Category Archives: Nature

Sparky at the River

Today my father invited me to go down to the Chemung River with him and his dog Sparky and hang out. I always enjoy a chance to hang out with my dad. Things only get better when you add the opportunity to be out in nature and to be around a dog.

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Sparky in the Chemung River

Sparky really loves the water. He was pretty eager to be out in the water the whole time. He went right out and wadded through water and swam around the whole time we were down at the river.

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Sparky swimming in the Chemung River

I just sat back and watched him have fun. He is such a fun dog. Photographing him is a joy.

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Sparky in the Chemung River. He loves his toy.

River Osprey

I’ve been working on a project to film and photograph the local osprey nesting on the Chemung river in Elmira. I stopped down the other evening to see them. It wasn’t the greatest night for filing or photography. A storm had just passed through the area. The sky was cloudy and it was dark and gloomy.

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Chemung River Osprey

I hung out with the osprey for a little while and observed their lives. I snapped some photos. I did a little bit of creative editing to bring out some of the details in the photos despite the darkness.

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Chemung River Osprey
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Chemung River Osprey

Fall visit to Letchworth

Today I visited Letchworth State Park for the second time. This visit was better in many ways than my first visit. The two most important ways in which it was better is that I was able to share in the experience with members of my family and some of our dogs were also able to join in.

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On this visit to the park my wife, my dad, and my cousin were all able to come along. My wife and I brought our dog Brynn and my cousin brought her two dogs Hiro and Rylie. It makes the joy of experiencing some great outdoors time that much better when you can share it with family and dogs. I always enjoy spending time with family and dogs. It simply makes everything better.

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The Genesee River, which flowers through the gorge creating this amazing parks feature gorge and waterfalls was raging full of water. There was significantly more water than during my first visit earlier this year. There was so much water that all the falls had a significant amount of mist flying up into the the air to land on those of us visiting the park if we dared come near the falls. The mist flying is cool to see but it makes photographing the falls a bit challenging at times, especially if you want to keep your gear dry. There was one great moment where the sun peaked out after having been cloudy the whole time we had been there and the sunlight shown right down into the mist creating a rainbow.

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During my last visit to Letchworth it was overcast and gloomy the entire day. But, today after a few hours of complete cloud cover and sprinkles the clouds began to break up and eventually we had a sunny sky with a few clouds. It was so great. It makes the whole experience better. Especially for a photographer. Now I could take take photos and compose them with sky featured int he image whereas before I composed the photos specifically to avoid the gray smudge that was the sky. The sun streaming down ont he remaining fall foliage with accompanying blue skies simply makes for some stunning views. I hope you enjoy the photos but don’t take my word for it go check this park out it is great.

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Adironadack Trip

We recently took a trip up to the Adirondacks and 1000 Island Regions of New York. I just wanted to take a moment to share a few photos from that trip. I will likely have a longer post with more photos to share soon. Enjoy these photos until then.

Paxton springs from the water.
Paxton springs from the water.
The view of the side of the cliff atop Castle Rock.
The view of the side of the cliff atop Castle Rock.
Shoreline of Higley Flow State Park
Shoreline of Higley Flow State Park
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The View, CR
Evening on the river
Evening on the river
Across the lake.
Across the lake.