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.
Because of the freakishly warm spring this year (in Rochester, March was our warmest on record, and the average temperature was higher than the April average), this year the lilac festival peaked a whole week earlier than the festival (May 10-19). On a beautiful sunny Sunday I went to Highland Park to view the lilacs early, and then home for the Kentucky Derby.
The lilacs were pretty much in peak bloom. Even the lilacs in our yard were blooming. This year the Rochester area also saw a massive influx of Red Admiral butterflies. There were tons of them. I’ve never seen anything like it, they were flying everywhere like flies. Anyway, took lots of photos of the lilacs, and butterflies on lilacs. The majority of the lilac photos are in my lilac flickr gallery.
After my walk through Highland Park, I went downtown to High Falls, and walked across the Pont de Rennes bridge to the baseball stadium and back. Here’s a few photos from that walk. I have a lot more photos of the falls in infrared on my infrared flickr page.
We had a really busy July, and on Saturday the 16th we braved 90 degree heat to attend the Rochester ESL Airshow. The Blue Angels were in town and we were both really excited to see them and the rest of the planes. We got to see a lot of cool planes, talk to a lot of neat pilots, and walk through a lot of large transport planes. You can view the full gallery on my flickr page, and a sample of some of the photos here:
This year’s air show was really neat, and I hope to go back again next year. View all the photos I took on the day in my flickr gallery.
I returned to the LPGA to take some photos and see the lady pros. The weather forecast was great all week, but when the day came, it was downright rainy and wet most of the day. I got some neat photos though and managed not to destroy any camera equipment. There were a lot of really good golfers there, and I got to see a lot of the famous names too. Here are some photos, and there are more in my flick gallery.