Mohawk River Trail
Mohawk River Trail
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.
Delta Lake State Park
I eventually did make my way to the lake the other day. Although I explored the area near the entrance and was able to capture a good balance between the light and dark, I had plenty of time to see what else the park could offer me. Due to the weather there were more people than I would have liked and it becomes a challenge to explore while not running into people in unexpected places. It is usually a safe option to walk the shore below the upper area overlook. I really liked the golden glow on these rocks and trees…
Delta Lake State Park
Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Mohawk Valley. I broke up the work-from-home routine by walking around the block at lunch. It was exactly what I needed after sitting at the desk all morning. In the evening I drove up to Delta Lake for the sunset. I was not going to let the day end with me sitting on the couch.
Driving into the park I couldn’t help but admire the wonderful light hitting the trees lining the body of water near the entrance. I was not going to let that light get away. I pulled the car into the main office parking area and assembled my team… the 12-40mm lens, the circular polarizer and my Giottos tripod.
I started at the most obvious location. It provided a great wide view of the trees and of course a beautiful reflection. It is the same view I captured last October that has become my favorite autumn image. After capturing last night’s view I didn’t feel I could leave the area without exploring more angles. I was especially interested in seeing how I could capture the difference between the light and the dark sections of trees. I’ll let you be the judge of how I did…
Oriskany Creek near spillway
As I worked my way down memory lane on Sunday I found myself at the spillway on Oriskany Creek. When I worked in Whitesboro I would pass this area twice a day. As I was learning about photography this area allowed me to practice and experiment. Working in Syracuse has reduced my exposure to this scene and I suppose I let myself forget about it. With a view like this though, I need to make the effort to return…
Canal Trail, Oriskany, NY
There was an added bonus to my decision about re-visiting old locations over the weekend, I found a tree full of blossoms. Around the parking area for the Canal Trail near Oriskany, NY there were flowering bushes and trees. The trees especially had wonderfully colored blossoms. It didn’t hurt that the dew was quite heavy that morning, adding to the macros I captured.
Another location on my list for re-visiting was the Mohawk River Trail through Rome, NY. I live within walking distance of the trail and have visited it less than when I had to drive to get to it. Right after lunch on Sunday I switched to my 17mm prime lens and headed out for a walk along the trail. The trees are beginning to get their leaves and I was hoping the sunshine would help highlight the color. I ended up exploring a good portion of the trail and when I finally returned home I had walked 4.5 miles. It was a good day…