Thursday, August 13, 2009

Letchworth State Park, NY

While in Rochester, we took the short drive to Letchworth State Park to see waterfalls, instead of fighting the crowds at Niagra Falls. The park bills itself as the Grand Canyon of the East, and I was mightily disappointed when I saw this view. My first question was "where's the canyon?"
We watched a couple rafters head down the river (tiny blue spot coming around the bend) but they got out right before they hit a small set of rapids.


I was not disappointed with this waterfall!

Middle falls

One rainbow

Double rainbow

Middle and lower falls

Rochester, NY

I just got back from a short visit to Rochester, NY. Most of the following pictures were taken in the butterfly garded at the Strong Museum of Play. Atlas moth
Blue morpho butterfly. Unfortunately, I couldn't capture a good shot of the wings open.

However, I did capture two of them in the act.

My interview with the Count.

Standing at the front door of an art gallery. I wasn't able to go in because they were closed the day we visited.
You can't take me anywhere! Pulling an elephant's tusk at the George Eastman House.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Portland ME and surrounding areas

I went to Portland ME for a few days for a conference for work. The conference was great. I wish I could say the same for the weather. It was cold and raining (or at least drizzling) the entire time I was there. This is a shot of the waterfront of Portland, just outside J's oyster bar.I wasn't interested in the oysters, but the lobster seemed like a great deal at $15.50 per plate.
Playing with my food before cracking it open.
We had one afternoon off to explore the area, so a group of us drove up the coast to visit the shell middens near Damariscotta.
To get to the river to see the middens, we had to walk through a nice little meadow.

Along the way, there were plenty of wildflowers
along with interesting looking fungi. There were also mosquitoes. Lots of mosquitoes. And they were hungry!

After leaving the middens, we headed to Pemaquid Point to see the lighthouse and the interesting rock ledges. The weather was foggy and misty while we were there, with a few scattered sprinkles.

After the lighthouse closed, we headed to Shaw's Wharf to grab some dinner.
Fresh lobster!!

Finally, the last stop of the day was at LL Bean.
I found it very strange that they had a bunch of dead animals in the children's section.

The manager didn't see the amusement in it, and booted me out of the store.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Chihuly in the desert

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix had a Dale Chihuly display of glass artwork this spring. Below are a sample of pictures. More pictures are available here. Desert Wildflower Towers

The Sun
White Belugas

Blue Fiddleheads

Tiger Lilies

Squero di San Trovaso Chandelier

Chiostro di Sant'Apollonia Chandelier

Blue and Purple Boat

Blue Reeds

Red Reeds and Black Saguaros

Float Boat

Scorpion Tales and Bamboo

Mexican Hat and Horn Tower.