• Highland Park

    This year the Lilac Festival seemed to come before the lilacs peaked, and was a little rainy, but that’s good for me, as I visited the park a full week after the closing day, and the flowers and lilacs were just past peak bloom. It was pretty nice, as everything seemed to be blooming on Saturday June 24th this year. Lilacs, Azaleas, Peonies, Dogwoods, and even a few Magnolias were still blooming. About all that wasn’t blooming was the lilies, and ours bloomed a day or two later at home. I walked around the park for a few hours and spotted a few of my favorite lilacs that made it through another year, including the yellowish primrose. It was a nice day, the park is really nice and well thought out. The giant sycamore trees that surround the reservoir are really huge, and way cool. Here’s a few photos.

    Newer Pergola Area

    Newer Pergola Area

    Magnolia

    Magnolia

    Highland Infrared

    Highland Infrared

    Deep Purple

    Deep Purple

    Highland Reservoir

    Highland Reservoir

    Sycamore Trees

    Sycamore Trees

  • Beautiful Spring

    Spring turned out really well here in Rochester. It was a little cool, but mostly sunny. I think this was perfect lilac season, as our lilacs started blooming around the 16th of June, and they are still blooming 2 weeks later. We got a lot of really nice blooms this year, and our one lilac (the primrose) that got hit with the pesticide last year is growing bigger than ever. Looks like a full recovery. Our cherry trees and dogwood we planted last summer survived the winter and are doing great. Everything is blooming and still looks nice. Our blueberry plants made it through the winter too, and this year we planted some pepper plants and a watermelon too. Here’s a few photos.

    Sensation Lilac

    Sensation Lilac

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Primrose Growing

    Primrose Growing

    Violet Glory

    Violet Glory

    Beauty of Moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

  • More Creatures!

    We’ve been catching more and more creatures on our critter cam this spring. This time we think we saw a skunk, and one of the pictures may have a fox visiting our bird bath for water. One night a deer showed up and “trimmed” Tracy’s bonsai plants! Still exciting, still a lot of cats around, and some bunnies as well.

    Pretty sure this is a skunk

    Pretty sure this is a skunk

    Night Cat

    Night Cat

    Possible Fox, or Creature?

    Possible Fox, or Creature?

    Bunny

    Bunny

    Bonsai Trimming

    Bonsai Trimming

    Trimmed Bonsai

    Trimmed Bonsai

  • 2014 Frozen Four

    Tracy and I traveled to Philadelphia this year for the Frozen Four College Hockey Tournament, the hockey version of the more well known basketball final four. This year Union, Boston College, Minnesota, and North Dakota faced off for the title. BC did not bring their A game, and was defeated by Union in the first game. Though the score was 5-4, it really wasn’t that close of a game. The next game was a thriller, with Minnesota scoring the game winning goal with less than a second left. The final game was on Saturday night, and Union beat Minnesota and a high scoring affair 7-4. It was a lot of fun going to the games, and so much easier since we didn’t need to get a hotel and could stay with family. Craig and I dressed up as hockey refs and got to dance around and act like idiots on the jumbo-tron several times. On Friday we went to Winterthur gardens to look at all the blooming flowers and plants. It was a fun trip.

    BC and Union

    BC and Union

    BC Loses to Union

    BC Loses to Union

    Minnesota and the Sioux

    Minnesota and the Sioux

    Minnesota and the Sioux

    Minnesota and the Sioux

    Flowers at Winterthur

    Flowers at Winterthur

    Two idiot Refs

    Two idiot Refs

  • Red Sox Opening Day

    This year Tracy and I won the Red Sox opening day lottery giving us the opportunity to purchase opening day tickets. We were able to get second row seats in right field. So off to Boston we went for a quick 2 day trip to the game. It was really cool to be at opening day after the Red Sox won the World Series. We got to see the opening ceremony, ring presentation, banner raising, and they had the giant pennants covering the Green Monster. We got to boo Ryan Braun, and the weather wasn’t that bad either. In the 40’s but the rain held off. It definitely got cooler in the final innings. Here’s a few photos from the day.

