We had been interested in seeing the incredible views at Watkins Glen State Park for many years, but simply hadn’t found the time to visit it until the summer of 2018. Wow – it was even better than we anticipated! The canyon that the park is centered around is quite narrow and deep, which makes for tough shooting conditions with a film camera due to the lack of light. All of my shots within the canyon were ½-second in length, with the aperture wide-open – and still there were areas where I couldn’t take shots because it was simply too dark. Highly recommended as a travel destination.
Photo info: Rainbow Falls Gorge Trail Watkins Glen State Park Watkins Glen, New York August 2018 Film Ferrania P30 Zeiss Sonnar 40/2.8 lens Rollei 35S 35mm film camera
I always enjoy seeing the new critter additions in the spring and summer, though I haven’t been out to see as many this year and last due to the pandemic. This was taken at the nearby aquatic garden center, which is a huge magnet for birds of all kinds due to all of the protected ponds and wetlands that they have on the grounds.
Photo info: Canada geese parents with their goslings Lilypons Aquatic Gardens Lilypons, Maryland April 2014 Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens Leica M240 digital camera
I know they aren’t visible to the naked eye, but there really are berserker dogs in this image. They are in the parked vehicle in the left hand section of the frame. My family and I had arrived in Crescent City earlier in the afternoon, eaten an early dinner, and were taking a chilly November stroll on the dock before heading off to bed – all the while enjoying the evening lights and the neat atmospheric conditions. As we slowly wandered and sauntered around pier, dithering this way and that, we passed next to the parked vehicle…
And that’s when all hell broke loose.
Unknown to us at the time, there were two large guard dogs lurking in the car – contained only by the closed doors and windows – and when we got too close, they went absolutely apeshit and proceeded to completely rip the interior of the car to pieces in their anger at not being able to do the same to us. The dogs – backlit and in silhouette – were raging, the car was violently rocking, and we could see large chunks of upholstery being tossed around in the interior like an F2 tornado was loose in it.
Once we got over our initial shock, we found the slapstick scene to be hilarious and guffawed to the point where we could hardly walk, with the dogs continuing to go berserk at the sight of us. We ended up beating a hasty retreat, though we continued to belly laugh all the way to our hotel rooms some distance away. We never saw anyone come out and check on the dogs, and wondered what they would think of the destruction when they finally did.
Photo info: November night on the dock Harbor District Crescent City, California November 2012 Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens Sony NEX-5N digital camera