Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just beyond the split

A few days ago I posted an image of an abandoned lock from the early days of the Erie canal. I mentioned that the canal had been rerouted to bypass downtown Rochester when it was enlarged and improved back in the early 1900's. This picture shows what remains of the older pathway about a mile away from the lock and just beyond the split to the new channel (the newer section looks like this).

It is pretty amazing that the remnant of a two hundred year old ditch still contains a bit of water a hundred years since it was last active as a canal. Of course I am sure rainwater does collect (and stagnate) in this trough, but still it is unexpected.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Berry red

I love the quality of transmitted light and the brilliant color that can result. These berries seem to be generating color from within.

Reflected light can also impart stunning color, but it never achieves quite the same result.

Stained glass and mosaic can both be beautiful but it is the pure saturated color of the glass I find most dazzling.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


This is what's left of an old Erie Canal lock in Pittsford, New York. The original canal opened in 1825 and was only 40 feet wide and four feet deep. This lock operated for about 100 years until the canal was improved, enlarged and rerouted to bypass Rochester's downtown.

Although much of the old canal pathways have been repurposed and carry interstate highways, this section has only been disturbed by the return to nature, and is largely unknown and hidden behind Pittsford Plaza. But to those that know, it also provides a rustic walking trail along the former tow paths.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Farmers market

Many towns and villages have farmers markets during the summer months, but I really admire the care and creativity that went into these banners. Don't know who did the illustration, but I like it.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wood ears

That is what I remember my dad calling them, although they do not look like the description I find on Wikipedia.

These are growing in a shaded part of my back yard on the trunk of a tree. So whatever they are, they are interesting looking fungus (I presume).