View 414: Syracuse Crunch Half-Season Favorites

The Syracuse Crunch have passed the half way mark in their 2018-2019 American Hockey League (AHL) Season. Here are a few of my favorite photos to this point in the season. Below each photo I will discuss and/or comment on it.

Connor Ingram at Binghamton

Syracuse Crunch goalie Connor Ingram (39) makes a save against the Binghamton Devils in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, New York on Friday, October 19, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0. Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/1250s, f/4, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 70mm Focal Length.

This is Connor Ingram’s second year with the Crunch. He has taken on a much bigger role and has played in 15 games so far this season. He would have played more except for an injury which sidelined him for a month. His early season performance earned him a spot in the AHL All-Star Classic which was held this past weekend. The photo shows the kind of concentration an ice hockey goalie must have to succeed at the professional level.

Andy Andreoff Face-off

Syracuse Crunch Andy Andreoff (15) before a face-off against the Belleville Senators in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, November 2, 2018. Syracuse won 5-4. Nikon D750/70-200VRII, 1/400s, f/4, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 200mm Focal Length.

Andy Andreoff preparing for a face-off checks this stick’s blade before lining up. I really like how this photo shows Andy’s strength of character in how he holds himself when playing. He is not a natural center and has been learning his new position on the job. He is doing it very well, too. Fun fact: if you watch any hockey games in person or on TV and see a stick break, the cost to the team is about $250.

Alex Barré-Boulet Flying Ice

Syracuse Crunch Alex Barré-Boulet (12) scoring attempt is stopped by Binghamton Devils defenders Kevin Rooney (21) and goalie Eddie Lack (31) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Syracuse won 5-2. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/1000s, f/5, ISO 5600, EV +1.3, 60mm (90mm DX) Focal Length.

Alex Barré-Boulet is a rookie for the Crunch this season and was signed as a Free Agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning have made a habit of finding underappreciated and undersized players over the last decade and making them into NHL stars. Alex hopes to follow in the skates of players like Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point who are currently playing with the Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL). As for this photo, I am a sucker for flying ice shots.

Connor Ingram at Utica

Syracuse Crunch goalie Connor Ingram (39) makes a save against the Utica Comets in American Hockey League (AHL) action in the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York on Friday, November 16, 2018. Syracuse won 4-0. Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 3200, EV +1.3, 175mm (262mm DX) Focal Length.

It is hard to win in the AHL and even harder to shutout any team in the league. Here, Connor Ingram makes one of his 34 saves towards a shutout win over the Utica Comets. Even more impressive is he did it in Utica. A very hard place for visiting teams to play. Often when I photograph a goalie save, I might be a second to early or too late. I got it at just the right time in this photo.

Mitch Hults Hockey Fights Cancer

Syracuse Crunch Mitch Hults (86) wearing the special Hockey Fights Cancer jersey skates with the puck past the Upstate Cancer Center dasher board against the Laval Rocket in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Syracuse won 6-4. Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV +1.0, 200mm (300mm DX) Focal Length.

Upstate University Hospital sponsored the Syracuse Crunch’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night with two special dasher board “I Fight For” ads. The names on the dasher boards were nominated by Crunch fans of family and friends who are currently fighting cancer or have fought it. My sister, Linda Drew, can be found on this one. Forward Mitch Hults is wearing the lavender Hockey Fights Cancer jersey the team had on. The jerseys were later auctioned off with proceeds going to the Upstate Cancer Center.

Ross Colton Face-off

Syracuse Crunch Ross Colton (22) facing off against Binghamton Devils Blake Speers (18) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, December 7, 2018. Syracuse won 5-0. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/1000s, f/3.5, ISO 1400, EV +1.7, 18mm (27mm DX) Focal Length.

Every once in awhile I get closer to the action than I want to. Along the boards in The Oncenter War Memorial Arena, I use photo holes which get me very clear photos of the action. But, I must be ever aware of any action which comes close to my location. I do not want anything hitting my camera or myself in turn. Luckily, this puck hit the boards underneath the photo hole. Made for a very dramatic photo, too.

Connor Ingram Shutout

Syracuse Crunch players congratulate goalie Connor Ingram (39) on his shutout against the Binghamton Devils in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, December 7, 2018. Syracuse won 5-0. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 3200, EV +1.0, 23mm (34mm DX) Focal Length.

