August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

As always, today was a fantastic day out with my camera and lenses! I began the day by stopping at historic sites and ended it enjoying wildlife.

My first stop was at the FDR home and library in Hyde Park. I checked out the grounds for my first time and photographed the main home, the library, and another building on the grounds. While there, I stopped at the rose garden and took in the beautiful flowers, birds, and butterflies.

My second stop was at Vanderbuilt Mansion. I wound up not staying because there was major construction going on around the mansion and there was a huge fence with lots of equipment. I'll have to go back some other time after the construction is complete.

After leaving Vanderbuilt, I stopped very briefly at Norrie Point, then stopped briefly to photograph a church I've eyed many times over the years, and then continued on to Mills Mansion. I took a few shots of the mansion, then went down to the river and enjoyed a picnic lunch while enjoying the beauty of the day.

Eventually, I made it to Wilderstein for my first time ever. The building was beautiful, but I should have gotten there a little earlier because I was battling with the suns positioning to try and get a couple of decent shots. All in all, I'm glad I stopped.

Finally, I headed across the river to sit by the river and enjoy wildlife. What a fantastic way to end the day. I had excellent cooperation from a pair of swans, a green heron, and a bunch of ducks. There were also great blue heron, egrets, and an osprey off in the distance. I got a bunch of shots, but I am super excited to share one in particular of the Green Heron who cooperated so well.


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