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Last Gasp of Summer Weather

>> Sunday, October 9, 2011

We've had positively glorious weather this weekend!  It's felt like summertime during the sun-drenched days.  In between all the Super Dirt Week events (yes, I confess it, dirt track racing is my guilty pleasure) we managed to get in a brief photography trip Saturday morning.

We went to a place called Trenton Falls, which is just north of Utica near the junction of Routes 12 and 28.  Trenton Falls are on privately owned land, and are only open to the public a couple of weekends a year.  My Dad had raved about the place, so my husband and I decided to grab our photographer friend D and take a peek.

It is a lovely spot, with deep gorges and a series of water falls.  In autumn, there isn't much water coming over the falls - I imagine they would be much more impressive during spring runoff.  I gather the area was historically popular, with the signs showing quite a number of old photographs and prints of the falls.

Unfortunately, it was SO sunny on Saturday, and the sun was at the wrong angles, so getting good photos of the falls themselves was a bit tough.  On the other hand, all the sunlight made for some positively luminous fall leaf photos.

There are a few other nice little tidbits at Trenton Falls, including a sweet little overgrown cemetery enclosed by an ornate wrought iron fence, old industrial, concrete cradles that used to support a giant water pipe, and an old barn with some character.  All told, those little extras provided me with the type of photography opportunities I relish - a mix of nature and decaying human construction.

Here are my favorite shots:


Carolyn H October 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM  

Your photos are extra-lovely today! Weather was fine down on Roundtop Mtn., too. I'd agree that this weekend might have been summer's last gasp, except that this upcoming weekend's weather sounds pretty nice, too.

Sneaksleep October 11, 2011 at 2:13 PM  

Even this autumn-lover enjoyed the summery weekend here in NYC. Wish we had a little more leaf color down here, but I'm sure we will in another week or two. Lovely pics!

biobabbler October 13, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

wow. poetic. lovely group. And those pipe cradles look like whale ribs. =) And yes, GREAT lighting on those yellow leaves! Thanks for sharing!

Raining Iguanas October 25, 2011 at 7:59 AM  

I am now at peace knowing there are others who find excitement with a camera and a cemetery. There is a certain calm that comes through in photo and prose.

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