a trip back to my Hometown

As a good lot of you know im from Buffalo ,New York.  any chance i get, i love going home to visit the water front and the down town area. but this particular visit, i brought my neighbor,she lived in the south towns for a few years but never really went down town. it was a great adventure..for me, and i do believe she loved it as well. She like most people (who arent from Bflo.)  have no clue how much it has changed ,and now recognized as a tourist destination. and it also has one of the longest bike runs and lake view parks, at least in North America.

i only wish i had original pics of what buffalo’s’ water front  looked like when i was growing up. unless you worked on the docks, in one of the gain mills, or at the steel mill..or a vagrant..you really didnt go by the water..  contamination at its highest level.

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the water is clean, and used widely for recreation of all kinds. they still get some big grain ships coming through from time to time, but not like the old days,even in the ’70s you could still see ocean vessels coming in to load and unload.

the boat in this pic. is a history tour. ive taken b4, and would have taken today,but we didnt have much time.

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this is where i grew up. just steps away from  the Buffalo River. see those train tracks.. you just never heard of any one getting run over by a train back then. and there is a neighborhood behind this building.
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so on with the tour.

We started at the very beginning, and we r working our way downtown, to the “New Buffalo” water front.

On July 3, 2003, at the climax of a fiscal crisis, the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority was established[11] to oversee the finances of the city. As a “hard control board,” they have frozen the wages of city employees and must approve or reject all major expenditures. After a period of severe financial stress, Erie County, where Buffalo resides, was assigned a Fiscal Stability Authority on July 12, 2005. As a “soft control board,” however, they act only in an advisory capacity.[12] Both Authorities were established by New York State. In November 2005, Byron Brown was elected Mayor of Buffalo. He is the first African-American to hold this office.

Economic development in the city was marked at $3.5 billion in 2006 compared to the ten year previous average of $50 million[citation needed]. New proposals and renovations were numerous, especially in the downtown area. Buffalo ranked 83rd on the Forbes best cities for jobs list, an increase from the previous year, beating out cities like New York City, Cleveland, and Detroit.

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that water ? the buffalo river. those buildings? now clean up and renovated  , all lit up at night. next to the Labatts Blue (which were silos) is a huge restaurant . the lake is just on the other side .
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still working on things…theres some recreational  boaters   .. usually its packed.. but we were very early  and it was only in the low 70’s.
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a view from above

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 beautiful city hall
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one of those freighters i was talking a bout..maybe on its way to Cleveland?? or Canada… way over to the right of this photo.that land is Canada
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another tour boat,heading back .
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there is actually a bike ferry, a 5 min. ride, that will take you across the river For $1.00 and a buck to come back over. to pedal all along the  Buffalo shore line(of Lake Erie). its pretty flat, and a very long stretch, most of it is built for bikes and pedestrians.

there  are lots of places to stop along the bike route for  bathroom breaks and  food or drink.

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the naval museum. growing bigger every time i come here.

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well thats it for this trip, i sure hope you liked it as much as my neighbor did :)and if you took the time to stay a while, thank you in advance. i love my home town. i take every opportunity to go and visit. and always find something new and wonderful. if you ever have the chance.. get off the the thru way and visit, you’ll be glad you did.

have a wonderful  rest of the week.

let the festivals begin

Well its that time of year again, festivals every week end, sometimes over lapping, so one needs to pay attention, as to which one to go to… im not a fan of crowds at all, so where ever i go..i go early and leave in the middle.this last weekend,the fest.was in my little town,on the Erie Canal.

i had to park a good mile or more away, because im to cheap to pay ..upwards of 10 dollars. if i had a car full of people that would have been a different story, but i was alone…so here we go

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no bikes or pets allowed.
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you never know what you’ll see walking the banks of the canal:)
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ive been on this boat so many times, lots of history. i waved and got a few waves back
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we have a few row clubs
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i have never seen a boat like this, and it looked like the dog was going after a fish ?:)

and if you notice that snowy stuff..its dogwood..it makes a mess, its everywhere, for a few weeks.

