Michaele Boncaro Photography: Blog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog en-us (C) Michaele Boncaro Photography [email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:34:00 GMT https://www.boncarophotography.com/img/s/v-12/u625943615-o236685111-50.jpg Michaele Boncaro Photography: Blog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog 120 80 Late Summer Update https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/8/late-summer-update A couple of pics of a field of sunflowers all in bloom

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/8/late-summer-update Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:09:49 GMT
Early Summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/6/early-summer Day 148-153

This year is flying by, it's already June and it has been hot, like July...I bet it snows in August at this rate!

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[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) baby bird boat duck flower lake spring summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/6/early-summer Mon, 03 Jun 2013 01:54:53 GMT
Back on Track https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/back-on-track Day 147

I am going to get caught up...one of these days, but for now here is today's lucky photo of the day! 

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[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird eagle flower spring trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/back-on-track Tue, 28 May 2013 02:11:42 GMT
I am Such a Slacker https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/i-am-such-a-slacker


Day 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133 134

The last week in photos...


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird fence flower goose spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/i-am-such-a-slacker Wed, 15 May 2013 01:25:50 GMT
A Few Lovely Days in May https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/a-few-lovely-days-in-may

Day 124, 125, 126, 127
We have had a run of beautiful days around here!
[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) baby bluebell flower goose tulip https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/a-few-lovely-days-in-may Wed, 08 May 2013 01:25:47 GMT
May Flowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/may-flowers


So far the saying has come true April showers have brought May flowers...


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flowers may spring tulips https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/may-flowers Sat, 04 May 2013 01:51:59 GMT
May https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/may



Day 121, 122

Finally it's May...

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird bluebird spring sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/5/may Fri, 03 May 2013 01:48:04 GMT
I'm Slacking Again https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/im-slacking-again

Day 115, 116, 117, 118, 119
Well I'm slacking again in the daily posts, so here are the past 5 days of photos. Spring has sprung around here, the grass is green, the flowers are starting to bloom, and I am getting out looking for more photos which is the best part of the day. 
[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird dew flower heron moon truck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/im-slacking-again Tue, 30 Apr 2013 01:10:39 GMT
The Backside https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/the-backside


Day 114

When I get stuck for a photo and think there is no way I will find anything to take of picture of I have to slow down and say to myself of course there are a zillion things to photograph. If you look at things from a different angle that will usually do the trick. I don't know about you but I never really realized there was writing on the back of fire hydrants. 

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) hydrant red spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/the-backside Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:55:31 GMT
Patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/patterns


Day 113

I love to try to find patterns in things natural or man made. I happened to see this iron bench outside and antique shop on my way home from work and liked the white against the red but when I got up close the patterns the shadows made were even better, it is kind of nice getting a surprise once you get up close to something.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bench pattern https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/patterns Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:05:42 GMT
Waiting https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/waiting Day 112

These wonderfully colorful chairs are all lined up waiting for summer, and I must say I am waiting with them!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) chair color summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/waiting Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:40:18 GMT
A Weird Week of Weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-weird-week-of-weather


Day 108, 109, 110, 111

We had really warm and really cold, warm enough for no jacket and cold enough to snow, and lots of rain and even more wind, so yes it is spring in western New York. Can't wait to see what the upcoming week brings!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird flower lake spring wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-weird-week-of-weather Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:53:00 GMT
Finally it's Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/finally-its-spring Day 105, 106, 107


3 little birds

Liquid gold take off

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/finally-its-spring Thu, 18 Apr 2013 02:50:53 GMT
One For the List https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/one-for-the-list Day 104

We had a rare visitor this weekend, an American Avocet, a bird that is rarely if ever found in this part of the world. Not sure how it got here but there is was, right on the shore of Seneca Lake just looking around for some food and enjoying the day. I'm so glad birders are a sharing group, there were emails and posts flying through the air letting everyone know that there was a 'rare bird alert', without those alerts I never would have seen this life list bird.



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird lake spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/one-for-the-list Mon, 15 Apr 2013 02:05:53 GMT
Bright Blue https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/bright-blue Day 103

I ventured out today even though it was gray and a bit rainy, I figured what the heck maybe I'll see something that was worth getting wet to take a picture of. Well I found my favorite bird, a couple of eastern bluebirds were out and about, and it wasn't even raining! The sky had brightened and the blue feathers were bright against the trees, I couldn't miss them. One landed in a pine tree and posed for me, brightening up my gray rainy day.


"If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can't I?" -E.Y. Harburg


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird bluebird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/bright-blue Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:32:53 GMT
Flowers! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/flowers Day 102

Finally the flowers are starting to bloom, they might be all wet because it won't stop raining but they are blooming. Finally adding a little color to the world, and welcome color it is.


"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." -Jim Carrey



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower rain spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/flowers Sat, 13 Apr 2013 01:02:46 GMT
Yes It Is Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/yes-it-is-spring Day 101

Well despite the ice on the trees and all the rain it is spring, you can see the trees starting to bud, or trying to. All I can hope for is that April showers do in fact bring May flowers!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) ice rain spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/yes-it-is-spring Fri, 12 Apr 2013 02:21:05 GMT
Day 100 https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/day-100  

Day 98, 99, 100

So it's the first 100 days of the year only 265 left! The year is flying by, which it is, it's funny how time flies by but with the photo of the day it's very interesting to see what has past and compare it to last year. One thing I noticed was that the first flowers in bloom last year was on March 12 a whole month early, this year the flowers are barely sprouting but I am watching for them, every day, I can't wait!


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird boat lake spring tea https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/day-100 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:58:07 GMT
Wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/wind Day 97

It ended up being a good weekend, it didn't rain today as the weathermen predicted which was great. It was warm and windy which made the lake rough and angry looking. But that didn't stop the sailboats or a few kite surfers, they know how to take advantage and make the wind work for them.


"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." -Toni Morrison


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake spring wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/wind Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:16:15 GMT
A Lovely Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-lovely-day Day 96

Today was the first nice weekend day, start to finish, that I can remember in a long time. I didn't have to wear my coat and the sun was out, the birds are starting to come back and the trees are starting to come alive. There is hope yet that it will actually warm up!


"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go." -Christopher Morley


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird blackbird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/a-lovely-day Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:52:28 GMT
Nice Night 2.0 https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/nice-night-2-0 Day 95

A second nice night, I wonder how many nights I can take a photo of the sunset? That is where the sun is actually out and not behind a thick blanket of clouds? I will sure try for three nights that's for sure!


"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky spring sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/nice-night-2-0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 01:55:25 GMT
Finally a Nice Night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/finally-a-nice-night Day 94

A wonderful day! Not all that warm but nice and sunny and a really beautiful sunset, I am glad I took the time and waited around. Sometimes the best part of the sunset is after the sun has gone down then the clouds and sky turn the most interesting shades of blue, pink and orange.


"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. -e.e. cummings



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake spring sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/finally-a-nice-night Fri, 05 Apr 2013 01:45:03 GMT
April https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/april Day 91, 92, 93

It is finally April but the weather hasn't cooperated yet, still too cold for me to go out and look for pictures, so any thing I get right now will be from the friendly confines of my house or my car, with the heat on...high!

Puppy eyes

April 2nd and snowing

Out for dinner

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) deer divot dog snow spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/4/april Thu, 04 Apr 2013 00:52:43 GMT
Catching Up https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/catching-up Day 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89

I have been slacking in my photo postings this past week, but I am catching up tonight! So here goes!!

What are those numbers on the phone poles any way? Are they a secret code?

Lovely spring clouds, and for once a blue sky!

A burst of color.

Spring singing!

Late day at the park

Dinner! Any my new camera is awesome!!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird clouds sky spring sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/catching-up Sun, 31 Mar 2013 02:39:59 GMT
Will it Warm Up Soon? https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/will-it-warm-up-soon Day 80, 81, 82, 83

Snow geese headed north, at least I hope headed north. I love to watch them in their huge flocks taking off all together. They are a tight knit bunch!

This is spring? It was 17 degrees this morning!!!! Whats up with that? It's March 20th after all, it's time to warm up now.

It's a weird thing when your high school closes, it has been a long time since I attended DeSales but I could still remember what class I had in each room, taking tests, playing sports. It's a bit of a hollow feeling not having that to go back to, the building is still there but it's not the same with out the people who loved the school and the kids, if you know what I mean.

The William Smith crew teams were out practicing today, it was a bit chilly, they are quite ambitious, and quite young.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird chair geese spring sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/will-it-warm-up-soon Mon, 25 Mar 2013 01:28:24 GMT
Spring! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/spring Day 79

The first day of spring! And this chubby robin proves it's spring, because you can't tell it from the temperature that's for sure!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird robin spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/spring Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:45:34 GMT
Fire in the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/fire-in-the-sky Day 78

So today started out icky but ended quite nice, the sun was all warm and fiery in the sky, you wouldn't know it but it was only about 30 degrees, so it wasn't so warm after all!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/fire-in-the-sky Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:40:06 GMT
It Started Out So Nice https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/it-started-out-so-nice Day 77

It started out so nice today, it was cold but there was a pretty sunrise, I was kind of hoping the weather predictions would be wrong that by the end of the day it would be super nasty out. Well they were right, it rained and snowed and it took me forever to get home from work, the roads were terrible. I can only hope that the weathermen are wrong again, they say it won't warm up until April....a girl can dream can't she.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/it-started-out-so-nice Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:32:20 GMT
I Did it Again https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/i-did-it-again Day 72, 73, 74, 75, 76

Well I lied, I wasn't going to do a mass blog again but here I am posting another one. I have become a little lazy these cold winter nights. So I won't make any promises not to do it again, but there is a good chance I will at least until it warms up, to about 75 degrees.

My work toys

Happy pi day!!

Delicate nature

Maple syrup time

Looking for dinner 

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) eagle maple syrup winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/i-did-it-again Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:24:21 GMT
It Must Be Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/it-must-be-spring Day 71

I love it when the snow geese move through the area, they are so white and so large in numbers that you can't miss them. You can't help but notice them even if you aren't looking for them, they stand out against the gray and brown of the fields. They aren't here for too long but when they are I always think it won't be long now, things will start to turn green, flowers will start to grow and before too long I will start to complain it is too hot.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) geese snow spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/it-must-be-spring Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:37:53 GMT
Getting My Act Together https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/getting-my-act-together Day 65, 66,67,68, 69, 70

So now that the time has changed and it HAS to warm up soon, I am going to get my act together and start posting daily again. I have been taking photos all along but have not felt like posting, so this will be the last mass post...I promise.

Simons birthday, the day I got him and now...a little bit older

Sunset on Seneca Street

Divot in her sunspot

bath time

sibling bald eagles

practice practice practice

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog duck eagle geneva piano sofie sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/getting-my-act-together Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:26:00 GMT
Woo Hoo! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/woo-hoo Day 64

That round yellow circle in the center of the picture is...wait for it...the sun!! It does actually exist! I wonder if it will be out again tomorrow, I want to make sure it's not a fluke.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun sunset tree winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/woo-hoo Wed, 06 Mar 2013 02:27:42 GMT
Still More Winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/still-more-winter Day 60, 61, 62, 63

I promise I will get back to the normal one picture/blog a day, I just am not into it right now, maybe if I saw the sun for more than 15 minutes a week I would be in a better mood. So today's post is from the first 4 days of March, not much special but you will notice that the photo for March 4th is of some blue sky! The clouds broke up for about 10 minutes this morning, and again for about 10 minutes in the afternoon. It gave me hope that it might warm up a little in the coming days, I can't wait!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds ducks sky snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/3/still-more-winter Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:41:14 GMT
Yep it's Still Winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/yep-its-still-winter Day 58, 59

So my mood has not improved much, it is still winter but now we have rain along with the snow, and of course clouds lots and lots of clouds. I don't think the sun is actually up there, I think it has gone on spring break to Florida!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds clouds cows geese winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/yep-its-still-winter Fri, 01 Mar 2013 02:28:30 GMT
Winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/winter Day 54, 55, 56

I haven't much felt like writing the blog lately, never mind taking photos every day. I think the weather and the grayness and cold and all that have gotten to me, so since I don't have kids to photograph you get to see photos of my 2 dogs and you might see a lot of them in the coming days, if the sun doesn't come out soon that is!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds dogs winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/winter Tue, 26 Feb 2013 01:23:29 GMT
Waiting for Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/waiting-for-spring Day 53

I'm a bit behind in my postings, I was tired last night and then of course put it off today until it is late again, so this will be a short one. i noticed this tree on yet another gray sunless day, not sure why I noticed it now, I have passed it about a million times in the last couple of years. I think I spotted it now because I was looking at the sky wondering if spring would ever arrive, or at least start to arrive and if I would ever see the sun again, to me for some reason this tree looks like it is wondering the same thing.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) tree winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/waiting-for-spring Sun, 24 Feb 2013 03:41:05 GMT
Pictures Pictures Pictures https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/pictures-pictures-pictures Day 52

As you can imagine I have tons and tons of photographs, new ones, old ones, digital ones every kind imaginable. I love them, to see old pics of my family are great and to see the styles of the day it is a riot to look back. I have one of my Grandmother Boncaro when she was about 4 years old, it's and original photo and is 96 years old, it has a wrinkle in it but that makes it even better. There is also a photo of her parents when they were young, they both came to this country from Sicily and they are standing there stiff as boards but it's a great pic, also most likely 100 years old. I also have albums filled with photos from both my fathers youth and my mothers, I love to look at them and I don't even want to tell you how many photos I have taken of my sister, she is 9 years younger than I am so she was my model when I started taking photos. And my 2 nieces, forget it the photos of the two of them are filling up my hard drive on my computer as I speak. I will continue to photograph my family as much as they hate it but the future members of my family have to laugh at us just like we laugh at the past generations.


"Memory...is the diary that we all carry about with us." -Oscar Wilde



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) photographs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/pictures-pictures-pictures Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:55:10 GMT
Bed Time Snack https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/bed-time-snack Day 51

Hot cocoa and cookies are the best invention ever, it's the perfect thing on yet another cold bitter winter night, so I think I will go enjoy mine before it gets cold!


"Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cookies winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/bed-time-snack Thu, 21 Feb 2013 01:35:38 GMT
Walking the Dogs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/walking-the-dogs Day 50

I take out the dogs in the morning which is much easier in the summer than it is in the winter, both for the dogs and me. Usually it takes me longer to get dressed than it does for the dogs to do their business. Actually Simon has it down to just a couple minutes, but Divot for some reason has not figured out that if she smells every blade of grass or flake of snow she is going to get cold, so most mornings it is me and Simon trying to go back in, but we can't because Divot hasn't done anything. And it's Divot trying to levitate herself above the cold ground and looking at me like I am purposely torturing her, but she will finally do something and in we go, and I get undressed and the dogs go back to bed while I finish getting ready for work. They have the life.


"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person." -Andy Rooney



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/walking-the-dogs Wed, 20 Feb 2013 02:28:21 GMT
Pennies https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/pennies Day 49

I admit it, I am one of those people who save their change, I put it in a big jar and when it gets full I wrap it up and bring it to the bank, it's like a little present I didn't now I had. I usually buy myself something I had been wanting, or use it for vacation something fun. My Grandfather Boncaro used to keep his pennies, he would put them in cups everywhere, pennies all over the house, in drawers, in little cups on end tables, in cabinets...everywhere. I must have inherited that trait from him. My Grandmother Pioli gave me this little piggy bank way back when I was in high school, more than thirty years ago (holy cow). I filled it with pennies, probably no more than two dollars worth and then put it on my shelf. I have had it ever since, it has followed me to a couple different houses but I still have it. I have no intention of ever 'breaking' it open, it reminds me of all of my grandparents and the little things that I remember about each one of them, fun little things that made each one of them unique and special to me.


"Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven." -Johnny Burke



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) grandparents penny https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/pennies Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:44:37 GMT
The Crows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/the-crows Day 48

We have great flocks of crows here in Geneva, at dusk they fly in from all areas and roost in the trees along the lake making a great racket and creeping you out if you happen to be walking by and they all take flight in the dark. They used to land in the trees in town around the houses making a horrible racket but now they have moved down to the lake leaving everyone alone. It is interesting to see them first thing in the morning flying down the lake in search of whatever they search for, food most likely. I see them when I am taking the dogs out, they look like an army going out for battle. I'm telling you they are creepy, but they will be gone to other parts in the spring, they only like to stay here for the winter, which is odd since most of us would like to leave here for the winter.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds crows winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/the-crows Mon, 18 Feb 2013 01:56:08 GMT
Saturday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/saturday Day 47

I was a little lazy last night and didn't feel like posting my POD, I went shopping again and when I got home felt like lazing around with the dogs, so I left the photo thill this morning, or as it has become, early afternoon. I figured I had better do Saturday's since I have to go take one for Sunday!


"Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired." -Jules Renard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lazy winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/saturday Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:27:00 GMT
Finally Friday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/finally-friday Day 46

It's finally Friday and at least the sun was out a bit today and made my drive home quite pretty. Even though the whole thing lasted about 5 minutes, it was a nice 5 minutes.


"A cloudless plain blue sky is like a flowerless garden." -Terri Guillemets



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) friday sunset winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/finally-friday Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:33:45 GMT
Valentines https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/valentines Day 45

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm not all that into Valentines because I am single, all I have are 2 dogs and they don't get out to the store that often so I didn't have any chocolates waiting for me when I got home, I just had their wagging tails and dog kisses waiting for me, which are way better anyway!


"Without Valentine's Day, February would be...well, January." -Jim Gaffigan



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog valentines https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/valentines Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:15:41 GMT
Haircut Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/haircut-day Day 44

It was haircut day! Which can be a bit traumatic if you are not in the right frame of mind, but for me I never mind it. I have the attitude that it will grow so don't get in a twitch about it. As everyone who knows me I do not have the gift of hair patience, that's why it is usually short and easy to take care of, and as everyone also knows my hair has a mind of its own which makes each day an adventure. Believe it or not its an adventure that I don't really mind.


"Life is an endless struggle full of frustrations and challenges, but eventually you find a hair stylist you like." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cut hair https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/haircut-day Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:30:31 GMT
Simon's Ears https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/simons-ears Day 43

There is nothing like more to do after a hectic day at work than come home and rub my dog Simon's ears. He has the best softest ears in the whole world, and I love the look on his little face, he goes into a bit of a trance, it's one of the few times he will sit still for any length of time. It is a very calming thing to do, and should be a required activity for all who work.


