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Saturday, 06 May 2017


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Have a good vacation, Mike.

11 Nations? What happened to the 9 Nations? That was the book that impressed me, and which made sense. Where did the extra two come from?

Nine Nations link: (https://www.amazon.com/Nine-Nations-North-America/dp/0380578859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494090280&sr=8-1&keywords=joel+garreau)

It's been a long time since you've posted a picture of Lulu. How is she?

Yay Mike, for taking some well deserved vacation! I'll await your your return for my daily shot(s) of photography. In the meantime, I'll click through to buy myself some things from Amazon and B and H, just to contribute to your vacation of course !!

If you are in the area and like aviation history, there is the Glenn Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport-http://www.glennhcurtissmuseum.org/
It is worth the side trip. We used to go there almost every race weekend in Watkins Glen.
Another one for car people is the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen. They are part of the WG Public Library and the depository of more racing materials than you can imagine. You can even visit my collections - hundreds of books, thousands of photos of racing from 50+ years ago, plus a beautiful Dallaire tether car I donated last year. They usually have one historic race car on exhibit too.

Hava great vacation. You ought to be working for the chamber of commerce or such organization which encourages tourists. Your enticing description of the area is making me think of a vacation up there.

Mike, it seems that you are suggesting that your readers should visit your neighborhood... while you yourself will be away. Love it!
Of course the Finger Lakes are my old stomping grounds, and you're right, a great place to visit from now until about the first week of November. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation!

Dear TOP, Enjoy a well-earned break. I find the modern equivalent is 'tune out & turn off to defrag'. Tune out of the flipping news (radio, TV, internet, paper etc), turn off all screens/devices; only then can one defrag one's own mind/brain :) Exceptions allowed for music playing. The camera almost goes without saying, but only for image capture. No reviewing, downloading or editing etc.
Cheers Ross

Just when my wife and I have started discussions on where to go for holidays you've excited my travel desires with your description of all the wonders at our hands in your area. Pity there's several thousand miles from here! Have a very nice break and bring some photos back, please. It's always a pleasure to see tasteful imagery in this computing world of dizzying colours and eye-cutting oversharpening.

Have a great break!!! If you get an chance do you know any dog friendly hotels in your area?

That's a lovely landscape you show there, Mike.

Sssh. You're giving away the secret, Mike.

Do you really want your corner of paradise overrun by 18 million people from the greater New York City region?

What a beautiful picture, Mike. Offer it as a print! I miss living in the Finger Lakes :(.

Certainly hope that you have a great week off, Mike. It looks to be greatly deserved, from where I stand.

But I seem to recall reading in a post from last December that you have a staff there of something like TWELVE Mike Johnstons? Why could not one of them take over your duties during your absence? Or are they all going on vacation with you?

Just askin'.


[Hi Bob. They are all lazy slugs who lie around like drunk pirates when I am not around to lash them into activity. Alas. --Mike]

Mike, could you tell me where I can get this year's edition of The Empirical Photographer? I thought it would be available on your site.
-Bob G.

Mike- since I wrote my comment you have added the wonderful photograph at the top of your post. A remarkable vision of one of my favorite places- thank you!


Have a great vacation! And for once, your vacation/hiatus will actually correspond with one of my periods of being in no or chancy internet zones - a trip to the desert to photograph petroglyphs. I've looked at visiting Pen Yan in the camper. 2928 miles according to Maps from my place. Hmmm... at 9 MPG. (The camper has a 454) Maybe someday.

Is there an RV facility near OP World HQ?

After living around here as a middle schooler, college student and adult resident for more than forty years altogether, I'm just starting to realize that this is where I've spent most of my life. Not a bad area to live in, actually...

Letchworth and the Genesee Country Village and Museum are also well worth your visit, if you are photographically inclined.

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