Archive | February 2013

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 8 ~

What are Cee’s insightful questions this week?

What is your favorite day of the week?    That would have to be Monday… my day off.  I work (4) 10-hour days and have Mondays off.  What’s great about it is, if there’s a holiday that falls on a Monday, I get to have another day off.  Do you know how many holidays fall on Monday???  A LOT!

Have you ever had a reoccurring dream? What was it?   I have two recurring dreams:  one is that I can fly (although I am deathly afraid of heights).  The other is always about trucks chasing me ~ specifically 18 wheelers or cement mixers or large industrial trucks.  Terrifying!

Have you ever been drunk?  Absolutely.  Not saying I’m proud of it, but I drank a lot in high school, and then again in the late 80’s early 90’s.  I was admittedly irresponsible, and I drank specifically to get drunk.  Nowadays, a glass of wine can do me in.

Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?   This is truly a tough question.  Probably touch is my favorite.  My husband and I reconnect frequently by touch:  holding hands, kisses, touch on the face, fingers through hair, massages etc.   I guess you could say we can’t keep our hands off each other ~ but in a nice, romantic way.  It’s in this way that we stay close and communicate silently.  It’s also a way of communication with our family, our friends, even our pets.  Something very special for us.  My favorite!

Until next week, thanks Cee!  TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

Waterfall Wanderlust ~

 

Not sure why, of late I’ve turned my photographic attentions to water ~ particularly waterfalls or swift-moving water.  My fascination with this subject matter only lasts through the Winter months, then it’s on to something more colorful & stimulating in the Spring and Summer.  Until then, I have been dragging my good-sport-of-a-husband around with me on waterfall-hunting weekends (such as this morning).  Fortunately, he indulges me willingly and with good cheer.

Today’s romp netted me approximately 85-90 photos at (4) different falls locations within 25 miles of my home.  The furthest away was Marcellus Falls, in Marcellus, NY.

Marcellus Falls, Marcellus NY

Marcellus Falls, Marcellus NY

 

There were several different spots in which I was able to get photos, but this seemed to be the most “active”.

Next we decided to take a turn back and head closer to home, so we headed for the Skaneateles Falls area between Skaneateles, NY and Jordan/Elbridge, NY. 

"Bean Chute" in Skaneateles Creek, Skaneateles Falls, NY

“Bean Chute” in Skaneateles Creek, Skaneateles Falls, NY

 

Closeup of "Bean Chute" in Skaneateles Creek, Skaneateles Falls, NY

Closeup of “Bean Chute” in Skaneateles Creek, Skaneateles Falls, NY

 

The two pictures above are of what is locally known as a “bean chute” ~ thought to be in Skaneateles Creek.  It is very secluded, off the beaten path, and known mostly to locals within a 10-15 miles radius of the location.  You have to drive up a particular dead end street, and when you get to the end, you must park and go in by foot for about a half mile through woods, open field and more woods that enclose the creek.  It’s a favorite local “swimming hole” and is very popular in the summer.  Al and I have visited and taken our kids many times some years ago.  The entire “creek” is encased with cement, so when you start at the top, you can slide all the way down and over the various falls to the very bottom where a 36′ pool awaits your splash.  It’s like a giant cement water slide!  With trees on either side, it’s shaded yet still very warm/refreshing in the summer.  I have a photo (somehwere) of me and my youngest daughter, Katie, sitting in these very falls letting the water splash over us as we laugh.  Al and I would take our chaise lounge chairs and sit them at the bottom in the pool and relax while Brian & Katie slid down the chute.  Lots of good memories here!

Skaneateles Creek in Skaneateles Falls, NY

Skaneateles Creek in Skaneateles Falls, NY

 

Above, one more photo of Skaneateles Creek in Skaneateles Falls, NY.  This, of course, is a different area of the creek than the bean chute.  Skaneateles Creek runs for miles and miles, winding and curving all over.  Lots of opportunities for some awesome water photos abound.

Till next time, thanks for looking.  TTFN ~   Tamara Eckstadt

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black & White or Sepia ~

Well, this week’s challenge was certainly a challenge for me!  I’ve never taken any photos in black and white, as this is all still very new to me.  I’ve spent the past few days really trying to get to know my camera, and what it can do for me… rather than just pointing it and shooting.  Here’s a few I came up with:

Stately looking building near downtown Syracuse, NY

Stately looking building near downtown Syracuse, NY

Front entrance of a Presbyterian church, downtown Syracuse, NY

Front entrance of a Presbyterian church, downtown Syracuse, NY

Same Presbyterian church in sepia, Syracuse, NY

Same Presbyterian church in sepia, Syracuse, NY

Mural on the side of a building, downtown Syracuse, NY

Mural on the side of a building, downtown Syracuse, NY

Closeup of the mural, downtown Syracuse, NY

Closeup of the mural, downtown Syracuse, NY

If you take a close look at the above two murals, they remind you of something, don’t they?  They’re painted in black and white on the side of a very non-descript building a few blocks from where I work.  Not the best part of town to be getting out in the middle of the street and taking photos, but I just found it so interesting.

