A Look at Canandaigua on Christmas Eve

Mark and I went out to do some last minute shopping in Canandaigua late this afternoon.  As we drove into town, Mark inquired what I wanted to do first.  Why, head down to the City Pier, of course!  After all, I had some cracked corn to feed my web-footed friends. 

As soon as we stopped the truck, this little fellow looked as though he was running toward me! How did he know?

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He was not alone, after all….

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Awesome little duckprints!!!

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The building that is boarded over was a good Italian restaurant. Behind it was a rather run down, dismal trailer park.  Both restaurant and trailer park have been vacated as new buildings will be going up there.  As I recall,  I think they are going to be either apartments or condos with upscale stores on ground level.  Should be interesting to see how this all plays out!


After enjoying watching the ducks eat,  we headed over to Wegman’s where the parking lot was full to overflowing.  Mark finally found a spot far away from the store and I walked. And walked. And walked some more!  Fearful of what I might face upon entering the store,  I was pleasantly surprised to see that not only was shopping less than stressful,  but getting through the checkout was a snap!  Kudos to Wegman’s for a job well done! I must comment, however,  I have never seen so many employees in the store at one time!

After Wegman’s, we hopped over to WalMart for a few items.  What came as a total surprise was seeing the parking lot with spaces open!  Once again, many employees working made for a smooth and painless passage through the store. The big difference between Wegman’s and WalMart  was the fact that Wegman’s was restocking and WalMart looked as though the store had been ransacked!

Another stop at Lowe’s and we were done! We picked up some food for the kids and were on our way when I told Mark I would like to stop for a few minutes in downown Canandaigua to take a few photos.  This is your lucky day as I shall now bore you to tears with photos of Canandaigua late afternoon, early evening! Enjoy!

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This is certainly not an all-inclusive look at city businesses.  I merely walked around Main Street a bit, snapping some of the *blingiest* windows.  There were many others!

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The dome building in the next photo is the Ontario County Courthouse, as Canandaigua is the county seat.

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As you can see, there were many vehicles on the road….shoppers rushing home with their treasures, just like the song Silver Bells portrays!

Weather Roller Coaster in Full Swing!

This morning,  we awakened to snow. It was still dark when I took the Scottie boys out and as I stood outside with them,  the snow switched over to rain.  Yuck. 

Michelle had a class this afternoon, so I got ready to take her.  As the Explorer slithered down the driveway, it was more like a ride on a sled than a vehicle with tires.  We slid our way down, ABS brakes pulsating all the way!

As soon as we were down off the driveway, things were looking up.  The roads were clear and fine for travel.  I dropped Michelle at college, then went for a little ride in the country.

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I love the little snowman outside the Mennonite school…..

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I decided to just sit and relax for a little while, so I drove back to Canandaigua and parked at a plaza.  As I sat there feeling warm and cozy in the Explorer,  the rain came down in torrents!

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Just a little later, the sun tried so hard to poke through the clouds…..

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I picked Michelle up from her class and then we headed over to Taco Bell, as she had a hankering for a potato burrito. As I stopped at the light,  I decided to try to photograph the Canandaigua Federal Credit Union’s display of lights.  They always have the most colorful display of all!

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Not too shabby for being taken through the windshield!

I am truly loving the Nikon D-90.  What more can I say? 

Michelle had to make a trip to the library to return some materials she borrowed.  We drove across town and she returned her stuff.  As we began our trip home,  I pulled over at one of the churches downtown.  I just love their Good Shepherd stained glass window, and you have no idea how thrilled I was to get a fairly good capture!

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A rather diverse collection of photos today!

A Wee Jaunt on Main Street

Yesterday afternoon,  I walked for just a few minutes along Main Street in Canandaigua.   Main Street wanders northward from Canandaigua Lake at its southern end, slowly rising upward as one progresses to the north.  The “city” proper,  lines Main Street with many businesses…very unusual these days,  as it seems malls have more or less squelched Main Street, USA.

As one continues past the business district,  still heading due north,  the city still rises and towards the “plateau”, one is in the “company” of several churches.  There are churches of several “flavors” and they are neatly “packaged” within a few hundred yards of one another!

One of the interesting features I wanted to photograph was the lovely “feather” weathervane at the First Congregational Church.   Mark dropped me off a block north of where the churches are situated, and I had to walk sothward past the Methodist Episcopal Church.  As I walked by, I decided to photograph the pretty bell tower.

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After I take a photo,  I always review it,  zooming in on the details to make sure the photo is as I wanted it.  As I zoomed in on the tower,  I was surprised to discover that there was a gargoyle located on each of the corners! I never would have even seen them had I not photographed the tower….In studying the photo,  I was rather puzzled….the gargoyle on the left has the name “Cribb” etched to its right,  while the gargoyle on the right has the name “Cook” etched in the stone to its left.  Since I was trying to keep from getting wet,  I was taking my photos at a brisk pace. Now I wonder if the other gargoyles are “named” as well, and what the names are.  Another “assignment” for yet another day!

I trekked onward to the Congregational Church. The following three photos are of the weathervane and bell tower….

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While features such as those shown are striking against a crystal blue sky,  the dark gray skies really didn’t detract from the photos and maybe even loaned a small interest of their own!