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S: Through My Eyes 2011

FC: Through My Eyes 2011 | Paul Anderson

2: This is a book of what I saw through my eyes. It is only a sample of the twenty-thousand photographs that I took in 2011. For those people who live in Western New York State and say, that there is little to photograph, I do not believe them. For those living in other areas there is just as much to see and shoot. For those people who do not take photos and sit at home saying that they are bored. I would say get out and open your eyes. I will give this book to my family at Christmas but also to those who motivated me to take photographs. I hope it motivates someone else to also use their vision and take in all that there is to see. It allowed me to show people what I saw and what I did in 2011. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

3: THROUGH MY EYES | People often ask me, "what I do and what I see." Photography has given me the ability to now show friends just what I see. Through My Eyes is a compilation of images that I took during 2011. The first image is George Eastman's childhood home. Befitting because he brought photography to the masses. Taken at Genesee Country Museum.

4: Birds and Raptors | During the cold winter months I would spend time in my own living room photographing songbirds at my feeders. There was an amazing variety all full of antics. Pictured to the left is a female Cardinal braving the snow. Above is a White-Breasted Nuthatch searching for food.

5: The Red Shouldered Hawk, to the left, makes meals of both mice and songbirds. Below is a female Common Redpoll. She was not a frequent visitor. | To the left, is a Dark-eyed Junko with a top noggin of snow.

6: To the left, is a Red-Bellied Woodpecker .He loved suet and would spend the day feeding. Above is a male Cardinal one of the brightest colored birds in my yard. | To the right, a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird gives thought to the day.

7: The Blue Jay to the left had a little ice on his tail. | The Osprey, to the left, searches for his fish dinner. This a beautiful bird. Photo taken at Montezuma. | Above, is my friend the Chickadee. Fearless as long as I had food.

8: Even the Brown-Headed Cowbird to the left or the female Red-Winged Blackbird below has a certain beauty. | The Red-Headed Woodpecker, to the left, spent but a few minutes in my yard. His name is obvious.

9: The Barn Owl above, really didn't care for the light of the day. | To the right, is a pair of Ravens. They are similar to a crow but much larger. This male and female were already a couple in the middle of winter. | The Downey Woodpecker to the left must get his name from the beard and mustache he displays.

10: The American Golden Finch to the left, loves thistle seed. Large groups stay near the feeder all winter. Below left, is a young Red-tailed Hawk. His perched in a great spot for an afternoon mouse. Above right, is Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Another bird who only spent a few days at my home. To the right is a Chip- ping Sparrow. He has his own beauty.

11: Game Birds & Mammals | To the left, my favorite, the Ruffed Grouse. Below a Chipmunk sits back and takes it all in.

13: Near the upper end of Watkins Glen State Park exists a preserve containing many Elk. I was able to get shots of several different bulls. The day we took these photos bulls were bugling and going through sparing matches with each other. This spot seemed to be little known by other people and was well hidden behind a wall of pines. Here are just three of the bulls.

14: Above, not quite two Turtle Doves but two Mourning Doves. | Above, a doe keeps her eye on me and her fawn. To the right, is that annoying Red Squirrel.

15: Above, a jake and a hen Turkey head for cover. Below, two toms face off for uninterested hens. | Above, this Gray Squirrel has a little snow on his nose.

16: Above, a young buck sheds his winter coat. Above right, A closeup of a doe Right, this buck shows his first signs of a rack.

17: Waterfowl and Shorebirds | The Red-Headed Duck above, stays over on Canandaigua Lake before heading north in April.

18: The Canada Goose above, was one of many that wintered over on the Finger Lakes. The top right, shows a group of geese with rather expressive head movements. Right, a flight of geese come in for a landing.

19: To the left, is a Ring-necked duck. It's a rather striking duck looking as if he had a tuxedo. Below left, is a pair of Wood-ducks. They seem to be in dwindling numbers. Below, is a Pied-billed Grebe. As plain as he is there is still beauty in this bird.

20: White Egrets only pass through in late summer but add a touch of class to the swamps. Many of the waterfowl photos were taken at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. | Egret reflections are great against dark colored water.

21: These Mute Swans left and below, are few in numbers from hunting pressure a century ago. | The Loon above, is on Cayuga Lake.

22: Upper left, three geese are upset with their friend. Lower left, a male Hooded Merganser. Above, a flock of Snow Geese feeding on what ever the farmer spread.

23: Above, Ruddy Duck. Above right, a Northern Shoveler. Below left, a pair of Mergansers dueling. Below right, an American Wigeon.

24: Right, a Canadian struts his stuff. Below, a Blue Heron is having a bad hair day. Get rid of the comb over. Lower right, a Blue Winged Teal looks more like a Leopard.

