On Sunday the sun came out and we hopped in the car to see how much snow had fallen the day before. We took a drive up on the Tug Hill, stopped by Dry Hill and Sackets Harbor and found some other people who were as excited to get out in the snow as we were. What a beautiful way to end a year full of adventure. We can’t wait to see what 2013 brings!
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The holiday snow has arrived in Upstate New York and with it a proper atmosphere befitting of the season. The rooftops, pine trees and streets are dusted with a fine layer of powered sugar that sparkles in the sunlight making everything look just a little more magical. So here is to the year that has passed and wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with love and happiness.
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.
On Saturday I went out to photograph Sandy Pond as a recent blizzard had changed the landscape into a winter wonderland. I was surprised and delighted to find a large herd of about 25 swans swimming around where I set up my shoot. They were excellent subjects and didn’t even seem to mind the closeness of our proximity. Perhaps they were just concentrating on how cold it was.
The next day I went back out to shoot again and the herd was still in the same place. The pond had frozen overnight and the swans were huddled together on top of the ice. The temperature was around -3.