is more
in my snocross flickr gallery.
Approaching Storm, from the Finger lakes Parking Lot
Snocross with a rainbow?
The rain storm sweeping through
After the storm
Back to racing
One of the best shots of the night - TJ Gulla
Hockey vs. Air Force April
RIT Tigers made it to the Atlantic Hockey Championships vs. the
Air Force Falcons. The two teams were battling for who would get
the right to lose to Boston College. Unfortunately for RIT, the
Falcons played much better hockey. Unfortunately for the Flacons,
they lost to Boston College Eagles in the next round of Division
1 Hockey. I really wanted to see the RIT Women's team play their
championship game, but it was at the same time as the men's game
downtown. I grabbed my camera and headed downtown, only to see
the Tigers get shutout 4-0. It was a good game though, and to
my surprise the lighting at the Blue Cross Arena was really good
for photographs. Here's a few, more are in
my RIT Hockey flickr gallery.
Defense in the Air Force
Goalie Shane Madolora
Force Falcons goalie Jason Torf makes a kick save
behind the RIT net
Spring or Summer April
year we got a treat of an early spring, or actually, an early
summer, as temperatures reached into the 80's for a week in March.
It caused our flowers to all bloom early. Unfortunately it may
cause some issues because in the next couple weeks it was back
to freezing weather and snow. We'll have to hope the plants all
survive and have a good summer. Anyway, here's some spring pictures.
Crocus and bees
Yellow crocus and bees
Monkey Close ups March
finally got the Monkey cat to sit still long enough to get a few
photos, so here they are.
Tigger in her Library Pose, or Senior Portrait?
Cat Close ups January
couple weeks ago I decided to buy my own "Nifty Fifty",
Canon's 50mm f/1.8 lens that is highly regarded as one of the
best values for its price. I had resisted purchasing this lens,
as I didn't do a lot of portrait photography, but decided to give
it a shot after seeing some nice landscape photos, and reading
about how well it does in low light situations. My test subjects
were our cats, and so far I am really excited about the potential
of this lens. The details in optimal situations are just spectacular.
Here's a few photos of Tigger and Monkey.
Tracy aided in getting her to hold still and look somewhat towards
This is a non-zoomed just 100% cropped version of the photos with
this lens. The details are amazing.
Here's a photo I captured of Monkey Cleaning with her baby tongue.
definitely going to take some time to get good with this lens,
but the good news is that electrons are free, so I will be clicking
away. I will be posting more photos of the cats soon in my
flickr cat gallery.
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