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how cute..picking flowers for…. i dont know who, but my kids would not be standing past that fence!!!!!
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whew.. i made it, good thing the weather was tolerable  in the 70’s nice shade, perfect for my walk into town…. now where the ladies room!!!!
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 i thought of Fragglerocks ‘ hubby when i saw this guy… because of His shirt. Phil love going to this record place when they visited us
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 also thought about fraggy here too..im not a wine drinker at all, but i loved that guys shirt. and if you look closer you can see my reflection on some of the bottles.

well for what ever reason im having a terrible time on wordpress today…  so..im going to leave now, and return in a few days with more?:)  anyone else out there having problems?    anyway, if you stopped by, thank you!! and have an awesome day… and a better week end:)!!

i need another vacation

well ive been home for a little over a week now, still going through my photos. and still wishing i was back in Florida.  mind you i have nothing to really complain about, i just dont care to be in Western  New York  any longer. here it is 7am and its still pitch black. and WNY has been lucky so far this winter, we have not gotten hit with a bad winter…but its still colder than my body likes, so .. ive pretty much been back in hibernation.

so going through some of my photos, i thought id share my Pelicans ..yes thats right i said My 🙂 and a few other snaps.

as i stumble to learn my new Gear..FujiFilm X-T10 , I’m learning i cant go anywhere with out it.

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Mr.P is trying hard to get this fisherman’s attention. im not sure what He he was trying to catch.. im sure some one out there knows?…  he had a huge net with some knind of big hook inside the bag.
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one way or another MR.P is gonna try to get what ever that fisherman is getting:)
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 lol, , my friend thought i was mad taking all kinds of photos of these birds.
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no no, not a Pelican… but i liked that he flew right in my way ….
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lol,  heres the other end:)
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can you hear Him calling out…look at me look at me
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well it was time for lunch so we hit the pavement, in search of some good grub and a cocktail
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and after some well needed nourishment we took another walk  .

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ill close with these little peeps collecting shells. and if you took time to stop by, thanks very much. and have a great rest of the week.

 

 

well winter has really arrived

well I’m packing my suitcase and heading south for a few weeks, well only 2 , but that will take care of Jan. and if need be ill go straight back down there if feb. is bad.  so I’ve been busy with  the newest member of my camera family My Fujifilm X T10.  and I’ve been also busy purchasing gear for it.  since it has a retro look ,i just received. my retro case. and later today  my zoom lens should arrive.

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it took me a while to figure out this little puzzle, but once i did, i was very pleased with the look. i had to hurry and get a case, i felt like i was taking a baby out with out being baptized.”)
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on my way to the conservatory on our first frigid day (12 Degrees). saw this, another light box. in front of a firehouse.
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Lamberton Conservatory. one day I’m going to find out way these buildings are all built the same way
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the poinsettia x.mas tree.
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still working on the settings, but i was really happy with this shot.  yes thats right its a turtle eating a tomato.
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ahh can ya feel the warmth…
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how ’bout some dry heat… sure felt good  this is probably my favorite room at the conservatory.
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well it was time to move along.. and i ran over to Lake Ontario (a great Lake ), and as cold as it was. there was a woman sitting taking photos with her huge DSLR.. i shot off a few and ran back into the car.  we like to come up here during the seasons, to catch sunsets, and to wave to our neighbors in Canada .

 

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last but not least. a look out at the Bay. the colors were extraordinary for this time of year.

and that does it. im so happy with my new camera. im actually going to sell My DSLR when i return from Florida.  if you stopped by, i hoped you enjoyed my little tour around the neighborhood, a little different than my last blog..eh:)!

and thanks. Have an awesome rest of the week.  next time i post.. ill be in sunny Florida.

 

Labor day week end

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when ever we go on a day trip we always stop for lunch…and a cocktail of course:)

 

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Main street Skaneateles Lake (/ˌskæniˈætləs/ or local /ˌskɪniˈætləs/)[1] is one of the Finger Lakes in central New York in the United States. The name Skaneateles means long lake in one of the local Iroquoian languages. The lake is sometimes referred to as “The Roof Garden of the Lakes” because its altitude (863.27 ft or 263.12 m) is higher than the other Finger Lakes.[2] It is 16 mi (26 km) long (17 mi or 27 km long including the bogs at the south end of the lake) and on average 0.75 mi (1.21 km) wide, with a surface area of 13.6 sq mi (35 km2), and a maximum depth of 315 ft (96 m). The cleanest of the Finger Lakes, its water is so pure that the city of Syracuse and other municipalities use it unfiltered. The City of Syracuse spends about 2.3 million dollars a year to protect lake quality, sixteen people inspecting (usually twice a year) each of the 2600 properties in the watershed, which is relatively small, compared to other Finger Lakes. William Henry Seward called it “The most beautiful body of water in the world.”
Taken from Wiki

