Mount Savior Monastery lands, New York
The Monks' barn
Sorry this took so long to complete...I foolishly let my laptop battery die in the middle of the day. Hope you had a nice Easter or Passover if you celebrated!
(Thanks to S.)
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Featured Comments from:
Geoff Wittig: "Welcome to our backyard! The Finger Lakes of NY State is a beautiful region, with spectacular State Parks and countless little waterfalls along the numerous glacially carved north/south valleys. It's surprisingly easy to possess your very own waterfalls; we actually own this one:
"True story: we moved in during mid-winter, and with the spring thaw a few months later heard the sound of rushing water from the front porch. We followed the sound and were astonished to find these falls just 100 yards from the house. I asked the fellow we bought the place from about it; 'Oh, yeah. Forgot to tell you about that.' To him the stream and waterfalls were just a nuisance, too steep to log, so he saw no point in telling us about it. People are funny."
[Ed. Note: I didn't realize earlier that Geoff's picture wasn't showing up properly here. My apologies to Geoff.]
Rev. Heng Sure: "Large approval to black and white landscape shots of wintery monastery lands. Asked our college student guests on their monastic encounter weekends what religion they would profess. More than half said, 'None.' Asked where they go to fill their spiritual needs, they responded, 'Nature.' As I looked at your images, Mike, my imagination filled in the warmth and color of the cold winter landscape. I participated in your image-making, and that's the point. Click."
Lynn: "Mike, nice series. I was admiring the photo of Keuka Lake, Eastern Bluff, Ice and Water when I noticed that small branch poking into the frame on the left. At first I wondered, why did you include it? But then it got me thinking about small 'imperfections' that can make a photo more interesting. I decided I like it in, rather than out. Maybe there's room for an article on that."
Derek: "Oh man, the first shot in this series nails your earlier post on liking grays, rather than highly contrasting black and white. I've generally liked more contrast, but you could sell me on muted grays with photos like that."
Mark Sampson: "Having spent most of my life in Western NY state before moving south, I've been lucky to spend many happy seasons around Keuka Lake. Glad to see you are enjoying it. Evocative photographs too; the Bluff is one of my favorite places, and I'm happy to see your pictures."