"Dogs are miracles with paws." -Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog simon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/simons-ears Wed, 13 Feb 2013 02:13:36 GMT
A Sign of Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/a-sign-of-spring Day 42

It's a true sign of spring when the peeps start popping up everywhere. I don't like them that much, 2 or 3 a year is all for me, and I prefer the traditional yellow peeps, but I'm not too good to eat a bunny or green chick after all they all taste the same. And I actually like them when they are a little stale, I know weird but they are good! You can be like my brother and put them in the microwave to warm them up, but you have to be careful, a second too long and you have peep guts all over the place.


"It would take over 70 million peeps lined up end to end to reach from New York City to Los Angeles."

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) easter peeps spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/a-sign-of-spring Tue, 12 Feb 2013 01:39:36 GMT
A Nice Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/a-nice-day Day 41

A few photos from a nice winter day here in Geneva...

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn bird eagle snow swan winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/a-nice-day Mon, 11 Feb 2013 03:02:31 GMT
After the Storm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/after-the-storm Day 40

The storm didn't last long and it left everything very pretty, a winter wonderland. But I will be so glad when it melts and the weather is consistently in the 70s! The dogs will too, they are a bit too short for these large snow falls and much prefer grass.


"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." -Terri Guillemets



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow tree winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/after-the-storm Sun, 10 Feb 2013 02:21:40 GMT
Nemo https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/nemo Day 39

Well we are waiting for winter storm Nemo to hit, but I think it will only be a bit of snow maybe about 10 inches which is nothing, haha! At least we are not in the Boston area they are forecast to get about 30 better there than here as far as I'm concerned. As for tonight and at least the morning I am going to stay cuddled up with the dogs and watch a little tv.


"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." -Carl Reiner



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) blizzard snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/nemo Sat, 09 Feb 2013 02:34:54 GMT
Heading North I Hope https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/heading-north-i-hope Day 38

I hope these geese are heading north, that they know something we don't and that warmer weather is on its way. The only problem is that there is a blizzard coming, one apparently of epic proportions. The one good thing is that it should be well east of us, we should only get a few inches of snow, possibly a foot which is better than what is forecast for New England two feet plus! Good for them!!


"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird geese winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/heading-north-i-hope Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:26:16 GMT
Second Day in a Row https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/second-day-in-a-row Day 37

Another interesting sunset on my way home from work, and of course I had to stop and take a photo, it doesn't matter that I had a sunset pic for yesterdays photo of the day and if I have the chance and the sun is out for a third straight day, I might take another one tomorrow night too. If I could my whole computer would be filled up with sunset photos, and maybe a few sunrises. I think they are so hard to capture and I keep trying I'm not sure that I have actually taken one that I love, there are a lot that I like but I am still trying for that one I love, and I will enjoy taking them until I get it, or my hard drive fills up which ever comes first!


"We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." -Konrad Adenauer



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky sunset trees winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/second-day-in-a-row Thu, 07 Feb 2013 01:54:28 GMT
Winter Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/winter-sunset Day 36

The sun is staying up longer now a days, which is so nice. I love getting home in the daylight and when the sun is actually out to see set, and the sky turns a wonderful orange color you can't help but think spring is getting closer. Just the color alone makes me feel warmer!


"When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator." -Mahatma Gandhi



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/winter-sunset Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:41:09 GMT
Monday Moon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/monday-moon Day 35

I'm a sucker for the morning sunrises and the pretty light, as long as I am awake. In the summer when the sun comes up way earlier I want no part of the pretty light. I did stop and take a quick photo of the sunrise on the way to work but then as I was heading west I noticed how pretty the blue sky was with the sliver of moon hanging up there, add in the pretty pink rimmed clouds and you have a nice peaceful picture to get you through the day, a Monday.


"The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary." -Alfred Kreymborg



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) monday moon winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/monday-moon Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:28:54 GMT
Super Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/super-sunday Day 34

It's Super Bowl Sunday, I don't care so much about the game, I kind of watch for the commercials but this year, at least so far they aren't very good. More importantly Sofie came over today for some eats and to watch the Puppy Bowl, which was much better than the real game has been. And more importantly it made Sofie giggle...a lot, which is the best sound ever.


"Laughter is an instant vacation." -Milton Berle



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) football sofie sunday winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/super-sunday Mon, 04 Feb 2013 01:40:02 GMT
Groundhog Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/groundhog-day Day 33

I have just one thing to say, that groundhog did not see his shadow....phew, I hope he's right an early spring!


Rita: "Do you ever have deja vu?" Phil: "Didn't you just ask me that?" -Groundhog Day



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) day groundhog ice winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/groundhog-day Sun, 03 Feb 2013 02:25:41 GMT
Fire in the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/fire-in-the-sky Day 32

Tonights sunset lasted about 10 minutes, after a day of clouds and snow the sun tried its damnedest to come out at least for a few minutes. I'm glad it happened just as I was walking out from work.


"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." -Andrew Wyeth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/2/fire-in-the-sky Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:59:53 GMT
Waiting for Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/waiting-for-spring Day 31

Well winter is back, the wind was silly today, blowing a gale all day long, now we are getting snow, yippee. But I have hope, tomorrow is February and as far as I am concerned the down hill side of winter, and it is a short month to boot.


"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." -Pietro Aretino



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/waiting-for-spring Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:38:43 GMT
This is Winter? https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/this-is-winter Day 30

If the whole winter could be as warm as today I wouldn't mind it, I could do without the rain but beggars can't be choosers. The temperature got to 60 today, a one day spring in January. Tomorrow back to reality, wind, low temps in the 30s and snow, oh well one day is better than none.


"The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality." -Henri Cartier Bresson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) trees winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/this-is-winter Thu, 31 Jan 2013 01:36:31 GMT
Foggy Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/foggy-morning Day 29

Fog is an interesting thing, it is almost like liquid, I like fog but not so much to drive in. At least this morning it wasn't so bad, it did mean that the weather was considerably warmer than it has been, also nice. But the fog makes everything fuzzy and soft looking and after the harsh sun on the bright snow a little fog gives the eyes a nice rest.


"The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on." -Carl Sanburg

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn fog horses winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/foggy-morning Wed, 30 Jan 2013 00:50:35 GMT
Big Ben https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/big-ben Day 28

I love this clock, it was my Grandfathers, and every time I look at it I think of him. It was on his bedside table for as long as I can remember, the clock a lamp, and a little dish that held some change. I remember hearing the loud ticking and wondered how anyone could sleep with that noise right next to your head. It doesn't work right now, it needs to be cleaned which isn't surprising it is more than 50 years old and well worn, but I am going to get it cleaned so I can hear that ticking at night I have a feeling it will put me right to sleep. But I won't set the alarm, that bell would scare the hell out of me first thing in the morning.


"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clock grandfather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/big-ben Tue, 29 Jan 2013 01:22:28 GMT
Eastman House https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/eastman-house Day 27

Took a trip to the George Eastman House, it's always inspiring to see exhibits by the great photographers of the past. And it is always so much better to see an actual photograph, taken with film and printed on paper. Today's digital images are great, with incredible detail but give an old black and white photo, grain and fuzziness any day, to me they seem more alive and real. I think it is because I wear glasses and the world seems a bit fuzzy and more inviting to me with out all of the harsh lines and details.


"You push the button, we do the rest." -George Eastman

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) photography https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/eastman-house Mon, 28 Jan 2013 02:08:02 GMT
Icy Conditions https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/icy-conditions Day 26

It was warmer today, if you call 25 warm, so I decided to venture out a little to see what I could find. What I found were a zillion sea gulls all hanging out on the frozen lake, I think they thought it was water but when they landed realized it was hard and slippery. They were having a time of it, trying to take off and land on that ice. They would try to get a running start when they took off which didn't work out so well and when they landed it was even better they would come gliding in and when they put their feet down they just kept on going trying to keep their balance. I could have watched them for hours but after about 10 minutes I was frozen and couldn't feel my fingers, so much for it warming up.


"Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless." -Bill Watterson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird ice winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/icy-conditions Sun, 27 Jan 2013 03:52:20 GMT
TGIF https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/tgif Day 25

Finally Friday!! It was a long week that started out with me being sick then ended with work, not sure what is worse...haha! But on the bright side for the first time all week the temperature rose to a balmy 20 degrees so that was nice. Looking forward to the weekend and a little rest and relaxation.


"There aren't enough days in the weekend."-Rod Schmidt



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) deer snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/tgif Sat, 26 Jan 2013 04:23:59 GMT
Feathers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/feathers Day 24

No not feathers but frost on the front window of my car, and frosty it was. When I left for work it was a whopping zero degrees, zero, nada, nothing, zilch or just plain cold. So now I am going to go get in bed and get my two dogs and cuddle up under a blanket, a quilt and another blanket and have them warm me up till we have to start all over again tomorrow, I hear it is going to be warmer, five degrees, get out the sunscreen.


"Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours." -Robert Byrne



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold frost winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/feathers Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:36:58 GMT
Five Degrees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/five-degrees Day 23

So it was super cold all day, in fact right now as I write this it is 4 degrees, but on my way home from work it was a balmy five degrees. It was so cold that the ice melter wouldn't melt the snow on the roads making it an interesting ride home. Hopefully tomorrow it will warm up, maybe make it to 15.


"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/five-degrees Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:18:15 GMT
Cuddly https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/cuddly Day 22

Well I am still under the weather today but at least I had little Divot to keep me warm and toasty all day. Her job for most of the day along with Simon was to sit on my lap sometimes on sometimes under the blanket. I think they were shocked I was home again and wondered what the deal was. Actually they probably didn't care who was home as long they could sit with them and be cuddly warm.


"Happiness is a warm puppy." -Charles M. Schulz



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold dog winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/cuddly Wed, 23 Jan 2013 01:36:20 GMT
I Hate Being Sick https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/i-hate-being-sick Day 21

I hate being sick, it is boring and of course the added benefit of being nauseous all day and night, so this was me all day not eating and sipping on warm coke, yum. So I will add a bonus photo I took yesterday down at the lake

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/i-hate-being-sick Tue, 22 Jan 2013 01:24:43 GMT
Hanging Out Down at the Lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/hanging-out-down-at-the-lake Day 20

I ran down to the park again, mostly to see if the eagle was around and to see if there were any interesting scenes because of the wind, and it was crazy windy today. But instead as I came around a corner sitting right there in a tree by the road were these 2 red tail hawks sitting in that tree just as pretty as a picture. So I stopped the car and they promptly took off, figures. So I went on my way and went looking for the eagle and other birds, I did see a couple of blue birds but they were flitting around too fast and I lost sight of them. As I was on my way out of the park there were the birds sitting back in the tree, this time I was ready for them, I had the camera out the window and I drove up slowly and was able to get them both before they took off back into the wind. I know red tail hawks are not an unusual thing around here but they are a bit difficult to photograph they keep flying away and to get two in one shot is kind of a cool thing, at least for me it is!


"True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable."-Dave Tyson Gentry



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird hawk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/hanging-out-down-at-the-lake Sun, 20 Jan 2013 22:14:54 GMT
Springlike Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/springlike-day Day 19

It was a day for errands, at least it was a little warm. I understand it is the warm before the cold, I guess by next week it will be hard pressed to get to 20 degrees, but today it was 50 and the birds were out. They were zipping around foraging for food and bits of fluff. I think it's too early to make nests but maybe they were gathering to keep warm. I bet they know whats coming!


"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." -Pietro Aretino



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/springlike-day Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:50:47 GMT
Morning Light https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/morning-light Day 18

Even thought today is Friday it could have been a Monday for me. I just couldn't get going this morning and neither could the dogs which didn't help. So I was late getting going to work and to top it off it was 9 degrees out, nice and chilly. So of course on my way to work the sunrise was especially nice and I managed to see a whole lot of photo opportunities. The light was beautiful and if I had stopped I would have been an hour late, but I did manage to stop for a quick minute and shoot a couple of shots of this farm just waking up, the gold light and the pink clouds were so pretty I had to be a little late to work!


"When you possess light within, you see it externally." -Anais Nin



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn dawn farm sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/morning-light Sat, 19 Jan 2013 03:00:03 GMT
Snowflake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/snowflake Day 17

It started to snow a little today while we were at lunch. But it was so cold that the flakes were kind of big and they didn't melt right away so you could really see the shape and how delicate they are. I started to get mesmerized watching them fall and stick to the window. I wish that snowflakes were around when it was much warmer so you could stand outside and watch them without danger of freezing to death.


"We are like a snowflake, all different in our own beautiful way." -Unknown Author

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold snow snowflake winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/snowflake Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:38:25 GMT
Middle of the Week https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/middle-of-the-week Day 16

I love the late day sun, especially in the winter the sun looks weak like it is trying to warm up but can't. Like  it's heater isn't working and it's trying and trying to do it's job. The good thing is the days are getting a little longer each day, even though it's just by a couple minutes they are still getting longer. Pretty soon I will be able to drive all the way home in the daylight, when that happens to me at least winter is almost over!


"One kind word can warm three winter months." -Japanese Proverb



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun trees winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/middle-of-the-week Thu, 17 Jan 2013 01:51:08 GMT
Just Another Tuesday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/just-another-tuesday Day 15

I really really wanted to stay outside this morning and enjoy the view. The sun came out a little and the light was so beautiful, even though the only thing I saw it shining on was a warehouse building, a bunch of parked trucks and the back of the building I work in. So at least it was a pretty walk in from the parking lot.


"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." -John Muir



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds light sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/just-another-tuesday Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:59:49 GMT
Simon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/simon Day 14

Simon is the A dog, he is the older brother and it's funny how he acts like a big brother to Divot. Actually he pretty much ignores her, most of the time, but they do hang out together and conspire. For example Divot waits patiently while Simon tips over the small trash can in the bathroom so they can rip up tissues. But mostly Simon is my buddy, he is my protector, my watch dog, the dog that comes when I call him, and sits when I ask him. He has soulful eyes that I can't resist and a short stubby little tail that is always wagging. He would do anything to please me and I try to do everything to please him.


"Dogs laugh, but they laugh with their tails." -Max Eastman




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog simon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/simon Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:39:07 GMT
Art is Everywhere https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/art-is-everywhere Day 13

I was looking around for a photo today and came upon this graffiti, usually the graffiti on the trains around here are names and things like that. They are cool and all but this one was especially interesting, I really like it for some reason, I liked it so much I actually stopped in the middle of the road and snapped a picture. It's not what I normally would take for the photo of the day but as I said I like this painting. I wish I could get a really good graffiti artist to come and paint my whole room!


"As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life." -John Lubbock



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) art graffiti train https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/art-is-everywhere Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:48:10 GMT
Saturday Walk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/saturday-walk Day 12

It was unusually nice today, well not super nice but warmer than normal about 54 degrees so I decided to take the dogs for a short walk down at the lake. Not to long of a walk I mean lets not get crazy, it is still winter and it was kind of windy and of course i wasn't dressed quite right, but a walk none the less. The dogs had an great time, they walked 3 times as far as I did and smelled every blade of grass, tree and rock in the whole park. They were so busy they didn't even bother with other people or dogs at the park. I hope the dogs are tired enough to sleep the rest of the night, because I am.


"After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value." -George Macauley Trevelyan





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) saturday walk winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/saturday-walk Sun, 13 Jan 2013 02:07:38 GMT
Divot! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/divot Day 11

I was thinking about my dogs, actually I was daydreaming at work thinking how I would like to be home with them sitting in the recliner watching tv. So I thought how would I take their photos, as if they were my kids (which they are, but I mean the 2 legged variety). So when I got home Divot was in a cooperative mood and just sat there and let me take her photo, I think it is the perfect photo because this is all she does, sit there and look at you, trying to will you to give her some sort of treat. It usually works, how could you refuse that face! 


"My little dog -  a heartbeat at my feet." -Edith Wharton




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/divot Sat, 12 Jan 2013 01:48:33 GMT
Feathers in the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/feathers-in-the-sky Day 10

Clouds are great, that is the clouds that float in pretty blue sky, not the clouds that blanket the sky and cover every inch of blue and blot out the sun. But pretty wispy, puffy white clouds are awesome. I think tomorrow it might rain, bummer, but there is always hope for a rainbow!


"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/feathers-in-the-sky Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:34:16 GMT
Greeting the Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/greeting-the-day Day 9

It was another nice drive to work, another pink sky and more sun. It made an ordinary Wednesday a little nicer, as far as Wednesdays go. I wonder if we can make it three days in a row tomorrow. 


"Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light." -Jean Giraudoux



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird sky sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/greeting-the-day Thu, 10 Jan 2013 02:11:18 GMT
Dawn at the Lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/dawn-at-the-lake Day 8

I have noticed that if the sun is out in the morning I am in a much better mood during the day. And a way better mood when I get a awesome photo of the sunrise, or in this case the pre-sunrise dawn. Even though it was cold and I was as usual running a bit late but I just had to stop and take a quick photo. It is very quiet at this time of the day, just before everything wakes up, which is usually the case for me, I hate to get up in the morning. Hence the always running late to work.


"I'd like the mornings better if they started later." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dawn snow sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/dawn-at-the-lake Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:47:50 GMT
Another Kind of Tracks https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/another-kind-of-tracks Day 7

A different kind of tracks, and pattern, I like to try to find patterns in everyday places and a fresh dusting of snow on an unused parking lot is always a good place to start.


"I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help." -Ruth Bernhard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) pattern snow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/another-kind-of-tracks Tue, 08 Jan 2013 02:44:11 GMT
The Dogs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/the-dogs Day 6

My two dogs pretend not to like each other, but they really do, I think. Simon is the big brother (the footprint on the left is his) and Divot is the little sister (the right one is hers). They don't exactly cuddle up with each other but they do sit together on a chair, especially is someone is on that chair. They will both tag team you when it is dinner time, each taking turns staring you down until you finally get up and get their dinner. But they are completely different personality wise, Simon is always in motion, jumping and running around, when we go for a walk he leads the way. Divot on the other hand wants nothing more than to sit on your lap, her sole ambition in life is to take a nap so she has the energy to go to bed. On walks she lags behind and would rather be carried, she thinks she belongs to a movie star or something. As most people with pets say, I don't know what I would do with out them, they infuriate me, they drive me nuts, but they make me laugh. I'm glad I saw their little footprints next to each other in the snow, it might be the best picture I have of the two of them together.