Did I mention how hard it is to get a shutout in the AHL? Well, Connor Ingram is making a habit of proving me wrong. So far this season, he has had four of them. Another reason for him being named an AHL All-Star. After each win, the players come out to congratulate their winning goalie. It is a great time to get candid photos of the players.

Captain Gabriel Dumont

Syracuse Crunch Captain Gabriel Dumont (40) skating against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 4, 2019. Syracuse won 3-1. Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 3600, EV +1.0, 200mm (300mm DX) Focal Length.

When I can capture a player’s eyes cleanly, it more often than not creates a stunning image showing the intensity he plays at. Crunch Captain Gabriel Dumont is skating at full speed trying to get to a loose puck before his Bridgeport opponent. I do not often use what many in the industry call Nikon’s best lens, the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Zoom, from the photo holes because it is a tight fit using the Nikon D500 DX dSLR Camera to capture action around the net from them. This photo, which is slightly cropped, shows Dumont crossing the Sound Tiger’s Blue Line.

Alex Barré-Boulet Goal Celebration

Syracuse Crunch players congratulate Alex Barré-Boulet (12) on his goal against the Cleveland Monsters in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 11, 2019. Cleveland won 4-3 in a Shootout. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/1000s, f/3.5, ISO 5000, EV +1.7, 18mm (27mm DX) Focal Length.

After Alex Barré-Boulet scored the first goal of the game against the Cleveland Monsters, all the Crunch players on the ice at the time converged to congratulate him. While it is not even close to the Nikon 70-200VRII lens in focusing speed and image quality, the Nikon 18-140mm DX lens works very well with the Nikon D500. It allows me to get wide angle and telephoto images to capture moments likes this.

Alexander Volkov Puck Battle

Syracuse Crunch Alexander Volkov (83) battles for the puck with Cleveland Monsters Dillon Simpson (18) in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 11, 2019. Cleveland won 4-3 in a Shootout. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 4000, EV +1.7, 27mm (40mm DX) Focal Length.

To capture this scene of Alexander Volkov digging out the puck from a Cleveland Monsters defender, I did shoot through the protective “glass”. The reason this photo looks a bit over processed is because it is. Had to add more contrast then usual to clean up the image and a slight dose of Dehaze using Adobe Lightroom Classic to finish it up. I still like it for showing the type of hard work the players put in to gain control of the puck.

Captain Gabriel Dumont Complaining

Syracuse Crunch Captain Gabriel Dumont (40) complaining after being throw out of the face-off against the Belleville Senators in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 18, 2019. Syracuse won 5-3. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 5000, EV +1.7, 140mm (210mm DX) Focal Length.

Gabriel Dumont was having a rough game at the face-off dot. This linesman had thrown him out of the face-off circle numerous times. Dumont, frankly, had had enough of it and let the linesman know he was not pleased. I could lighten this photo up some but I did not want to loose the emotion of the scene.

The Crunch are fighting for first place in their division with two and a half months to go before the playoffs start. I will be there to photograph the fun and excitement of each game and the players who make the game of ice hockey so special to me.

If you have any questions about any of these photos or would like to make a comment, please, do so below.

 

 

 

 

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View 413: Boston in a Day

Before flying out to Seattle last summer, my wife and I spent a day in Boston, Massachusetts. Thanks to a good friend who lives in the Boston area, we got to see a lot of the city’s historical and famous sights in just a day.

Boston Fish Pier

Fishing boats docked at the Boston Fish Pier in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 50mm Focal Length.

Before we meet up with her, we walked around the area near our hotel. Being that the city of Boston was incorporated in 1822 and was settled even farther back in 1630, you can imagine there is a lot of history everywhere you look or, in our case, walked. The Boston Fish Pier was a few minutes stroll from the hotel’s lobby. Being a Sunday, there was little activity. We did see people cleaning fish of all sizes from a fishing boat which had docked earlier in the day. Boats were being readied for the next day’s voyages.

Seaport Boston Hotel

Woman walking past the Seaport Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

Speaking of our hotel, the Seaport Boston Hotel was one of the nicest ones we have ever stayed at. No need for a taxis as there is free bus service from Boston’s Logan Airport. It was there we meet up with our friend, Karen, and our adventure began.

Old North Church

Outside and inside of Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts.

After a short Uber ride, we arrived at our first destination: The Old North Church. In American history, Paul Revere told three Boston patriots to hang lanterns in the steeple of the Old North Church so he could warn other patriots on the movements of the British Army in 1775.

