I am so Thankful for You, Dear Reader!

Yes, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US of A!  I am so excited because this means we will be traveling to the home of my parents for the big day!  We haven’t done this in a while, so it is going to be a real treat.  AND, Mom, bless her heart, is doing ALL of the cooking and baking!  Yay!!!

I truly am thankful for each and every one of you who has read my babbling…I really love blogging, but I imagine sometimes my mundane posts are painfully tedious!  And so, for you,  I am so grateful. You have encouraged me when I thought about giving up writing my oft silly posts!

You have no idea the anticipation of this morning….A couple of days ago, Mark and I sat at his desk and ordered a new Nikon D-90 camera, as well as an incredible lens.  I fluttered about the house,  whining and wondering how long I would need to wait for the box to arrive! 

The friendly Fed Ex guy came to the door with Angus announcing his arrival.  I floated into the house, box of goodies snuggled in my arms!  I am so happy!  And now, you poor thing,  you must bear with my photos taken today.  These photos were taken in Penn Yan, as the kids were there late this afternoon to visit with Jonathan, who came home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The town of Penn Yan is situated on Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes.  Penn Yan has an awesome trail called the Outlet Trail which runs along the outlet of the lake.  It really is a pretty little walk, but we arrived late in the day, after 4 pm.  I really was hoping to get some photos, but my hopes dwindled as the cloudy skies were darkening as the minutes ticked off.

Mark nudged me to walk along the trail, parking at a little public park along the trail.  I got out and began walking…I love walking so much.  As I walked,  I began using my new camera and was surprised at the results.  These were all taken in Auto mode with the camera set up just as it arrived at our door!

As I wandered along the trail,  I noticed what looked very much like a little rabbit hutch tucked into the brush.  I couldn’t figure out why someone would have discarded it there, nor why it hadn’t been removed by the town.  I do think I might have met up with its two inhabitants, though as I walked the trail.

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Yeah, cute kitty, isn’t it?  Gads, the thing was gallopping toward me full bore! I saw another kitty a short time later pawing through a pile of leaves.  When I tried to take their photos, the wild felines appeared as though struck by lightening and one actually limbed up a small cliff. Not friendly.  Not at all!

old rail bridge pen yan.small

I contemplated walking out on the railroad bridge, but the ties were so rotted, my smallish foot kept wanting to retreat into one of the open cracks.  I certainly was not wanting myself,  or my brand new camera, to make a splash!

Since the Birkett Mills is an integral part of this town,  I was happy to capture a few interesting shots of the huge yellow building….

Birkett Mills Pann Yan.small

Birkett Mills Pen Yan 2.small

Birkett Mills again.small

Birkett Mills and bridge,small

I love the bridge with graceful arches.  As I walked closer and closer,  the noise was increasingly louder.  There must be turbines or some sort of machinery for the mill located there.  The water went from glass smooth to vicious whitewater while passing under the bridge!

bridge near Birkett Mills pen yan.small

I walked back to the truck and took a slight detour because I thought a mirage lie in front of me….all of our trees are stark naked. Not this one.

amazing tree that still has leaves.small

Mark and I decided to visit the little town to see if anything might want to be photographed.

streetlamp with christmas decoration,small

I love the streetlamps decorated with small simple snowflakes.

downtown pen yan 1.small

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We picked the kids up at 7:30 and headed home as we have an early day ahead tomorrow.  As I stepped out of the truck,  I decided to try a handheld shot of the moon and clouds.

moon taken this evening handheld.small

I am so thrilled with the new camera. I cannot WAIT until tomorrow!

7 Responses

  1. And I am grateful for you as well!! What a terrific bunch of pics you got out of your very cool new camera!!! How very exciting!!! So glad it came in time for you to take it for the holiday! Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  2. Great set of photographs.

    2 questions. What lens did you get with the camera? What does the mill manufacture?

    Keep posting – it’s great to have the excitement of never knowing what you’ll come up with next!

    Have a great, and loving, thanksgiving.

  3. Jeanne, thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you and our family as well!

    Bill, I used the lens that came with the camera. (I bought a kit) It is a 18-105mm lens 3.5-5.6. I also bought a Tamron 70-200 2.8 lens which I am hoping to use today. That one weighs in at a hefty 3 pounds, I think. Considered to be a real heavyweight, I love it, as I actually like a heavy camera setup.

    Here is a link for Birkett Mills, which is known primarily for their buckwheat products.


    If you look at the first page of this URL, there are a few “bullet” type facts on the right side. The last talks about the Scots coining the term buckwheat!

  4. Found your site while searching brikett mills.I read your blog,I grew up in Penn yan I lived on Wagner street.I visited there 2 years ago.love it ,also lived most of teen years in Geneva,enjoyed your blog…Peggie Scott ,ocala fl

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