    Red Sox Opening Day Banner

    Red Sox Opening Day Banner

    Boston Sports Trophies

    Boston Sports Trophies

    USA Flag, Fenway

    USA Flag, Fenway

    Welcome to Opening Day

    Welcome to Opening Day

  • Cat Cam

    Since it is still the middle of winter in the North East, and there isn’t much to do outside, and all I’ve been up to is taking photos of hockey games, today I bring you more offerings from the critter camera. These are some of our best shots yet I’d say, as now we know for sure there are plenty of outdoor cats prowling the area.

    deer

    More Deer

    Cat outdoors

    A Tiger Cat

    Outdoor cats

    Two Cats!

    deer

    Bridbath deer

    Outdoor cat

    Fancy Cat

    outdoor rabbit

    Bunny Rabbit

    Ah the excitement, this game camera has paid for itself!

  • Critter Cam

    For Christmas this year I was able to pick up 2 refurbished “Game Cameras” at a very reasonable price. I gave one to my Mom and Dad and one to Tracy for Christmas. Cue the excitement as we wait and see what we can capture with the cameras. We stuck our camera outside at the beginning of February and aimed it at our bird feeders and birdbath water. We caught deer photos the second night the camera was out there. The night mode is pretty good. So far, the deer seem really interested in it, as we have captured a few pictures that appear to be the deer looking right at it or sniffing it. One photo even has one of the cat’s two eyes watching out the sliding glass door. Should provide fun for months to come. Here’s a few photos.

    deer photo

    Deer Photo

    deer photo

    Deer camera

    deer cat

    Monkey Eyes

    deer cam

    Backyard Deer

  • RIT Hockey vs. Robert Morris

    Last weekend we decided to go see the RIT Tigers play against Robert Morris. The Tigers hockey schedule was a little skewed this season, so a majority of the home games were in January and February. That has resulted in us going to many games so far this month. We’d never seen the Tigers play Robert Morris, so it was a chance to see a new team.

    Unfortunately for the Tigers they ran into a Robert Morris squad that was 10-1-1 in their last 12 games. The Tigers outplayed Robert Morris in the Friday night game, but ended up giving up a late goal and ended up with a 2-2 tie. The Saturday game was a complete blowout, and the Tigers played one of the worst games I can remember. They were just awful, no hustle, beaten to the puck, and terrible even on their own power play.

    Tracy and I were both happy to see the Tigers wearing their Frozen Frontier outdoor hockey jerseys. Here’s a few photos from the Friday game.

    RIT goalie

    Mike Rotolo

    RMU goalie

    RMU Goalie Terry Schafer

    hockey

    Talk it out

    hockey

    Zach Lynch

    hockey

    Greg Noyes

    faceoff

    Faceoff

    As is usually the case, you can see more photos of the game in my RIT Hockey flickr gallery.

  • RIT Hockey vs. Army Black Knights

    This weekend Tracy and I decided to go to the RIT hockey games. There were two of them, Friday and Saturday. RIT won both of them despite having a down year so far. The first game was a 6-0 win, which really didn’t reflect how Army played. RIT got off to a 2-0 lead about minute and a half into the game and never looked back. The second game was closer, 4-3 and Army put on a lot of pressure at the end. Both games saw a penalty shot, one for each team, but nobody scored on either. It was fun, and they were good games. RIT is 12-03 against Army in it’s last 15, so it was the right weekend to go if you like winning.

  • ice hockey

    Along the Boards

    hockey goalie

    RIT Goalie

    hockey

    Playing Defense

    hockey

    Goalie Collision

    hockey

    Skating up ice

    hockey goalie

    Army Goalie

    As is usually the case, you can see all the photos I uploaded in my RIT Hockey flickr gallery.

  • New Years in State College

    Tracy and I visited Gwen and Mike and the kids in State College for new Years this year. We had a great time. The kids enjoyed playing with their presents, Mike made a great warm fire, and Gwen and Mike both made delicious food. It was nice and snowy too, I like the snow. We went for a few walks, and also went to see the ice sculptures being made downtown as part of the New Year’s celebration. Gwen snagged herself a swell sculpture of her own!

    Then after that we went to the Penn State Michigan State NCAA Basketball game. Penn State played really well in the first half, and was up 47-40 at the half. But then #5 ranked Michigan State rallied going on a 10-0 run to start the second half and never looked back as they won the game. Still fun though. After we went home and played Cards Against Humanity for New Years. Then sleep.

    Here’s a few photos.

    ice carving

    2014 Ice Sculpture

    ice carving

    Ice Dragon

    ice carving

    Polar Bear Chair

    ice carving

    Ice Buddha

    ice sculpture

    Too Cool

    ice and gwen

    Gwen and her ice

    basketball

    Penn State BBall

    basketball

    Foul Shot