Archive for the ‘photography’ Category

Yipee-tie-yie-yay! I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow blogger this weekend. What a treat! It’s awesome when you finally meet the people behind the words. Glassowater decided to take a vacation and graced me with his presence for the past few days. So, since I needed a vacation, as well, I decided that rather than be a tour guide, I would be a tourist this weekend. Although I didn’t leave my home state – I visited many places that I don’t normally get to. Not because I can’t, but because I never really think about going to these places that are so close to home.

Our first stop, after dragging him to coffee with the gang on Friday morning, was the lake. I wanted to check out the aftermath of the wind storm from last week. And this is what we saw:



We each took a gazillion photos this weekend but I’ll spare you from viewing them all and just include a few…as he may post some duplicates. The weather was mighty brisk and the wind chill was brutal, but the photo ops in the county were aplenty. The weather was not looking too promising and started out quite gloomy but we lucked out – the sun broke through for the remainder of the day.

Next stop, Chautauqua Institution on Chautauqua Lake:


Chautauqua Institution Bell Tower


Dr. Seuss Trees

Glassowater and 2LD on the frozen tundra

Glassowater and 2LD on the frozen tundra

Frozen Chautauqua Lake

Frozen Chautauqua Lake

We did some more sight-seeing around the lake and some shopping. And then commenced with the eating, which seemed to never stop.  And here I thought I couldn’t get any more into this over-stuffed holiday belly. We enjoyed tasty Mediterranean, Italian and Greek dishes, great coffee, phenomenal beer from a local brewery (I highly recommend the cherry chocolate stout…yum!), hot toddies and on and on.

I live in wine country and believe it or not, I’ve never been wine tasting. I don’t typically care for NY wines but we stopped at one of the local wineries where we were warmly welcomed with luscious red wines and dark chocolate. Oh yes, more please!!

We finished off the weekend with a trip to Niagara Falls. I live only about an hour away from one of the natural wonders of the world and I haven’t even been to see it since I was about 12 yrs. old! Shame on me.


View across the Falls to Canada (*waving to all you Canadian bloggers!*)


The American Falls

Mini 2LD and 2LD on the rapids

Mini 2LD and 2LD on the rapids

View from Horseshoe Falls

View from Horseshoe Falls

Mini 2LD and her icy friend

Mini 2LD and her icy friend

It was bitterly cold by the Falls but we managed to bundle up and enjoy the sights. We all have wind burn on our cheeks…but hey, nothing like having healthy, rosy cheeks.

Whew. I’m exhausted. I need to take a vacation from my mini vacation. Thanks, GOW, for all the fun! Come back in the spring when things are thawed…and warmer.

Meeting blog buddies in real life sure is fun…who wants to visit me next?


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I’m a bad blogger. Bad. Bad. Bad. I’ve been neglecting my blog…but for good reasons. I’ve been bogged down with loads of crap as of late; some good, some bad…or rather, disappointing, disheartening and disturbing (you know, all the “d” words). All of which I will divulge in future posts. I also have a confession to make. I’ve been cheating on my blog. Yes, it’s true. I’ve been spending  much of my time over at Facebook. So, yeah. I’m a bad blogger. But, now that I’ve confessed I’m going to work on getting back into the groove.

I’m currently working on some posts and hope to be back in full force early in the new year. For now I’d like to leave you with some photos I took yesterday. We had high winds – some gusts reached 75 mph, and your’s truly risked life and limb to capture these shots. It was a gray, gloomy day but as soon as the sun peaked out I knew I had to grab my camera and head down to the lake. And when I got there. I was shocked. It was so very exciting, I felt like a National Geographic photographer, minus the fierce, wild animals. Foolishly, I forgot it was winter, neglected to wear a hat and gloves and nearly lost all my fingers to frostbite. I’m actually surprise that my little camera didn’t fly out of my hands with the wind as wicked as it was. Honestly, it was so crazy outside yesterday my adrenaline was pumping as I clicked away to get these photos:







Wild and crazy, no? See ya’ll in a bit!

