Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Scene From the Finger Lakes

12 November 2008 - Finger Lakes Scenery


Recently I spent a morning retrieving the recording units we use to study the flight calls of nocturnally migrating birds from various spots surrounding Ithaca, NY. Unlike last year's adventure it was a fairly leisurely exercise, one that begs you to slow down to enjoy the scenery. While I'm more inclined to photograph specific subjects (mostly birds and family) I was inspired to shoot a few "scenes from the Finger Lakes" as I drove through the countryside.

This shot, in my mind, typifies fall in the Finger Lakes. The pale blue sky, thin clouds, and still standing corn seems to be a repeated theme between the lakes (closer to the lakes you get the same sky but vineyards instead of corn). My bird-oriented mind doesn't so much see the dying corn stalks, but the promise of Wild Turkeys, American Crows, deer, and more turkeys through the winter months. I know deer aren't a bird, but anyone driving needs to watch out for them in these parts!

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12 comments:

FickleMinded said...

nice looking picture!
have a great weekend ahead.
FM-SWF#2-Point Edward

Melissa's Cozy Tea Time Readings said...

Great shot! happy swf.

magiceye said...

perfect for skywatch!

Mckay K said...

Really nice SWF shot. Have a great weekend.

Louise said...

A nice photo. I like the sky and corn. The colors are inviting.

Grammy said...

I love your photo it is amazing.
Happy SWF!

Geoff said...

Good picture. Nice shot. Great photo.

Wren said...

The deer warnings have been in our newspaper and posted on highway signs. At least they haven't advised against birdwatching while driving. :) Happy skywatch!

noflickster said...

Thanks, everyone! In all honesty, it's hard to take a bad picture of a nice day, isn't it?
:-)

Wren - I suspect bird-watching while driving helps avoid the deer. At least that how I justify it!
-Mike

jan m said...

We lived in Oklahoma for four years, and I didn't realize what a treasure the Finger Lakes area was, until I was away from it. That photo reminds me of all the country roads we take our fall drives.

ChrissyM said...

Awesome shot!

nina said...

Such a sight as we have here, too.
And, my thoughts like yours, for what will next find it--to glean fallen kernels from the harvested field.

I was born in Ithaca, while my parents were at Cornell. They met in an ornithology class!

Small world...

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