25: Left, a mother watches over her young. Lower left, a Mallard takes a snooze in the warm sun. Below, a female Mallard takes a quick bath.

26: Above, this goose found an odd way of sleeping. Upper right, a pair of Shovelers relax. Right, two friends, the odd couple.

27: Summer Flowers | Below and left, are a couple of shots of Water Lilies in my pond. Note the reflections.

28: All three photos are shots of the beautiful Water Lilies in my pond. There is always a rainbow of colors that only open during the mid-day.

29: Above, Chicory gets a visit from a sweat bee. Upper right, these flowers look like miniature star bursts. Right, the Trefoil adds color to the roadsides.

30: Above, even small white flowers add beauty to summer. Above right, weeds or flowers you decide. Right, a Mustard Plant gets visited by some sort of strange insect.

31: Planes, Trains & Automobiles | All three photos are the Arcade to Attica Railway. It still travels a ten mile run. It's best to wear old clothes. Soot over a hundred years is still soot.

32: The Pageant of Steam displays hundreds of tractors. Not only are there steam tractors but also oil cooled, gas and others. There is steam farm equipment , even a shingle mill and thrashers.

33: Some of the tractor names are familiar,even ones from the early teens. There was also many other long gone names. What amazed me was the number of tractors made in New York and Pennsylvania. Many manufacturers were bidding for the large market that was untapped in the US.

34: At Skaneateles Lake there is an annual Antique & Classic Boat Show. The mahogany boats were neat and unbelievably fast.

35: Thanks to the Curtiss Museum for the reproduction 1911 Curtiss A-1 Triad.

36: The Dansville Hot Air Balloon Festival offered some great colorful shots. I had to wait several days before weather conditions were right for launch.

38: The Tall Ships, Lynx and Baltimore visited Rochester offering rides for the residents.

39: Above is The Canandaigua Lady out for an evening Cruise. The other photos were from The Curtiss Museum showing an early Buick, Curtiss's 136m.p.h. motorcycle and the Curtiss first travel trailer.

40: The early carriage shots were from The Granger Homestead. Below, an afternoon sail on Lake Ontario.

41: The covered bridge is in Newfield. An old schoolhouse on route 364. A barn from 1883. | Old Buildings and Structures

42: Genesee Country Museum shots. A great place to see.

43: Above, is an old train station in Atlanta N.Y. Above right, is a Gristmill in Enfield. Right, This is a photo of The New Hope Mill.

44: The attached photos are of the Granger Home in Canandaigua. He was the postmaster general for Thomas Jefferson. Below is the carriage house museum and to the lower left is an attorneys office at the site.

45: Sonnenberg gardens is also located in Canandaigua. These beautifully landscaped grounds contain many wonderful gardens and architectural details. Here are a few shots from this site. | Above, This trellis was renovated this year.

46: The following photos are of Garrett's Chapel. This is the resting place of the Garrett families son. His last request was that he be buried on the Bluff over looking Keuka Lake. They built this chapel for him over looking the lake. Materials came from all over the world. Note the Tiffany Glass on the next page.

48: Sunrises & Sunsets | Top, sunrise at my home. Right, Keuka Lake. Left Canandaigua Lake sunset.

49: An Adirondack pond before sunrise.

50: Canandaigua Pier late evening. I think every photographer has these shots.

51: Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario are a group of clay formations formed over the centuries by erosion. Photos taken in early morning.

52: Two sunset photos of Keuka Lake and a field in Naples N.Y.

53: Fun Photos | In the fall getting down on your belly offers spectacular reflections on streams. Here in one spot an Adirondack stream shows gold on the water.

54: Fun photos don't have to have any real meaning to them.

56: Milkweed, Trees and even an artist. So, I have a shot of a painting with a photo of the real thing. What!

57: An old Hercules tractor, a Dodge and a set of doors on a old winery.

58: Waterfalls | Havana Glen above and Millard Filmore Park to the right. My two favorites.

59: Watkins Glen State Park proved challenging with the shadows.

60: Wakins Glen State Park

61: Clockwise, Aunt Sarah's Falls, Buttermilk Falls and Ithaca Falls.

62: Havana Glen has small falls also.

63: Above, are two small cascades on an Adirondack Trout Stream. Right, is Treman Falls.

64: Above, Hector Falls. Right, One of our highest waterfalls Taughannock Falls.

65: Fall Colors | Above is an image of Keuka Lake as Fall is in its decline. Right top and bottom, are some Adirondack color photos.

66: These two pages show the Adirondacks in their peek forms.

68: Above right, An Adirondack Bog. Left, Grapes in the Finger Lakes. Above, wild Asters are in any abandoned field.

69: Above, Brant Lake Adirondacks. Left, Color through the Trees. Right, Ferns and water.

70: Adirondack farm in the fall.

71: Rainbows begin and end in The Finger Lakes.

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