Modern Boston Sights

Bobby Orr statue (left) and Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (right) in Boston, Massachusetts.

For the rest of the day, we walked along or near the Freedom Trail with a few side trips. One side trip was to see the Boston Garden and the statue of Boston Bruin’s legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr depicting his famous after goal celebration which won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins in 1970. Nearby was the engineering marvel of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge over the Charles River.

Quincy Market

Quincy Market in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

From there we wandered over to the Quincy Market and explored all its wonders both food-wise and merchandise-wise before having lunch in a nearby Pub. We did go back here for dessert.

Next to the Quincy Market is Faneuil Hall often referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty”.

Faneuil Hall

Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1000, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

Inside is The Great Hall where famous Bostonian and patriot, Samuel Adams, who made several speeches encouraging independence from Great Britain. It is also home to a very large painting by George Peter Alexander Healy which took seven years to complete. It depicts Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster debating with South Carolina Senator Robert Y. Hayne on preserving the Union when the country was on the brink of the Civil War.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall inside Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/30s, f/11, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

We saw several ways people can tour Boston besides walking from Duck “boats” to Swan boats.

Boston Tourist Transportation

From top left, Duck Tour vehicles, Segway Tour, Codzilla Boat Tour and Swan Boats.

Our next stop was to pay our respects to Paul Revere who is buried in the Granary Burying Ground.

Paul Revere Grave

The gravestone of Paul Revere at the Granary Burying Ground in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 140, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

Afterwards we made our way over to The Common which is Boston’s central park. The Freedom Trail goes right through it.

Freedom Trail

People walking along the Freedom Trail at the Common park in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/9, ISO 500, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

Next to the Common is a statue or statues honoring the Make Way for Ducklings children’s picture book author and illustrator Robert McCloskey. First published in 1941, the book tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon of the Boston Public Garden.

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings statues in the Common park at Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 4500, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

The last stop on our “tour” was the Boston Public Library’s Bates Hall reading room. I guess a movie was filmed here featuring an actor our tour guide Karen goes ga-ga over. 😉

Bates Hall Reading Room

People using the Bates Hall reading room inside the Boston Public Library in Boston, Massachusetts. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1400, 24mm Focal Length.

In all, we probably covered about 8 miles in about 6 hours of touring on a soggy summer’s day. I would like to thank Karen (see photo below) for her mostly historical and sometimes hysterical tour. Getting insights from a true Bostonian made for a very special day.

Boston Tour Guide

Our tour guide, Karen, for our day in Boston inside the Bates Hall reading room at the Boston Public Library. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/9, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

 

 

 

 

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View 412: Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

After a 17 mile (29 km) ascent up the Hurricane Ridge Road, you come about a tight right hand curve and arrive at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Until the curve, the splendor and majesty of the Olympic Mountains is hidden from view. The very popular area has a two story visitor center with a large parking lot which can accommodate cars, trucks, motor homes and even tour buses.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Trails

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and trails in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1600, EV 0, 46mm Focal Length.

Though the drive up can be a bit harrowing if one is afraid of roads along a mountain ridge with no guardrails.

Hurricane Ridge Road

Hurricane Ridge Road from High Ridge Trail on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 640, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

Considering how hard it can be to find a parking space during the busy summer months, most people find a way. Once parked, you can find out all about Hurricane Ridge inside the visitor center.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Interior of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington.

When you enter the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center from the parking lot, you are on the upper floor with a National Park Service information counter where a Ranger or volunteer can answer questions and supply maps of the subalpine environment of the ridge. Behind the counter are interpretive displays on Olympic National Park history, floral and fauna, a short documentary plays at a touch of a button and chairs and benches surround a wood stove used during the winter months. Downstairs is the gift shop full of all kinds of apparel and souvenirs and a snack bar.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/50s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

From the snack bar, you can go outside to the patio with picnic tables, benches and this view…

Olympic Mountain Range

Olympic Mountains from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center overlook in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Skylum Aurora 2019.

The patio is the perfect place for people to take photos of themselves and their family and friends traveling with them.

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Overlook

Tourists enjoying the view from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center overlook in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 125, EV 0, 21mm Focal Length.

There are paved trails fully handicap accessible where people can explore the subalpine life of Hurricane Ridge. The Cirque Rim Trail is on the north side with views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Port Angeles.