"Dogs are miracles with paws." -Attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dogs snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/the-dogs Mon, 07 Jan 2013 02:54:09 GMT
Determination https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/determination Day 5

This is one determined squirrel, he tried and tried to get up one of the poles with a feeder on it but couldn't reach them because of the ingenious squirrel guards I put up. (a gallon milk carton with the bottom cut out) It finally figured out there was a pole without a guard so it shimmied up the pole and from the top supermanned it on over to the top of another pole and promptly fell off. But after a couple more tries it finally hung on and managed to reach on over and have some munchies but finally gave up and ran away. It must have thought that it was way too much work for the little bit of food it was managing to get. I guess I am going to have to figure out how to make a new guard for the other pole, the war against the squirrels has begun.


"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable." -Thomas Foxwell Buxton



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) squirrel winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/determination Sun, 06 Jan 2013 02:30:27 GMT
January Thaw https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/january-thaw Day 4

So after you get tons of snow what happens, it melts and makes cool icicles on everything and everywhere. I love how they look especially on a sunny day, all shiny and smooth. When we were young we used to have the best time at my grandmothers house breaking them off and licking them like they were super cold popsicles, we don't do that any more which is a shame, it was fun. I do know for a fact that my brother still knocks them off his roof for sport, this weekend I am going out to his house and knock a few off myself!


"Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) ice winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/january-thaw Sat, 05 Jan 2013 02:28:42 GMT
Time to go South https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/time-to-go-south Day 3

Did you ever notice how the geese fly south? In that classic V pattern, each bird taking a turn leading the way so no one bird gets so tired they can't continue. It's amazing to think they just know to do this, they don't exactly come up with a plan and write it down and distribute it among the group so they all know their jobs, they just take off and fly. Around here they are a common sight, some say a nuisance but I like them, I like their honking, if you close your eyes it sounds kind of like a party with a bunch of people talking, well at least to me it does. One thing about geese, they have the right idea, they head south for the winter.


"Happier of happy though I be, like them I cannot take possession of the sky, mount with a thoughtless impulse, and wheel there, one of a mighty multitude whose way and motion is a harmony and dance magnificent." -William Wordsworth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds south winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/time-to-go-south Fri, 04 Jan 2013 02:32:49 GMT
Here We Go Again https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/here-we-go-again Day 1

Well I can't believe it but I am going to start this whole thing again. I was so happy to be done that I started again! But this time I have some company, my sister Danielle, her husband Ira and my Uncle Louis are all going to attempt this challenge with me, so that should be interesting. I think this time around things might be a bit different, there will be more photos of the things in my life, objects in the house that are special or interesting, my dogs who always are interesting, at least to me,, maybe even my parents...if they will let me. Also this time around I will take some photos with my cell phone, so that should open up a whole bunch of possibilities for new photos. But don't worry there will still be sunrises and sunsets and of course the lake and birds, all the usuals because I love to photograph those things. I can't wait to see what year 2 brings!


"Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of." -Charles Richards





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) new year winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/here-we-go-again Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:44:00 GMT
Patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/patterns Day 2

i love to look for patterns, in everyday things and in nature, every where. They fascinate me, man made patterns are everywhere, the roofs of buildings, the way tires are lined up to be sold, even shopping carts lined up outside a store. Next time you are out and about take a closer look at things, you will see patterns emerge, believe it or not the snow really brings them out. And as a bonus it will give you something to do during this long winter.


"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." -Mark Twain



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) patterns snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2013/1/patterns Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:11:26 GMT
2012 https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/2012 Day 366

It's the last day of the year, the last day of my year long project to take a photo a day and I can't believe I actually did it. It is the first time I ever made a new years resolution and actually kept it. It was an interesting project. It made me look at everything and I mean everything as a possible photo, because if you think about it 366 photos is a whole lot of photos and I was sort of worried that I would run out of things to photograph, which is silly if you think about it, there is always something to photograph. I enjoyed looking for a different photo everyday, even on very bad days, days when I didn't feel good, rainy days and sunny days. I expect I will continue to look, after all the photo of the day has to continue! 

Here are some little facts about the 366 photos of the day:

There are 40 sunrises and sunsets

There are 18 barns

There are 48 photos of or near Seneca Lake

There are 69 of birds (all varieties, eagles, hawks, falcons, sparrows, ducks, gulls, herons, a turkey, plus more..)

There are 6 of my dogs

6 of my nieces

362 were taken in New York State

3 in Massachusetts

1 in Rhode Island

There are 3 of American flags

6 photos of cows 

3 rainbows



"Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each day." -Michael Josephson








Me, Divot and Simon as photographed by Sofia Boncaro, age 7...with her new camera.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/2012 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 03:09:12 GMT
The Last Sunday of the Year https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-last-sunday-of-the-year Day 365

Finally today the sun came out, and it didn't snow so I was able to get out of the house, which was so nice I couldn't believe it. I wanted to drive around a bit to find a photo for the day but it was so cold and windy I didn't want to get out of the car. But I did drive around and went down to my old standby location, the state park. It was even colder and windier down there, and I didn't get out of the car because as I said, it was COLD. I wonder what the last day of the year will bring, and what kind of picture I will find for my last shot of the year. Well stay tuned...


"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold snow trees winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-last-sunday-of-the-year Mon, 31 Dec 2012 01:21:35 GMT
Even More Snow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/even-more-snow Day 364

Well the weather men got the forecast for today a bit wrong, they said 1-4 inches. Yeah right, we had to get 6 easy and it is still snowing out. All that snow didn't slow down the birds at the feeder though. They were out in force digging under the snow to find some munchies. I watched them for a long time and tried to take photos through the front window. I wasn't about to go outside and freeze, so I sat in the front window still in my jammies and took a bunch of photos. This was my favorite one because of the cute little snowflake right on the top of this cute little birds head.


"Snowflakes are kisses from heaven." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/even-more-snow Sun, 30 Dec 2012 02:19:03 GMT
It's Definitely Not Summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/its-definitely-not-summer Day 363

Well today was bar none, the longest, worst, most difficult, frustrating day at work.  But it is over and I have a long weekend and am going to go to bed early. I hear we are expecting a bit more snow this weekend, oh joy.


"I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood." -Bill Watterson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/its-definitely-not-summer Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:45:55 GMT
The Snow Came https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-snow-came Day 362

Well it snowed...a lot, in just one night it snowed 18 inches, and that is too much for me. It was too much to drive through so I had to wait for the plow guy to come plow me out. It's too much to shovel, so I shoveled just a small path to my car to be able to get in. It's too much for the dogs, it's higher than them, so i had to make some sort of path for them to go out and do their business, which they didn't want to do because there was too much snow. I have a feeling that as soon as we get this snow taken care of more will be on it's way, I am not going to like this winter, I am going to go south from now on, just like the birds!


"Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours." -Robert Byrne



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-snow-came Fri, 28 Dec 2012 02:34:12 GMT
The Snow is Coming https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-snow-is-coming Day 361

We didn't get much snow last winter, so we are going to get it all in one night this year, as I sit here it is snowing about an inch an hour they say by tomorrow we should have around 14 inches of snow. Yikes, my dogs are not 14 inches high so that should be interesting. I have already shoveled a little path for them twice since I got home from work and will have to again before the night is over. I guess I don't mind the snow, if we only get these big storms once a year. I know 2 little dogs that are right now trying to figure out a way to not go out until June.


"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?" -J.B. Priestley



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow storm winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-snow-is-coming Thu, 27 Dec 2012 02:34:02 GMT
White Christmas https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/white-christmas Day 360

It's Christmas and we woke up, a bit too early, to a white Christmas, not a lot of white but just enough to cover everything. It made it a picture perfect day to spend with family and open presents and have some fun. 


"May your days be merry and bright and may all your Christmases be white" -Irving Berlin, White Christmas

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/white-christmas Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:33:48 GMT
Christmas Eve https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/christmas-eve Day 359

it's Christmas Eve and I hope your Elf reports back to Santa and you get everything you wish for. Merry Christmas to all!

"May peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!"-Author Unknown


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) Elf Santa christmas https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/christmas-eve Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:49:53 GMT
Christmas Eve Eve https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/christmas-eve-eve Day 358

The day before Christmas Eve was a busy one, running errands, visiting and having visitors, not a moment to rest...for a human. But my dog Simon took advantage of the afternoon sun to sit in a comfy chair and take a nap. I was jealous because that is just exactly what I wanted to be doing but by the time I was able to sit down the sun had gone behind the clouds and shortly after it was dark. So before I go to bed, I better finish wrapping!


"Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts." -Lenora Mattingly Weber



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas dog nap sun winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/christmas-eve-eve Mon, 24 Dec 2012 02:58:41 GMT
First Snow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/first-snow Day 357

Well winter came in with a bang. Your basic snow storm, nothing huge but enough snow that you had to shovel it and enough wind to blow it around, which means while you are shoveling it blows down your neck and freezes you. So after a long morning of trying to get out of the driveway, then going to get my snow tires put on...a day late I might add...the clouds started to break up and the sun came out. It made for a beautiful evening sunset, the clear sunlight all at the same time turning everything orange and pink and blue. It was cold and the driving not so great but I am glad I took the time to carefully drive around and see the beauty.


"One kind word can warm three winter months." -Japanese Proverb




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) church snow sunset winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/first-snow Sun, 23 Dec 2012 03:25:50 GMT
Winter Solstice https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/winter-solstice Day 356

It's the shortest day of the year, or the longest night depending on how you look at it. I like this day because it only gets lighter from here on out, a couple minutes each day and before long it's still light when I get home from work. Pretty soon the sun will be up before I get out of bed, so no more sunrise photos and more sunsets. Even though it is the first day of winter and there is a lot of winter left it still seems to me that it won't last long, I must be nuts because it can still last 3 more months but still the days are numbered. So on this longest night of the year, i am going to cuddle up with the dogs, have some tea then go to bed and enjoy the dark.


"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless." -Terri Guillemets



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) candle winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/winter-solstice Sat, 22 Dec 2012 02:04:15 GMT
Morning Chat https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/morning-chat Day 355

I carpool to work with my brother most days, he's a good person to carpool with, at least with me because I don't have to talk to him! Neither of us are morning people so it's perfect, we ride to and from work not saying much, listening to the radio and yelling at the occasional annoying driver in our way. 


"I'd like mornings better if they started later." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird dawn sunrise tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/morning-chat Fri, 21 Dec 2012 02:27:00 GMT
It's Getting Closer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/its-getting-closer Day 354

Christmas is getting closer, my mom is making lists of things to buy, most importantly the grocery list! I, thankfully am done with my shopping, well almost... And I haven't even started to wrap anything, well there's still a whole weekend yet to get it all done!


"At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year" -Thomas Tusser



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas lights santa tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/its-getting-closer Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:43:41 GMT
One Week https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/one-week Day 353

Well it's just one week till Christmas and I for one can't wait! I'm not excited so much for myself, I like to give stuff to people, I always try to find something interesting and different. It doesn't have to be expensive just cool. Even though I like to give gifts getting them is fun too, I better get my letter to Santa in the mail!


"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." -Peg Bracken



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas santa https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/one-week Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:23:12 GMT
Monday Blahs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/monday-blahs Day 352

It's Monday, joy, Monday and I still have a cold and don't feel like doing anything except drink this big old mug of sleepytime tea and go to bed, which is just what I am going to do!


"Monday is a lame way to spend 1/7 of your life." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds monday sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/monday-blahs Tue, 18 Dec 2012 02:22:55 GMT
Windy Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/windy-sunday Day 351

It was rather warm today, almost 50! But with the wind it sure didn't feel like it. Plus it was cloudy again. AND on top of all that I have a cold, so I didn't feel like traipsing about looking for a photo. So I am going to have a cup of tea and go to bed early and hope this cold doesn't get any worse, I have a lot to do this week!


"If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it." -Toni Morrison






[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird wind winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/windy-sunday Mon, 17 Dec 2012 02:01:10 GMT
Lights! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/lights Day 350

I know i said earlier this week that I like the understated elegant decorations, but I lied, I like the light, and the more lights the better. I swear one of these days you will be able to see my house from space just like the Griswolds house in the movie Christmas Vacation. 


"Is your house on fire, Clark? No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights." -Christmas Vacation



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas lights https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/lights Sun, 16 Dec 2012 02:02:42 GMT
The Children https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-children Day 349

I have to admit, I was so busy at work today that I didn't hear about the events of the day until much later in the afternoon. I hadn't heard of them when I went to lunch and stopped at a small park where we often eat lunch. I have seen this playground just about everyday of the past 3 or 4 years, it is on the road I take most often to and from work, but today for some reason I wanted to photograph it of it for the photo of the day. I don't know what drew me to it after all this time but today was the day, and later when I found out what had happened I thought it a perfect picture of the day...an empty playground.


"Children make your life important." -Erma Bombeck




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) children color playground https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-children Sat, 15 Dec 2012 04:06:30 GMT
The Sun! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-sun Day 348

I was late to work this morning, nothing was going as planned, I overslept, the dogs were not very fast outside, I even burned my toast. So i was headed to work, late, and couldn't believe my eyes, the sun was actually out, I just had to stop and take a photo, making me even later, but not much and it was worth it, after all I had forgotten what it looked like!


"I'd like mornings better if they started later." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun sunrise winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-sun Fri, 14 Dec 2012 04:05:12 GMT
Movin' on Up https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/movin-on-up Day 347

When I saw this little bird flying up to the next wire the theme song from the old tv show 'The Jeffersons' came right to mind. I don't know why, maybe I've watched too much tv in my lifetime, but not I can't get that song out of my head! And I took the picture on my way to work at 8am!!


"Well we're movin on up, to the east side. To a deluxe apartment in the sky." -Jeffersons theme song

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/movin-on-up Thu, 13 Dec 2012 01:50:06 GMT
Decorations https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/decorations Day 346

I love driving around looking at the christmas decorations on all of the houses. I love them all, the elegantly simple ones, the insanely tacky ones, all of them. In fact I always wanted to be one of those people who started in September setting up and spent a years salary on the electric bill for the month of December. But I also would like to be one of those people who have a big old house with a tree in the window and just a couple decorations that are very understated and pretty. I guess when I grow up I will have to have two houses!


"Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority." -W.J. Cameron




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas decoration winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/decorations Wed, 12 Dec 2012 01:30:09 GMT
Red https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/red Day 345

I thought we needed a bit of Holiday cheer today, I mean seriously, with the oppressive gray rainy cold day a little color was in order. So what's more cheery than a bright red ornament? Not much! 


"Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand." -Dr. Seuss

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas ornament winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/red Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:56:17 GMT
Not a Leaf in Sight https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/not-a-leaf-in-sight Day 344

The question these last few days has been, where the hell is the sun? It makes it a little challenging to find a good photo when it is so dark and gray, no color to be found anywhere except brown and gray. So once I got it in my head not to look for color it was a little easier, I started to notice how some of the trees looked with out the leaves. Each type looked so different silhouetted against the overcast sky, you never notice this with all the leaves on the trees, they look interesting like someone took a big old pen and doodles a riot of branches on a white paper. I kind of think it is oddly delicate and pretty. But the weatherman says a few days this week the sun is supposed to come out...sure it is.


"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation." -Sinclair Lewis



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) gray tree winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/not-a-leaf-in-sight Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:31:04 GMT
Nature https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/nature Day 343

Nature amazes me, trees don't have brains but they still are able to protect themselves. This bunch of trees by the road had these crazy long thorns growing out the the trunk, I mean they look deadly, I wouldn't want to get anywhere near them and they were all over. There is no way a squirrel could get up with out risk of perforation. I don't know what kind of trees they are, and what is so special about them they have to have these deadly needles sticking out of them but they must be there for a reason. They remind me of the trees in the Wizard of Oz, and we know how I feel about that movie!


"If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere." -Vincent Van Gogh



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) nature tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/nature Sun, 09 Dec 2012 04:10:15 GMT
God's Thumbprint https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/gods-thumbprint Day 342

Admit it these clouds look like a HUGE thumbprint. Maybe God just wanted to remind us that he is still around and this time of year isn't all about the shopping and the gifts. Not that I am against all that, I like a good gift myself! But we should remember that it's not really about that at all.


"This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone." -Taylor Caldwell



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas clouds god https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/gods-thumbprint Sat, 08 Dec 2012 03:05:19 GMT
Morning Has Broken https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/morning-has-broken Day 341

Another lovely sunrise this morning, the mornings are very nice when you can actually see the sun and it's not behind thick gray clouds. I wish my job could be to sit and watch the sun come up every day, watch it travel across they sky among the blue sky and occasional cloud, then watch it set. I would be great fun to try and record all the different colors you see, there would be more than you find in a crayon box.


"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/morning-has-broken Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:14:58 GMT
Small Town https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/small-town Day 340

Doesn't this scene look like it could be in any small town in America? All it needs is snow to make it look all Norman Rockwell like, but I for one am glad there is no snow in the photo! I think there will be quite a few night time photos in the next 26 days, at least there are lots of interesting things to photograph, Christmas time is very photogenic. 


"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month." -Harlan Miller



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas lights tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/small-town Thu, 06 Dec 2012 03:11:23 GMT
Sunrise Flight https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/sunrise-flight Day 339

It was a lovely morning, blue sky with nice pink clouds floating around. Just before the sun came up they were the pinkest, I think that is why the birds start flying around at that time of day, they want to be up there in the pretty pink fluff. I bet it is fun to be a bird, flying up there looking down on all of us humans, feeling sorry for us that we cannot be in the pink fluff with them.


"Seagulls... slim yachts of the element." -Robinson Jeffers



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird clouds sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/sunrise-flight Wed, 05 Dec 2012 01:55:09 GMT
The Tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-tree Day 338

It was a nice night, that's why I decided to take a photo of the city's Christmas tree, I figured I didn't even need to wear gloves so I wouldn't wait till later in the month when it might be freezing and I couldn't feel my fingers. I like to try to take pics of the lights, it's kind of like trying to get good photos of fireworks, you never know what you will get. But the one came out nice, it was clear and the lake was calm, so clear that you can see Rose Hill Mansion in the background, it's clear across the lake, has to be at least a mile away, it adds a nice touch, without the leaves on the trees you get a good view, you can even see the huge columns on the front of the house.


