Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY
Although it seems I am always looking out the car windows for a photographic opportunity and I have mentioned before how I see differently now due to photography, I did not notice the new lights on the General Cable water tower near Bellamy Harbor Park. From what I have been able to piece together via Google search, the city of Rome accepted a gift from the Rome Common Council to add lights to the old General Cable water tower in Bellamy Harbor East.It is kinda cool as the lights change color in interesting combinations.
With Saturday probably being the only day this weekend with decent weather I went out early to grab some pictures at dawn. I liked the view of the tower as I looked down the street. I was still standing by the car deciding the best vantage point to capture the tower. Luckily it is a dead end street with barely any traffic at 6:30am on a Saturday. I plopped the tripod down in the street and grabbed this image.
I apparently was a little focused on my own routine when I heard a voice behind me ask if I was performing a survey. I explained I was only a photographer trying to grab a few pics of the new lights on the water tower. I was then regaled with a story about this cool camera he wanted that practically sees in the dark. It was out of his league and he only had the phone on his camera to take pictures. I attempted to interject that I take quite a few pics with my phone’s camera but the story was being told and any interruptions were not to be tolerated. After a few minutes I explained I had to get to my next location before I lost the light. We parted ways and I headed across the walkway bridge to my favorite spot for a panoramic view of the park.
After I was happy with my capture (last image in this post) I finally did something I had been thinking of doing for a while now. I climbed the embankment for the bridge over the canal and walked to the middle to get a shot of Bellamy Harbor park from that elevated vantage point. In my head it was going to be awesome. As you can see from the image below, it didn’t turn out so great. I will have to make my way back up there once the gates in the canal are lowered. I think this view will be different without those huge obstacles in my way. I guess the good point of the story is I overcame my hesitation and did it!
This last image is the view I can capture from the canal wall in front of the gates. The wind was picking up as the morning passed on but I like how it rippled the water. I’m always a fan of the reflected lights on the water and even though it is a wide angle shot, you can see the effect of the new lights on the water tower. I like that the city is investing in this park. It might not be the greatest location in the city but I appreciate a place to get away from everything.