Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Hadley Mountain

This was my first "real" hike post ACL surgery. The quotes around real are because obese people (who I am almost one of), children, and parents with children in child carriers were walking the trail. However, in their defense this is a short but legitimate hike 1.8 miles and 1500+ feet gained. not exactly flat, and while the trail is well maintained it is steep in spots. Lots of fun and a good workout and a big confidence booster that I'll be 100% shortly.

Aim and I did about 5 miles total with the spur to the north summit ledges.
Felt good to be out and it was nice and cool on the summit but the black flies were biting a bit.

A few photos of the trip (of course):

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Dogs Can Fly Too

These are a few photos from the USDAA agility trials are Saratoga Springs this weekend.

These animals are simply amazing when you consider they run the course about as fast as a professional football player (US football). they run about 20ft/6m per second which would give them a 6.5 second 40m time. Top flight receivers run about 4 seconds per 40 but don't have tubes, tunnels, rings, stairs, hurdles and other assorted obstacles in their way. And they don't have to cut left and right constantly while maintaining that speed.

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Moreau and The Red Eft

Took my first hike Sunday and everything went well. We took the West Ridge Trail which has some interesting rocky view points. Trail was moderate and really perfect for a first hike.

With rain impending we were just happy to get a few miles in and we ended up hiking out in the pouring rain, but it was a good hike.

Along the way we came across these Red Efts (spotted newts). These are pretty common in the northeast in the spring despite the fact they are far less plentiful then decades ago. Global warming/climate change? Pollution? Ozone layer depletion (responsible for many amphibians extinction)? Whatever the reason these guys going the way of the dodo and fewer and fewer seem to be seen every spring.

While I've quite a few photos of Red Efts on leaves, these are unique because of the green moss.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Albany Tulip Festival -A Celebration Of Albany's Dutch Heritage

What great weather for this often rained out festival. Perhaps Albany's biggest out door festival and it seems to rain every year.

For most of the weekend the sky was cloudless with warm temps. Aim and I are ridiculously sunburned for so early in May. A little wind always makes flower photography hard, so the weather wasn't perfect. At times it was downright windy. Believe me though, Mayor Jennings and the festival organizers weren't concerned with a little breeze blowing the tulips around. Some said it was the best weather in the festivals 50+ years.

Some photos below are from my two days of shooting at Washington Park, where the annual Tulip Festival is held, as well as around downtown Albany.

I won't bore you with details, other then to say, for a city that reached it's peak in the mid 1900's, Albany has tons of history. There are also tons great historical and modern architecture to keep a photographer busy.

Photos (click images to be taken to the larger files and captions):

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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Photographing Under The Stars In Albany

Below are some photos I took the other night in downtown Albany. Mostly around the Capitol Building and the Education Building. Lots of interesting architecture for night photography in and around Albany.