"The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!" -Charles N. Barnard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas lake lights tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/the-tree Tue, 04 Dec 2012 03:27:17 GMT
Tis the Season https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/tis-the-season Day 337

I love the smell of fresh Christmas trees and wreaths, it is the smell of comfort, of simpler times. It just smells lovely, like Christmas, or the woods after a nice cool rain in the summer, but it's not as nice as the Christmas smell! Now if it will only stop raining. 


"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." -Norman Vincent Peale



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) christmas tree wreath https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/tis-the-season Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:44:49 GMT
A Busy Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/a-busy-day Day 336

For some reason I can't think of anything clever to write tonight, maybe I'm too tired, it has been a long busy day. So I will leave you with an interesting quote...


"All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it." -John Berger



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/12/a-busy-day Sun, 02 Dec 2012 03:12:35 GMT
One Month To Go https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/one-month-to-go Day 335

Today is the last day of November, only 31 days left in the year, 31 more photos, I never would have thought I would get this far but now there is just one month left. I wonder how I will feel the last day of the year, relieved? I bet there will be relief but I also be that I will still continue to do a photo of the day, it's a habit now, and I enjoy it, it keeps me off the streets!


"If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera." -Lewis Hine



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/one-month-to-go Sat, 01 Dec 2012 02:56:03 GMT
New Toys https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/new-toys Day 334

Today was a nice day, the sun was out, the sky was blue, the water even bluer. It was windy but even that didn't matter too much. But even with all the nice weather that wasn't the best part of the day, the best part was getting my new phone! I love the new toys and have to control myself or else I would be in the poor house, just with a lot of cool stuff.


"You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy." -Eric Hoffer



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) toys water https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/new-toys Fri, 30 Nov 2012 03:07:59 GMT
The Willows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-willows Day 333

I have always been fascinated by the willow trees that line the north end of Seneca Lake. I have no idea why they are there or how long they have been there, I just know they have been there forever. They are lined up like guards, for almost 2 miles and when the wind finally manages to blow one of the old ones down a new one is planted in its place, which is nice, there will be the big old trees guarding the lake for generations to come.


"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver." -Martin Luther



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) trees willows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-willows Thu, 29 Nov 2012 01:23:47 GMT
Fall Fishing https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/fall-fishing Day 332

I couldn't believe these guys were out fishing today. That takes dedication, it was only about 35 degrees and a little windy, but they were out there fishing away, I bet they were having the best time out there in the quiet on the lake with no one to bother them. If it weren't so darn cold I might have considered it myself.


"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind." -Washington Irving






[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fishing lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/fall-fishing Wed, 28 Nov 2012 03:32:28 GMT
The Sun Rises https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-sun-rises Day 331

Another day, another sunrise, another photo. Sunsets are still my favorite but this time of year sunrises are hard to beat. Mostly because the sun comes up so late I am actually awake for the sunrise.


"With each sunrise, we start anew." -Unknown


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-sun-rises Tue, 27 Nov 2012 02:56:16 GMT
Quiet Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/quiet-time Day 330

It was a quiet day today, the lull after the eat fest of Thanksgiving. Not much was going on, it was cloudy and cold, the kind of day to stay in and watch tv. But I ventured out, I had stuff to do, one thing was to find a photo for the day. I saw this lone bird hanging out by its self and thought of all the zillion seagulls around I wonder why this one went down to the state park and stood on a pole. I mean there are crowds of the birds in parking lots all over town. Then I realized this bird was just doing what a lot of people wanted to do today, be alone after battling all the crazies shopping!


"By all means use sometimes to be alone. Salute thyself; see what thy soul doth wear."-George Herbert



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird lake water https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/quiet-time Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:48:58 GMT
Whats With the Weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/whats-with-the-weather Day 329

Today we had all the weather you could want, except for warm. It was windy, sunny, snowy, cloudy, did I mention snowy? After this past week which was kind of warm the wind today kind of took your breath away, even the dogs were shivering. I think it is going to be a cold winter, that does not bode well for me walking these dogs at 630 in the morning.


"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." -John Ruskin



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/whats-with-the-weather Sun, 25 Nov 2012 01:50:15 GMT
Up Early https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/up-early Day 328

So I was up early today, early enough to go shopping, but I didn't, I had to go to work. But since I was up so early I got ready and got out of the house in time to see this awesome sunrise over the lake. So I guess it's a good thing I didn't go stand in line to get in a store, I would have missed it...I can always go to the store but rarely am I up early enough to see the sunrise.  


"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." -George Washington Carver



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/up-early Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:56:07 GMT
Thanksgiving https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/thanksgiving Day 327

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks. I'm especially thankful for a lot of things, my parents, my brother and sister, my dogs and good friends. Also stuff like a warm house and comfy bed, food to eat, the beautiful blue sky today, so as I sit here in a bit of a food coma I am thankful for everything, especially the fact that the hawk in the picture took off and flew toward me and I was paying attention.


"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues." -Cicero



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird fall hawk thanksgiving https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/thanksgiving Fri, 23 Nov 2012 01:49:04 GMT
It's Been a Long Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/its-been-a-long-day Day 326

So how can a day have so many hours in it? Today has been the longest day, at least 48 hours long! Maybe it's because I am looking forward to tomorrow and a day off in the middle of the week, a day built around eating. The only bummer is that I have to work on Friday, but for now I will be thankful for the day off!


"All that we behold is full of blessings." -William Wordsworth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn morning sheep https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/its-been-a-long-day Thu, 22 Nov 2012 03:05:13 GMT
My Favorite Movie Ever https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/my-favorite-movie-ever Day 325

I was flipping around on the tv looking for something to watch and I couldn't believe it, To Kill a Mockingbird was just starting. I don't even mind that there are commercials, it's such a good movie. In fact to me it is the best movie I have seen. And as is usual the book is better, I love the book enough to have read it at least 15 times, possibly more. For a while I would read it every summer vacation. I'm not sure why I like it, there is no action, no great love story, no vampires, none of that nonsense. It is just a book about a single father trying to teach his kids about tolerance and honor. In fact that father, Atticus Finch, was voted the greatest hero of the movies of the past 100 years. He didn't need massive guns or explosions to save the world, just his principles.


"If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." -Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) movie https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/my-favorite-movie-ever Wed, 21 Nov 2012 02:20:07 GMT
Monday Monday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/monday-monday Day 324

The only thing that made this morning tolerable was not the fact that it was freezing out, but the lovely sunrise. That and the fact that I actually got up and out early enough to see it and not be late to work, which is a miracle especially on a Monday.


"I can see the orange haze on the horizon as the morning exhales a yawn, and seems to be ready to rise." -Jeb Dickerson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bench lake sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/monday-monday Tue, 20 Nov 2012 02:29:39 GMT
Lazy Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/lazy-sunday Day 323

It was such a nice day that I should have done so much, but I was so lazy that I didn't do much at all. I had every intention to do a whole host of things, not that I could name any of those things right now. But I did take the dogs out for a while, filled the bird feeders, then took photos of the birds eating at the feeders, which is always a challenge. I went to get gas and stopped at the drugstore, I desperately needed some chocolate, then home again. Then for my biggest challenge of the day, I tried to take a photo of the dogs for their Christmas card. Every year the hardest part is coming up with something for them to wear, but I think I accomplished my mission. Then dinner and in my pjs by 6:15pm, so for the rest of the evening I have been sitting in the recliner with 2 dogs snuggled up with me waiting for it to be time to go to bed.


  "A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content." -Proverb

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird lazy sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/lazy-sunday Mon, 19 Nov 2012 01:49:55 GMT
Crazy Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/crazy-day Day 322

Well it was a super busy, long day today and as a result I am way tired and going to bed early! The opening of my first show was a great success and much thanks to all who came!


"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." -William Shakespeare



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) duck fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/crazy-day Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:56:09 GMT
Cheshire Cat https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/cheshire-cat Day 321

When the moon is like this doesn't it remind you of the Cheshire Cat? It's up there looking down on us just smiling away as he should be, it was such a nice night. Speaking of night, did you ever notice how the night seems to arrive from the top down and the day seems to arrive from the bottom up? I know you are thinking what are you talking about, but if you notice the dark night sky comes down on us all, you can still see the last bit of the sunset for a long while after the sun has set. All along the horizon there is a orange glow until the dark purple blue sky covers it all up like a blanket.


"The night walked down the sky with the moon in her hand." -Frederick L. Knowles



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) moon sky sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/cheshire-cat Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:21:00 GMT
Miami https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/miami Day 320

It looks like I am going to have to be very creative these last 46 days of the year. I can't always go looking for a photo at lunchtime and by the time I leave work it is dark, so on my way to work it will be dark, so I guess I will have to take some photos of the dark. I have always loved the Miami Motel sign, it cracks me up we couldn't be farther away from Miami yet there is it in all it's neon glory the Miami Motel, when you drive by in the daylight on the roof are green dolphins statues. No self respecting dolphin would be caught dead way up here in the north. In fact the way this winter has started out I kind of think I should head to the Canandaigua Motel, I hear there is one in Miami Florida.


"Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) miami https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/miami Fri, 16 Nov 2012 01:07:21 GMT
A Wednesday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/a-wednesday Day 319

I have been sitting here trying to come up with something witty to write for today's entry but I can't, it was an ordinary Wednesday, middle of the week day. So I will attempt to find an interesting quote to sum up the day. 


"Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be." -Mignon McLaughlin



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn horse https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/a-wednesday Thu, 15 Nov 2012 03:54:08 GMT
Corn Chaos https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/corn-chaos Day 318

So today I had exactly 12 minutes to find a photo, at least one in the daytime. Since it gets dark before I leave work and this morning it was miserable on the way to work, and I couldn't go at lunch because today is my little brothers birthday and I took him out to lunch. So I had 12 minutes from the end of lunch till the time I had to be back to work. I took the long way back to work and noticed the corn fields blowing in the wind and thought what the heck, it looks kind of cool and I bet in black and white it might look better. When I got home and looked at the picture it really was more interesting than I thought, but you really have to look at it. You can see the neatly spaced stalks broken and blowing in the wind,  how graceful the leaves look, to me I can really see the motion and the chaos. But if you look it's not chaotic at all.


"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds." -George Santayana



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) corn wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/corn-chaos Wed, 14 Nov 2012 02:19:52 GMT
Monday Calm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/monday-calm Day 317

It was a slightly calm day for a Monday, unusually warm, if the leaves were on the trees it would have looked like a summer day. This year is rapidly coming to an end, I mean next week is Thanksgiving then Christmas and New Years and the year is over. It will be over in 49 days I have to find 49 more photos to complete a year. I won't get ahead of myself, I will just worry about tomorrow and what that will bring.


"While there is perhaps a province in which the photography can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see." -Dorothea Lange



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/monday-calm Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:41:51 GMT
Daffy Duck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/daffy-duck Day 316

Every time I see these ducks, northern shovelers, I laugh, to me they look just like Daffy Duck, which reminds me of the Looney Tunes cartoons which are my most favorite. They put any cartoon made today to shame, yes they were a bit violent but they are cartoons and wicked funny cartoons at that. There is just something about the fact that they are made the old fashioned way, hand drawn nothing fancy just the cartoon and a voice, in the case of these particular cartoons just one person making all the voices. But the best part of watching them is that I am instantly brought back in time sitting on our couch laughing with my brother and sister while we watched. 


Daffy Duck - "What a fantastic view." Bugs Bunny - "Unless you're in the audience in which case you've been staring at an elephant's behind for 30 seconds."


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cartoon duck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/daffy-duck Mon, 12 Nov 2012 01:34:22 GMT
Take Off https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/take-off Day 315

Another busy weekend day, even though I don't think I did that much, it just seems like I did. Now tomorrow I am going to try to do even less, which might be hard because it is actually supposed to be near 70 degrees. I won't know what to do with myself! I think I will go for a drive and look for photographs!


"The camera can photograph thought." -Dirk Bogarde



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds flight geese https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/take-off Sun, 11 Nov 2012 02:21:55 GMT
Boy It's Early https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/boy-its-early Day 314

I've decided that if you are up to see the sunrise, no matter what time that is it's too early. So as a result I am too tired to write much tonight, instead  here is a photo of said sunrise...goodnight.


"The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary." -Alfred Kreymborg



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) morning sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/boy-its-early Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:15:05 GMT
Finally Done! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/finally-done Day 313

I am finally done! All the photos have been framed. Which might not sound like a lot but I have been framing photos little by little since April. I am so happy to be done! The photo show is a week away and I can't wait to see the photos hung up instead of leaning against the wall on the floor.


"It's weird that photographers spend years or even a whole lifetime, trying to capture moments that added together, don't even amount to a couple of hours." -James Lalropui Keivom



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) horse https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/finally-done Fri, 09 Nov 2012 03:56:09 GMT
Frosty Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/frosty-morning Day 312

Can you tell what this picture is? Well I'll tell you, it's the frost on the front window of my car this mooring. Yes that's right, frost a hard frost darn it all. When I got up the temperature was 26 degrees, ouch. That is a bit too cold for me this early in the year, I'll tell you who else it's too cold for, my dogs, they did not appreciate me dragging them outside this morning. But take heart, this weekend it is supposed to get to the high 60's, possibly even 70! Open up the pool!!


"Welcome, winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless."-Terri Guillemets


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cold frost morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/frosty-morning Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:33:14 GMT
Sun! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/sun Day 311

For all those who live in my area, this is a photo of the sun! Yes the sun, it was out today, not for the whole day but for most of it, here's hoping tomorrow brings more of the same. It makes the short days much nicer when you can see blue sky and the sun.


"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine." -Anthony J. D'Angelo



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/sun Wed, 07 Nov 2012 01:25:26 GMT
Blue Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/blue-sky Day 310

Well I saw blue sky today, there was a hole in the clouds about the size of a quarter, and I was lucky to be outside when it happened. I was even able to get a quick photo. I read today that we haven't had appreciable sunshine in ten days, yikes that's longer than I thought. But have been assured by those same weathermen that tomorrow there will be sun, in fact it is supposed to be mostly sunny. Stay tuned, we shall see!


"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? It is the same the angels breathe." -Mark Twain



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/blue-sky Tue, 06 Nov 2012 01:29:47 GMT
The Weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-weekend Day 309

Well I had to get out of the house today, I really wanted to go check out Montezuma, to see what was happening if anything. Well it was slightly sunny when I left home but by the time i got out there it was...snowing. So to say the least this weekend was not the best in the weather department. But I was glad to see some action, There were eagles and hawks harassing the many ducks, a deer walking along eating grass and a couple of cattle egrets hanging out with some cattle. So it was a nice day after all, despite the snow.


"There is little chance that meteorologists can solve the mysteries of weather until they gain an understanding of the mutual attraction of rain and weekends." -Arnot Sheppard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird deer eagle sunday weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-weekend Mon, 05 Nov 2012 02:58:14 GMT
Day Eight https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/day-eight Day 308

Well it was day 8 of cold, cloudy, rainy, weather, but I won't complain too much, you notice I am still here, I didn't have to get in my car and drive south till I found the sun. The sun came out all right, for about 3 minutes, no lie, 3 minutes. I almost didn't know what it was. But the rest of the day was cloudy and a bit rainy, but mostly it was windy and cold, the start of winter I think, but hope not. Tonight we change the clocks, fall back, now it will be dark at five o'clock, I will want to go to bed at 7:30.


"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition." -William Arthur Ward



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/day-eight Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:46:43 GMT
Rain Rain Please Go Away https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/rain-rain-please-go-away Day 307

So today was the 7th day of gray rain, so believe me when I tell you, I better see the sun when I wake up tomorrow or I am going to get in the car and start driving south till I see it. I wonder how far I will have to go till it gets warm, like 80s warm.


"Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway." -Maya Angelou



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) rain weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/rain-rain-please-go-away Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:23:30 GMT
The Weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-weather Day 306

It has been a long week of weather this week, it has been gray and rainy since Saturday, with a hurricane thrown in for good measure. I actually though the sun was going to come out tonight at sunset, the clouds actually broke up for a few minutes and you could see some blue sky. But it only lasted a few minutes, I never actually saw the sun but it did turn the clouds a pretty color...other than gray that is.


"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry and umbrella." -Terri Guillemets



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird clouds sky weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/11/the-weather Fri, 02 Nov 2012 01:16:57 GMT
Ghosts and Goblins https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/ghosts-and-goblins Day 305

It's Halloween! Watch out for all the ghosts and goblins out looking for some sweets! I hope I get some!


"Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night." -Steve Almond




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn candy fall halloween https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/ghosts-and-goblins Thu, 01 Nov 2012 01:04:51 GMT
Dinner Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/dinner-time Day 304

It's dinner time and these cows were hungry. You can tell because it was raining and they were standing there in the rain eating like there was no tomorrow. That is until I stopped, then they had to see what I was doing, if maybe I had some more food for them, something better than what they were eating. Cows are such pigs.


"When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose?" ~Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cow food https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/dinner-time Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:24:10 GMT
The View From My Car https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-view-from-my-car Day 303

Today's photo of the day is courtesy of hurricane Sandy, it was dark all day and by the time I left work it was raining and windy. I actually thought I might have to take a photo of the dogs today but for some reason i decided to pick up the camera and shoot out the front window of the car while I was at a stop light. I thought it came out kind of cool, all blurred and wet. It's a small miracle that I got any photo at all today, I was able to take 2 shots and then the battery on the camera died, I forgot to charge it last night...it's kind of like running out of film...you only do it once.


"On cable TV they have a weather channel -24 hours of weather. We had something like that where I grew up. We called it a window." -Dan Spencer




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) hurricane rain weather wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-view-from-my-car Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:48:03 GMT
Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/sunday Day 302

I'm going to admit that I didn't get out of my pajamas all day today, and it was glorious. I took the photo of the day first thing this morning, it's of the fire bush in my front yard, and since it rained all day I was so glad I didn't have to go out in it. So I stayed in all day cuddling with my 2 dogs and watched football, another thing I never do, hmm I might have to do this more often!


