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February 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Squared - SQ118
Butternut Creek, Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY

As I know I have mentioned more times than anyone would like to hear, I'm fortunate to work close to the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt, NY.  It is my escape from the work day.  I can go over during lunch and spend close to an hour getting lost in the creek, under the aqueduct or simply walk the trail along the canal.  Even in winter it provides solace during a hectic day.  Charges the batteries so the remaining few hours of the work day won't drag me under.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy where I work, but there are times everyone needs a little peace and quiet.

Often when I go to the park I am looking for the grand landscape view.  Most days I can find it.  Even though there are limited areas to explore you can find different looks and create a fresh new image.  Other days I find my escape by grabbing long exposures of the water under the aqueduct.  There is so much detail in the aqueduct structure and the contrast between that and the silky smooth water always fascinates me.  Part of the reason I purchased the 10-stop ND filter was to be able to get that long exposure during my retreats to the canal park.

And then, especially in winter, I can find very cool looking details in the creek.  I loved how the ice formed on this sprig of a tree branch.  I can imagine as the water levels changed or the weight of new snow dipped the branch deeper into the water the ice grew.  We are suppose to a patch of warmer weather this weekend. I'll have to return early next week to see if this chuck of ice survived...

that which growsthat which growsOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 40mm, f/22, ISO 200


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