American Flag on Seneca Lake
Old Glory flies from the stern of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' research vessel, the William Scandling, on July 24, 2009.
Seneca Lake Sailboats
Sailboats moored at a marina on Seneca Lake on July 24, 2009.
Row houses, dating from at least the early 1800s, line South Main Street in Geneva, NY. Taken July 24, 2009.
Geneva Car Show
A classic red Chevy pickup on display at the Geneva Car Show on July 24, 2009.
Lake St. Clair Sunset
Sunset over Lake St. Clair from the stern of my uncle's boat on August 11, 2009.
A thick coat of algae grows over the abandoned canal connecting Keuka and Seneca Lakes on August 21, 2009. Also a bad day to forget the bug spray.
Keuka Outlet Waterfall
A waterfall on the Keuka Outlet, connecting Keuka and Seneca Lakes, seen on August 24, 2009.
A footbridge reflects in the still waters at the western end of the Keuka Outlet Trail near Penn Yan, NY, on August 24, 2009.
I took at Labor Day camping trip to the Allegheny Reservoir in 2009. Here is a view looking down on the man-made lake from September 5, 2009.
Foliage on the Bluff
Trees in peak color line the bluff overlooking the parking lot at Watkins Glen State Park on October 25, 2009. My 30th birthday!
Watkins Glen State Park
A deep but narrow gorge is the centerpiece of Watkins Glen State Park, seen here on October 25, 2009.
Watkins Glen Waterfalls
There are several small waterfalls throughout the Watkins Glen State Park. Also impressive is how the man-made bridges and walkways seem to blend in to the surrounding terrain. Taken October 25, 2009.
Lively Fall Color
After emerging from the depths of the gorge (it was a long climb), we were treated to more peak color on our walk back to the car. These particular trees were looking down on a cemetery, so maybe "lively" isn't the best adjective to use here. Taken October 25, 2009.
Descending the gorge to return to the Watkins Glen State Park parking lot afforded this view of the valley at the southern end of Seneca Lake dressed in peak color. Taken October 25, 2009.
Colorful Seneca Shores
As one progresses southward through the Finger Lakes, the terrain surrounding the lakes rises to higher elevations, creating deep valleys near the lakes (this sloping terrain is optimal for wine making). We stopped for this picture on the way back from Watkins Glen State Park when the trees, particularly at lower elevations, were in peak fall color. Taken October 25, 2009.
Winery in Fall
My friends and I also made sure to stop at some wineries after our hike. I don't remember exactly which winery this was (no, I was driving!), but I think this shot is my favorite of the bunch, with the lake, the grapes, the foliage, and the wine cask all in plain view. Taken October 25, 2009.
This image always reminds me of what I think parts of Hawaii would look like, although I have never been there. This picture is actually the gorge at Letchworth State Park just downstream of the waterfalls on October 30, 2009.
A rainbow in the mist from the waterfalls at Letchworth State Park on October 30, 2009.
Letchworth Gorge Panorama
Although my teaching schedule prevented me from visiting Letchworth State Park during peak color, I hustled down there on a Friday afternoon hoping to catch what I could. Here is the view of the gorge on October 30, 2009, after a windstorm had taken many of the leaves off the trees.
Letchworth Railroad Trestle
A railroad trestle spans the gorge at Letchworth State Park on October 30, 2009.