Sunday, November 19, 2017

Not a Christmas tree

It is the proper shape and type, but not much chance this tree will see any holiday decorations... besides it is really too early for such things in my opinion.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

First snow

November snow is always that strange mix of autumn and winter... colorful leaves on the trees and white on the ground.

This will likely be my last first snow. Next year at this time I will be farther south where snow is much more unlikely.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Frost

It's the time of year when I see frost on my morning walks. Will it be long before I see snow?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Posted

We have had rain and then more rain... but at least it saturates the colors and darkens the wood.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Foggy night

A little late for Halloween, but better late than never... maybe.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Not on a damp rock on the edge of a stream

That is what I was thinking about when I was up 15 feet on a ladder cleaning my rain gutters.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just in case?

I spotted this US Air Force plane at the Buffalo airport the day of the Vice President's visit... and it is not Air Force Two... Pence had not arrived yet. So perhaps it is a support operation, or a part of a "if-all-else-fails" plan?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Italian Baroque Organ

An impressive historic tracker action organ that was restored and recently insalled at the Memorial Art Gallery. It is a beautiful story of reclamation and also a beautiful sounding instrument. It is demoed and played regularly by facility and students of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Red truck

You compose your shot, get things lined up and then a red truck pulls up. But then, maybe it does not ruin the shot... it provides some balance in a way.

This is the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY, a nice gallery with a good assortment of various forms of art. The tower in the back was once part of the original campus of the University of Rochester, one of my alma maters. When the campus moved back in the 30's the property was reconfigured as an art gallery, but is still part of the university. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Mildly dystopian

I photographed this building last year but then it did not look so dark and moody. The lakefront complex is now mostly completed so I was able to get a closer look. It is actually a quite nice development and I am sure the apartments or condos are expensive, as is everything in Toronto.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Build more

Although this is only a small section of the Toronto waterfront, it does demonstrate a near universal characteristic... almost any Toronto skyline view will contain a crane and tall building under construction. Toronto, it seems, just keeps growing.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Roger Waters

I have been fortunate to see a few of my favorites this year in concert, starting with Santana in Canandaigua, then U2 in Buffalo, and now Roger Waters in Toronto. Waters was key member of Pink Floyd and responsible for much of the iconic music of their prime years. Pink Floyd has continued without him but Waters has created some great music since his departure. His concert playlist spanned his full career with powerful performances, much of which took on a political tone repurposing some of his music to criticize the current USA leadership under Donald Trump (a large floating pig circled the arena and with an image of Trump, eyes replaced with dollar signs, was only one example).

Staging and effects were quite spectacular, with a huge brick building suddenly appearing over the full length of the hockey field, which included puffing smokestacks (an image from one of the albums).

I played around a bit with creating an animated GIF... hope the flashing does not drive you crazy.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Birds on a wire

I find it curious that birds that come to rest on a wire seem to find a way to evenly space out. It is almost like they carry a ruler to measure the distance that they can be from their neighbor. Of course there are always exceptions... those crazy nonconformists that break the rule.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Slow down

10 MPH is really slow if you are driving a car, but really fast if you are walking. Riding a bike... it is just about right.

I guess it all depends, but I think slowing down is always a good idea. Taking time to really see what is around you means you will see things better, including the speed limit signs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bush or tree?

When does a bush become a tree... does it matter?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Changing color

We have had unusually warm weather over the last week but the calendar tells me it is now autumn, and as the foliage has begun to change color, I see that it is so.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Cacti

Rochester is not associated with cactus, but in an adequately controlled greenhouse, they seem to thrive... at least at the Lamberton Conservatory.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Into the stadium

No, I am not suddenly a sports fan... I am on my way to a seat at a concert by the Irish rock band U2. It is taking place at the New Era Field, home of the NFL Buffalo Bills.

Concerts of this scale are not only a sound explosion, but also a visual extravaganza. The staging is massive and the size of the video screen is almost beyond belief. The spectacle was so much more than the typical i-mag (image magnification) but rather a carefully crafted visual journey; at times intense, and at others hypnotic, and always elegantly stylish.

Needless to say it was a wonderful experience both musically and visually... even if it was in a NFL stadium.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Looking like Miami

...although this was shot in northern Florida, at Jacksonville Beach.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Perspective

It seems all airport terminal interiors look pretty much the same. When you look at this photo you don't know if you are in Buffalo or Beijing... you could in fact be anywhere in the world. But those long hallways and moving sidewalks do provide some impressive perspective.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Colorful caps

I found this basket on top of the bottle recycle barrel... never thought about how colorful these throw-aways are.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Santana

A nice evening listening to the latin inspired rock of Santana at CMAC (Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) in Canandaigua, NY. Lots of people were using the digital zoom on their phones to try for a close-up of the guitar virtuoso, but I chose to capture the setting and the peek at the setting sun.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Crossing

It seems that whenever you see the horizon in Pennsylvania, you see hills or mountains. Not a lot of flat land in the interior of the state.

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.