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January 10, 2013 - 5:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy.

Tree, Bernd Road, Le Roy.

December 31, 2012 - 12:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, byron, Stafford.

At the point this morning I looked outside, it was bright and sunny and I decided I should go for a drive and take some pictures. By the time I actually got out of the house and got fueled up, the clouds were rolling in.

It was still a beautiful morning, however, so I drove through Stafford and Byron and took a few pictures.

Above, from Route 237 looking northeast.

Barn on Transit Road, Byron.

Tree off Transit Road, Byron (across from the barn)

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2012 - 4:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Le Roy, Stafford, bergen.

It was the kind of day I wish I had more time to drive around and make photos. There were moments of sun and blue sky.

I did a bit of that this morning when leaving Bergen, with a drive through Le Roy.

Heading back to Batavia, I noticed the snow-covered pines above in Stafford off Route 5 and thought they would make a nice picture -- if only there was blue sky behind them.

This afternoon, I noticed some blue sky to the northeast, so I headed out to Stafford for this shot.

The other photos below were taken this morning.

Street lights in the Village of Bergen.

First Presbyterian Church, Bergen.

These two trees between North Road and the 490 on ramp in Le Roy always fascinate me. 

I think the first barn photo I ever took for The Batavian (but not my first barn photo) was of this structure on North Road, Le Roy. It was probably March 2009 or so and all I had for a camera at the time was a Casio point-and-shoot. The photo got so many comments; it was an encouragement to take more barn photos.

November 25, 2012 - 12:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather.

A bit of snow started mid-morning giving Batavia a little dusting over grass, on tree limbs and the hoods of cars. The light snow fall is expected to continue through the afternoon with an accumulation by 5:30 p.m. of about an inch. The forecast for tomorrow is partly cloudy with a high of 39 degrees.

November 18, 2012 - 10:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, DeWitt Recreation Area.

This morning I went out to DeWitt Recreation Area for the sunrise.

After a little time there, I went for a short drive and on the spur of the moment I swung into Grand View Cemetery, not expecting to find E.N. Rowell's monument (bottom photo).

November 17, 2012 - 6:02pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, DeWitt Recreation Area.

One of the items on my to-do list for awhile has been to go to DeWitt Recreation Area for sunset pictures over the lake. This evening, I made that trip.

November 11, 2012 - 8:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos.

While I was out with my film cameras today, I came across Mark Dougherty and Wayne Newton on my street with their old Ford trucks. That seemed like a suitable subject for film photography, and these are both beautiful old trucks.

November 1, 2012 - 10:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, Halloween.

The ghouls and ghosts of all ages were out in force on Ellicott Avenue (and Lincoln Avenue) again this year.

Here's a few shots from the fright fest.

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here.

October 30, 2012 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, weather.

Sandy Mullen sent in this picture of the large willow that fell in her back yard on Ross Street, Batavia.

October 30, 2012 - 1:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos.

Not all the trees lost their fall leaves over night. This is a tree on South Main Street. The picture was taken from behind Billy Goats on West Main Street, Batavia.

October 26, 2012 - 3:05pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in BARNS, photos, elba.

I figured this would be the last decent morning for fall photography (considering the weather predicted for next week), so I struck out early this morning and headed up to Elba to see what I could find.

I found myself on Arnold Road, which, I was surprised to discover, I had never been down before. The barn above is on Watson but shot from Arnold.

I then headed down Watson and met John, a former horse trainer, who let me take a picture of his barn and picnic table.

I started out at at Pine Hill Cemetery.

October 21, 2012 - 10:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, alexander, Old Creek Road.

It's not unusual for me to take a turn down Old Creek Road when I'm out and about, and mid-day today, that's exactly where I found myself. Here's four photos.

October 18, 2012 - 6:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, alexander, Bethany.

Returning to Batavia from the Genesee County Park this morning, I came across this scene on West Bethany Road. The building across the street says "West Bethany Baptist Church" on it. There's a cemetery behind it and a cemetery to the south. This building and the park-like area around it strikes me as some sort of fellowship hall for the church, but I'm not sure. Interestingly, it appears the church is in the Town of Bethany and this building is in the Town of Alexander.

October 18, 2012 - 5:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Bethany, Genesee County Park.

This morning, bright and early, I arrived at Genesee County Park, in Bethany, for a walk in the woods, with my camera of course.

If you've never been to the park, I highly recommend it. It's another one of Genesee County's gems.

October 17, 2012 - 1:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, BARNS, photos.

Many times I've driven down Ellicott Street Road, Batava, and spotted this old barn and saw the picture potential. There is no good way, though, to get a picture of the barn from the public road. Yesterday, I contacted the proper owner and got permission to walk onto their property and take some pictures, which I did this morning.

October 16, 2012 - 5:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Stafford, Prentice Road.

In Stafford this morning working on a story (a story that won't be ready for publication for another day or two or three) and with a little time, thought Prentice Road would be a good place to go for some fall photos. There was a particular shot I wanted to get. It didn't turn out as well as I would like (I plan to try again as soon as I can), but here are four shots from my little trip this morning.

October 12, 2012 - 2:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Alabama, outdoors, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, nature.

'

One thing I haven't spent enough time doing is exploring the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge -- what a great resource for Genesee County.

Prior to the public hearing in Alabama Thursday night, I headed out to the refuge a few hours ahead of time with the specific idea of going to a part of the park I'd seen previously and thought was quite scenic. It's actually in Orleans County, but hey, most of the refuge in in Genesee County. I believe the area is called Ridgeneck Ringneck Marsh. It's off Oak Orchard Ridge Road, which is in the northern part of the refuge.

Here are the pictures I took.

BTW: Not that any of these pictures are worthy of entry, but entries are being accepted now for the Friends of Iroquois NWR photo contest. The deadline is Sept. 1, 2013.

'

October 10, 2012 - 1:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Darien, Darien Lakes State Park, Harlow Lake.

This morning, I was out of the house early with the specific intention of driving to Darien Lakes State Park to get a picture of the sunrise over Harlow Lake. It's sort of been on my list of local pictures to get for a couple of years.

Below, another picture from Darien Lakes, and a landscape taken on Walker Road in Darien.

October 9, 2012 - 1:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, photos, alexander.

It's another beautiful fall day in Genesee County. This morning I left the house just before sunrise to see what pictures I might be able to make. I drove to Creek Road and circled back on Cookson Road.

Above, the pond at Baskin Livestock on Creek Road at sunrise.

Cookson Road

Cookson Road

Back on Creek Road

October 8, 2012 - 11:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Oakfield, Alabama, indian falls.

With the afternoon shaping up as a beautiful fall day and some time on my hands, I took a drive out toward Alabama with the intention to make some pictures. Here are six shots that I came across.

Above, cattle in pasture off Bliss Road, Oakfield.

Tree on Roberts Road.

White birch off Sour Springs Road.

Stand of Pine Trees, Sour Springs Road.

Hay field off Roberts Road.

Sunset off Route 77 near Indian Falls.

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