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Festival of Trees at Everson Museum

Al and I spent a good portion of our afternoon at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York today… photographing their current event, “Festival of Trees”.  There were 50+ trees, wreaths, decorations and garlands adorning the upstairs, downstairs and halls of the museum in sparkling splendor and Christmas Spirit.  They were decorated gifts from individuals and businesses that were donated to be sold, with the proceeds benefitting the Everson.

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

A selection of trees at the Everson Museum Festival of Trees

Trying a little playful zoom action here.

 

A festive wreath.

A festive wreath.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Closeup of some ornaments on one of the golden trees.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

Beautiful blue ornaments.

I’m beginning to understand how the more professional (or even amateur) photographers can take hundreds of photos and wind up with only a handful that are  “good enough to keep”!  I always thought that if you’re a good enough photographer, ALL of your photos would be good enough to keep!  I took 90 photos, only about 20 were “acceptable”, and these are the best of those 20 ~ what does that tell you?  Yes, I am barely a beginner!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

An alignment of trees.

An alignment of trees.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

Chicken wire and lights stuffed up under.

These photos do not do the event justice, of course, but are only to tickle your fancy into going to the Everson and taking in the sights yourself (if you’re local).  Hopefully they entice you with color and Christmas composition. 

http://www.everson.org/events/fot.php  Here’s a link to the Everson’s website if you’d like more information and times/prices etc.  It wasn’t “packed” when we went, but did become busy as the time wore on, and it became harder to take photos (no flash allowed!) without potentially having someone in them.  As the Season draws closer to Christmas, I’m sure the exhibit will become routinely crowded.  Rightfully so!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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Cee’s Challenge: Reflections ~

Cee’s weekly Fun Foto Challenge for this week is “reflections”.  At first, I thought this would be a tough one, but then I noticed all the rain we had today while Al and I were out and about, and I saw reflections everywhere in the puddles around me.

Car tires reflect in a pavement puddle.

Car tires reflect in a pavement puddle.

 Well, this was my first attempt to photograph a reflection through a glass door from one room into another.  I know, I know… I have a lot to learn!  I’ll get there!

Christmas tree reflected in the glass door.

Christmas tree reflected in the glass door.

Both my husband (who was helping me find shots) took the same photo of this ornament, but his came out better ~ mine was blurry, so he said I could use his.  You can see the reflection of his hand with the camera in the ornament very clearly. 

Reflections on an ornament

Reflections on an ornament

This last photo I took purely for Cee’s enjoyment and reflection.  See, my husband and I visited the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, today for their “Festival of Trees” exhibition.  There are some 50+ Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands and other Christmas-themed items decorating the upstairs and downstairs of the museum.  They are created/decorated and donated by the public and/or local businesses, and are offered for sale to any buyer and the funds donated to the museum.  Well Cee, this particular BRIGHT GREEN tree caught my eye right away.  Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a special Christmas tree created by Martha Conan dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!  I had seen tidbits about Cee and her “link” to Lyme disease, so this evening as I was putting this post together, I stopped and took the time to read up on her blog and her story about living with Lyme disease.  It truly touched my heart and I knew I needed to post this beautiful Christmas tree and dedicate it to her. 

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

Christmas tree dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness!

This one’s for you, Cee!  May you have a blessed, Merry Christmas, full of joy with Chris and your family of pugs and tabbies!

Color in the Carolinas: Photos of Charlotte ~

I lived in North Carolina for a few years, off and on, near Jacksonville just off base from the Camp Lejeune Marine Corp Base.  I don’t remember anything being so colorful down there as when I went to Charlotte in April 2010 with my sister-in-law.  I had just really begun to appreciate photography, but pretty much only used it for scrap booking until I discovered blogging a couple of months ago.  So pardon my less-than-stellar pics, as I didn’t think much of composition etc. back then.  I also didn’t think to find out the names of the places where I took my pictures, except they were everywhere around Charlotte.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

Pretty wild and colorful sculpture outside a downtown museum in Charlotte, NC.

One of my favorite things to photograph would have to be flowers.  We scheduled our trip down to Charlotte from Syracuse, New York, and Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, just in time for the spring to be sprung as far as florals are concerned.

Pansies

Pansies

Flowering dogwoods

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

A random entrance to an apartment complex.

My sister-in-law was gracious enough to understand my shutterbug afflication, and she took me sightseeing several times over the course of the 4-5 days we were there (for her daughter’s wedding).  She understood the need to do a “quick, pull over!” to get a shot before you have driven by, and she also knew of several places that would accommodate the color addiction I had with regard to photography.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful "strip" mall.

A gorgeous, serene pond sits in the center of a beautiful “strip” mall.

More local beauty in Charlotte, NC

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

More pansies displayed in beautiful ceramic (?) urns.

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got!  (heron)

This fellow held his ground despite how close I got! (Great Blue heron)

The color here caught my eye, hence my camera.

 Sweet

Sweet

                                                                                                                                                                     

Isabell

Isabell

Last, but certainly not least, pics of my two nieces as they enjoy the huge lollipops that I brought them just for fun.  Once again, it’s all about the color ~ ok, well maybe not ALL ~ the girls are pretty darn cute in their own right! 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful trip through Charlotte.

 

My Adirondacks ~

 For as long as I can remember, our family spent one or two weeks each summer camping and visiting relatives in the Adirondacks, right through my teenage years.  So it should be no surprise that I’ve always thought of Long Lake, New York, as my second home.  My mother’s sister and her family lived there, so we would go and visit and camp at nearby Lake Eaton each July 4th for the local Independence Day festivities.  While there we would swim, ride our bikes, go shopping and sightseeing at local stores, then sit around the campfire at night and roast marshmallows and see what local relatives would show up for a visit.  We were never disappointed.  And, although I’m sure we had our share, I don’t remember any time when it rained during our stay.  All I remember is the fun. 

A church steeple rises above the fall foliage as taken from the deck of the bridge in Long Lake, New York

A lone kayaker paddles in the colorful splendor that is Long Lake, New York

Now, as adults, my husband and I have visited Long Lake and Lake Eaton over the past couple of years, both in summer and in fall.  I’ve been able to share with him the members of my family that still reside there, the places we’d go when I was a child, plus we’ve experienced new places together and made new memories to share with others.  I never remember the fall being so vibrant and colorful in my childhood, and I’ve been able to appreciate it much more now. 

A view of Lake Eaton, New York, through the trees on the beach.

Another view of Lake Eaton as the light shimmers on the water and the fall foliage across the way.

 Al and I visited the Adirondack Museum during one of our stays in the Big Woods.  I think I’d been there as a child, but didn’t really remember.  Now, seeing it as an adult, I can fully appreciate the history and beauty that is kept in the museum and its many outbuildings.  There is even a small section dedicated to my Uncle Bob Wallace, who was a fixture in Long Lake for his entire life, and well-respected as they come.  I only remember him as being “larger than life” and very generous with a great sense of humor.

Al sits on this “larger than life” Adirondack chair outside the Adirondack Museum.

A hand made Adirondack-themed quilt on display inside the Adirondack Museum.

I’m so grateful that I have such memories of growing up in the Adirondacks each summer.  And now I have photos and even more recent memories to enjoy.  These photos are just a few of my memories of my childhood, my family, my Adirondacks. 

Buttermilk Falls just outside Long Lake, New York.

A seaplane takes off from the placid waters on Long Lake, New York.