Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oswego Harborfest 2017, Day 1

Breitbeck Park is Pretty Empty
I've been away from Oswego for all the Harborfests since 2013, with A Cross Country Trip in 2014,  a 2015 trip to Alaska & a 2016 trip to New England. This summer I will be in Oswego for the festival so I hope to photograph it. I'll add a photo or two per day here, and a link each day to a page with more.

The Oswego Harborfest is an annual event that draws well over 100,000 people to the Lake Ontario waterfront community for 4 day festival. There are entertainment stages located throughout the city, as well as many other programs & presentations, food booths, a midway with rides, and a 23 minute "Fireworks by Grucci" show on Saturday night presented by Entergy.

More Thursday, July 27 Photographs:

Thursday was the official opening of Harborfest. Not too crowded - that might have something to do with the fact that it rained all morning and well into the early afternoon, Around 3:00 the sun came out and the booths started up and a small crowd moved into the park.

I wandered around taking photos of the set ups, had an early dinner at the Greek Gyro booth, and checked out the hillside facing the fireworks. The rules are that you are not allowed to put tarps or blankets down until Saturday morning, however at 3:30 there were two set up under the sign saying not to. Since I like to follow the rules, I hope I can squeeze in a space to shoot. They are usually some of the best fireworks I've seen.

More tomorrow!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Nina & the Pinta Visit the Oswego Maritime Museum

The Nina and the Pinta
During the weekend of July 21st, 2017 the replicas of the Nina and the Pinta paid a visit to the Oswego Maritime Museum. Both replicas were open for tours, with volunteer staff answering questions. A large crowd was present on Friday.

Some photos of the boats, the crowd, and the LT-5 Ocean Tug, one of the Maritime Museum's exhibits are at my LakeshoreImages site.

Admission is $10.00 for adults, $9.00 for seniors, teens & military, and $6.00 for children 5 - 12. The ships are docked at the West First street Pier (at the Maritime Museum), will be open from 10:00AM to 6PM July 21, 22, and 23.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mexico Point Fireworks

Fireworks
Mexico Point Park is a pretty town park in Texas, NY. Among the attractions is Casey's Cottage, an interesting building I toured a few years ago. This evening I attended their fireworks and concert program with some friends. Many more photographs at LakeshoreImages.

Until Next Time -

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Albany Symphony & the Syracuse Pops Chorus

The Albany Symphony & the Syracuse Pops Chorus
I'm slowly putting things together for the trip to Chilliwack to pick up my new Escape 21. I was kidding myself that everything would fit in the back of the truck - I rented a 4'X8' U Haul trailer. There is a U Haul dealer in Sumas, WA, just this side of the border and they will let me leave the trailer in their lot while I make the overnight trip to Escape.

So, as a break from packing, having the driveway widened to fit the new trailer, and various doctor & dentist visits, I went with friends to see the Albany Symphony at one of their stops on the Bicentennial Celebration of the building of the Erie Canal. For those that are not familiar with the canal, it is an uphill ditch running from the Hudson River to Lake Ontario & Lake Erie. Called Clinton's Big Ditch", it provided an important access to the West, and a valuable "road" for the movement of people & freight.

On the 200th anniversary of the start of the construction, the Albany Symphony put together a trip along the canal, stopping at many of the towns birthed by the canal. At each, a local composer wrote music for the visit. While originally planned to barge along the canal, the 7 MPH speed limit made that impractical, so it became a bus & truck tour.

I saw the July 6th stop in Baldwinsville, NY at the Paper Mill Island Amphitheater. Music included selections from Handel's Water Music, "The Current Home" by Ryan Chase, and American classics.

The evening was finished with a fireworks display. Unfortunately, I didn't have a tripod or a wide angle lens, so no fireworks photos, although I hope to add some from our Harborfest Festival at the end of July. I did manage to put together a panorama that really messed up Lightroom. A young man was walking across the pan in the direction I panned, duplicating him around 5 times. I attempted to clean it up in Photoshop, but if you look closely (well, not even that closely!) you will see many artifacts.  The panoramas &  few more photos at LakeshoreImages.

Anyhow, a pleasant way to spend a warm July evening. The orchestra is continuing west, ending the tour at Lockport, NY on the 8th.

Until Next Time - 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Finally Some Sun!

We have had one of the wettest Springs in recorded history.  No only is Lake Ontario almost three feet above average, flooding many homes & businesses, but it has been raining almost every day.  I spent part of the day taking some photos in the back yard:



After a couple of photos of the deer, I took a few at the bird feeder:









As you can probably tell, I'm getting a bit bored with being cooped up.  Other than going to PT for my wrist a couple times a week & making Meals on Wheels deliveries on Fridays, not much is going on.  

Until next time -