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Fourth & Fourth Meme

The beautiful and hilarious Trisha over at Talkin’ Trash with Trisha tagged me for this photo meme. Yay! Another meme…and I didn’t have to steal this one. Phew.

Here are the rules:

1. Go to your pictures file.
2. Go to the 4th file.
3. Go to the 4th picture.
4. Post it and tell the story.
5. Tag 4 more people.

I’ll follow the rules up until the last part because I’m a party pooper and don’t tag. Consider yourself tagged if you like.


Well, would you look at that! Thankfully, it was a funky photo – you never know what you’ll get from me because I do have a shit ton of pics of the dogs and various other boring things seeing as I take my camera everywhere these days – and shoot just about anything that moves…or doesn’t move.

The story behind this isn’t terribly exciting. Hey, you can’t have it all.

This is the burning bush next to my house. I’ve lived in the same house for twelve years and every year since my daughter was old enough to stand for a pose I’ve taken her ‘Halloween picture’ in front of the burning bush because it is always such a great backdrop in all its red glory. Well, this year she refused to pose for me so I was out taking pictures of the lonely little (um, actually quite large) bush and decided to take some ‘artsy’ closeup shots. I then decided to play around with Photoshop, manipulated the saturation, hue and then reversed the colors…and voila! there you have it. End of story.

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The weather around here has been cuh-ray-zee lately. One moment the sun is shining, the next the sky opens up and dumps buckets on us. I don’t remember EVER noticing such amazing cloud formations in all my years. I keep wondering if I’ve just been too absorbed in my life to look up at the sky. Naw. Methinks there is some strange atmospheric phenomena taking place this summer causing such wondrous cloud formations. My enthrallment with the sky has forced me to snap nearly 200 pictures in the last week and I wanted to share some of them.

Crazy Clouds

Crazy Clouds

Seagulls just before the storm


Sun Rays

Sun Rays

Storm coming from the east across the lake

Storm coming from the east across the lake



Clouds over the pier

Clouds over the pier

I narrowed it down to a few of my favorites seeing as most of you wouldn’t want to sit through scads of cloud photos. Or would you? I’m sure I’ll have more to come as I am just so enamoured and amazed with the sky as of late.

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This makes me happy.

The color

The simplicity…

Yet, the intricate beauty.

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Continuing on with the randomness that is my life, I’ve decided to share some photos that are near and dear to my heart. Here is my beach:

Well, it’s technically not “my” beach…but I like to think of it that way…just as I like to think of myself as King of the Mountain. Heh. Isn’t it loverly? I enjoy it immensely. And cannot (I repeat, cannot) wait until I can walk along this beach hand and hand with the one I love. *sigh* (wait, are those lyrics from a song? If not, they should be…gag)

These are my faves. I took them for my dearest, darling Dead Charming

And some more shots of the beach and the lighthouse (yes! a lighthouse) As a matter of fact, this lighthouse is the very first public building in the United States to be illuminated with natural gas (how about that, a little history lesson thrown in there for you). First, the harbor:

And the lighthouse:

The clouds were magnificent on this day so I had to include a few pictures:

The dogs got to do their favorite thing today (well, Gus’s favorite thing, Ridley’s not too sure about it):

Look at how happy that Gus boy is. He’s smiling! Ridley looks traumatized and just wants to get the hell out. Unfortunately, I missed getting the shot of Ridley panicking and trying to climb up the side of the dock. We had to yank him out of the water, poor thing. I think he just has too much fur and it weighs him down when he’s wet. But, he has webbed feet…he should like to swim, dammit. I also didn’t manage to get a shot of him trying to climb on his brother’s back while swimming. Poor Gus probably feels like one of those kids at the community pool who everyone clings to because they’re a better swimmer. I was sure I was going to have to do some doggie resuscitation, but everyone made it out okay. Phew.


That’s it for today, kids. I’ll be back with more in a bit.

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Favored canine friend

Lazing in a sun drenched spot

Paws smell like popcorn

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