Saturday, October 18, 2014

South of Seneca

South of Seneca Lake is Montour Falls. I took a look at the high rock face cascade but found the view across the street more interesting. The pillars on both buildings are round but made of brick, which is unusual.The larger building is the Montour Falls municipal offices and the smaller was originally a bank but now serves are the public library.

Also south of the lake but closer to shore is Watkins Glen, which my previous post addressed. The autumnal picture below is another view from the park trail.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Glen

Watkins Glen State Park is said to be the most popular state park in New York... and I guess it is for good reason. Walking the glen is pretty easy and also pretty rewarding.

There are 19 water falls within the couple of miles of trail. But also more than 800 stone steps... each way. And also a lot of eroded rock.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Farewell China

This marks the end of my China posts (OK, there may be a few more at some point) but this is number 17 in the series... more than I anticipated at the start.

At the beginning of this series I promised to not include the typical tourist photos, but I am not sure I have succeeded.  Undertaking a trip like this means focusing your time on the "must see" sites, which does not allow a lot of time for more interesting, beyond the obvious, picture taking.

It was a fantastic experience, a once in a lifetime, that I will forever remember,

Monday, October 13, 2014


The Forbidden City is no longer forbidden, you just need to pay the entrance fee.

It is a fascinating place... a few facts:
  • The world's biggest ancient palace
  • China's most popular tourist attraction
  • Almost 600 years old
  • A UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Contains the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world
  • It has 9,999 rooms (only heaven has more... was thought to have 10,000 rooms)
There were crowds of tourists (many of them Chinese) but I was lucky enough to capture these images with only a hint of the throng.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Great Wall

The challenge of photographing well known, iconic places, is finding a unique perspective. In the end perhaps it is not worth trying. Maybe it is best just to open your eyes and enjoy being in the moment

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fresh fish

Grocery shopping is a bit different in the everyday markets of Beijing. Perhaps the fish are fresh, but there seemed to be an absence of refrigeration, which seems troubling. But it does not seem to bother the neighborhood shoppers.

Friday, October 10, 2014


I guess no trip to China is complete without a visit with the giant pandas.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tang Dynasty Show

Our travels in China included a few shows that were really quite spectacular. At times I though that perhaps we are gone though a black hole and ended up in Disney World EPCOT. It is interesting that Disney has done such a marvelous job of imitating the exotic world that the world now seems to be an imitation of Disney.