On the Way: Local History

A close friend, colleague and hiking companion joined me for a day hike on the Finger Lakes Trail in Central New York. On these adventures, I’m the designated photographer, she’s the navigator. That arrangement rarely ever works as planned. But, after many years and many miles, we’re still walking, reminiscing … and laughing.

This particular hike was special, and travel was deliberately slow. Few of the sights, sounds and smells of a woodland trail in spring went unnoticed. In fact, we even stopped while on our way to the trail access point in order to admire some local history— three scenes, a stone’s throw apart, on an isolated country road.

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

Autumn Landscapes in Central New York

Aided by warm sunny weather and the absence of strong winds and precipitation, fall foliage colors were brilliant last week. I love this season and cherish the moments when everything comes together – colors, lighting, moisture, stillness – to support the many “flaming foliage” festivals and “leaf-peeping” activities that occur throughout the Northeast. This type of ecotourism can be simple, cheap and highly rewarding outdoor recreation.

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This year’s theme came to me as I drove the back roads of Central New York, admiring the rural landscapes that still characterize much of the region. These landscapes are not held in the public trust as “forever wild”. They are private lands, lands that are vulnerable to development and changing rapidly. Natural scenes with high visual quality are, in fact, an endangered resource that is disappearing virtually overnight. Hence, my theme: preservation and advocacy via a photographic record.

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.