Black Dome Mountain, Catskill Forest Preserve, NY
This photo shows why this mountain is named ‘Black Dome Mountain’…the transition from deciduous to coniferous trees is pretty distinct, and with the leaves quickly changing color below this transition, the dark conifers on the summit really stand out. This mountain is the third tallest peak in the Catskills (see this photo to see it with its neighbors), and while I didn’t get a chance to climb it last autumn, I did get to the top of Blackhead Mountain (I was descending from the summit when I came upon this excellent view).
Noah sure has some bright blue eyes! And he definitely isn’t camera shy.
Mashed Potato Volcano
You know you’ve got a problem on your hands when corn lava starts spewing from a mashed potato volcano onto the fried chicken lands down below…Luckily, the disaster above was cleaned up in a matter of minutes. Mmmmm, mmm, good.
Anyone that says, “Don’t play with your food!” is not very fun.
Look! It’s Mister Softee!! He plays a great jingle while driving his ice cream truck around New York City, the Jersey shore, and many, many other places. What’s not to love about him…his head is a big vanilla ice cream cone! So next time you hear the Mister Softee jingle (not to be confused with the Good Humor ice cream trucks or other impostors), go grab some ice cream!
“The creamiest, dreamiest soft ice cream, You get from Mister Softee. For a refreshing delight supreme, Look for Mister Softee.”
Christmas Tree Ablaze
If you think we were burning a Christmas tree just to see how big of a fire we could get out of it, you would be utterly wrong. Actually, no…you’d be exactly right. This is in Ken K.’s backyard, and I believe that very dried out tree was from the year before (this bonfire was in late October). It only took a couple seconds for the whole tree to ignite…and for Ken to try to jump over the burning tree. Most of us, including John, Ken P., and Lindsay, kept our distance.
Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
This may not quite look like an airplane taking off, but that’s just what it was. I was on a back road in Pennsylvania near my college trying to take some long exposure night photos, and I set up a shot here. I wanted to get the speed limit sign with streaks of stars behind (if you look really closely, you see some short diagonal star trails). So I opened the shutter, flashed the sign to make it show up, and then noticed a plane was taking off. I wasn’t quite sure how it would come out, but when I developed the film and made some prints in the darkroom a few days later, I thought it came out pretty well!
Although, I think the plane was going faster than 25mph…
Heather and I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!!