October 18, 2010 – Harriman State Park

Harriman State Park

Monday, October 18, 2010

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Hey everyone! You may have noticed that I failed to post a picture for most of last week. The reason is, I was out of town! I have decided that in general, it’s probably better if I don’t mention it ahead of time, since, umm, then one of you might decide to come break into my house and steal all my stuff. That would be really disappointing for both of us, believe me. But, I’m back now! So now I will post more pictures!

The logical next question is of course, “Where did I go??” (Well, the question would actually be “Where did *you* go”, because most likely it would be “you” asking it, not me. And you was in quotes because it probably wouldn’t actually be you per se asking it, but it would be whoever was playing your part in the conversation in which the subject came up.) The answer is: to the northeast! I had a wedding to attend in New Brunswick, New Jersey over the weekend. So we decided to head out a few days early to go check out the fall colors in New England, since that’s been on my to-do list basically my whole life. And, unfortunately, since we had such a short time there, I’m now even more determined to go BACK someday, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Yeah, it’s pretty incredible, there’s a reason it’s got the reputation it does. We flew in and out of Newark, NJ, then rented a car to drive up to Vermont. If you beeline it, it’s about a 5 or 6 hour drive, but we took our time. So, as a result, we didn’t get up to Vermont proper until it was already dark. We had one full day there, then the next day we had to drive back. That was NOT enough time. We barely saw ANYTHING. Plus, some bad weather rolled in on our dedicated-to-Vermont day, and got even worse for the day we drove back. That didn’t dampen the experience, but it did have a huge impact in my ability to take the kind of pictures I was hoping to take. I still got some that I’m pretty happy with, but I’d need to be up there for way longer than a day to really do what I want to do up there. (Also, most of the good pictures that I did end up getting weren’t even from Vermont, including this one.)

Those of you who are my friends on Facebook should be familiar with this picture – I’ve already posted it there. My original intent was to get a different picture ready for today’s post, but unfortunately after I got back to Seattle yesterday afternoon, I was so tired from flying and driving that I passed out before 8pm, and slept straight through the night. So, since this one is the only one that’s handy, I decided to roll with it. For those of you who were hoping to see another one, umm, sorry.

As I hinted earlier, this picture was NOT taken in Vermont, which was our destination for fall color. This was taken on the way up, in Harriman State Park, which is in southern New York. The colors were fantastic the whole way up and back, so we ended up spending more time than we had intended in non-Vermont locales. (If we had gone straight to pick up our car, then driven to Vermont without stopping, we could have gotten there around noon. As it was, we rolled in around 8:30 pm.) The best weather we had was also on that first day, but since we were driving, most of the pictures I got from that day were either right along side the road, or of the road. Shrug. Also, most of the second half of our drive was along a road called the Taconic Parkway, which heads north through New York. It was a really beautiful drive, highly recommended, but there are very very few places where you can pull off if you wanted to take a picture. There aren’t even shoulders on the road. It’s probably better that way, since had I been able to pull off, we would have rolled in even later, but it also limited the number and quality of the shots I was able to get. I just need to go back, that’s all there is to it. Hopefully that can happen in the next couple of years, we’ll see.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/13.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 17mm.

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