Cirque Rim Trail Overlook

People at the overlook on the Cirque Rim Trail on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

The Big Meadow Loop Trail meanders through a Subalpine Fir forest and, though the trees are only a feet tall, they are nearly a hundred years old due to the harsh environment and short growing seasons. The trees grow under the winter snow cover which create skirts seen in the photo below.

Subalpine Fir Trees

Subalpine Fir trees along the Big Meadow Loop trail near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 34mm Focal Length.

I got down low and used my camera’s flip out viewfinder to photograph these Pearly Everlasting (Anaphlis margaritacea) wildflowers.  June is the better time for wildflowers but, as the name suggests, Pearly Everlastings bloom throughout the growing season.

Pearly Everlasting Wildflowers

Pearly Everlasting (Anaphlis margaritacea) wildflowers in an alpine meadow on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 34mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

While 95% of Olympic National Park can only be explored by wilderness hiking, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is a wonderful day trip to explore a part of this wilderness most people would never be able to enjoy.

 

 

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View 411: Hurricane Hill Trail

During the winter months, my time is taken up with sports photography. When time permits, I will go out and explore with my camera. Otherwise, I will be sharing my adventures from last year as I have a large backlog of photos from my travels.

Today, I am returning to Olympic National Park as my wife and I hiked up Hurricane Hill on Hurricane Ridge as part of our vacation last August. The Hurricane Hill Trail starts 1.5 miles from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center up a winding and hallowing mountain road. The trail is well groomed and maintained but not handicap accessible beyond the parking lot.

Not in the best of shape, we took it easy and started early in the morning to take advantage of the cool temperatures and to beat the crowd of tourists as this is a popular trail in the park.

Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Hill

View of the Olympic Mountains from the Hurricane Hill trail on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Along the way whenever we would take a rest break, we were treated to breath taking (sometimes literally) views of the Olympic Mountains as we climbed up the trail.

At the top of Hurricane Hill, we were treated to 360 degrees of views from the Olympic Mountains to the South with Port Angeles and the Straits of Juan de Fuca 5,757 feet below to the North. The elevation change from the trail head to the top is 650 feet.

Olympic Mountains from the top of Hurricane Hill

Olympic Mountain range as seen from the top of Hurricane Hill on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/70-200VRII, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 140, EV 0, 70mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

Port Angeles from Hurricane Hill

Port Angeles from the top of Hurricane Hill on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/70-200VRII, 125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 170mm Focal Length.

At the top of Hurricane Hill, I switched from using the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII lens. The 70-200VRII is known as a sport lens but worked very well as a landscape lens on this hike. At full magnification I was able to pull in Mount Olympus from Hurricane Hill. Mount Olympus is the tallest mountain in Olympic National Park at 7,980 feet.

Mount Olympus from Hurricane Hill

Mount Olympus as seen from the top of Hurricane Hill trail on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington. Nikon D750/70-200VRII, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 200mm Focal Length.

On our hike back down the Hurricane Hill Trail the longer lens came in handy as we spotted and photographed the sub-alpine wildlife. This was a big treat for me as all the wildlife were either hibernating or had migrated elsewhere back in 1981 when I interned at Olympic National Park.

Hurricane Hill Wildlife

Wildlife encountered along the Hurricane Hill Trail on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington.

From left to right: Olympic Chipmunk (Neotamias amoenus caunnus), Blue or Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus) and Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus). Both the chipmunk and marmot are species only found in Olympic National Park.

A word about the hike. As I stated, my wife and I were not in the best of physical condition but, by taking our time with lots of rest stops, we were able to do the 3.0 mile round trip hike in 3 hours and 20 minutes. Keep in mind the entire hike is above 5,280 feet or 1 mile in elevation.

Hurricane Hill Hiking Time

Our Hiking Time for the Hurricane Hill Trail.

We brought lots of water in two 25 ounce insulated water bottles, snacks and sandwiches for a meal at the top of Hurricane Hill. Afterward, we visited the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center’s snack bar for lunch and ate it while sitting at a picnic table overlooking the Olympic Mountains.

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Best of Views Infinitum 2018

This year marked the return of my posting here at Views Infinitum after a long hiatus. While I did not post a lot I would like to share my favorite photos from 2018 as we turn the page to 2019. As in the past, they are in chronological order. I leave it up to you to select your favorites from the list. Click the links to visit the original blog post for each photograph.

June saw my first blog post of 2018 and the first since January of 2017 which was my “Best of” for 2016 ironically. I knew I would need something special to get me back blogging and a trip up to Oswego, New York for a sunset was it.

