Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Sam Patch

The Sam Patch is a reproduction of a canal packet boat that takes tourists on short rides through the Erie canal and it's locks.

The name "Sam Patch" is a tribute to the daredevil known as "The Yankee Leaper". His career started with jumping into various rivers from high places. His notoriety brought him to Niagra Falls where he twice jumped into the gorge from a raised platform near the base of the falls.

Where do you go from there? To Rochester of course!

Little known is that there is a one hundred foot waterfall in downtown Rochester, New York. It here Sam Patch met his match and disappeared on his second jump only to be found months later frozen in ice near the river outlet at Lake Ontario.

So as is often done, a local "hero" becomes the namesake of a local attraction.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tree-iffic late summer day

I can feel autumn coming, but we still have some sunny summer yet to go, even if the daytime temperature is cooler. The sky is blue, the clouds are white, and the leaves are still green.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


This picture really does not qualify as "trivial" or "unnoticed" but I do not think many people would give this scene more than a passing appreciative glance. They would not stop for a closer look. They may or may not bother to take a picture.

So pardon my picture for being unremarkable... I just like the sunny scene.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Around back

Funny how different most nice looking commercial buildings look from the rear.

Out of site, out of mind.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Shot on iPhone

Not the first image from my iPhone that I have posted, but I could not think of another title for the picture... and it is in keeping with one of the current Apple advertising themes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The shadows

What I noticed was the subtile shadows below the hanging sculpture.

During our recent visit to the Corning Museum of Glass I saw a lot of people taking pictures of the various art pieces, mostly with cell phone cameras. That is fine for documenting or remembering someones art, but when I post images here on this blog I am featuring my vision, not the work of some other artist.

That is not to say I do not admire the artists work, I just do not want to imply that their creation is in any way mine. What I have done can be thought of as sampling, like what is common in some contemporary music. Borrowing a bit from someone you admire, and then twisting it into something a bit different.

But I do want to give credit. The artist is Ann Gardner, and the piece is titled Fog. It is made of over a hundred glass mosaic-covered pods in subtile gradations of gray. You can see the full sculpture in the first image from yesterday's post, but do go see it in person along with the other art pieces at CMoG.

Monday, September 7, 2015

CMoG new gallery

I have posted about the Corning Museum of Glass before. It is a favorite day-trip about two hours away from home. I have been looking forward to returning to see the newly opened gallery... and I was not disappointed.

Walking into the to the new section I felt I was entering a science fiction movie. The building is very unique and full of white light, beautiful curved white walls and of course lots of glass, the signature of the CMoG.

I was fascinated by the architectural details as much as the art being displayed (more about this in the next post). Even the air ventilation systems seemed beautiful to me.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Electric Tower

The Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo was modeled after the centerpiece of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition that was held in nearby north Buffalo. It was for many years the Niagara Mohawk building but now has been renovated, restored and leased for office space. Quite a beautiful building I think.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

For sale

Took me a while to figure out this was a Ferguson tractor... logotype looks more like "FerSuson". But then I am not in the market for farm equipment so I guess it really doesn't matter.