 

 

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i can see for miles and miles……… the prettiest finger lake.. and the cleanest. we generally only visit 2 or 3 of the 5 finger lakes.. mostly because there’s nothing to see on the other ones..unless your a fisherman.. we aren’t

 

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just couldn’t get over how low these bikes were

 

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i fell in love with these crates… maybe it was the wording.. shrimp..up here:)???

 

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there were 2 boats working labor day week-end.. this was the dinner cruise one… it does almost the entire lake.. too long for me… and we just ate

 

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while we waited for our boat… i watched these kids. , this lake is very cold.. didn’t even hit 70.. and the temp out side was 89
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the guys were playing some sort of chicken game

 

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then there’s the rude people who stand right in front of you, when you trying to shoot. .. and there’s no one else around…. WTH

 

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ok… now we r on our boat.. i think it’s the mail boat. an hour ride, and some history. this is also the lake that the CLINTONS vacationed on ..you know Bill and Hillary. but ill get back to that in my next blog…
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a view b4 we could get on

 

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i have always been intrigued by this setting, as many times as we have gone to this lake , i always have to get a shot.. it make me feel like I’m …some where else….in the world

 

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a church we passed on the boat ride

 

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not too many houses look like this on the lake.. theres a great deal of money here. a lot of “outsiders” come here for vacation

 

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there are more this style” house” around the lake ..than not

 

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and on our way home…. i caught this

 

i just got the biggest kick out of this..
i just got the biggest kick out of this.. it sits at a local restaurant, one of our favorite, and where we always stop for lunch

the Dog Days of Summer……..Whaaaat?:(

I’m not sure where the summer went this year, but here it is the middle of August, and schools are opening already.its true I’m retired, but i still go by the school calendar, and i still get up at the crackA$$ of dawn., so while a take a break from my vacation to Florida, i went to spend the week-end with my good pal and her Hubby in Buffalo ,NY.. They always try to show me a good time and this past week-end was no different.

I’m always amazed at the construction going on in my Home Town, Lord knows Buffalonians have waited a long to see prosperity, and its finally happening. their down town has been revitalized into a destination place that is beyond any ones wildest dreams.

it was an amazing day, the clouds were perfect the water was calm
it was an amazing day, the clouds were perfect the water was calm
!st stop baby Shower, this was an interesting game..  a person had to guess what chocolate bar was smooched into the diaper, i didn't want to gross anyone out, so you'll have to use your imagination!!!:) but let me tell you, it looked as real as real can be..with out the odor
!st stop baby Shower, this was an interesting game..
a person had to guess what chocolate bar was smooched into the diaper, I didn’t want to gross anyone out, so you’ll have to use your imagination!!!:) but let me tell you, it looked as real as real can be..with out the odor
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My friends’ Husband took us to a tiki Bar, ..which in all honesty is something very rare in Buffalo. we had a great time, ,live music, some bar food I was set:)!!
these guys plyaed some awesome blues, and they were pretty old, thye playd from 6pm (must be when happy hour starts) and they ended at 9pm.
these guys played some awesome blues, and they were pretty old, they played from 6pm (must be when happy hour starts) and they ended at 9pm.
some interesting characters  around this place. i only had my Iphone with me,
some interesting characters around this place. i only had my Iphone with me,
Next nite... RiverWorks, in DownTown Buffalo, sitting right on the river,  now heres a bit of history for you, this use to be a grain silo. and when i was grwoing up... the water was so polluted , well lets just say you didn't do much by this body of water.
Next nite… RiverWorks, in DownTown Buffalo, sitting right on the river, now here is a bit of history for you, this use to be a grain silo. and when i was growing up… the water was so polluted , well lets just say you didn’t do much by this body of water.
what it all looked like once upon a time...
what it all looked like once upon a time…
this particular restaurant, is 3 floors, with outside balconies, as we sat out there with our cocktails , waiting for a table, i caught some of the sunset. to the far right you can see there are still some working mills in the area. , and they still get hugh cargo ships coming in. i hope to catch one b4 summers end
this particular restaurant, is 3 floors, with outside balconies, as we sat out there with our cocktails , waiting for a table, i caught some of the sunset. to the far right you can see there are still some working mills in the area. , and they still get Hugh cargo ships coming in. i hope to catch one b4 summers end
and then it was time to say good nite ... im so proud to say my home town is Buffalo ,NY. and i go home every chance i get!!!
and then it was time to say good nite …
im so proud to say my home town is Buffalo ,NY. and I go home every chance I get!!! if you’re stopping by, i hope this gives you food for thought and if you’re traveling around WNY, you make it a point to stop for a meal, or a day, . and thanks for stopping by . have an awesome rest of the week

