Michelle and I went out grocery shopping late yesterday afternoon. It was a fine day…after a couple of gray days, the sky was an intense blue. It was the kind of day that causes my wanderlust heart to ache. When Mark suggested there was little in the house to eat, instead of being insulted, I took those words to heart and was ready to go soon afterward!
I, of course could never venture forth on such a splendid day without the Nikon sitting on the console next to me.
I wanted to photograph this before, but never got around to it. Over the hill and around the “corner”, there is a road that looks down on the lake. I love this little “peep hole” the utility company unwittingly cut out, allowing a peek at the lake! Otherwise, the only thing visible is the hill on the other side of the lake.
Soon after turning the corner onto the highway that leads to Canandaigua, one sees vineyards. There are acres and acres of vineyards spread out, but most of them are to the south of this one. (we were heading northward)
Seeing the vineyards and observing the vines, I knew I needed to make a slight “pitstop”!
My friend, Cindy, the grape pie maker, told me the grapes are especially sweet this year. Being a bit of a grape freak, I needed a *fix*! This little stand sells several varieties of grapes, seeded and seedless. I tasted several, and decided on one called Fredonia. The city of Fredonia is located a few hours west of where we live. It was a stone’s throw from Fredonia to the apple orchard/grape vineyard near Lake Erie that we frequented when I was a child and young adult. The grape I picked is dark purple, looking a great deal and tasting like a Concord, but matures earlier. Perfect for my grape addiction!
Michelle protested a bit as I hung the Nikon out my driver’s window to take a picture of the cute grape stand, but I totally ignored her!
Since the day was so spectacular, I *needed* to take the lake road to Canandaigua. The lake and the road next to it were so full of life. People were busily enjoying the weather, knowing that within a short time, things will no longer be like this! (the weatherman said there was a possibilty of a frost in the not-too-distant future)
As we entered the city, instead of going down the road to the shopping area, my Explorer and I decided to take just a little detour and drive out onto the city pier. Michelle rolled her eyes and donned her MP3 player’s earpieces into her ears…
These are the boathouses at the north end of the lake. The water was so still….
These sailboats were anchored parallel to the pier, just crying out to be photographed!
And this is looking east from the pier. (in the very center of the picture is the Canandaigua Lady)
At the north end of the lake is Kershaw Park. This park covers 9 acres and has excellent walking paths through it. The next four pictures are of the park.
After looking at these pictures, I realized that I had not taken a picture of the main building at the park where residents enter to go swimming. It is the building on the left in the above picture.
These boaters couldn’t resist taking a little swim in the lake on such a day! If you enlarge this picture, you can see that there is a little color in the hill behind the lake. The leaves are just beginning to show a little color now.
It seems like every time I am in Canandaigua, the “Lady” is out on the lake! However, this time, she was neatly tucked in her slip, probably making ready to head out for a dinner tour!
think know Michelle found my detours less enjoyable than I, but I was satisfied that I had some nice pictures!
As we turned into the Wegman’s parking lot, I noticed that the weekly meet of the old car collectors was on Thursday. Hmmm….another photo op! Of course, Michelle squawked that I could take pictures *after* we shopped….
As we entered into the store, I told Michelle I was feeling a bit hungry. Would she mind getting a dish of Chinese? Ha! She jumped at the chance. So, we wandered over to The Wokery and picked up some food.
Remember how when your kids were little, you would have to constantly remind them not to play with their food, and just eat it? Well, I discreetly pulled the Nikon out of its case, slipped on my short lens, and rapidly shot just this one picture of my food before Michelle looked at me through narrow slits and scowled!
Note to self: leave Michelle HOME next time!!!