Aerial Views and More…..

My friend, Ron, flew up from NC this past week for a visit. He took me up in his plane on Wednesday morning and I got some awesome aerial photos around the area. It was a beautiful day for it – nice calm winds, bright blue sky……I had a really nice time.

Taking photos from an airplane is very different than taking photos under normal circumstances. You are moving through the air 500 or so feet above what you want to photograph going roughly 100 mph and it is not as easy to identify what you’re looking for. So, there is no time to “frame” the shot, focus, and get the right perspective and angle. Also, you’re shooting through a window and it depends on the sun and other factors whether or not you get true colors or a “foggy” effect. Also, zooming in isn’t always the best option cause the camera is more sensitive to the movement when zoomed in, so the photo tends to be more blurry……but, I still did it in a few shots because getting a closer photo was worth the risk of blurriness! I find the best way to do it is to set the camera on the “action” setting and start clicking as we approached and just keep snapping shots until we passed the object and see what I got when I download the photos. This time, I had a lot better luck than I did the last time I went up with him a couple years ago. I think we flew a little lower, so it was easier, and I am much happier with the results.

Here are a few of the over 200 photos I took!

Ron’s plane is a Eurofox / Aerotrek light sport aircraft

Ron and Frenchy talking as Ron preps the plane for flight

All strapped in and ready to go!

As we were waiting for the engine oil was getting up to temp, I snapped this shot of an old cobblestone school house beside Frenchy’s runway

Frenchy watching us taxi for take off

Heading toward the runway

A farmer working beside the runway

Otter Creek Cemetery can be seen in the lower center of the photo

Erie Canal and farm land

Farmer working his fields

Waterport, NY – Lake Alice

Waterport bridge over Lake Alice

The Parkway and Lake Ontario shoreline

Approaching Point Breeze from the southwest

Looking back at Point Breeze and Oak Orchard River from over Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario shoreline

Point Breeze from a distance – approaching from the east

The Oak Orchard Lighthouse – zoomed in, so a bit fuzzy

Point Breeze

Point Breeze – the lighthouse and break walls

Marsh Creek bridge

That huge building is Intergrow – the hydroponic tomato facility!

Approaching the Village of Albion from the north

Village of Albion

Zoom in of the Orleans County Courthouse

Flying over the Courthouse Square

Rear shot of the church I attend – Albion First Baptist Church – trees prevented getting a good shot of the front of the church.  St. Joe’s Catholic Church beside it.

I was excited when I downloaded this photo — I was able to capture the entire Historic Courthouse Square! In this photo, you can see the Orleans County Courthouse – domed building just right of center – and ALL SEVEN historic churches that surround the square: Start with the tall steeple church in the upper left across from the courthouse – Albion First Presbyterian. Then, move to the right to find the former Albion First United Methodist Church (now North Point Chapel) – the large brick building just above the courthouse dome. Look across the street to the white church to the right of the courthouse – Albion Free Methodist Church. Then, look at the right side center of the photo to the church with the pointy roof – that is the Pullman Universalist Church. Across main street from there is the St. Joseph Catholic Church complex of buildings. The two toned steeple building beside the catholic church is Albion First Baptist Church (my church). And, last but not least, is the square bell tower building almost exactly in the center of the photo across from the courthouse is the Christ Church Episcopal Church. I thought this was a really cool capture!!!

This photo captures both downtown Albion lift bridges on the Erie Canal – Main Street Lift Bridge in the lower left corner and the Ingersoll Street Lift Bridge in the upper right corner of the photo!

Eagle Harbor Lift Bridge – Erie Canal

My cousin’s house

Mount Albion Cemetery…….the cemetery has so many trees you really can’t see any of it from the air!!!

But, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument does peek out from a clearing in the trees to be seen!

Zooming in made it fuzzy, but it was worth it…….

All three Albion Central School buildings – the closest is the Elementary School, the middle one is the High School, and the far one is the Middle School

The football field / track and the baseball field behind the schools

Albion’s water tower and most of the prison complex

Woods and farm land……..a perfect representation of much of Orleans County

After we landed, we went out to the Rez to fill some gas cans for Ron’s plane. We stopped by the Medina Falls on the way.

So happy that two days after this photo was taken, our region was approved to move to Phase 2 of NY reopening and I was able to get a hair trim/color and took care of my bangs and roots!!! Woo Hoo!!!

Frenchy’s runway this morning before Ron took off to return home to NC

The windsock at Frenchy’s shows a light breeze……perfect for Ron’s return flight! As it turned out, he left at the right time cause a little later in the day it got rainy and windy……..he got home about 2:00 in the afternoon and said he stayed in good weather for a smooth flight the entire way!

Waiting for the engine oil to heat up!

And off he goes!!!

Lift off!!!

It was a great visit…….this was just a day or so picked out of the week he was here. I had a trip planned to visit Ron and Lisa earlier this month that was canceled because of the Covid 19 concerns…….maybe I’ll get to reschedule it this fall! We’ll see!

May Daily Photos – Another Set

Finally…….the weather is starting to act like it is really May……we’re well on our way through Phase One of the reopening of our region in NY State (so far, so good, but still being cautiously optimistic)…..I was able to get the spring clean up and new mulch for my yard all completed this week……there has been some quality time on the patio……life is good, in deed……and, I think things just may start to turn around and allow 2020 to live up to its potential……maybe! 🙂

So, now……here is the third week of Daily Photos for May:




……so happy to see the canal filling up!