The People we met along the way

I’m taking a break from land and water scape today,  and introducing a few characters we met along the way.

at the tiki br , she was sipping wine and reading a book, and smoking. no food for Her at the tiki bar , she was sipping wine and reading a book, and smoking. no food for Her
she says shes gonna be famous one day, and asked me to take her picture. everyone at the Tiki bar knew Her she says shes gonna be famous one day, and asked me to take her picture. everyone at the Tiki bar knew Her
moving along, at the beach the next day.... how nice not to know the word.... modesty moving along, at the beach the next day…. how nice not to know the word…. modesty
lol, we just figured out thi9s is my husband, walking along, trying to be a photog...like me...lol lol, we just figured out this  is my husband, walking along, trying to be a photog…like me…lol
ill leave with with this precious little girl, who desperately was trying to catch minnows. ... when she wasnt asking me questions:) thanks for stopping by. hope you enjoyed a few of these, as much as we did. ill leave with with this precious little girl, who desperately was trying to catch minnows. … when she wasn’t asking me questions:)
thanks for stopping by. hope you enjoyed a few of these, as much as we did.
kids skimming underneath a bridge , there were signs of riptides..oh to be young and foolish
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I tried to get a shot of the woman who puts food out for these birds, but she saw me , and hid inside…. but look at the sight of all these birds… just waiting for her..
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sitting on our balcony just b4 sunset, see that bump in the middle of the canal.. that IS an Alligator , we named him Chuck, He’d wander in a few times a day, look around, and wander back out. . where those blue chairs are.. that’s the location of the pool. we never did see Him come out of the water. whew!!!!
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this is part of the sponge docks.
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another section of the sponge dock area
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an olde world feel all around the sponge dock area. it was very nice, not overly commercial

Happy Friday every one. So Ive been home now for a few days, i thought id share some of my waterlogged photos  here. I’m going to start from the last part of our trip, which was so awesome.  we stayed in  a Greek town. called Palm Harbor. and spent a great deal of time on the sponge docks, supposedly the sponge capital of the world.  everything was run by the Greeks the food was deeelish, and we had seafood just a bout every chance we had. 19736300040_21879fe0d9_o_pe DSC_7174_pe_pe DSC_7245_pe

In Hell or on vacation

so, we started our journey Tuesday morning, in the wee hours, I might add, perfect for us, I can always fall asleep on a plane. We decided to take south west for the very first time , to Florida ,  with one short lay over. 

Just made our connection, which was fine, I love not having to wait .when we arrived at our final destination ..in Tampa….  We were excited to start our week long  vacation. That’s when everything went haywire….

The airline either lost,my Husbands luggage or some one “accidentally” walked off with it.!!!!!!!! Well its the next dayand the airline still has not found it so it must be the later. Now the airline will not do anything for 5 days, so, it’s time to use vacation funds to buy Him some clothing, and new footware.  Not something any one ever excepts to do.  He’s ready To go back home.   So I took a few pics of yesterday’s activities, just encase we do head back home.   These shots are from a hotel we are staying at for a few days, in Sarasota.  Next stop will either be …Home or Clearwater ….. Stay tuned.

    
    
   

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