Delta Lake State Park
Limestone Creek Aqueduct, Old Erie Canal Park
Since I discovered the Old Erie Canal Park very near to my work last year I have been waiting for the parking area further downstream to open up so I could explore farther during lunch. There was a lot of construction and they were rebuilding the parking area. I had to be patient but it has been killing me.
I think earlier this month the parking area was open but the weather was not the best for my exploring. Today that all changed. The sun was out and there were a few clouds in the sky. Lunch didn’t arrive soon enough.
I knew from scouring Google Maps that there was another aqueduct further down the canal. It wasn’t a very far walk and I was able to spend time exploring both sides of the aqueduct. It appears to be built identical to the aqueduct over Butternut Creek. This one is over Limestone Creek but the geography allows me to get closer to both sides at the creek level. I’m going to be enjoying this as the seasons change this year!
Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY
Although it was a few days after the official start of Spring, some late season snow covered the park. I was looking for some interesting water flow as the winter melt typically increases the water levels in all the creeks and rivers. I found what I was looking for during lunch at the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt but the snow made for some interesting climbing as I attempted to get to the water’s edge. I didn’t fall in (although it was close a couple of times) and I was even able to reach a new position next to the aqueduct. The overcast day combined with my 4-stop ND filter allowed my to slow the shutter speed enough to achieve the motion blur I wanted. I’m thinking the warmer weather heading my way (slightly) will give me more opportunities for my long exposure, water blur pics I enjoy.
Delta Lake State Park
Not one to generally let a good sunset go to waste, I was running out the door after noticing how the sky was starting to look. I quickly decided my best chance for a good show would be over at Delta Lake State Park. I was not proven wrong…
Although my Sunday morning excursion for the images of the ferry on Chautauqua Lake turned out better than expected, that lake was practically free of ice. Now Delta Lake is still very much covered in ice but I do not think it would support much weight. I’m not going to complain though as the ice along with the bare spots provided some very nice reflections for this sunset image. I know today is suppose to be even warmer but I’m hoping there will be another opportunity for me to grab a sunset.