• 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

  • Lilacs Peak Early in 2012

    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.

    beauty of moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

    pink lilacs

    Pink lilacs at Highland Park.

    lilac bush

    Lilac bush at Highland Park.

    butterfly lilacs

    Butterfly Lilacs

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    lilac butterfly

    Red Admiral on a white General Sheridan lilac.

    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.

    downtown rochester

    Downtown Rochester

    infrared high falls

    Infrared High Falls

  • ESL Airshow 2011

    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:

    Warthog Mustang

    Mustang and Warthog

    Paratroops

    Canadian Sky Hawks

    C-130

    Navy C-130

    Blue Angels

    Blue Angels

    Blue Angels

    Blue Angels

    Heritage Flight

    Heritage Flight

    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.

  • Wegmans LPGA 2011

    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.

    Azahara Munoz

    Azahara Munoz

    Gerina Piller

    Gerina Piller

    Amanda Blumenherst

    Amanda Blumenherst

    Se Ri Pak

    Se Ri Pak

    Michelle Wi

    Michelle Wi

    Morgan Pressel

    Morgan Pressel