Stuart Horse Trials 2012

This summer I made the trip across town to Victor, NY to photograph the Stuart Horse Trials on a hot Saturday morning. The event schedule was actually moved up because of the heat expected that day. Despite my camera acting up, I got a lot of neat photos and saw a lot of beautiful horses. As always, here are a few photographs in the blog, and there are more in my flickr gallery.

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Jumping into the hazard.

cross country horses
Spotted horse in the water hazard.

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Into the water hazard.

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Across the water hazard.

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Coming Right At You

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The splash zone!

There are, of course, additional photos of many of the competitors in my flickr gallery of the 2012 Stuart Horse Trials.

Washington DC, July Trip

On one of my business trips to Washington, I took the time to visit The Mall and view the monuments and museums in the Capital. I hadn’t been there since I was young. The mall was really long, but I walked up and down it. Saw the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House and more. It was hot, but I had a good time walking around and taking photos. Unfortunately, The Mall was all torn up as they were doing drainage work this year (thanks to Federal Stimulus money). On a later trip I would visit the air and space museum as well. As always there are additional photos in my flickr gallery, and a few here as well.

US Capitol Building
US Capitol Building

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US Capitol Building in Infrared

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Construction on the Mall in DC

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Three Servicemen, in Infrared.

Washington Monument Infrared
Washington Monument Infrared

And because everything looks better in Infrared, you will be sure to find plenty of IR photos in my Washington DC gallery on flickr.

Sahlen at the Glen 2012

This summer dad and I made our semiannual trip to the races. This year it was to Watkins Glen for the Sahlen 6 Hour race on a sweltering hot July weekend. We had a great time, 3 days of racing and camping. Thanks go to Cal and Bonnie for letting us use their camper. It was much more fun than tent camping. There are loads of photos in my flickr gallery, but here are a few here to capture your interest.

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Angelleli / Taylor SunTrust Car

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Porsche Accident

Turner Motorsports BMW
Turner Motorsports BMW

Mazda Racing backfire
Mazda Racing backfire

As with most photos, you can view more for the racing weekend in my flickr gallery.

Boston 2012

Our second quick trip to Boston saw us atop the Coca-Cola roof deck seats, except we were standing room only. It was a really great place to see a game, except of course for the rain delay again. Grumble. This time we saw the Sox lose to the Atlanta Braves. Red Sox loses tend to happen quite frequently to us.

Saturday we spent the day at the Arnold Arboretum, which was very cool. Lots of trees, including Redwoods. We walked around a great portion of the grounds. Then back to Fenway for a night game where we got to see the gigantic American flag unfurled to celebrate our veterans service. We’ve seen the huge flag twice now, and I don’t think it is something they do all that often at Fenway. This time after a brief rain shower the game started on time, and it was a beautiful night, plus the Sox finally won!

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Tracy and Dave – Rain Delayed
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Boston Skyline
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Redwood trees at the Arnold Arboretum
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View from the hill top.
hanging hydrangea
Hanging Hydrangea
hangning plants
Hanging Garden
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200+ Year Old Bonsai
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Fenway Park Sunshine
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Red Sox Win!

Cape Cod 2012

This summer we made a couple trips out to Boston to catch some Red Sox games, and we visited Tracy’s relatives Margaret and Franklin. The first night we went to Fenway where I surprised Tracy with Green Monster seats. The view from there is totally awesome, and I suspect we will be back again some time soon. We went to see the Washington Nationals play the Red Sox, and got lucky enough to see Stephen Strasburg pitch, which is a little unlucky I guess because the Sox ended up losing. Also a bummer was a rain storm before the game ruined batting practice, which I wanted to see from atop the Green Monster.

After the game we went to visit Margaret and Franklin and see their house on Cape Cod. It was a beautiful day, and we shared lunch, walked along the beach, and had a late snack and beers. The beach was really close to their house, and their property is really close to a State Park. While walking along the beach we saw an Osprey nest, and since the tide was coming in we saw a seal playing in the water near where the water was flowing into a marsh. It was a really fun day.

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Green Monster Seats
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Fenway Park after the rain.
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Steven Strasburg from the Monster
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Osprey nest near the beach
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Beautiful Cape Cod Beach
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Beach Crab
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Seal between Margaret and Franklin

LPGA 2012

Summer wasn’t complete without a trip to the LPGA practice round. This year the practice round was Tuesday, and I made a full day of it. Since the weather was much nicer than last year (no rain), I was able to see a ton of the major players go through. A thousand photos later, I had had enough.

Azahara Munoz
Azahara Munoz

cheyene woods
Cheyene Woos

Lexi Thompson
Lexi Thompson

Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie

Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer

There are a LOT more LPGA photos in my flickr gallery.

And what day would be complete without photographs of the Venus transit. Our once in a lifetime chance to see Venus transit the sun. I tried to go up to the lake and catch it at sunset, but the clouds interfered. Still fun though, and I caught the transit at home on the patio as well.

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Venus Transit

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Sunset Clouds

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Beach Sunset

Charlotte Beach

This summer I took a walk around Charlotte pier and beach on what turned out to be quite the stormy day. Temps were high when the sun was out. I managed to drive up in the rain, walk around in the sun and clouds, and then leave right when a fierce storm approached. Got some great infrared and regular photographs. My plan was to return again later in the summer a do a ride down the river trail. Haven’t done that yet. These photos were taken June 3rd.

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Charlotte Pier

coast guard
Coast Guard Station

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Beach Infrared

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Male Mallards are Drakes

Charlotte Lighthouse
Charlotte Lighthouse

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River Channel Infrared

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Bridge with clouds

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Bridge Infrared

I’ve got a full set of the photos I took on my flickr site in the Charlotte Photo gallery.

Memorial Day Critters

When my parent’s invited us over for dinner on Memorial Day, I knew it was time to bring the camera for some bird shots. I got a funny one of a male cardinal all kinda puffed up, and we were treated to some baby bunnies that were’nt that shy at all. My outdoor bird and wildlife photography can be seen in my outdoor gallery on flickr. Here’s a few shots from Memorial Day here.

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Male Cardinal

female cardinal
Female Cardinal

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Baby Bunny Chowdown Party!

Summertime Fun

Finally getting back to posting a few picks on the ScaredyCat site. Its been a busy summer, with most of my photos going directly to flickr. But with a little time on my hands, I’ll try and post a few here. So to start, I have a few photos I took around the yard this spring/summer. These were taken at the end of May. The cottonwoods were in full effect.

blueberry bushes
Blueberry Bushes

lupine plant
Lupine Plant

patio picture
Patio Picture

A viola plant
A viola plant

lilacs
Lilacs

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Backyard

Penn State Arboretum

After our visit to the air show we had some time to visit the Penn State Arboretum. Although only a small part of the massive grounds have been completed it was still fun to go see. If I know one thing about arboretum’s its that they are great for Infrared Photography. Here’s some photos from my visit there. There are more photos in my Infrared Image Gallery on Flickr.

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Penn State Arboretum
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Sculptures in Infrared
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Infrared Water Plants