A couple weeks back I was out for a day of birding and exploration traveling north on the west side of Lake Cayuga and into the Montezuma Wetlands complex to see the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. On the way up the lake I decided to stop briefly at the overlook for Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River in New York state (Thanks Earl). Having never been there before, I was expecting to have to walk a mile or so to visit the site and while that wasn’t in the cards for the day, I thought I would at least drive by. Turns out you don’t have to walk anywhere and this photograph was taken about 10 feet from the parking lot.
It’s that time of year when all of the breeding songbirds have moved south and the winter birds haven’t made it this far south yet. We are in between seasons and now we wait until things pick back up. As I am still learning my way around this region, I’m trying to spend this slow time finding new places to photograph and explore new areas. It’s a lot of fun and important to do, but it doesn’t produce instant results.
When I moved back to the northeast, I was really excited to photograph fall foliage, but this year has been a little strange. Trees tend to be changing very sporadically with some trees, even in the same species, having totally turned and others still perfectly green. It can make for some challenging photography as you sort of get a salt and pepper effect if photographing large swaths of forest. As a result, I tried for some more subtle images while I was out yesterday.