Oh, you might have survived this year’s dandelion phase but now the daisies are here!
Mid-morning yesterday I drove over to the Mohawk River trail parking area in the Griffiss Industrial Park to explore any new blossoms. I had spotted some new additions while driving back from the grocery store Friday evening and wanted to get out of the apartment before the weather turned. Much to my surprise, one whole bank along the trail was covered in daisies. I will apologize now…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/2000s, f/2.8, ISO 200
Squared – SQ143
In The Yard – ITY67
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 100
Bellamy Harbor Park
Yesterday was supposed to be my trip to Ithaca, NY to explore a few of my favorite state parks. Luckily, before I headed out on my adventure I checked the state park website for each park and realized most of my favorite trails were closed. Taughannock Falls trails were open but I didn’t want to spend the two hour drive for only one park. I will be patient and wait until I can make a day of it in Ithaca.
With the change in my plans I quickly ran down to Bellamy Harbor Park for the sunrise… totally worth it! The trees are showing more of their green each day and the few clouds from the approaching rain caught the morning colors perfectly. I wish the water was a little smoother but at least the center caught the reflection of the Mill St. bridge.
Apparently my luck was not to improve. My grand plan for the sunset was to return to the Utica Marsh. I knew my normal trail into the area has been neglected over the years but I thought I had another way in. I failed to notice the bridge I planned to use had been blocked off by the city of Utica. I still think there is a way but last night I didn’t want to waste the sunset searching.
I drove back to Rome and parked at Bellamy Harbor Park figuring I could bookend my day at a familiar location. Mother Nature did not disappoint, she put on quite a show before sunset. I crossed the Mill St. bridge and captured the sunset from across the canal. The water was very smooth and the reflection of the clouds totally highlights Bellamy Harbor Park. I’d say my earlier misfortune was erased by this sunset…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 31mm, f/11, ISO 200
Olympus E-M1 Mark II , M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Saturday was another beautiful day in the Mohawk Valley. After lunch I went for a walk. This time I explored the trail along the Mohawk River going upstream. The round trip is roughly 3.5 miles. It is an easy, tree covered trail that provided plenty of opportunities for my macro lens. Of course, I couldn’t pass by the dandelions.
I really had to fight my normal process on this image. I typically convert the dandelion images to B&W but the soft green background was really making the dandelion head stand out. Considering the subject of this image is actual brown dandelion seeds, the green works as a nice contrast/balance. Don’t get me wrong, I have a B&W version of this image in case I ever change my mind… 🙂
I didn’t realize my dandelion obsession was contagious. My blogging friend Dawn couldn’t pass up an opportunity to photograph these intricate “weeds”. You can read about her adventure here.
Losing My Head
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 Macro, 1/1250s, f/2.8, ISO 200