New England Trip 2012 – Day 4 – Creamery Bridge, Brattleboro, VT
After doing a bit of sightseeing in Wilmington VT, we headed on our way along Vermont Route #9 toward Brattleboro VT. A pull-off area at the end of a nice climb provides a wonderful view to the south. Maple syrup ice cream was also on sale at this location so we had to have a bit of ice cream before continuing to Brattleboro.
Last year, when we drove along the Lake Superior shoreline on the way to Sault Ste. Marie, we stopped at a number of locations to take a look at this scenic east coast of Lake Superior. This year, we did the same except that we stopped at some different locations along the way.
Before arriving at Batchawana Bay Provincial Park (location), we stopped at a scenic pullout that provided a look over a broad expanse of water. I couldn’t just stand at the top of the cliff. It seemed imperative, at the time, that I just had to get down to the water’s edge! Photographic reasons of course! Lots of rocks to slip on :-).
One thing that is very interesting about the Lake Superior shoreline is the change from rocky shore to sandy beach that sometimes occurs quite quickly. We would see this difference within a few miles when we reached Batchawana Bay Provincial Park. Meanwile I had to stop photographing wet rocks and figure out how to climb back up the cliff and back to the car.
The beach at Batchawana Bay is pretty extensive and is composed of fine soft sand. Lake Superior waters never get really warm but, in areas like Batchawana Bay, the shallow waters can get warm enough to be swimmable (sp?).
After a short walk along part of the sand beach, we headed further south stopping often. It seemed that every bridge in this part of the world was being repaired as part of the provincial infrastructure project.
Wawa, Ontario Tourist Points of Interest – Silver Falls
Silver Falls is the overflow spillway of the Mission Hydroelectric Generating Station and changes in waterflow can occur without warning at any time of the year. Signs with stern warnings about the possible dangers of being in the area of the riverbed when such level changes occur were in plain sight by the parking lot. With that in mind, and an increased level of alertness, we parked our vehicle in the parking lot and took the short trail down the riverbank as had many, many before us. Continue reading →
Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY (Location)
May 6, 2012 – Traveling back from a trip to Pennsylvania, we took a bit of time to explore the lower section of Buttermilk Falls in upper New York State. Access to the falls is from Elmira Road (hwy #13) just south west of the beginning of the business section of Ithaca, NY. Continue reading →
Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba
Barcelo Premium – Cayo Libertad-Royal Island, Varadero, Cuba
We were staying at the adult-only island complex referred to as Barcelo Cayo Libertad or the Royal Island. Barcelo Cayo Libertad occupies an island at the extreme end of the Varadero Peninsula approximately 24 km from the town of Varadero itself. Guests at Barcelo Cayo Libertad have full access to the facilities of the larger Barcelo Marina Palace complex. Continue reading →
Aug. 20, 2011 – We were visiting in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area and decided to take a trip across the river to visit Fort Niagara. We spent a great deal of time stuck in traffic on the bridge crossing the river, but finally did make it to Youngstown, NY. which is near to the fort. Because we had spent so much time stuck on the bridge waiting for US customs to process the many visitors, our time on this trip was very much constrained and so we didn’t stop in Youngstown to do any shopping or dining, but I did get a chance to photograph a few of their painted fire hydrants before heading on to the awaiting fort. Continue reading →
To begin our day, we traveled to the Galleria dell ‘Accademia where are guide took us through the various sculptures and works of art until we reached the Michelangelo sculpture of “David”. Photography in the Galleria dell ‘Accademia is not permitted but there was certainly a collection of “art work” available from the street merchants outside. Continue reading →
I finally got my hands on the Lumix GH2 from Panasonic. I’m very excited with this camera due to its small form, light weight and with an adapter I can use all my Nikon Lens. All the shots are handheld, most unchanged (beyond size reduction) but a few have some minor changes in post to their raw files to JPEG (crop, sharpen, white balance).
My interest today was photographing the tulips of Parliament Hill and Major’s Hill Park.
After leaving the tulip beds on Parliament Hill, I headed over to Major’s Hill Park but first had to stop at the locks of the Rideau Canal. This series of locks lift boats up from the level of Ottawa River and is the beginning of the Rideau Canal System and is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. Continue reading →