July 8 - July 8 – An interesting day for photography. In an attempt to catch the dawn light I was out cruising for photographic opportunities at 5 AM. A nearby thunderstorm tempted me with grand possibilities. An hour and a half later I was back home without hitting the shutter release once. The light just was not there. After breakfast it was calm so I headed to one of my favorite photographing sites, Lost Pond in the Brookfield State Lands. The short walk to the pond indicated there would be good reflection opportunities. There was no wind. The pond area comes into view and something is wrong. Much of the pond is drained. The yellow pond lilies I photographed this past Sunday, July 3 were high and dry and looking so sad. The pond was down about 3 feet. I’m not sure of the total pond area, but my guess would be maybe 50 acres. Why would the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) drain the pond at this time of year? A cell call to the local DEC office indicated they knew nothing about it. They sent somebody out to the site to repair the removed drain boards. I’ll check there tomorrow to see if it’s been repaired.
So no early morning photographs, no water reflection shots. What to do. All along the truck trails in the Brookfield State Lands there are plenty of ferns and wildflowers. That was my morning subject matter.
This afternoon I canoed along a beautiful area called Beaver Creek north of the Village of Brookfield. Plenty of photo opportunities, but it rained some so I didn’t pull the camera out.