Sunday, April 11, 2010

Week 50, Day 347, April 11, 2010, Stewart Park Willows

It was a beautiful day for the Skunk Cabbage Classic 1/2 marathon, and 10k in Ithaca, Ithaca New York.  Congratulations runners!  I took over 5500 photos of the runners, and I'm in the process of sorting through them.

As an added bonus one of the runners had a birthday today, and her husband had a surprise birthday party at Stewart Park.  She's had the dream since she was a little girl to have a new pair of socks everyday.  Her husband asked that we each bring a pair of socks, and had hoped for 50 pairs to commemorate her 50th birthday.  I think that the goal was reached.  When she opened the 15th pair of socks, she realized that her dream was coming true.  Happy Birthday Nancy.

While we were in Stewart Park, I noticed the wind swept willows.  The breeze blowing off of Cayuga lake was very strong.  The color of the willows in the spring is an interesting yellow, and is very beautiful.

There's also another special birthday today.  Kyle, my son, turns 23, and is enjoying his birthday in Hawaii.  Happy Birthday Kyle.

Lesson Learned:
  • Sorting through 5500 photos takes a long time, and a long time to upload.
  • I've been to Steward Park several times, and each time the willows have a different look.  I think it's important to continue to return to the same places throughout the year to look for changes for photo opportunities.
Photo details: Exposure time 1/100 sec, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 17 mm, Lens Canon EF 17-40mm, handheld, circular polarizer filter.  


Andrew said...

What a cool tree! And awesome story about the socks haha.

Yolanda said...

Nice exposure... so much beautiful movement in the willow tree. Wow, 5500 photos...! I don't think I could click that many times :)

Mike Simmons said...

Very nice photo, Steve! You're right, the yellow of the willows looks great against the blue sky. That's a neat idea about the socks as a gift.

Nicki said...

Great seeing you yesterday, Steve. Can't wait to see the Skunk Cabbage shots.

The socks are a cool idea!!!

toledonative said...

Lovely color combination with the blue sky and yellow trees!

I read the sock wish and, being a knitter of socks (although probably the world's slowest knitter of socks), immediately panicked at the thought of knitting 52 pairs of socks! Hee hee.

Happy Birthday Kyle!

Sandra said...

Great picture of the Willow tree. Great story and Happy birthday to Kyle. Really 5,500 images? Wow.