"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." -Joseph Addison



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) rain sunday weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/sunday Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:08:59 GMT
It's Nice if You're a Duck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/its-nice-if-you-re-a-duck Day 301

Another gray day, and it was sort of rainy, not a log of rain but enough to make everything wet. I was having no luck finding a photo today, nobody with any sense was out in the gloom. So I went down to the old stand by, the park, to see if anything was happening. The only things out and about were the ducks and even they were trying to stay dry. As I was driving along the lake all I could see were the brilliant green heads of the mallards as they were bobbing up and down as the ducks rested in the water. It's a nice bit of color on this gray day.


"Colors are the smiles of nature." -Leigh Hunt




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn bird duck gray rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/its-nice-if-you-re-a-duck Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:37:29 GMT
Day 300 https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/day-300 Day 300

I couldn't resist another sunrise photo this morning, this one was particularly pretty. Just like a picture...haha! But I thought it was perfect for the 300th day of the year, an unusually warm sunny day for the end of October. As I was driving to work I could see the sun coming up in my rear view mirror, and I had to stop, I probably would have stopped even if I wasn't going to take a photo it was so beautiful. I will never understand how people can just whizz by in their cars and not stop and look, we should all take a moment to stop and look, you don't get picture perfect days very often.


"I'll tell you how the sun rose, a ribbon at a time." -Emily Dickinson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/day-300 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 00:38:22 GMT
The Calm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-calm Day 299

A wonderful calm morning, beautiful sunrise, warm day. It was the calm before the storm of the day at work. I like it when it is nice like this, I only wish it would last through the whole day, or actually I wish I could just sit and watch the sun come up and drink tea, then watch it set again and start over.


"Begin each day as if it were on purpose." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-calm Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:31:27 GMT
Middle of the Week https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/middle-of-the-week Day 298

Yet another busy workday, and another foggy rainy day which wasn't so bad, it was sort of warm. Well not warm but not too cold either. Days like today, Wednesdays, right in the middle of the week, can be a drag, but at least at the end of the day there are only 2 days left until the weekend.


"There aren't enough days in the weekend." -Rod Schmidt



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall fog wednesday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/middle-of-the-week Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:47:25 GMT
Foggy Night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/foggy-night Day 297

It was one miserable, rainy cold day today, it never stopped all day. The clouds were right down on us making everything gray and wet, really really wet. But the good news is that it's going to get warm and sunny again! 


"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn barn fog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/foggy-night Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:39:49 GMT
Perfect Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/perfect-day Day 296

Even though today was Monday, and I slept through my alarm and had to go to work, it was a beautiful fall day. I could use a few more of these, except sleeping through the alarm.


"There is no season such delight can bring as summer, autumn, winter and the spring." -William Browne



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn corn https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/perfect-day Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:33:35 GMT
Black and White https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/black-and-white Day 295

I don't know why I don't take more photos in black and white, I think it looks better than color, at least most of he time it does. Back in the day I only used to do black and white. Black and white was the type of film you could develop your self, in you home darkroom, or in my case the downstairs bathroom. I kind of miss those simple times where you took a roll of film and then in the pitch black tried to get it on a metal reel with out ripping it or bending it or wrinkling it, then get it into a little can put the top on and pour the developer in it. It was fun! Then you could print your own black and white photos which was like magic watching the image appear on the paper in the tray. I will confess I loved it, the smelly chemicals that stained your clothes, the nerves waiting to see if anything comes out on the film, wondering if any of the photos are any good, or in focus...I miss the good old days.


"No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film." -Robert Adams




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall thistle https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/black-and-white Sun, 21 Oct 2012 23:43:55 GMT
Lovely Fall Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/lovely-fall-day Day 294

It was a typical fall day today, windy, sunny and cool. A food day to run a couple of errands, find a photo of the day, go see a flag football game and then go home and make chicken soup. Now I'm full and tired and going to go to bed early!


"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns." -George Eliot



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn bird fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/lovely-fall-day Sun, 21 Oct 2012 00:24:22 GMT
Scenic Fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/scenic-fall Day 293

I know, I know, enough of the fall pictures, but I couldn't resist. Look how pretty it is, I drive past this spot almost every day and never noticed it, and I wouldn't have noticed it today but I stopped to get out and take a different photo that I thought would be good but it wasn't, so when I turned to get back in the car I noticed this nice little scene which is much better than what I first stopped the car for. 


"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/scenic-fall Sat, 20 Oct 2012 01:10:53 GMT
The Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-morning Day 292

So the sun was out again this morning, I was able to stop and take another photo of this white house, it's more of what I saw in my head, but not quite yet. I might try again tomorrow, if the sun is out, so don't be surprised if there is another photo of these same trees in the next few days!


"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaves trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-morning Fri, 19 Oct 2012 00:37:35 GMT
Red Tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/red-tree Day 291

I wouldn't call it bad luck, but sometimes the photo in my head doesn't match what I end up taking, mostly because of the weather or some other thing not in my control. I decided to stop this morning and try to take a photo of the big red tree and it's reflection in the little pond, but as usual the sun wasn't cooperating and was behind some clouds, it wasn't totally horrible but the light wasn't what I wanted, the photo didn't come out that bad, just not what I wanted. One thing it did do was make me late for work, late enough that later in my commute I saw a photo that would have been much better, the sun had gone up above the clouds and it was what you call nice light. But, here is the bad luck part, I couldn't stop because then I would have been really really late for work. I hope tomorrow it's sunny in the morning, I have to try to get that pic! Even though I think it looks different in my head that it will on 'film'. Maybe I should have been a painter!


"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art." -Ambrose Bierce



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaves tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/red-tree Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:03:58 GMT
Sunset on the Farm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/sunset-on-the-farm Day 290

After the gray morning tonights sunset was nice to see, hardly a cloud in the sky, it definitely brightened my long and trying day.


"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." -Mahatma Gandhi


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn barn fall sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/sunset-on-the-farm Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:54:10 GMT
Old and Gone https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/old-and-gone Day 289

Old cemeteries fascinate me, they always have, I think it all started the time we went to Washington St Cemetery here in Geneva when I was in grade school. We brought paper and charcoal and did rubbings of the stones. I started to imagine the stories of the people buried there, what had they done in life, were there distant relatives still in the area? I mean some of these people died way over 100 years ago, did anyone ever visit their grave to tend to it? And it always makes me a little sad to see the graves of children who were only one or two years old, it makes you wonder...But I still like to wander a bit and make up grand stories in my head about these people from long ago, and even if no one has visited their burial place for years and years at least I was there, even if I didn't know them.


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn cemetery fall graveyard leaves old https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/old-and-gone Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:55:17 GMT
Small Things https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/small-things Day 288

That saying 'stop and smell the roses' is true, you should at every given opportunity. I had a super busy day today, I was up and out of the house bright and early, and didn't get home till dinner time, it was a warm day but gray and windy so I was wondering what I could get a photo of, I wanted to do it quickly because I wanted to get home, I was tired. When I dropped Sofie off, I noticed one of her roses was just blooming and decided to take a closer look. I mean how much quicker can you get, right outside the door, there it is. As I looked at the little flower I was amazed at how beautiful it was, I'm not sure I've ever really looked at a rose, but I did tonight. Look at the delicate patterns the petals make as they wind around each other, isn't it amazing how perfect nature is? Next time I have a busy day, either at work or at play I will make sure to stop and smell the roses, and look at the small details, they are the most interesting.


"Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/small-things Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:32:16 GMT
Busy Birds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/busy-birds Day 287

There were a bunch of these little birds, killdeer, zipping around the mud eating little bugs or what ever they eat, I watched them for a bit amazed that they never stop moving for more than a second, I think it was because they were so cold today. I know I was, I had the window open to take photos but had the heat on high to warm me up, now tomorrow it is supposed to be in the 70's, I hope our Indian summer lasts longer than one day!


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn bird fall summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/busy-birds Sun, 14 Oct 2012 00:36:33 GMT
Cows in a Field https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/cows-in-a-field Day 286

Sometimes a photo is just a photo, I took it because it just looked interesting. Which believe it or not that is what I thought about today's picture. This bunch of cows were just hanging about in the field, I thought they looked kind of interesting the black cows against the green grass, I liked the patterns, but then when I stopped I noticed this one black cow with a white face, it kept looking at me, it cracked me up, the white pattern looks fake, I don't think it was the only cow with white markings but it was the only one standing by itself in front looking at me.


"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place." -Mark Twain



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cows humor https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/cows-in-a-field Sat, 13 Oct 2012 01:15:45 GMT
Early Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/early-morning Day 285

Another early morning, another beautiful sunrise, the sun came out and woke everything up with its warmth. Let me tell you it was cold when I was outside with the dogs, I actually got my winter coat out, and I was not happy about it. But if the days stay this pretty I will put up with the cold temperatures early in the morning.


"Bitterweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter." -Carol Bishop Hipps



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn barn fall leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/early-morning Fri, 12 Oct 2012 01:08:53 GMT
Red Barn https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/red-barn Day 284

Old barns are the most interesting buildings, they are huge and hold all sorts of things, hay, animals, bats all sorts of stuff. I noticed this barn on my way home from work one night and thought I would go back in the daytime to see if it would be a good photo. Well I haven't had much luck these past few days with the sun, either it's been raining, or super cloudy or when the sun was out it was behind the barn, equally as bad. So tonight I decided to take the photo no matter what the light was because I was afraid if I waited much longer the leaves would fall of the vines that are growing on half the barn. It's the coolest thing, those leaves are bright red and that poor barn is old and gray, doesn't it look like the leaves sucked the red color out of the barn? I wonder if they did....spooky.


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn fall red https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/red-barn Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:27:56 GMT
Memories https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/memories Day 283

When ever I see milkweed pods I'm taken right back to when I was a kid playing outside in the fall. There was a big field next to our house and there were tons of milkweed growing in it. We would pick the weird little pods and try to unwrap the zillions of little seeds attached to their little fluff. We called them santa clauses, don't know why, but I loved the way they were packed in the pods so perfectly all lined up, if you picked them before they dried out you would get all sticky, which of course is what we would do. Many days I'd go home all sticky and more than one santa clause stuck to my clothes, along with any number of other nature type things. My mother must have had a fit. That field is gone now, there are houses on it now, even the fields across the street that were once massive corn fields are full of houses. It's a shame that my niece and the kids in the neighborhood won't come home sticky and covered in nature.


"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older." -Tom Stoppard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) childhood fall memories https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/memories Wed, 10 Oct 2012 00:04:14 GMT
Monday Sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/monday-sunrise Day 282

This morning was the first cold day of the fall, it was only 38 degrees when I went to work, but on the bright side the sunrise was so beautiful I didn't mind it at all. When I take the photo of the day early in the morning, it actually makes my day, it's not so much that I'm glad that it's over and don't have to worry about it, it's more a feeling of 'I can't wait to get home to see what it looks like". And let me tell you, that's a good feeling on a Monday, it gets you through the day.


"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer." -Ansel Adams



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds fall monday sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/monday-sunrise Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:41:58 GMT
It's Fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/its-fall Day 281

Today was the first time I actually saw a lot of geese flying south, bummer, that means winter is coming. It didn't take much imagination to think it was already winter because it was so cold! Barely 50 degrees. I'm not ready for summer and the warm weather to be gone yet, I won't complain too much about the fall though, I like the cool clear days, and wonderful sleeping weather. What I don't like are days like today, gray clouds and cold rain, it makes me want to take a nap, or go to bed really early and cuddle up under the covers. Yes I could go to bed early but 5pm is a little too early.


"Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring." -Author Unknown





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn bird fall rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/its-fall Sun, 07 Oct 2012 23:37:49 GMT
Beautiful Drive https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/beautiful-drive Day 280

I took a drive today around Canandaigua Lake to see the leaves and they didn't disappoint. The early morning rains blew away leaving big clouds and blue sky, a perfect fall day. I took a lot of photos and couldn't really decide on just one for today so here are a few for your viewing enjoyment.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn color fall leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/beautiful-drive Sun, 07 Oct 2012 01:14:34 GMT
In a Field https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/in-a-field Day 279

I have been watching this tree every day this fall, wondering if it was going to turn a pretty color, I thought it might look nice out in the field all by itself. I was hoping for a nice sunny day with some nice light but that wasn't going to happen, at least this week it wasn't. On the way home tonight I decided to stop and that a photo, I wasn't sure if the leaves would still be on it after the weekend, and I noticed that the misty, foggy, gray day actually made the scene look like a painting. The field which this summer had been planted with corn now has fresh green winter wheat popping up and the muted colors of the trees in the distance give the scene a dreamy quality, a quiet peaceful look to that tree out in that field.


"Nothing is worth more than this day." -Goethe



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaves tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/in-a-field Fri, 05 Oct 2012 23:46:17 GMT
Winding Road https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/winding-road Day 278

Doesn't this photo make you want Thanksgiving dinner for some reason? You know turkey and stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie. I know it's not even Halloween yet but the cooler weather and the changing leaves makes me want serious comfort food, I better stop, I'm making myself hungry.


"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." -John Burroughs



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fall leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/winding-road Fri, 05 Oct 2012 01:25:05 GMT
Welcome Home https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/welcome-home Day 277

This is what greets me most nights when I come home, a little dog, sometimes two, waiting at the door to greet me. It always amazes me how happy they are when I get home, they run around and bark, like I can't see them or forgot they were there. But it's the nicest thing to come home and have a little furry warm thing to pet and hug...if you can catch them...after a long day at work. I wish I could bring them to work, but then I suspect I'd never get anything done, or would sound like a goof talking to them like they're people, I'll just do that at home where they're the only ones that can hear me. I'm pretty sure they already think I'm a goof for some of the stuff I say, but I'm also sure they'll both be there when I get home tomorrow happy as hell to see me yet again.


"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog home welcome https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/welcome-home Wed, 03 Oct 2012 23:48:08 GMT
The Creepy Season https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-creepy-season Day 276

So it's October and fall and the leaves are falling and the crows are out. Halloween will be here soon and all it's scariness, I'm not a big fan of Halloween, I don't like scary movies, or being scared at all for that matter, I mean I don't even like the commercials for scary movies. So for some reason everything looks a bit creepy to me, a bird in a tree, yes it's a crow and they are creepy anyway, leaves blowing around on the streets, even night time seems darker than usual. I never should have gone to see the movie Halloween on Halloween when I was in grade school, but all my friends were going so I went, but I think the really big mistake was to walk past Washington Street cemetery on the way to Pudgies for pizza, now that creeped me out, I mean Pudgies pizza on Halloween...creepy.


"Where there is no imagination there is no horror." -Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird halloween tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-creepy-season Wed, 03 Oct 2012 01:38:51 GMT
The Secret Garden https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-secret-garden Day 275

Don't you just wonder where this gate leads to? I do, I pass this old stone fence almost every day on my way to and from work and I will occupy my mind by coming up with interesting little possibilities. Sometimes I like to imagine a cute little cottage with a fire burning just waiting for someone to come and cozy up to it. Or I think that it looks creepy and there has to be all kinds of creepy crawlies back there in the overgrown trees and bushes. But usually I like to just think it is a secret garden with pretty flowers covering every inch, a nice bench to sit on next to a little stream and a bunch of tiny little bunnies hopping around, and the air filled with birds singing, and best of all no cell phone reception.


"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." -Frances Hodgson Burnett



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fence garden https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/10/the-secret-garden Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:32:55 GMT
Rainy Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rainy-sunday Day 274

Well today was what you call a lousy day, it wasn't supposed to rain till late this afternoon, so of course it started at 930am and didn't stop. And to add to the fun, it was cold, so cold and wet...perfect. I didn't feel like going out so I walked out to the front yard and took a picture of the tree and the rain on the leaves, at least they are a pretty red right now and the grass is green making a nice background. So I guess it just proves that there is a picture any where you want one to be, even on a wet dreary fall day.


"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." -Langston Hughes



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaves rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rainy-sunday Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:16:46 GMT
Surprise! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/surprise Day 273

Once again I was surprised by my own photo when I got home and downloaded the images. I saw this bird sitting in an dead tree and stopped and took some photos, I watched it for a while because hawks are my favorite type of bird. I watched this one, and every once in a while it would look at me, the tree it was in wasn't all that big so I could get a pretty good shot. I decided to wait a bit to see if it would take off, or spread it's wings just to make the shot more interesting, I didn't have to wait too long, off it went, and for once I thought I had actually gotten a picture that was in focus, but I had no idea what kind of bird it was, I figured I would look it up when I got home and could compare my photo to the pictures and descriptions in my bird book, that and I had forgotten the book at home so I would have to wait anyway. I thought it would be an ordinary old hawk, one of the ones that frequent our area but once I looked it up I found out it was a peregrine falcon, a bird I have never seen before, I was pleasantly surprised, I love it when I can add a bird to my life list, especially when I didn't expect it.


"Sometime I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."-Ansel Adams




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird falcon hawk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/surprise Sun, 30 Sep 2012 01:22:07 GMT
Red https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/red Day 272

It rained all day, or I should say it misted all day and rained a little. It was like we were inside a cloud. So it was nice to see the colors of the leaves on the way home, at least it wasn't a total gray out. When I got home there were some leaves falling on the driveway and I noticed this red one, and I mean it was red, I find it amazing that a leaf that was green just a few days ago can turn this red, it's magic I think. There were all these red and red yellow leaves on the driveway looking like festive polka dots...but I repeat, I'm glad I don't have to rake them up, I mean they are pretty and all but not that pretty that I want to rake them!


"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall leaf leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/red Sat, 29 Sep 2012 01:30:46 GMT
Oreos? https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/oreos Day 271

Well as is the norm I was running late for work this morning, and also as is the norm I saw at least 3 different things I wanted to stop and take a picture of for the photo of the day...and I couldn't. I know I could have left home a little earlier but I say that wouldn't matter, because what I saw only happened when I saw it, if I had gone by that spot any earlier, or later for that matter, it wouldn't have been the same. I was quite disappointed in myself, I think I should have stopped, I mean work is work and all that blah, but I did the right thing and continued on. I also hoped I didn't miss all my chances for photos today, I hoped there was one more left in the day. So how happy was I when I went by and saw these cows, they are out all the time but no where near the road where you can get a good look at them, aren't they cool? I mean come on, they look like HUGE Oreo cookies!