There have been many interesting characters keeping me company during our isolation!


And, so it begins…….

Until next time……enjoy the improvement to the weather and stay safe and healthy!!!

May Daily Photos – The Next Set

Week Two of May……..The Finger Lakes Region of New York State will begin to participate in Phase One of our reopening plan tomorrow! I have mixed feelings about this —

I’m so happy to see our region has met the criteria to begin a slow phased approach to reopening……I’M READY….I really, really need to see that light at the end of the tunnel……I want to see things opening up soon!!! But, also want to be sure we remain cautious and diligent during the phases…….I hope people don’t go hog-wild and ignore the continued need for masks and social distancing when in public! I really don’t want to get a little taste of reopening and then have to shut it all back down because the virus spreads like wild fire! Praying the slow phased approach works and we can begin to feel safe, again!!! Really hoping this is the start of the end to this nightmare!!!
And, now……’s my second week of May Daily Photos:
……taking these babies out of the closet and on an adventure!!!
It’s all about balance
bubble, bubble, toil and trouble
Take out only, of course!
That’s all for now…….stay safe and healthy!

May Daily Photos – The Beginning

May is here……..May Day, May The Fourth Be With You Day, Cinco De Mayo……a lot to live up to in one week, especially in a time when we aren’t able to get out and celebrate and May’s weather hasn’t quite lived up to expectations, so far…….but, I’m glad it is here! New York is gearing up to start un-PAUSE-ing slowly and cautiously……..I pray we can pull it off without a rebound in the spread of the virus. Bring on warmer, sunnier, brighter, fun-filled days!

The topic list for May is called An ISO Month – each day the photo topic is something easily found whether still in isolation or beginning to explore as things start to open and return to some form of normal. Here goes week one:








(to 2018 when I kissed a dolphin in Bermuda and loved it)

Bring it on, May…….I plan to proceed with caution, but definitely proceed!!!

May 3rd Sunday Drive

Sunday, May 3rd was our best Spring day, so far…….warm – it got up into the 70s, sunny, beautiful day!!! I should have mowed my lawn…..but, first off, I don’t like mowing on a Sunday – my Grandfather taught me that Sunday is a day of quiet and that lawn mowers are an unnecessary distraction – of course, some situations dictate the need to mow on a Sunday (weather, work schedules, etc), but I do try to avoid mowing on a Sunday, if I can……..second, I couldn’t let a day like we had on Sunday go without giving it the respect and adoration it deserved…….third, the weather reports show we may not have another day as perfect for a while!!! So, of course, I took a Sunday Drive.

I wasn’t the only one out enjoying our brief glimpse of spring perfection. As I drove around town and then out of town, I saw lots of people out walking – with and without dogs, driving with convertible tops down, driving bicycles and motorcycles, kayaking, boating, fishing, sitting in lawn chairs soaking up the sun…….I even saw a couple bikini clad young ladies sunning themselves on the bank of Lake Alice as I drove through Waterport!!!

My first thought was to go to Olcott Beach for my first visit of the season. But, I was getting a later start than I had hoped, so I decided to leave that for another day. While on the phone with a friend, we talked about all the flowering trees that are in bloom, so I decided to drive around looking at the beautiful spring trees and then head to Point Breeze to check out Lake Ontario and take a drive around part of Lake Alice on the way. So, here are some of the photos I took while out driving around on Sunday, May 3rd!

My Bradford Pear tree…..not yet quite in full bloom, but it’s getting there!

One of my weeping cherry trees

It was loaded with blossoms on Saturday, but already losing them by Sunday!




Another Sunday in the memory books……..I’m yearning for Sunday mornings at church and my weekly lunch after church with my friend and sharing my Sunday drives with her and maybe a little shopping…….but, for now, I’m enjoying just getting out of the house for a day here and there just driving around getting some photos and enjoying the day!!!

April Daily Photos – Week Four

April……WOW……that was one of the longest months in history!!! It feels like we’ve been dealing with Covid-19, isolation, social distancing, etc. for a much longer time than is reality. When I think back to my Hawaii cruise, it feels like it was sometime last year……not just four short(ish) months ago! I guess I should be grateful that time isn’t fleeting by at the speed of light, but I just want to move on and get back to whatever our new normal is going to be!

So……April is done and May is just one day away…….this last week of photos is only represented by three photos…….I guess I wasn’t inspired by much, this week……or I was distracted enough to not think about it……whatever, it is what it is! 🙂




For May, we’re going back to using a list with a topic assigned to each day (remember, April was #monthofgratitude and was devoted to whatever inspired us each day to represent gratitude). May also has a theme designed to make it easy for people who may still be in various stages of shut downs around the world and those who are slowly reopening and beginning to get out more. May is called an ISO Month (ISO = isolation). The daily topics are meant to show what life looks like as we navigate our way through this phase of our existence in the (hopefully) decline of Covid-19 and our reentry into whatever “normal” is going to look like over the foreseeable future.

That’s all for now folks…….

April Daily Photos – Week Three

And, I bring you April’s Daily Photos from Week Three…….reminder, the April photo topic is Month of Gratitude!






“Day after day, alone on a hill. The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still.”



The world continues to be paused……while our numbers in NYS are beginning to decline slightly, we are still not out of the woods…….our lives still include social distancing, masks, gathering restrictions, business closures, etc…….we will get through this…….we will come to a point where we will look back and wonder how we did it and kept our sanity……..keep the faith! 🙂