Blind as a bat in my old[er] age? Fortunately, no.
My eye doctor tells me my eyes are just fine, they’re just a little dryer than normal. The occasional blurriness, excessive tearing, and nighttime glueyness (is that even a word?) can be resolved easily with eye drops and warm compresses. Whew! One less thing to worry about.
Being as it’s my usual off day from my 4-day work week, after my doctor’s appointment, I decided to drive up to North Tonawanda to see what I could photograph at the Erie Canal. For a short time, I worked in the building pictured above, doing market research interviewing – and one of my kids had a studio apartment over that business. Small world!
After parking, I pulled my new, somewhat costly camera out and went for a walk.
I don’t know about other photographers, but no matter how carefully I try to sight my pictures, no matter how steady I hold that camera, no matter how beautiful the scenery, I’m never satisfied with any of the shots. And most of the time, I don’t know if ANYTHING turned out until I get home and download everything to the computer.
Today was no exception. I’ve decided that it wasn’t my old camera that was the problem, it was the skill of the photographer – who apparently has little to none. In any event, after some digital tweaking, I am able to offer some decent touristy views.
This bridge shot turned out well, but it’s just a normal bridge over the canal. I much prefer the photo at the head of this post. Go back up and look at it again. Scary, isn’t it? Might make you think twice about driving across that lift bridge!
The lift bridge is less intimidating when viewed in better light and from a longer distance:
Coming back, I got a photo from the other side:
This particular canal is not overly busy, which probably is why some boaters like it.
I sure hope the guy in the speed boat is one of my readers ’cause I didn’t ask his permission to take the picture – and he went by too fast for me to even wave!
The paddle boats, water bikes, and kayaks are a fairly new feature at Gateway Harbor. You can see a few in the above photos, but I didn’t want to take close-ups of people’s faces since that would mean having to track them down and get their permission to publish. And I wasn’t feeling sociable.
Fortunately, there are lots of benches. Once past the boats, I headed toward one, but then spotted a family of Canadian geese. Gotta tell you, those banks are a bit hazardous, so I couldn’t get as close as I would have liked. But they were a patient bunch:
Well, except for the one shy baby (or young female? I couldn’t tell):
At that point, I was becoming nauseous from the sunshine hitting my dilated eyes (must those eye doctors put those drops in at every visit?), so I walked slowly back to the car and headed home.
Maybe someday before winter, I’ll return to the canal. Maybe I’ll take Teddy Roosevelt along. Heck, maybe I’ll even learn to use that darn camera!
As usual – TGIF, Everyone!
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