"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." -Henri Cartier-Bresson




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/oreos Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:01:51 GMT
First Colors https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/first-colors Day 270

The trees are just starting to turn colors around here, at first I thought that the colors wouldn't be too pretty because of the dry summer, but I think it will be a nice fall after all. I especially like it if it rains just a little, it brightens the colors and makes everything look like they are light from within, like they are plugged in and burning with a soft glow. Yes I think it will be a nice fall after all.


"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." -Stanley Horowitz



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fall leaves trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/first-colors Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:16:38 GMT
The Grass is Tastier https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/the-grass-is-tastier Day 269

These are the horses I see every day as I go to work, they are always milling about in their field munching on grass. But lately a couple of them have been eating the grass on the outside of the fence, it cracks me up, I mean it's the same grass maybe a foot outside the fence.


"The belly rules the mind." -Spanish Proverb



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) food horse https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/the-grass-is-tastier Wed, 26 Sep 2012 01:22:59 GMT
Morning Light https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/morning-light Day 268

I'm lucky, this is the view I get to see every day, it's the view outside my window what I see when I go out to get in my car, like I said, lucky.  Most days I take it for granted and don't even see it, it's one of those things that you see everyday and eventually you forget it's there. But for some reason this morning when I walked outside into the cold the scene stuck me, the sun had just come up and it cast such a pretty light that I had to take a photo. I'm going to try to take the time to look every day and not take it or anything else for granted.


"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." -Edgar Allan Poe



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) beauty light sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/morning-light Tue, 25 Sep 2012 01:36:37 GMT
Fall Weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/fall-weekend Day 267

This was the first weekend of the fall, and you could tell, it was quite cool out, a bit brisk out, between the cool temps and the wind it was the first weekend in months that I couldn't wear shorts, which is kind of sad, I'm not ready for the warm weather to leave yet!


"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!" -Percy Bysshe Shelley



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) autumn fall pumpkin https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/fall-weekend Mon, 24 Sep 2012 01:00:27 GMT
Grapes https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/grapes Day 266

It's fall around here and that means wine season, the grapes will be picked, pressed, and like magic in a few weeks it will be wine. But more importantly it's also wine tasting season, which is actually the best part of fall!


"Wine is sunlight, held together by water." -Galileo



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fall grapes wine https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/grapes Sun, 23 Sep 2012 03:46:32 GMT
Hardy Mums https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/hardy-mums Day 265

Don't you love mums? They bring crazy color to the fall and early winter, and they look so cute in their little mounds. The only problem is that I want a million plants of every color, when I go by the nurseries I love the way they all look grouped together. I wonder what would happen if I brought home like 50 plants home? I'll tell you what...they would look so awesome.


"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity." -John Ruskin



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fall flowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/hardy-mums Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:25:09 GMT
Wind Power https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/wind-power Day 264

After spending all day cooped up at work it was nice to go down to the lake for a bit to try to find a photo for today. The wind was a little brisk to say the least and was coming from the south so the wind surfers love it on Seneca Lake, the is nothing to stop the wind for nearly 40 miles. I have seen them out there in freezing cold weather just because it was windy, I personally think they are crazy, to be in freezing cold water in the wind, I think I will just stay where it is nice and warm, and watch.


"The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need to do is set our sails." -Ramakrishna




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake surf wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/wind-power Thu, 20 Sep 2012 23:37:36 GMT
Safety Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/safety-sunset Day 263

Well drove around quite a while tonight looking for a photo, but nothing caught my eye, I even got a little lost and didn't realize where I was or how far I had actually driven, but still nothing interested me. I started heading home for two reasons, I was running out of light, and I was running out of gas and had to make sure I had enough to get home. So I figured well there's always the sunset! On my way home I stopped along side a field of corn jumped out of the car and shot away. I always wonder what the people whizzing by in their cars think. I bet some think I'm some nut job taking a picture of the sun, big whoop, and I bet some think, look at that beautiful sunset, I should stop and take a picture. Those are the kind of people I would like to know.


"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes." -e.e. cummings






[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cloud sky sun sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/safety-sunset Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:27:17 GMT
Stormy Weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/stormy-weather Day 262

It rained all day today, it hasn't done that in months, it was weird not to see the sun! At times it poured buckets and one of those times was just as I was leaving work...and had left my rain coat in the car, where it stayed nice and dry. So I hope it doesn't rain in the morning because that coat is still on the back seat of my car.


"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry and umbrella." -Terri Guillemets


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds lake rain storm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/stormy-weather Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:02:07 GMT
Mall Flowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/mall-flowers Day 261

I had to include more flowers today, I had a couple of errands to run after work and didn't have much time to look for a photo. I mean after all I had important things to buy at the mall!


"Shopping: The fine art of acquiring things you don't need with money you don't have." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flowers mall shopping https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/mall-flowers Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:17:23 GMT
September Yellow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/september-yellow Day 260

I love the late summer wild flowers that show up, even though I am pretty sure these are just some kind of weeds, they are everywhere brightening up the fields and along the roadside. They are a hardy but pretty bunch!


"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us." -Iris Murdoch



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/september-yellow Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:11:26 GMT
Stripes https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/stripes Day 259

I love it when I go to take photos, or look for a photo for the day and I think I will never find anything good to photograph. so I usually do what I always do, just start taking pics, almost of anything, even things that I normally wouldn't ever take. Something always emerges from the camera that I didn't expect to see, birds that I didn't realize were there, patterns in the landscape I didn't see while I was looking at it...all kinds of things. It's fun to just go out and take photos, almost not even looking at what I'm doing and then finding a surprise waiting for me inside the camera.


"I never question what to do, it tells me what to do. The photographs make themselves with my help." -Ruth Bernhard



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/stripes Sun, 16 Sep 2012 00:27:09 GMT
Hungry Bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/hungry-bird Day 258

We live in an area with a lot of lakes so as a result we get a lot of seagulls flying around, they're every where, hanging in the parking lots looking for fallen food, hanging at the parks or along the shore, still looking for free food, we kind of call them flying rats, the birds will fly right up and steal your lunch. So while we were sitting in my car eating lunch the birds came looking, so we tossed them bits of pizza crust and watched them all try to get their fill. I decided to take a couple pics for something to do and I am always surprised at how delicate their feathers are, and how they all fit together so perfectly, you can't even tell they're feathers. This ring-billed gull was the one making the most noise, so I tried to toss it some crust, he got some but was yelling so much the others ended up stealing most of the pieces.


"Seagulls...slim yachts of the element."-Robinson Jeffers



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/hungry-bird Sat, 15 Sep 2012 00:44:39 GMT
Nice Night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/nice-night Day 257

It was another lovely day, and an even lovelier evening, I wish I had gotten home earlier, it would have been a perfect night for a picnic.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/nice-night Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:52:05 GMT
Leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/leaves Day 256

The leaves are starting to change on the tree in my front yard. It's always nice when it does change because it looks so pretty, the only problem is that those leaves fall and someone has to rake them up. Luckily that person isn't me!


"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." -Albert Camus




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fall leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/leaves Thu, 13 Sep 2012 00:34:36 GMT
Apples of Fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/apples-of-fall Day 255

It is the start of apple picking season around here, driving around seeing the trees full of apples really puts me in the mood for the fall weather. I love the colors of fall, the reds and golds and greens, so pretty, it fills our heads with pretty color before the grays of winter arrive.


"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed." -Robert H. Schuller

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) apples fall https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/apples-of-fall Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:50:10 GMT
Old Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/old-time Day 254

This old truck was just sitting in a field, the funny thing is the grass all around it was nicely mowed. I can't tell how long that truck has been sitting there but if you notice there are weeds and things growing on the inside of it. That truck has seen better days, but it has a look of dignity sitting in that field.


"What is new in the world? Nothing. What is old in the world? Nothing. Everything always has been and will always be." -Sai Baba

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) truck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/old-time Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:32:54 GMT
Beat it Bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/beat-it-bird Day 253

The eagle was out and about today at Montezuma, and he was sitting in this tree yelling at all the other birds that were flying by, I thought there might be real fireworks when this osprey came over but the osprey thought better of it and went on its way. It was such a nice day I watched that eagle for the longest time, hoping it would take flight but he just sat there in the late day sunlight.





"Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes." -E.F. Schumacher

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird eagle https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/beat-it-bird Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:21:05 GMT
Rainy Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rainy-day Day 252

For most of the day it was lousy weather, the lake was what you call angry. It rained so hard and was so windy the rain was coming down sideways, it was what you call icky. But by the end of the day it was cooler out and the sun actually came out, tomorrow looks like it is going to be a nice day, which will be a nice end to the weekend.


"One can find so many pains when the rain is falling." -John Steinbeck




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake rain waves wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rainy-day Sun, 09 Sep 2012 01:17:29 GMT
What a Wonderful World https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/what-a-wonderful-world Day 251

For Aunt Nance...



"What A Wonderful World" -Louis Armstrong



I see trees of green, 

red roses too. 

I see them bloom, 

for me and you. 

And I think to myself,

what a wonderful world. 


I see skies of blue, 

And clouds of white. 

The bright blessed day, 

The dark sacred night. 

And I think to myself, 

What a wonderful world. 


The colors of the rainbow, 

So pretty in the sky. 

Are also on the faces, 

Of people going by, 

I see friends shaking hands. 

Saying, "How do you do?" 

They're really saying, 

"I love you". 


I hear babies cry, 

I watch them grow, 

They'll learn much more, 

Than I'll ever know. 

And I think to myself, 

What a wonderful world. 


Yes, I think to myself, 

What a wonderful world. 


Oh yeah.



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/what-a-wonderful-world Fri, 07 Sep 2012 23:06:28 GMT
Man in the Moon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/man-in-the-moon Day 250

So is there a man in the moon? Is it made of swiss cheese? I say yes to all. The moon does fascinate me, especially when it is out in the daytime, it seems out of place. But comforting to know someone up there is looking down on me.


"Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun." -John Lennon



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) moon sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/man-in-the-moon Fri, 07 Sep 2012 02:23:54 GMT
Sunset Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/sunset-sky Day 249

The sun is setting earlier and earlier these days, fall is coming. I don't mind fall so much, the crisp days, pretty colors on the trees. If we could just have spring, summer and fall I would be happy, no need for the snow and cold as far as I am concerned!


"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as we were looking through the gates of Heaven." -John Lubbock


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/sunset-sky Thu, 06 Sep 2012 02:21:36 GMT
Rain Flowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rain-flowers Day 248

So it rained today, and I'm not sure if all the flowers popped up because of the rain or if it just washed all the dust off of them so they are colorful again, either way I am actually glad it rained today.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flowers rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/rain-flowers Wed, 05 Sep 2012 01:42:26 GMT
Dinner Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/dinner-time Day 247

Well I hadn't been feeding the birds lately, I couldn't keep up with them, I was spending more money on bird food than on gas! So I stopped filling the feeders for a few weeks and this weekend decided to start again with the fall weather coming. It took them exactly one day to realize the food is back. I expect them to be empty by the time I get home from work tomorrow, we have the best fed sparrows in the neighborhood.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird food https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/dinner-time Tue, 04 Sep 2012 02:39:23 GMT
An Angel https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/an-angel Day 246

"Angels sail back to God on the sea of joy."-Terri Guillemets

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) angel flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/an-angel Mon, 03 Sep 2012 02:08:45 GMT
Goal! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/goal Day 245

Went to see the US National Womens Soccer Team today, very exciting. It was another great day and to make it perfect, the US won.





























[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) soccer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/9/goal Sun, 02 Sep 2012 00:33:26 GMT
Sunset Tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sunset-tree Day 244

Another awesome day, a bit hot for the last day of August, but awesome. I wanted to take a photo of the full moon, the second one this month, a blue moon, but the clouds came in and I wasn't able to, but while I was waiting there was another sunset, as there is every night. So I figured I had better take a picture of something for the day and as you know I love the sunsets!


"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give t sweetness." -John Steinbeck



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) summer sunset tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sunset-tree Sat, 01 Sep 2012 01:17:42 GMT
Bird Watching https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/bird-watching Day 243

It was a nice evening to go bird watching, but of course I forgot my guide book so I wasn't exactly sure what I was looking at, but while there wasn't tons of birds there were some around if you were patient and waited. The cute little shore birds zipping back and forth eating bugs, the few ducks hanging around preening, even a blue heron looking for some dinner. I found that I didn't mind not knowing what I was looking at, I found that I could watch them and not worry about what they were, I didn't have to keep checking the book, I was able to just watch, which is what I should do all the time. 




"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could." -John James Audubon







[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds evening https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/bird-watching Fri, 31 Aug 2012 01:40:27 GMT
Orange Leaves https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/orange-leaves Day 242

I was driving around this evening looking for a picture, and I was thinking that there is just nothing new to take a photo of, and it's my own fault. I had waited and waited today to go look for a photo and it was getting late. So I went looking, and as I drove around I noticed something in this big tree by the side of the road, it was a bunch of butterflies, I turned around thinking this could be a photo and as I got closer I saw there were a lot of them, I mean a lot. So of course I stopped and tried to get some photos, but let me tell you, butterflies are fast little buggers and they were in among the leaves and I couldn't see them, it wasn't as easy as I thought and I didn't really get a great pic but it was fun watching them all, I had never seen that many in one area before, there were two reasons I left when I did, the sun was going down and there were these two big German Shepards in the yard watching my every move. 


"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies." -Author Unknown




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) butterfly https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/orange-leaves Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:24:14 GMT
Corning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/corning Day 241

The second part of our overnight adventure was to Corning and to the Museum of Glass, we watched them make glass, bend glass do all kinds of things with glass you never thought of, we walked through the exhibits and tried all the goofy stuff they had to do, we even made our own glass sculptures which was very cool. With the help of a glass maker we each got to pick the colors we wanted then blow into the long glass tube to inflate the super hot glass blob. It was a ton of fun and as you can see we got a little case of the giggles when we were looking through the big water filled magnifying glass.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) corning fun trip https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/corning Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:09:37 GMT
Watkins Glen https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/watkins-glen Day 240

I took Sofie to Watkins Glen, I haven't been there in years, she's never been and it was funny listening to her questions, she thought we were going to have to climb the cliffs, I told her there were steps, she said she didn't want to go to high, I told her we weren't we were only stopping for a quick visit on our way to Corning, she asked again if we had to climb the cliffs, I said no there were steps, it went on like that for a while. Holy cow, I didn't know little kids could ask so many questions.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) watkins glen https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/watkins-glen Tue, 28 Aug 2012 23:46:31 GMT
Long Legs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/long-legs Day 239

I love these birds, with their super skinny long legs, perfect for wading around in shallow ponds looking for tiny fish and bugs and things to eat. It's so cool how the birds have adapted to living along the shores and in the ponds and marshes. They wouldn't fare too well living in a forrest.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/long-legs Mon, 27 Aug 2012 01:51:13 GMT
Golden Evening https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/golden-evening Day 238

It was another super nice day, warm, sunny not a cloud in the sky. It was an even nicer evening, another beautiful sunset, tons of boats on the lake enjoying the last days of summer.


"Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway." -Mary C. Crowley




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat evening lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/golden-evening Sun, 26 Aug 2012 01:50:47 GMT
Hazy Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/hazy-day Day 237

It was a hazy day today, everything turned a gray blue color, so I am going to go enjoy the rest of the evening, it's the first night of my vacation!


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) evening summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/hazy-day Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:03:10 GMT
Late Summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/late-summer Day 236

Another nice late summer sunset, the corn is so high right now, waiting to be harvested, it seems every field around is full of corn, or soybeans. Lots  of corn, lots and lots of it but one thing I never noticed was how it looks in the sunset, the delicate tops making lace like patterns against the orange sky, don't know how I never noticed that before.


"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven." -John Lubbock

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) corn summer sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/late-summer Fri, 24 Aug 2012 01:13:21 GMT
Sitting With Myself https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sitting-with-myself Day 235

It was one of those days that makes you want to sit and stare at nothing, to be alone and quiet. Because of this it struck me as odd that all i saw were birds flocking up into big groups for their trip south. Birds on the wires along the road, geese in the fields, gulls on the lake all gathering food and eating and resting for their trips. They like to be in groups for safety, but for now this human liked to sit and watch them on the glassy lake at sunset.


"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think." -Lorraine Hansberry



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sitting-with-myself Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:55:28 GMT
Sunflower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sunflower Day 234

It was another perfect day today, wish I didn't have to spend it at work, but at least I got to enjoy the evening, now off to bed to get ready to face the middle of the week.


"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you." -Maori Proverb



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sunflower Wed, 22 Aug 2012 01:35:55 GMT
Red Barns and Rainbows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/red-barns-and-rainbows Day 233

i was out looking for a photo after dinner and I noticed a small bit of a rainbow, I thought it was just a fluke because it hadn't been raining, but I drove toward it and it kept getting bigger and bigger and eventually it was huge, almost full. Since I can't resist taking photos of rainbows I searched around looking for a good spot. This barn looks quite happy sitting under the rainbow.


"My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky..." -William Wordsworth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn rainbow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/red-barns-and-rainbows Tue, 21 Aug 2012 13:40:12 GMT
End of the Weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/end-of-the-weekend Day  232

I know it is Sunday and a nice one at that, but it is the end of the weekend and tomorrow is Monday and back to work and this picture sums up what I think about Mondays and work! Also, it cracks me up.


"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them." -John Shirley



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird duck lake sunday weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/end-of-the-weekend Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:09:40 GMT
Patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/patterns Day 231

Aren't the patterns on the wings awesome, each side is almost a mirror image to the other side. Nature is so cool isn't it?


"Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine." -Jeffrey Glassberg



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) butterfly patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/patterns Sun, 19 Aug 2012 01:38:52 GMT
Corduroy https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/corduroy Day 230

In the late day sun, and from the right angle the fields of soybeans look like green corduroy. Like they are big huge pieces of cloth that will be made into pants for the Jolly Green Giant. See this is the kind of thing you dream up when you are driving around on a nice night thinking about nothing, you start to see strange things, but you know, the Jolly Green Giant does need some new pants.


