Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fallingwater

I have always had an interest in architecture, and when you talk about American architecture you need to talk about Frank Lloyd Wright, and when you talk about Wright, you have to talk about Fallingwater, the home he designed and built for the Kaufmann family in rural Pennsylvania. I have long wanted to see it myself and finally had the opportunity this week. As expected, it is a spectacular home in in a spectacular setting.

Although the house is a collection of dozens of interesting visual details and design elements, it is almost exclusively identified by one view... across Bear Creek below the falls. It was my desire to find a unique way to photograph the structure, but in the end the familiar viewpoint is needed to complete the visual experience.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Walking on rock

I read someplace that the rock that makes up the Adirondack mountains is nearly indistinguishable from rock samples brought back from the moon... so this is almost like a moon walk, but not the Michael Jackson kind.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sign bridge

Maybe it is just me, but it seems all that engineering and construction is a little overkill to hold up just two (admittedly large) signs. And it is not the most attractive thing in the world either.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Flow

Most people are familiar with Niagara Falls and the dynamic flow of water that drops over a wall of rock. Pictured above is another type of flow from the falls... hydro power. About two thirds of the water headed for the falls is diverted to power generation by US and Canadian power plants. Here power lines running through Buffalo NY, are headed to homes and businesses though out the state.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

My feet

Actually a reflection of my legs and feet on a black glass cube. The sculpture, Black Cube by Marian Karel, is a minimalistic and abstract concept of theoretical energy inside the cube. I believe there is also energy in the reflections.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Contemporary Art + Design Wing

Another visit to the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) and my continued fascination with the new Contemporary Art + Design wing. The art space is at least as interesting to me as the art it contains. I will have a few more images in future posts.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Buffalo Skyway

An impressive bridge construction though downtown Buffalo (notice three ramps above) that extends over the Buffalo river and various harbor canals. All bridges have some beauty to them from a distance, but this one has been controversial for years. Even though you can move below the bridges to Lake Erie it still is a barrier with noise and visual distraction from the city center.

Providing major arterials in crowded urban centers is a problem.

There has been some discussion of tunneling Route 5 (New York's major East/West non-toll route), but the cost and political will is nowhere to be found. Fortunately over the last few years there has been significant work done to make the waterfront accessible and enjoyable for the public.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Susan's house

Although I have lived in the area for over forty years, until recently I never took the time to visit the home of one of Rochesters most famous historical figures; Susan B. Anthony. She was a lifetime activist for equal rights and especially important in the movement to gain women's right to vote. She and her sister lived in a modest home that was part of a working-class neighborhood. It was here she organized the women's suffrage movement and welcomed many progressive reformers including her longtime friend and Rochester's other most famous historical figure; Frederick Douglass.

My eye was caught by this stairway window, unusual in design and color... perhaps the most unique feature of this otherwise common home of a very uncommon, progressive and influential American.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wild turkeys

I don't expect you to see them, but they are there. If you click to enlarge you might see them in the blur of the iPhone jpeg. Also not so easy to see because I needed to boost blacks and shadows, resulting in more blur.

I was drawn to the landscape scene and lined up the shot before noticing the birds.

I thought it would be fun to name the post for what is not easily seen.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Village Coal Tower Restaurant

It seems restaurants can be found in all kinds of abandoned and repurposed structures: factories, warehouses, rail stations and even coal towers.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free manure

No, this was not shot in Washington DC. The concept of "free" is complicated in the nations capital, but we know there is plenty of manure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flowering red clover

Getting down to look at common things can be very rewarding, especially in clear morning light.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More guns?

Another shooting, another brief conversation of common-sense gun control, which always results in a rush for... more guns!

I thought it ironic that it was reported that yesterdays hearing on gun control was canceled, until I read the CNN article that revealed the discussion was to support relaxing controls to make it easier for gun owners to own silencers, transport guns across state lines and ease restrictions on armor-piercing bullets.

Yet the majority of Americans believe gun controls should be more strict or at least stay the same according to data provided by the Gallup organization.

Why is the gun lobby so effective? Why does the minority of gun owners have so much influence?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Back to the canal

Before I retired I walked the canal path almost every day. And my previous place of employment was also near the canal, although a different section. Yesterday I was in the area and had some time to again try another path along the canal. It is a great place to walk and a terrific resource.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Meadow

Three daisies, with lots more on the horizon.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wimpy Kid

No, I did not see Wimpy Kid, or The Baby Boss or Captain Underpants. Fortunately the modern cineplex offers lots of screens and lots of choice.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rush hour

One part of the day that I do not miss.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Brings back memories

This is not the most interesting photo I have posted, but chancing by this little building brought back memories for me. The curious brink/tile is the same material that my grandfathers home was constructed with. It was a small but comfortable house with the brick painted over in a cream color. I have not seen it in decades but it is still fresh in my mind having spent much time in and around the house.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Curiosity

Obviously it is some type of crane, but why is there a wheel on the end of the boom? I am sure there is a good reason but it is difficult to see what function this would perform.

At least the blue and red make for an nice picture.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

St. Augustine

My last few posts have been from my recent trip to Florida. We are considering relocating to the Sunshine State, although it seems unimaginative: retire... move to Florida. We did have some wonderful weather before returning to the cold and gray upstate New York. Nothing is definite, so only time will tell.

Saint Augustine is a beautiful town with lots of history and interesting architecture.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Golf Course Tree

I am not a golfer but I do like to walk. This roadway transversed the golf course and allowed me a view of the fairway during an early morning walk.