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The Best Of The Rest


Fireflies at twilight

For every post on I Love Upstate, there are at least a thousand photographs that don’t ever get viewed by any one but us. Since we have collected so many, we decided to share some of our most favorite miscellaneous shots from the past two months. From experimenting with extended exposures to jumping out of the car to get a shot from the side of the road, these shots show what we are doing when we aren’t exploring new territory. We hope you enjoy them!


The Black River


Henderson Harbor


Henderson Harbor at sunset 



Two feral kittens play in the sunshine.


A white rose blooms in Sandy Creek, New York


A hot air balloon rises above The Thousand Islands as we dine at the beautiful Thousand Island’s Club on Millionaires Row.


Another beautiful sunset in Upstate New York


A mound of wildflowers on a sunny day.



Twilight over Henderson Harbor as seen from Sackets Harbor in Upstate New York.


In the early hours of the morning, deer come out to play in a field in Sackets Harbor.


Payne Lake in Theresa, New York


A beautiful night for sailing in Sackets Harbor, New York




Henderson Harbor at sunset


A Thousand Islands sunset


Crossing the Thousand Islands Bridge in the evening as the sun sets on another beautiful day in Upstate New York.


Waterfall Hunting


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.

On the heels of purchasing a brand new remote for my camera, Scott, Jackson and I went out in search of extended exposures. We had one miserably failed attempt at star trails before we decided to start with something a little easier, waterfalls. Our search for the elusive waterfall led us to Whitaker Park in the town of Martinsburg near Lowville, New York. After a short walk down a manicured trail we reached the water and began to walk downstream to find the falls. Lush green plant life dotted with wildflowers climbed the rock walls as the sound of rushing water roared in the background. We probably spent 3 hours playing with the settings on my camera, walking in the water and just enjoying our surroundings. This park is a must for any nature lover or camp enthusiast. For more information check out this post on NYFalls.com, or to view the very affordable camping rates check out this site: http://villageoflowville.org/content/Parks/View/3


Both sets of falls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.


Lush greenery lines the walls of the ravine.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


Extended exposure shot of the fall at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


A myriad of wildflowers dotted the landscape on the banks near the waterfalls.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


A channel cuts through the rocks at Whitaker Park in Lowville, New York.


The lower tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park – Upstate New York.


Whitaker Park – Upstate New York


The top tier of waterfalls at Whitaker Park in Upstate New York.


Very delicate and beautiful wildflowers growing in the park.


Campsites sit sporadically under the tall pine trees which makes entering this park like driving into a movie set.

The Central Park of the North – (aka Saturday in the Park)

Thompson Park Vistas

Panorama from one of the gazebos at Thompson Park

Sound far fetched? There may be a little more truth to this than we know. The famous landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park also designed Watertown’s Thompson Park – a piece of trivia that was given to me on two different occasions in the last few days. Who knew? So last Saturday morning, I woke Scottie up at 5 so we could behold the wonders of Frederick Law Olmsted with our very own eyes. Scottie only agreed to get up if we could dedicate at least a small part of the morning to a round of golf, which was perfect considering there is a lovely 18 hole golf course right atop the hill. Unfortunately for Scottie, there was a tournament that day so he was turned away to play another day…and I skipped back to the car. With the golf plans on ice, I got to spend a little more time frolicking around and photographing the lovely scenery and seeing all the park has to offer. Thompson Park features beautiful views of Watertown, picnic areas, playgrounds, a public pool, golf course and zoo, and plenty of shady spots to lounge with a book. For more information and to see some really cool old photographs and post cards of the park visit: http://www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?NID=472

Early Morning Light on Dandelions

Early Morning Light on Dandelions

Sunrise Gazebo

Sunrise through a gazebo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Sunrise Gazebo2

Early morning sun reflects off of a gazebo at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Glorious Vistas

Glorious Vistas!

Early Morning Dandelions

Early morning dandelions at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Sunrise Over Watertown, New York

Sunrise Over Watertown, New York

Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall

Watertown Golf

The golf course at Thompson Park

Sand Trap

Sand Trap

Fields Of Gold

Fields of golden wildflowers near Thompson Park

Fields Of Gold

Fields of golden wildflowers near Thompson Park


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