"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." -Theodore Geisel



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) field summer sun tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/corduroy Sat, 18 Aug 2012 01:00:46 GMT
Big Orange Ball https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/big-orange-ball Day 229

It was a nice sunset tonight, that kind of sunset you see in the middle of summer, a big orange ball hanging in the hazy evening sky. The only problem is that the sun is setting earlier and earlier, the days getting shorter, fall is coming which is ok it's the season after that I don't much care for.


"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give t sweetness." -John Steinbeck



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) summer sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/big-orange-ball Fri, 17 Aug 2012 01:16:04 GMT
Sofie's Birthday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sofies-birthday Day 228

Don't you just love kids birthdays? They love them, they don't care it's their birthday and proudly tell anyone who asks them how old they are. I don't know when that stops, when you get too old to like your birthday. I am one of those people who like their birthday and will tell you how old I am, if you ask, nicely, and say I look way younger and there is no way I could possibly be that old.


"A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birthday sofie https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/sofies-birthday Thu, 16 Aug 2012 00:04:04 GMT
After the Storm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/after-the-storm Day 227

I love how the sky looks after a storm rolls through. The clouds break up and the sun starts to peak through lighting everything up, especially when just a little while earlier it was black as night and raining so hard you couldn't see. But as always the sun came out just in time for a nice sunset.


"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella." -Terri Guillemets




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds storm sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/after-the-storm Wed, 15 Aug 2012 01:57:44 GMT
Such a Poser https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/such-a-poser Day 226

Usually when I see hawks sitting on top of phone poles I try to take a photo, but they always fly away if I try to get close enough to get a good photo. But not tonight, this guy just sat there posing for me looking like he is the coolest thing flying.


"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera snd to trap the fleeting prey in your little box." -Henri Cartier Bresson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/such-a-poser Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:39:37 GMT
Wildflowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/wildflowers Day 225

Did you ever notice the weeds alongside the road? I actually think the flowers are pretty despite the fact they are actually weeds. I do know that if they were in the front yard they wouldn't survive, they would get mowed down, or sprayed with weed killer or yanked out of the ground. So I'm glad they are by the side of the road, they brighten up my drive to work.


"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one." -Edna St. Vincent Millay



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/wildflowers Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:05:52 GMT
Summer Saturday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/summer-saturday Day 224

Today was a nice summer day, breezy, blue sky with a few puffy clouds, not a lot of humidity. I liked it and if there were more days like this it wouldn't bother me one bit! The fact that it was on a Saturday was a bonus.


"There aren't enough days in the weekend."  ~Rod Schmidt

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) saturday summer weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/summer-saturday Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:11:13 GMT
Week End https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/week-end Day 223

The sun sets on a long week, which is fine by me because the weekend has started! I don't even care if it rains, I can sleep late tomorrow and not worry that I am missing something because of good weather.


"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."  ~Rabindranath Tagore



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cloud sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/week-end Sat, 11 Aug 2012 02:19:29 GMT
Row the Boat https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/row-the-boat Day 222

It's a row your boat all alone kind of night, hazy and humid you can tell rain is on it's way, which is ok I guess, it makes it easier to go to work when it's not that nice out. At least tomorrow is Friday!


"In solitude, where we are least alone."  ~George Gordon

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) alone boat lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/row-the-boat Fri, 10 Aug 2012 01:25:50 GMT
Rainbow Bright https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/rainbow-bright Day 221

Some days I wonder what I am going to take a picture of, nothing looks good and I can't imagine what there is to photograph. Then you go home and it starts to rain and I think oh great now there is nothing that will look good in the gray rain of the evening, but I walk outside and holy cow, there's a rainbow waiting for me, a perfect photo op!


"Don't miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold."  ~Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake rainbow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/rainbow-bright Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:28:21 GMT
Reflections https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/reflections Day 220

The lake was like a mirror tonight, the ducks were out and about looking for what ever food ducks look for and their reflections in the water fascinated me. Their heads and bodies at times perfect reflections then looking like blobs in a fun house mirror. I wonder if they could see their reflections in the water and if they could what did they think? If it were me I'd be laughing my head off.


"Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be."  ~Duane Michals

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/reflections Wed, 08 Aug 2012 01:53:27 GMT
Nice Night for a Walk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/nice-night-for-a-walk Day 219

It was a nice night for a walk, finally pleasant temperatures, no humidity, nice sunshine. It seemed everyone was out enjoying the evening. I saw these two horses, they were just walking around up and down the fence line occasionally stopping for a nibble of grass, I hope nights like this are many because it was perfect.


"Walks.  The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird."  ~Jules Renard

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) evening horse summer walk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/nice-night-for-a-walk Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:08:14 GMT
Butterfly Kind of Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/butterfly-kind-of-day Day 218

Today was a sit back and watch the butterflies kind of day today, so that's exactly what I did.


"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."  ~R.H. Heinlein

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) butterfly flower sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/butterfly-kind-of-day Mon, 06 Aug 2012 01:05:41 GMT
The Eyes Have It https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-eyes-have-it Day 217

My favorite type of birds are the hawks, they are the coolest. Their piercing eyes always looking for the next meal, the way they fly effortlessly and swoop and grab dinner. I am fascinated by them, so I always look to the trees and sky and phone poles to see if any are hanging around, I always try to get a photo of them but usually by the time I stop and try to get a little close they fly away, so today was a bit of a treat when this osprey paid no attention to me at all and I was able to get some shots, now I just have to get over my fear they are going to swoop down and take my camera just for fun.


"While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see."  ~Dorothea Lange

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-eyes-have-it Sun, 05 Aug 2012 02:12:28 GMT
Finally Friday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/finally-friday Day 216

It's Friday and it has been a long week, between work and not getting a lot of sleep because of a wisdom tooth that decided to go bad, and of course the removal of said tooth made for a long and painful week. I am so glad it is the weekend and I don't have a thing to do, I hear it's going to be super hot, I think an ice cream cone my be in my future!


"There aren't enough days in the weekend."  ~Rod Schmidt



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cow weekend https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/finally-friday Sat, 04 Aug 2012 01:20:46 GMT
Not Quite Yet https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/not-quite-yet Day 215

It was a lazy summer day today, it would have been better spent sitting under a tree instead of working, but at least tonight I got to enjoy the nice evening. But tomorrow's Friday and then the weekend and I have nothing to do but sit around, and I can't wait.


"Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them."  ~John Shirley

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/not-quite-yet Fri, 03 Aug 2012 01:47:47 GMT
The Middle https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-middle Day 214

It's August, finally, this year seems to be flying by, we went from gray winter to growing crops at trees with leaves in what seems like a week. To me this time of year, before fall and school starts, always seems a bit sad, as a kid I always thought we were on the downhill side of summer and it would end soon, for some reason I still feel the same way even though I'm not in school any more, and haven't been for a million years. I mean I still get bummed seeing back to school stuff in the stores!


"We are never prepared for what we expect."  ~James A. Michener, Caravans

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn corn summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/8/the-middle Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:45:52 GMT
Frog House https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/frog-house Day 213

We have a small geranium plant out front of my house. But all summer we have been wondering where does the dirt keep going? One day the plant was even out of the pot laying on the ground next to the container. We even moved the pot to the steps thinking if it was a squirrel or a chipmunk being right by the front door would scare it away but no there were still holes dug right into the dirt, we couldn't figure it out. Till one day my sister was sitting on the front steps and noticed a frog all covered up in the cool dirt, so my father had my Mom take the frog out and put it under a bush thinking this would work, but no the frog was back in the pot the next day. So they brought the frog all the way across the yard under a different bush, and you guessed it, the frog made it's way back to the flower pot! So this is one determined frog, it made it all the way across the yard and up 2 steps to sleep in that flower pot, so now he gets a free pass he earned his home and will live in our geranium plant until he wants to leave.


"Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer." ~André A. Jackson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower frog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/frog-house Wed, 01 Aug 2012 02:42:14 GMT
Hello Moon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/hello-moon Day 212

I can't believe I almost forgot to take a photo today, I think I am still recovering from the weekend, and having my niece visit these last few weeks. She has tired me out! But tonight we had to run to the store and saw the moon and the clouds, my sister actually had the idea for this photo, I'm glad she saw it!


"Under the full moon life is all adventure." -Sigurd Olson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cloud moon night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/hello-moon Tue, 31 Jul 2012 03:00:12 GMT
Got to get Some Sleep https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/got-to-get-some-sleep Day 211

So we made is all night, and I realize that I am way to old to do that. I have been way to tired today to do much of anything so I just took a quick pick this morning on my way to bed!


"No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap."  ~Carrie Snow

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/got-to-get-some-sleep Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:56:50 GMT
Yellow Flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/yellow-flower Day 210

The blog is late for yesterday, I did take a photo but had to prepare for the Relay for Life last night, so I was up all night raising money to get rid of cancer, because as we all know, cancer sucks and I for one would rather never hear the word again.


"Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them." -Vincent McNabb



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/yellow-flower Mon, 30 Jul 2012 01:25:06 GMT
Clouds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/clouds Day 209

This evening the clouds looked like cotton balls after you pull them apart a little, some parts fluffy some wispy. After the dark start to the day it was a nice finish. The sun was out a little warming up the air, the clouds were like a nice blanket over everything, a summer blanket.


"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/clouds Sat, 28 Jul 2012 02:48:12 GMT
Tall Corn https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/tall-corn Day 208

In my travels tonight I noticed how much the corn has grown over night, it shows what a little bit of rain will do. I think the birds are happy too, there is something new for them to eat, between the corn and the beans and the feeders in my yard that they empty every day we are going to have some fat birds flying around.


"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."  ~Eudora Welty

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird corn rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/tall-corn Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:40:01 GMT
The County Fair https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-county-fair Day 207

We took a trip to the County Fair tonight, it was a perfect night to see all the animals entered at the fair. We walked through the horse barns, the cow and sheep barns, even the poultry barn. Kira noticed that cows are way bigger when you are up close to them, way bigger. They got to pet a baby calf, they decided it was very soft and cute, and they fed some little goats, they decided they were not very polite with all their pushing and shoving to get the food. But at least for me the highlight of the night were the pig races, the kids liked them too.


"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older."  ~Tom Stoppard

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) county fair kids pigs summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-county-fair Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:02:37 GMT
Go Fly a Kite https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/go-fly-a-kite Day 206

It was a perfect day to fly a kite, windy but not too too windy, I like to fly kites and I don't do it nearly enough. I love to watch them floating against the wind hanging there, going as high as you will allow. It's one of the best mindless activities around.


"Let's go fly a kite, up to the highest height, Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring. Up through the atmosphere, up where the air is clear, Oh let's go fly a kite!" -Mary Poppins



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) kite sky wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/go-fly-a-kite Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:47:46 GMT
Majestic Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/majestic-sky Day 205

Tonight's sky was quite dramatic, the sun was behind clouds shooting out rays to the blue sky, it was very majestic. It was a wonderful ending to a day that started out dark and stormy.


"Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!"  ~Allison Gappa Bottke

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/majestic-sky Tue, 24 Jul 2012 02:02:54 GMT
Green Fields https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/green-fields Day 204

Se what a little bit of rain does, makes everything grow overnight and turn green, we still could use more rain but I'm not sure very much is forecast in the near future. We are into the lazy days of summer, in the afternoons there always seems to be a chance for thunderstorms and the clouds seem to get bigger and puffier. 


"I drifted into a summer-nap under the hot shade of July, serenaded by a cicadae lullaby, to drowsy-warm dreams of distant thunder."  ~Terri Guillemets

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/green-fields Mon, 23 Jul 2012 01:01:30 GMT
Zoo Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/zoo-day Day 203

No I didn't go to some exotic land for a safari, today was zoo day! We took the girls to the zoo to see all the animals, it was a ton of fun, watching the sea lions get fed, seeing the tiger jump into its pool and sit because it was hot, the lions lounging in the shade right by the observation window. Kids love zoos, and they know way more about the animals than I do, it's funny they tell you about them like we don't have any brains at all. Kids are great, and after a long afternoon walking around they fell asleep in the car on the way home!


"Wisdom begins in wonder" -Socrates



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) kids rhino zoo https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/zoo-day Sun, 22 Jul 2012 01:22:06 GMT
Finally Rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/finally-rain Day 202

Those drops on that leaf is rain, the first rain in a long time. You could hear the grass turning green in happiness. It was a gray day, but I didn't mind, it had been a long time since we had a gray day, so one every summer isn't bad, as long as it's only one!


"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." -Gilbert K. Chesterton




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) leaf rain summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/finally-rain Sat, 21 Jul 2012 02:57:43 GMT
Flower Bush https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/flower-bush Day 201

I guess it's a good thing we haven't trimmed this big bush, because there are a zillion of these flowers popping out now, it's so nice to have some color even though it's just basically white, it's way better than just the brown grass that's everywhere.


"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."  ~Iris Murdoch

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/flower-bush Fri, 20 Jul 2012 02:12:26 GMT
Bubble Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/bubble-time Day 200

Tonight was big bubble night at our house, we let the kids run around as kids like to do and pop all the bubbles they could get their hands on. They had the best time fighting over who could reach them first, little kids get to have the most fun, running around with abandon and endless energy...they made me tired just watching them, but they also made me smile.


"Jumping for joy is good exercise."  ~Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bubbles happiness joy https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/bubble-time Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:58:37 GMT
Hot and Dry https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/hot-and-dry Day 199

These last few days it's been HOT and I can't remember the last time we had any rain more than a small shower, everything is brown, it's summers like these I am so glad for the invention of the air conditioner!


"In winter i get up at night

And dress by yellow candle-light

in summer quite the other way

I have to go to bed by day."

-Robert Louis Stevenson


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dry hot summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/hot-and-dry Wed, 18 Jul 2012 02:40:12 GMT
We All Scream for Ice Cream https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/we-all-scream-for-ice-cream Day 198

It is definitely ice cream weather this summer, it has been hot hot hot and tomorrow is going to be hotter yet. I don't know about you but I am planning on hitting up the ice cream stand tomorrow too!


"An ice cream cone can solve any problem, even if it's only for a few minutes." - Unknown Author



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) hot ice cream summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/we-all-scream-for-ice-cream Tue, 17 Jul 2012 02:39:53 GMT
Summer Snowflake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/summer-snowflake Day 197

Doesn't this look just like a snow flake? A summer snow flake. Take a look at those white flowery weeds, I guess they are called queen annes lace, or at least that's what we call them, they are everywhere, along side the road, in fields, growing in the yard, they are one hardy little weed. But sometimes if you look close enough at the weeds they are just as pretty as real flowers.


"Summer has set in with its usual severity."  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower snowflake summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/summer-snowflake Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:00:48 GMT
Fluttering Around https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/fluttering-around Day 196

Ever notice those little white butterflies that flutter around everywhere? They look like they are drunk to me, like they have no idea where they're going or landing, but I suspect they do, they land on the flowers for a few seconds, then flutter around again land and continue on doing the same thing over and over again, they are quite cute to watch and whenever I see them I think of lazy warm summer days when there is nothing to do but sit around and stare at the butterflies.


"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."  ~R.H. Heinlein

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) butterfly summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/fluttering-around Sun, 15 Jul 2012 02:45:43 GMT
Mom Turkey https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/mom-turkey Day 195

When we saw this turkey in the field it looked like it was just out for a walk, but as we watched you could tell there was something else moving along  with it. Then we saw little heads popping up above the plants, little tiny turkey heads, you could hardly see them they were so small and they blended in with the grass and other plants, but as usual I tried to wait them out to see if they would come out of the field and maybe go back across the road. But they didn't and I was only able to get this pic of the mom and one of the chicks, the other 5 were right nearby but you can't see them because they are so small, it's amazing to think they will get so big from such tiny little things.


"All mothers are working mothers."  ~Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) mother turkey https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/mom-turkey Sat, 14 Jul 2012 02:59:10 GMT
The Market https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-market Day 194

It's farmers market season and the produce is starting to come out, it's the best time of the year, all the fresh food, just makes you want to buy it all and go home and eat it, I'm glad it's only the start of the season. 


"The belly rules the mind."  ~Spanish Proverb

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) farmers market summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-market Fri, 13 Jul 2012 01:52:32 GMT
Kira https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/kira Day 193

My niece Kira is, to say the least, a bundle of energy. She is one cute little kid, four years old going on twenty five, some of the stuff she says cracks me up, her imagination knows no bounds. The problem is they live in Florida and I only get to see her once of twice a year, but thank goodness for technology, video chatting has made it so we can talk every day if we want, so I've been able to see her grow up, it's not quite as good as in person but it's the next best thing, and she is quite the performer when she gets on camera, but let me tell you having her here in person is an experience!


There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.  ~Walt Streightiff

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) Kira child kid https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/kira Thu, 12 Jul 2012 03:18:13 GMT
Moo Cows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/moo-cows Day 192

Tonight I drove around looking for a picture and my sister and four year old niece came with me. We were looking for cows because Kira wanted to see some. Well we finally found some and we pulled over, she was so excited when the cows actually ran over to the car, I think they thought we had something for them to eat, but Kira thought they were coming over just to see her. She was talking to her new friends, chattering away, finally we had to leave she said "good night baby cows! go have your dinner!", as we drove away she announced that those nice cows were her new friends, little kids have the greatest imaginations!


"When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose?"  ~Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cows imagination kids https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/moo-cows Wed, 11 Jul 2012 03:00:02 GMT
Cone Flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/cone-flower Day 191

Purple cone flowers, bees love the spiky middles when they first bloom, birds love them after they die and dry out and they can get to the seeds. I like them just for their color, a purply blue color that's one of my favorites, actually most flowers are my favorites and all colors are my favorite.


"To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat." ~Beverly Nichols

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bee flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/cone-flower Tue, 10 Jul 2012 03:09:44 GMT
Water Fun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/water-fun Day 190

Today was a good pool day, nice and sunny and warm and there is nothing better than hearing the splashing of water in a pool on a sunny day, unless you add the sound of little kids giggles. 


"Fun is good." -Dr. Seuss

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fun pool https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/water-fun Mon, 09 Jul 2012 01:54:30 GMT
Perfect Photo https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/perfect-photo Day 189

Another night, another sunset, even my sister, who lives in Florida and sees her share of spectacular sunsets on the beach had to take a photo tonight. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who loves to take photos of the sunsets!