What do you think?

Next week, red, white or red & white!

Until then… TTFN!    Tamara Eckstadt ~

Cee’s Share Your World: Week 7 ~

 

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you…   Here’s Cee’s Share Your World Week 7’s Questions:

Your favorite place within two hours of your home?  Probably any freshwater lake.  Fair Haven Beach on Lake Ontario is one of my faves in the summer.  During the fall, my favorite place is anywhere the leaves are peaking within 2 hrs of my home ~ north, east, south or west ~ it’s all good!  In the winter, I like to be near snowy, ice-covered waterfalls.

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced ("Troop")

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced (“Troop”)

What is your favorite TV show or movie of all time (for example can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it)?  Favorite t.v. show would have to be “Wheel of Fortune” !!  LOL!  There’s also a quilting show (“Quilt in a Day”) that I watch only on Saturday afternoons.  Favorite movie would have to be the most current Star Trek movie… yep, I own it and can recite almost every scene.  But I can do that with almost every Star Trek movie and much of the series (old and new). 

Star-Trek-gallery-ships-0002 

Where do you eat breakfast?  Weekdays I manage to wolf down a bowl of Cheerios before going to work, usually.  If not, I eat at work… there’s a deli down the hall that opens up with breakfasts at 7:30 a.m.  Perfect!  On weekends, the hubby and I usually have a more leisurely breakfast consisting of one or two courses.  The first Sunday of each month, we try to drive to a local Legion for their awesome breakfast that benefits local kids with educational funds.

What is your most favorite smell/scent?  That would have to be lilacs.  Growing up, our house was surrounded by lilac trees that bloomed profusely each spring and summer.  Now that I own my own piece of this earth, I’ve done my part in planting lilac trees around my house.  I’ve planted several particularly right in front of my kitchen window so I can smell the lilacs in the spring as the scent wafts through the entire house (when I leave the window open).  Sometimes I’ll go out in the morning and just stand amidst the group of 10 trees and enjoy the smell, close my eyes and remember what it was like growing up.

Until next week, TTFN!

     Tamara Eckstadt ~

 

Winter Wandering ~

Today I just didn’t want to stay cooped up in the house, since we’d had all that new snow over the past 24+ hours.  I wanted to take a closer look at things through a lense.  I had some morning shopping to do, so I incorporated that into a long, random drive around a couple of counties to get some interesting photos.

Pin Oak

Pin Oak

My first photo was taken before I even left our driveway this morning while it was still snowing.  We have three lovely pin oak trees in our back yard.  The other two are compliant and lose their leaves in the fall… but this one never seems to want to give up its leaves until the new ones arrive in the spring and start pushing the old, dead ones off the branches.  Not even the windiest, stormiest of days will persuade this tree to let its leaves fall.

 

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced ("Troop")

Rushing waters in Throop, NY (pronounced (“Troop”)

I really enjoy photographing water any time of the year, but there’s something about the icy coldness of winter waters that I find hypnotic and intriguing.

Blanket of snow

Blanket of snow

A smaller “offshoot” from the larger creek in Throop.  The soft blanket of snow looked inviting, even if cold.

Ice fishing on Cayuga Lake

Ice fishing on Cayuga Lake

I don’t know what possessed me to drive out to my old “stomping grounds” in Cayuga, New York, except that it’s on the shores of Cayuga Lake, which I knew could hold some interesting photo ops.  Often there are water fowl on the edges of the lake, but today I found some ice fishermen/women camped out on the ice.  Not my idea of a fun time, but who’s to judge?  To the left of this shot I took a photo of several more such “blinds” dotted along the length of the frozen over lake ~ however, that photo was blurry and not useable.  I drove over to nearby Montezuma Wildlife Refuge to see what wildlife I would find there today, but the only thing stirring there was a caretaker who was plowing the driveway… everything else was snowed in.

Beau Vine Chop House

Beau Vine Chop House

Last, but not least, I had to snap this photo as a sort of tongue-in-cheek chuckle and tribute to Auburn, NY.  This is the Beau Vine Chop House at the new Hilton Garden Inn just off State Street in Auburn, NY.   I don’t know if the creators of this establishment just didn’t realize the local hilarity of the name of this place, or what?  Anyway who is familiar with Auburn, NY, located in rural Cayuga County, knows that Auburn is a thriving, albeit small city and the hub of the county ~ which is mostly farm land.  A major source of income and employment in Cayuga County is through dairy farms which provide milk and beef through the cows that are raised there.  Cows = bovine.   So, perhaps it’s actually fitting that the name “Beau Vine” is used for a chop house in the middle of Auburn.  I’m sorry, I just can’t take it seriously.

Till next time … TTFN ~

      Tamara Eckstadt