A scenic view from high above the St. Lawrence River. Happy Labor Day!
The leaves begin to change in Upstate New York as we fly high above the Thousand Islands Region in a hot air balloon.
Balloons fly over a vacant carnival during the Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York
Over the weekend we had the opportunity to check out Balloonfest in Jamesville. We woke up early (I mean early) on Sunday morning and headed out before the sun was up to try and catch the launch of several hot air balloons in the morning light. We made it just in time to watch the first balloon to get unpacked. For around 45 thrilling minutes, we watched colorful balloon after balloon be rolled out, blown up and sent skyward on a journey over the treetops. Here are some of our favorite shots from that glamourous morning:
Hot air balloons being inflated at the 2012 Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York
Hot air balloons over the reservoir in Jamesville, New York.
Hot air balloons being inflated at the 2012 Syracuse Balloonfest in Jamesville, New York.
For more information on the Syracuse Balloonfest hit the link: http://syracuseballoonfest.com/
Last night we took advantage of the warm weather and went back to the dog park in Henderson Harbor for a quick sunset walk. It was delightful!
The sun started to set in the middle of the blizzard and the light that was reflected off of the snow and clouds created interesting colors in the sky.
Unusual weather patterns…odd behavior exhibited by animals…should we be concerned about the coming apocalypse? I wouldn’t start hoarding can goods yet, but I would admit that things have been pretty strange in Upstate New York for the last few months. Temperatures have been fluctuating between 50°F (to sometimes almost 60°F) to down below freezing. Most shallow parts of Lake Ontario have only been frozen for a few days at a time before thawing completely and instead of snow, it has been what seems like a continuous downpour for months. A large wedge of swans (up around 30) were floating around on Sandy Pond in the middle of January, while what looked like a million crows filled the sky every night at dusk over Watertown and last week a huge gaggle of snow geese were taking refuge in fields all along route 3. Yesterday on the way home I encountered a blizzard with such low visibility I actually hung up my cell phone to concentrate on driving. Well that’s not true, I hung up to take photos with my phone, but you didn’t hear that from me. After 5 minutes, the sky parted and left the right side of the road glittering under blue sky and sunshine while the left continued to be hammered with large fluffy flakes. As frightening as an ancient prediction of armageddon can be, weird weather and birds actin’ a fool make for some pretty fabulous photo opportunities.
Snowy Sackets Harbor
The sun begins to break through the storm clouds over Lake Ontario during a freak blizzard in Upstate New York.
Super Storm Clouds
A blizzard on the left side of the road and sunshine on the right.
Canada Geese take refuge in a field as the sky opens up during a freak blizzard in Upstate New York
That's not snow in the field, it's a very large gaggle of snow geese.
Snow geese take refuge on the side of Rt. 3
A gaggle of snow geese.
Snow geese in flight.