We are enjoying a three day holiday weekend in the United States to celebrate Memorial Day. I have taken the opportunity to get out and do some photography. For various reasons, I have not been able to get out the last couple of weeks and have been using photos from the first two weeks of the month to fill out the blog. Here is what I have been able to photograph so far.
I started out my weekend with an early morning at the Beaver Lake Nature Center. The hope was to get some good sunrise lighting and colors. The weather, while warm and dry, had not cleared off the clouds from the passing cold front from the day before. I wasn’t too disappointed as I took the time to enjoy being away from the rat race of work. The sounds and smells of life on the small lake renewed my soul and opened up my mind to this photo.
That evening I drove up to Oswego, New York for dinner. My lucked changed and I was treated to a beautiful Oswego sunset over Lake Ontario. If you are a photographer in central New York, you will eventually be taking photographs of the Oswego Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse. Not sure if other photographers would walk through a Revolutionary War cemetery circa 1776, over active railroad tracks, tiptoe past a skunk, climb down a steep trail and over loose rocks to get to the place I photographed the lighthouse from. See my flickr photostream for another photo of the lighthouse. This photo makes it three years running that I have posted a sunset photo on Memorial Day weekend. Don’t you like a good tradition?
My hometown of Baldwinsville, New York has always celebrated Memorial Day with a parade on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30th and not the day used on the US calendar to make a three day weekend. Hope I explained that right. Anyway, yesterday I watched and photographed the parade and this boy was having such a great time I called out to him to get his photo and he gave me the thumbs up.
As you can see, I still feel the Nikon 18-200VR lens is my most versatile lens and creates sharp and colorful photographs. No doubt I will be using it today.