Tag Archive | Skaneateles

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red, White or Red & White ~

 I’ve always had a “thing” for horses, adoring them and wanting to have my own since I was old enough to know what they were.  In my teens, I once saw the performance of the world famous Lippizaner stallions on t.v. and was captured!  Many years later, when my husband’s sweet aunt passed away, we were fortunate enough to receive a gorgeous statue of a Lippizaner stallion and a book that tells the “tail” about them.  I’m not sure of the origins of this statue, but I adore it.

White Lippizaner stallion statue.

White Lippizaner stallion statue.

 

My husband bought me red roses for Valentine’s Day, and I made him Valentine’s heart cookies (red & white).

Red roses

Red roses

 

Valentine Heart Cookies

Valentine Heart Cookies

 

Last, but not least, is a splash of red and white in this photo originally taken last weekend and posted in my “Waterfall Wanderlust” post.  I just thought it fit the subject matter well enough to repost.

Skaneateles Creek in Skaneateles Falls, NY

Skaneateles Creek in Skaneateles Falls, NY

 

Thanks for another great challenge, Cee!  Until next time, 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

 

Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles, New York ~

The 19th Annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles began Friday, November 24 and continues through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012.  If you’re aware of the small, quaint town of Skaneateles, New York (pronounced locally as “Skinny-atlas”), you’ll know that during these weeks of Dickens characters walking animated throughout the village, it gets jam packed with people enjoying the interaction with them as they do their holiday shopping and sightseeing.  Indeed, it is quite a treat to weave in and out of the crowds, most dressed in holiday fashion, and see the Dickens characters portrayed by locals dressed in full Dickens regalia wandering the sidewalks, singing carols and wishing “Happy Christmas” to all. 

A group of Carolers sing Christmas songs in Skaneateles, NY

A group of Carolers sing Christmas songs in Skaneateles, NY

Today was rather cold as the village sits right on the edge of Skaneateles Lake (one of the Finger Lakes), and its blustery winds carried a chilling bite.  However, the cast of Dickens are a hardy crew.  They make their appearances from Noon to 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas Eve, despite the weather.

Delightful characters from Dickens Christmas

Delightful characters from Dickens Christmas

Dickens characters ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

Dickens characters ring the bell for the Salvation Army.

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A woman pulls her toddler in an old fashioned wagon

A woman pulls her toddler in an old fashioned wagon

It is truly delightful to see every-one in such a holiday spirit as people crowd the streets and the shops between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

You can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit when you hear the carols, the hoofbeats of the draft horses that pull wagons for wagon rides, smell the fresh roasted peanuts and feel that “something special” in the air in Skaneateles at Christmastime!   Visit this link for more information and specific activites:  http://www.skaneateles.com/visit/events-a-attractions/dickens-christmas.

God bless us, every one!