Spring Hopeful

Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

About an hour before sunset on Saturday I went for a walk at the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden. I decided to only take my Pen-F camera with the 17mm lens. I wasn’t looking for macros this time but trying to see the park differently. I was hoping to catch of few of the sculptures against the winter snow and blue sky. When I came upon Persephone, by Howard Kalish, I knew I was going to capture this one. The colors jumped out at me! Normally I like this one best when it is illuminated at night but in the late afternoon sun I think it shined very bright.

Spring Hopeful
Persephone, Artist: Howard Kalish
Olympus Pen-F, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 200

Goose, Goose, Geese

Bellamy Harbor Park

OK, it started out at 4F degrees when I went out for the sunrise but it was -4F by the time I got back home. I would have been OK with the temp but my walk away from the car was apparently with the breeze and the walk back nearly froze my face off. Damn, it was cold!

I found where the geese decided to sleep for the night. I suppose the water was a good 30F warmer than the air but still looked cold to me. When I came around the west side of the Mohawk River to capture the view I wanted, the geese didn’t like how close I was getting and started to move away. Although a few might be blurry due to the shutter speed, having them farther out in the water does add to the story of the image. You can see “steam” over the ice in the Barge Canal.

OK, I’m getting cold again looking at this image, time for another cup of coffee…

Goose, Goose, Geese
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M.
Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/6s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 400

Life Reflected

Tree of Life, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

At one point yesterday I looked out the window at work and saw blue skies, puffy white clouds and the sun. That all changed about an hour before I left work. We got snow! Not a lot, only 4 – 6 inches but enough to change my plans… no sunset photography. Now the snow I’m OK with but these single digit temperatures hurt. It is supposed to be clear skies this morning, maybe I’ll brave the four-degree temps and search out the sunrise… maybe… đŸ™‚

My Lightroom catalog was still on the Disney folder when I opened the program. Yeah, a warm looking sunrise image would help take my mind off the current temperature. Most images of the Tree of Life at the Animal Kingdom are from the “front”, if a tree can have a front or back. There is generally a long line of people waiting to grab the iconic image (Tree of Life Morning), but I prefer the opposite view. Probably due to my preference for a good reflection.

Life Reflected
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/40s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

Morning Serenity

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Other than a moment of sun a couple of days ago we have had only grey skies lately. I saw a message pop up in one of my streams that Disney has released the dates for the 2022 International Flower & Garden Festival. As much as I am still conflicted regarding Disney, I do love going down for that festival. All this had me searching my images from my trip last year.

This is from the morning of my last day at the resort. The sun was barely breaking the tops of the trees so you can see the orange skies starting to move in from the right. I love the small reflections in the water on the boardwalk. Overall, it was a quiet, peaceful morning before the madness of traveling back home. I need to schedule this year’s trip…

Morning Serenity
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/13s, 13mm, f/11, ISO 200

Circles

Wordless Wednesday
Squared – SQ166
Delta Lake State Park

Circles
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/160s, 38mm, f/11, ISO 200

Frozen Dreams

Delta Lake State Park

The sun was out! At first, I wasn’t sure what that bright thing in the sky actually was since I hadn’t seen it in such a long time. Once I got over my initial confusion, I decided I would go get a proper “sunset” at Delta Lake. I should have checked on the wind!

Dang! I thought I dressed appropriately but the wind cut through me with ease. I grabbed a few images then hid behind a group of trees while I waited for the sun to reach the horizon. I wanted to capture the colors reflected in the layer of ice which formed near the shore. Once I captured my view, I practically ran back to the car…

Frozen Dreams
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/125s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200