View 244: Living Things at the New York State Fair

I went out looking for photos of people enjoying the New York State Fair last weekend.  What I brought back went beyond just people photos and shows the variety of what you will find at this year’s fair.

This was the first year for the SkyRiver Butterfly exhibit in the Horticulture building.  Fair visitors could enjoy interacting with hundreds of Monarch Butterflies in a controlled environment.  For a dollar, you could get a state of the art butterfly feeding stick (aka Q-Tip) to dip into nectar fluid and feed the butterflies.

A visitor to the SkyRiver Butterfly exhibit at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.

Monarch butterflies are attracted to bright colors as this fairgoer found out when he wore his Pittsburgh Steelers hat into the Monarch Butterfly Garden inside the Great New York State Fair Horticulture Building in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV +0.3.

Inside the 4-H Youth Building, I meet this happy Australian Shepherd dog with this young lady from the Oswego county chapter.  This year’s catch phrase for the Fair is A Smile A Minute and this dog was doing his part to fulfill that promise.

Australian Shepherd dog in the 4-H Youth Building at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.

An Australian Shepherd dog greeting Fairgoers inside the 4-H Youth Building at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV 0, 34mm focal length, bounced flash at -1 power.

I am used to seeing performers like the Living Floral Trees who were new entertainers to the Fair this year having seen DiVine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for years.  It was fun to see upstate New Yorkers greet this very unique form of entertainment.

A Living Floral Tree soaks up the Sun at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, EV 1800, EV -0.3, 300mm focal length.

Roosters were strutting their stiff inside the Poultry Building and liked to stare me down as I attempted to photograph them through the bars of their cages.

A rooster in the Poultry Barn at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.

A rooster in the Poultry Barn at the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.8, ISO 1800, EV -0.3, 65mm focal length, spot metering.

Today is the last day for 2012.  Still time to get out and enjoy the Great New York State Fair!

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7 Responses to View 244: Living Things at the New York State Fair

  1. Barbara says:

    I’ve seen human mannequins before, but not painted in anything other than gold or silver! I love the photo of the living floral tree – a nice capture of what must have been a very interesting display.

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  2. Kathy says:

    I have never ever seen anything like a living floral tree-person. That is so cool! I like your topic for this post.

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  3. So many special and unique pictures ! I love those adventurous butterflies and the smiling Australian Shepherd’s smile, very cute. As for the living floral tree-person, this is just fabulous.

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