Thursday, August 6, 2009

Please Drive Leisurely

We decided to take a little mini vacation to Oneonta, NY this week to visit my friend Hope and her family. I've known Hope for 25 years, we were neighbors growing up and good friends in school. Her husband teaches at nearby Hartwick College and also has an Etsy shop. We packed a lot of activities into our 3 days there with walks downtown, a day spent around Cooperstown hiking at Glimmerglass State Park, snacking and buying yummy food at Fly Creek Cider Mill, exploring Howe Caverns, hanging with critters at the Popp Butterfly Conservatory, and enjoying great cave aged beer and cheese while catching up with good friends.
Here are a few photos...

Downtown Oneonta, "City of the Hills". I just love old ads on buildings.

A gorgeous electric blue Honeycreeper at the butterfly house.

Beautiful butterfly. Wish I could have gotten a photo of the button quail that were scurrying about.

Hyde Hall at Glimmerglass Park. We just walked around it and then hiked up the mountain behind the mansion.

Lots of gulls and even a swimming beach at this park.

I love thistles. There were so many wildflowers where ever we went in NY.

A gaggle of geese at Fly Creek. A great place to stop and get a bite to eat!

I love the colors in this photo!

The first time I've ever ventured into a cave. Howe Cavern's was such a neat place. You travel down 15 stories in an elevator and the tour is over an hour, including a boat ride.

This sign cracked me up. I think it summed up our little vacation!


Jennifer Rose said...

really nice photos :) love that bird, he is so colourful and has a little mohawk lol

the cave looks beautiful lit up, would take a lot of money to get me down there though :p

Cheryl Kugler said...

Love the colors in the pics from the beautiful blue bird to the marbles.
Thanks for sharing!

Paint Girl said...

Wow! What a wonderful trip! Loved that blue bird, so beautiful! All the pictures are fantastic!!

Sonia ;) said...

Oh Jenn you have such an eye for photography...Love the pictures...Dont see all that color out

xoxox S

Kathleen Coy said...

Great photos, Jen! That butterfly is SO cool, and the geese photo is supurb - love the composition!!!

Blackfeatherfarm said...

Really special photos !!! LOVE the geese, thats art!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Thanks guys:)

ps. The BEST blueberry jam in the world is from Fly Creek (see link in post). I just had some and it is incredible. Almost 100% blueberries.

Breathe said...

That bird is so stunning! I wish I could capture that blue - it's like the sky right as evening prepares to drift in.

Designs By CK said...

GREAT pictures and Howe Caverns looked fun. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Have a great weekend.

Chris (-:

Poetic Shutterbug said...

What a beautiful eclectic mix of photos. The bluebird is so cute - I love birds and the cave and thistles are amazing. So detailed and colorful.