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Sunset taken from Fort Ontario Park of the Oswego Harbor in Oswego, New York on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

I attended and photographed the annual All Ford Cruise In which featured Ford automobiles and trucks going back as far as 1917. My favorites though are the Mustangs including this beautiful 2014 Shelby GT500.

2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang

2014 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang checking in to the All Ford Cruise In and Swap Meet at Longbranch Park near Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 100mm Focal Length.

The New York State Chinese Lantern Festival came back to the NYS Fairgrounds after an absence due to construction the year before. I packed up my tripod and enjoyed an evening of long exposures and capturing Blue Hour above the brightly colored and large lantern displays.

New York State Chinese Lantern Festival Blue Whale

A Blue Whale of the New York State Chinese Lantern Festival at the NYS Fairgrounds near Syracuse, New York on Friday, June 22, 2018. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 3s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm Focal Length, Tripod.

I have done very little wildlife photography over the last three years which is why it felt so good to visit the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York again last summer.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls, New York on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Nikon D500/80-400VRII, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 125, EV 0, 340mm (510mm DX) Focal Length.

Another annual event I have missed over the last couple of years was the big Syracuse Nationals car show. This year I featured some HOT cars including this UPS Delivery Truck.

UPS Flamed Truck

United Parcel Service (UPS) Delivery Truck painted with flames was parked outside the Syracuse Nationals Hot Rod and Muscle Car Show at the New York State Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 21, 2018.

As the summer calendar turned from July to August, I wanted to get out and practice some landscape photography. I immediately planned a trip to my favorite New York State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca. Upon arrival I found out many, many other people had done the same thing. I decided they would assist me.

Taughannock Falls Lookout Platform

Tourists at the lookout platform at the end of the Gorge Trail in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/25s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

Soon after, my wife and I traveled to the state of Washington for our big 35th Anniversary trip. The first couple of days we explored the city of Seattle and I was not to be denied photographing from Kerry Park with a view of Seattle’s unique cityscape.

Cityscape of Seattle, Washington from Kerry Park

Cityscape of Seattle, Washington from Kerry Park on Sunday, August, 12, 2018. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 30s, f/13, ISO 100, EV 0, 66mm Focal Length, Tripod.

From Seattle, we drove over to a place I visited some 37 years earlier as an intern for the National Park Service: Olympic National Park. Over the next 12 days we visited Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rainforest and Ruby Beach.

Couple at the Hurricane Ridge Overlook

Couple at the Hurricane Ridge overlook of the Olympic Mountain range in Olympic National Park near Port Angeles, Washington on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Hall of Mosses

Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park near Forks, Washington on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/3s, f/16, ISO 100, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Ruby Beach Sea Stacks in HDR

Sea stacks in the fog on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park near Forks, Washington on Monday, August 20, 2018. NIkon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length. Processed in Skylum Aurora HDR 2018.

We took the time to ride the ferry from Port Angeles, Washington over to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and soaked in the beauty of the city.

Hanging Flowers

Two of over 1300 hanging flowers in the City of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 250, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

After returning from that vacation, we needed another one to recuperate and hopped on a plane to Florida for a cruise on the Disney Dream with my family.

Disney Dream Cruise Ship

The Disney Dream cruise ship docked at Nassau, Bahamas on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 110, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Before leaving Florida, I visited the Florida State University’s Robert Manning Strozier Library Special Collections and Archives Reading Room and was shown a very important book in science and my history.

On the Origin of Species Book Binder

An 1859 1st Edition On The Origin Of Species by Charles Darwin seen in the Reading Room of the Strozier Library Special Collections at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Nikon D750/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 1100.

I ended my blogging year with coverage of the Syracuse Crunch as they started their 25th year in the American Hockey League and their NHL affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning (though I was more interested in the team they played).

Onondaga County War Memorial Arena

Opening Night for the 25th Anniversary season for the Syracuse Crunch American Hockey League (AHL) team at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

Captain Jonathan Toews

Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) breaks in on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Louis Domingue (70) in National Hockey League (NHL) action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Friday, November 23, 2018. Tampa Bay won 4-2. Nikon D500/70-200VRII, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 800, EV +1.0, 70mm Focal Length.

I am still processing photos from my vacation trips this year plus one I have not blogged about so look for those to be featured in upcoming posts.

Happy New Year!

2019 is going to be another great one!

 

 

 

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