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Rainbow Falls

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You’ve already seen that at Watkins Glen State Park in New York State’s Finger Lakes region a visitor can walk behind Cavern Cascade. Upstream at Rainbow Falls comes another (and somewhat wetter) chance to do that:

From behind the curtain of water I experimented with a slow shutter speed, namely 1/15 of a second.

And below, sans animation or slow motion, is a more ample view showing the round pools the falling water sustained. In the previous waterfall picture from Watkins Glen I felt fortunate to have one disembodied tree trunk or limb that had ended up in the gorge; here I got three.

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September 17, 2019 at 4:50 AM

Going for sunset over a third Great Lake

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On July 27 we found ourselves seated for supper at a sidewalk table belonging to the Red Fern vegan restaurant in Rochester, New York. Near the end of the meal I told our waitress about the dramatic sunset we’d seen over Lake Erie the night before and asked her if she knew a place where we might catch a good sunset over Lake Ontario. She said that she did indeed, and that Google Maps shows it as Ontario Lake View in Webster, New York. Sure enough, my phone’s Google Maps pulled it up, and thither we repaired after our meal to wait out the sunset—in the company, as it turned out, of quite a few other people who also knew about the spot. The first thing that grabbed my photographic attention was the way the near-sunset light lit up the trees at the edge of Mill Creek where it becomes a long a pond as it reaches Lake Ontario.

After I finished taking pictures of those warmly illuminated trees I walked a short distance to focus on Lake Ontario. I couldn’t help noticing a small, mostly bare tree that the water had inundated, and I photographed it some three dozen times in various compositions while the sun sank lower and lower. At one point a duck that swam by added a welcome touch:

As for the sunset, well, it never got super dramatic the way it had the previous evening at Lake Erie.
That was still all right, and I came away content with the pictures I did manage to get.

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September 15, 2019 at 4:35 AM

Dead tree trunks and limbs at Watkins Glen

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Here’s a view taken at 1/15 of a second showing a waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region on July 30th. The photographer in me was happy that the dead tree trunk had lodged where you see it in spite of the force of the falling water.

Smaller and whiter dead tree limbs also attracted me.

They played off the rock strata in the gorge and contrasted with the living plants around them.

Even before I’d seen any water at Watkins Glen, falling or otherwise, the shadows on a broken but still standing tree trunk along the trail from the parking lot to the gorge caught my attention:

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September 13, 2019 at 4:39 AM

Other waterfalls at Treman State Park

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While Lucifer Falls is the best known waterfall in the upper part of Treman State Park, others there also deserve attention. In the first photograph, though no direct sunlight had yet reached these falls on the morning of August 1st, reflected light from near by added yellow to the pool at the base of the waterfall. In some of my photographs I zoomed in to minimize or exclude that trespassing sunlight:

Here’s a different waterfall altogether, the most channelized I saw there:

And here’s a downward and more abstract view of a waterfall:

I used a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second for the third photograph and 1/1000 for the others.
Speedy me, or at least speedy my camera’s shutter.

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September 8, 2019 at 4:51 AM

2 x Frank Lloyd Wright + a non-architectural bonus

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You may recall that on our 2018 trip we visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania. On this year’s return to the Northeast we toured his Martin House complex in Buffalo, New York, on the morning of July 26th. Later we got on the last tour for the day at Graycliff, the summer home that Wright designed for the Martin Family on the shore of Lake Erie in Derby, New York. By the time we finished, the sun was getting pretty low, so I hung around to see if we’d get a great Great Lake sunset. We did.

In looking at this picture now I’m reminded of the sunset we saw over Lake Michigan in 2016.

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September 7, 2019 at 4:44 AM

Keeping and not keeping to the unstraight and narrow

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Here are a couple of pictures from July 30th showing how narrow and sinuous some parts of the gorge are at Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

In other places the gorge widens and its high walls curve more broadly:

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September 4, 2019 at 4:39 AM

Ithaca Falls

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When we visited Ithaca, New York, on July 31, we found that
people there are fortunate to have Ithaca Falls right in town.
How obliging of the dead tree trunk to interpose itself,
and of f/14 to get everything sharp from front to back.
Below is a view showing the top of the waterfall.

Why didn’t I include the top of the falls in the first picture?
Because from that angle I would’ve had to show some white sky
and I really don’t like white sky in a landscape photograph.

Speaking of including: I guess I’d better not leave out a couple of pictures showing
the seemingly ubiquitous rock strata in New York’s gorge and waterfall country,
including on the south bank of Fall Creek within sight of the scenic falls.

In the last picture I yet again imagine I’m looking at the ruins of an ancient building.

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September 1, 2019 at 4:37 AM

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