"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." -Bern Williams




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/perfect-photo Sun, 08 Jul 2012 02:21:37 GMT
Soft Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/soft-sunset Day 188

It was another nice night to be out on the lake watching the sunset. Calm waters, hot and hazy, a long week makes for a perfect night to just sit around and stare at the lake. 


"Softly the evening came with the sunset." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/soft-sunset Sat, 07 Jul 2012 02:27:37 GMT
Lily Pads https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/lily-pads Day 187

Lily pads remind me of summer, I know it's actually summer right now, but for some reason lily pads make me calm, to look at them just sitting there on the glassy water little bugs flitting about making tiny ripples. It reminds me of a lazy summer night, which as it happens was exactly what tonight was.


"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."  ~Sam Keen

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lilypads summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/lily-pads Fri, 06 Jul 2012 01:47:43 GMT
The Fourth https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-fourth Day 186

Happy Fourth of July every one!! 


"From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring."~Samuel F. Smith

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flag smile summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/the-fourth Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:40:30 GMT
Fireworks https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/fireworks Day 185

It was a lovely night for fireworks tonight, here in Geneva they shoot them off right over the lake so we also have all the boats bobbing around in the water to add to the beauty. The fireworks look like huge flowers in the sky, the brilliant colors reflecting off the lake, the little lights from the boats looking like fireflies in the night, it all made the night magical.





"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."  ~Elmer Davis



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fireworks night https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/fireworks Wed, 04 Jul 2012 03:46:47 GMT
Birds on a Wire https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/birds-on-a-wire Day 184

When I see small flocks of birds all line up on a wire I think of 2 things, what are they talking about and how do they land without bumping into each other. I think they are all sitting there chatting about the weather and how great it has been, and gossiping about the neighbors.


"Just remember, if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off."  ~Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/birds-on-a-wire Tue, 03 Jul 2012 01:51:36 GMT
Half Way https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/half-way Day 183

Today is the half way point of my year long project, I'll be honest, I didn't think I'd last this long, I thought I'd get sick of trying to come up with something everyday. But that hasn't happened yet, I keep finding things to photograph, some things are better than others, just as some days are better than others. But most days I'm finding that I'd rather be out looking for pictures than doing most anything else, which also surprises me.

On my way home today I was looking for a photo, and saw this bird, called an American Kestrel sitting on the wires overlooking a corn field. They're a small falcon and they like to eat grasshoppers and small bugs. They're also my favorite bird because of their very cool markings and how fast they fly. I've been trying to get a photo of one for the longest time, but never have been able to, I'd try to get close enough and they'd always fly away and land just a little farther down, I'd try again and it would fly just down a little, driving me crazy. So tonight when I saw another I decided to try again, same thing happened, I'd try to get close and off it would fly. But I was able to get a little closer tonight, because of the other birds who were flying around harassing the kestrel. They were flying at the bird trying to get it to leave, they must have had their nests nearby and possibly some young birds around and they were having none of this falcon, they'd swoop in and out pecking and trying to get the falcon to leave. I was insanely lucky to get this picture of a robin trying to get the kestrel to leave, it's not a bad photo to mark the half way point of the year.


"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."  ~Eudora Welty


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/7/half-way Mon, 02 Jul 2012 01:48:59 GMT
All in a Row https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/all-in-a-row Day 182

Another errand filled Saturday, not too bad though, still had time to drive around a little and look for a photo. I don't know what caught my eye about these trees all in a row, but for some reason they just stood out against the bright sky. I stopped and took a quick picture only a couple of frames and then went on my way, I had to get back to hang out by the pool with Sofie after all!


"The groves were God's first temples."  ~William Cullen Bryant

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/all-in-a-row Sun, 01 Jul 2012 02:16:32 GMT
Purple Waters https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/purple-waters Day 181

It was a beautiful sunset, even though you couldn't actually see the sun because of the hazy clouds. But the sky still turned brilliant orange and purple, which in turn turned the lake an awesome purple. There were a bunch of boats out enjoying the evening, which is what we were doing, sitting outside in the warm breeze enjoying the end of a hectic week.


"We all need empty hours in our lives or we will have no time to create or dream."  ~Robert Coles

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/purple-waters Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:53:32 GMT
Bales of Hay https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/bales-of-hay Day 180

Way too tired to write much tonight, I took this photo on the way home from work, I liked the way the big hay bales looked all lined up ready to be stored in the barn. 


"I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. " ~Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) hay sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/bales-of-hay Fri, 29 Jun 2012 01:09:32 GMT
Seagull City https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/seagull-city Day 179

Tonight after work Sofie and I went looking for a photo, we drove around listening to music, enjoying the evening. We ended up at Sampson State Park, it was such a nice night, but a little windy. We drove down by the water and there were a bunch of seagulls siting in the parking lot, we watched them and Sofie was making up little stories about how they were a city, which one was the leader and the followers, some were taking off and landing, I can't remember what she was saying about those, I was laughing too much. We finally drove home as the sun was setting, it was a fun evening, and we didn't even get out of the car.


"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walt Streightiff




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/seagull-city Thu, 28 Jun 2012 02:34:04 GMT
Daydreaming https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/daydreaming Day 178

I am going to make this picture my desktop photo at work, so I can always take a peek and see where I would rather be at that moment, peacefully sitting under a great big shade tree looking out at the lake and watching the water sparkle in the sun. Daydreaming the day away, how perfect a day that would be.


"Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind."  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bench lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/daydreaming Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:59:39 GMT
This is Summer? https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/this-is-summer Day 177

This scene reminds me of fall, and so did the temperature today, I think it struggled to get above 70, which is a big change from last week when it was in the 90s. People were joking that it was a nice fall day. It could have been a little warmer but still it was a super nice day, after the rain showers in the morning there were big huge puffy clouds floating in a bright blue sky. I kind of like days like today, yes it could have been a tiny bit warmer but still it's better than snow!


"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."-Anthony J. D'Angelo


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn summer sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/this-is-summer Tue, 26 Jun 2012 01:20:03 GMT
Farm Stand https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/farm-stand Day 176

There are a lot of farms in my area, and a lot of those farms have stands, some more elaborate than others. This is one of the more elaborate, it has everything, flowers, fruit, veggies, jams, crafts, and just about anything else you can think of. I love exploring them, all of them, from a table on the side of the road to full fledges stores, and I can't wait for produce season!


"If it could only be like this always - always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe..." ~Evelyn Waugh

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) farm flower summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/farm-stand Mon, 25 Jun 2012 01:28:06 GMT
Heavenly Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/heavenly-day Day 175

Another perfect day today, not too hot, not humid at all, a little breeze, it was awesome. I could use about a month of days like today, no work, perfect weather and throw in there not doing a thing but looking at the lake and it would be called heaven!


“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” – Toni Morrison

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake sail https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/heavenly-day Sun, 24 Jun 2012 02:33:27 GMT
Pink Beauty https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/pink-beauty Day 174

This beautiful flower is blooming in my front yard, we don't have too many flowers but the ones we do are awesome!



"Where flowers bloom so does hope."- Lady Bird Johnson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/pink-beauty Sat, 23 Jun 2012 02:57:39 GMT
Sun Trees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/sun-trees Day 173

I love the way the sun falls on the leaves of the trees, it looks kind of delicate, the late day sun. It just proves once again that it is the golden hour.


"Trees are much like human beings and enjoy each other's company.  Only a few love to be alone."  ~Jens Jensen

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun sunset tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/sun-trees Fri, 22 Jun 2012 01:52:28 GMT
Summertime https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/summertime Day 172

Today is the first day of summer, all the flowers are blooming, there is this one garden store that is just a riot of flowers, masses of every kind all in bloom, it's awesome. I want that many flowers at my house it would be the best, all those colors and wonderful smells, I would just sit and look at them all day, well that and water them...


"It's a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it's light out."  ~Bill Watterson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower summer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/summertime Thu, 21 Jun 2012 01:47:06 GMT
Home Sweet Home https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/home-sweet-home Day 171

I've driven by this barn almost everyday on the way home from work, it interests me, I think the shape is barn like but with that strange garage like part for the old tractor. To me it looks like the tractor is sitting there ready and waiting to prove it's not too old to work. I like old tractors, you can tell they have lived a long life plowing fields doing whatever tractors do, and this one looks like it has plowed a lot of fields.


"You can't turn back the clock.  But you can wind it up again."  ~Bonnie Prudden

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn home tractor https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/home-sweet-home Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:25:26 GMT
Singing for Joy https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/singing-for-joy Day 170

It's hay bailing season right now, and these big rolls of hay are popping up in fields everywhere. The birds really like them, all the bugs and good stuff to eat all in one place, just like a restaurant. This little sparrow was just sitting on top singing away, I think it was happy to be enjoying the day and wanted to let the world know it!


"He who sings scares away his woes." -Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird hay sing https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/singing-for-joy Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:58:30 GMT
Windy Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/windy-sunday Day 169

Today was a day for the wind powered boats on the lake, there were kite surfers, wind surfers and sail boats all out whipping around on the lake. A good strong southern wind always brings them out, the wind barrels down the lake with nothing to slow it down which makes for perfect sailing weather. I always watch them zooming around powered naturally, and always think to my self that it looks like fun, then I decide maybe not, I'm way too chicken.


"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." -Dolly Parton

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake wind https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/windy-sunday Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:54:39 GMT
Buzzing Like Bees https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/buzzing-like-bees Day 168

Another perfect day, even more perfect because it was a Saturday. I did some errands, watched Sofie's last baseball game, took a nap, and went looking for pictures. I ended up at Montezuma very late, just as the sun was going down, it was so pretty, the gold light reflecting off the water making everything shine. I stopped at the field of wild flowers near the entrance, took some pictures and noticed the bees lazily going from flower to flower, doing their job, gathering whatever they gather in the late day sun. It was interesting watching them, they really do buzz like bees, they  really do a lot of work.


"How doth the little buys bee improve each shining hour, and gather honey all the day from every opening flower." -Isaac Watts 



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bee flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/buzzing-like-bees Sun, 17 Jun 2012 02:43:05 GMT
Perfect Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/perfect-day Day 167

Today was another great day, weather wise that is, a chamber of commerce day, just beautiful. I makes me wonder why anyone would live anywhere else....just remind me of that statement in December.


"Why do we love the sea?  It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think."  ~Robert Henri

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/perfect-day Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:18:03 GMT
Strawberry Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/strawberry-time Day 166

It's strawberry time in this part of the world, it is one of my most favorite times of the year, I love to eat them plain, shortcake, with ice-cream, in smoothies or shakes, anyway you can think of. The best ones are the ones grown right here practically in my back yard, so good. I can't wait for the roadside stands to start popping up with all of the local produce, I love going home different ways every night finding different stands with all the different stuff. It is the best time of year.


"Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward."  ~Terri Guillemets




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) food spring strawberry https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/strawberry-time Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:00:45 GMT
Golden Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/golden-sunset Day 165

I noticed this wheat field tonight as I was looking for a photo for today. I was thinking if I couldn't find anything there was always the sunset and as I drove around I saw this field was glowing in the setting sun and as I got closer I noticed the riot of lines shimmering in the breeze. I thought this was a pretty cool way to take a picture of the sunset.


"Give me the splendid silent sun, at sunset." -Walt Whitman

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset wheat https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/golden-sunset Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:33:30 GMT
Weathered https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/weathered Day 164

Well today was a rainy dark overcast miserable day, I only had about 30 minutes when it wasn't pouring rain and I wasn't working to get a photo, so what else do you take a picture of on a weather day than a weathered barn overlooking a freshly planted field. As you know I love the old barns and there are a bunch of them around the area and each one has a personality of their own. Hopefully the next time I take a photo the weather will be better!


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/weathered Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:19:49 GMT
Feed Me! https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/feed-me Day 163

More baby birds, I can't resist them, these are tree swallows, not living in trees but in nest boxes. The little ones are so cute, they sit in the opening watching their parents fly around getting bugs for them to eat, when they get close they open their mouths. I watched them for a while tonight, I think I saw 3 little birds in this house, and as far as I could see each got something to eat, both the mother and father birds were out zipping around catching what ever bugs they could get, they brought them back every few minutes and shoved them in the little birds waiting mouths. It was easy to tell when they were coming back, the little birds would all start chirping, you could tell they were watching them knowing they would be back soon without fail.


"I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes."  ~e.e. cummings



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) babies bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/feed-me Tue, 12 Jun 2012 02:00:22 GMT
Busy Sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/busy-sunday Day 162

It was a busy day today, but I made time to go out to Montezuma, here are a few pictures for your enjoyment...


"Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week." -Joseph Addison

Monarch Butterfly

Great Blue Heron

Eastern Wood Pee Wee


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird butterfly sunday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/busy-sunday Mon, 11 Jun 2012 01:59:23 GMT
Handsome Whitetail https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/handsome-whitetail Day 161

I think this deer wanted to get his picture taken, when me and my dad saw him this morning he said that should be my picture of the day. But I thought there was no way I would get it, my camera was in the back of the car, that meant I had to get out, open the hatch and get the camera, all while trying to be super quiet. So I gave it a try, and go figure, he waited right where he was till I got the camera and took a few photos, I was even able to walk up a little closer, then he ran a few steps and turned and looked at me. A perfect pose, don't you think?


“Of course it’s all luck.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) deer luck https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/handsome-whitetail Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:46:18 GMT
Tiger Lily https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/tiger-lily Day 160

Well it's late and I really have to go to bed, so here is a picture of the tiger lily that is blooming in front of my house. So you can enjoy it as much as I am!


"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/tiger-lily Sat, 09 Jun 2012 03:25:20 GMT
Antiques https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/antiques Day 159

I think old milk cans are so cool, no reason why they just fascinate me for some reason, milking cows, being a milkman, the whole thing, how hard that work must be. Just think about old milk cans and how much milk they must have carried. Do they still use milk cans? If they do I bet they don't have as much character as these old ones do, not that you would use these for milk any more, I mean their shape, what they look like. New ones are probably all space age looking, slim and streamlined and shiny, boring. There is something to be said for old, it's full of experiences.


"Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural." -Ralph Waldo Emerson



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) antiques https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/antiques Fri, 08 Jun 2012 01:15:36 GMT
Silver Lining https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/silver-lining Day 158

There were a lot of clouds in the sky today, but where ever I was it wasn't raining so that was a plus. There were huge big white puffy clouds but every once in a while there would be a huge thunder cloud go by. I stopped to get gas and saw this the one covering the sun, it looked so dramatic, the way the sun lit the edges of the cloud was so cool. I could hear the thunder and wondered if my streak of staying dry today was going to end, but it didn't! I decided to make this photo black and white, to me it looks majestic, almost scary, but so cool, it looks like there's a silver lining.


"Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray." -Lord Byron



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/silver-lining Thu, 07 Jun 2012 01:31:21 GMT
Learning to Fly https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/learning-to-fly Day 157

When I got home from work tonight I spotted a little bird in the yard, a little tiny black capped chickadee, at first I thought it was a grownup but then I noticed it was super small and not flying too much, I even walked over to it and it didn't move, so of course I went to switch lenses on my camera to take some pictures of the cute little thing. That's when I noticed there were more of them, they seemed like they were everywhere, in the grass under the tree, everywhere you looked. I suddenly worried that I would step on one of them, so I as I carefully walked around I started to see the mom and the dad bringing the little ones food, it was fascinating. They would go over to our feeders get a sunflower seed, crack it open and then bring the seed to one of the little chicks, first one, then the next, constantly going back and forth feeding each one of them in turn. I finally determined there were five of them, hopping and fluttering around, they would fly for five or six feet then rest for a while, waiting for food. I watched them for the longest time, until it got too dark to take pictures, I watched them hop around exercising their little wings, waiting for their parents, you could see it in their little eyes, they new mom and dad were not far away. Before long all five of them had hopped or fluttered underneath the bush that must be where they live, when I came out later to take the dogs out, who for now are on a very short leash, I could hear them chirping away in the bush, settled in for the night, with full little bellies, exhausted and cozy with their parents to keep them safe and sound.





"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven." -Emily Dickenson


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) babies bird family https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/learning-to-fly Wed, 06 Jun 2012 01:55:35 GMT
Red Doors https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/red-doors Day 156

We have a lot of churches in Geneva, these are the red doors of St. John's Chapel on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, it's a very pretty little chapel that was built in 1860. I was worried today that I wouldn't have any luck in finding a photo, it rained and drizzled all day and was so gray out, I'm not sure the sun came up at all. But I said to my self there had to be something, there are things everywhere, so as I was driving home I happened to see the red doors on the chapel, it was raining but I stopped anyway, I'm glad I did, I might have gotten a little wet, but the next time I won't complain there isn't anything to photograph, there's always something I just have to look.


"Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the  photograph." -Matt Hardy



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) church door https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/red-doors Tue, 05 Jun 2012 01:23:37 GMT
Fresh Colors https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/fresh-colors Day 155

It was a rainy day today, in between the showers there was some very interesting cloudscapes, great big puffy white clouds against the blue sky, the rain also made everything look clean and new. I love the different colors, the greens of the fields and the trees, the white of the clouds and houses and the brilliant blue of the sky. It all goes together so perfectly, so fresh and calming, I've been looking for new colors to redo my room in, these might be a good choice.


"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises." -Pedro Calderon de la Baraca




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) color fresh https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/fresh-colors Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:35:00 GMT
Birdwatching https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/birdwatching Day 154

I went bird watching with Sofie today, it was her first time ever. We bought a kid size pair of binoculars and a kid bird book and went on our way, it was so exciting, the first bird she saw all on her own was a good old red winged blackbird, check that one off the list. Next was a whole bunch of purple martins, check, canada geese and babies, check, a yellow warbler, song sparrow, a very cool baltimore oriole and this little savannah sparrow that was taking a bath in a puddle, we watched him hop around singing away, Sofie spotted him through her binoculars and was so excited to check it off her list. I was impressed that she lasted as long as she did with out losing patience, I was so happy that she enjoyed it and loved watching how she was excited over the 'ordinary' birds we saw today. I can't wait till she comes over to see all the birds at the feeders in our yard. Sofie chose the picture of the day today, I think she chose exactly the right one.


"A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song." -Chinese Proverb

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird birdwatching https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/birdwatching Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:33:50 GMT
Everything Green https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/everything-green Day 153

All the leaves are out on the trees and the grass is green and growing, and today's rain made it all the greener. I will let you in on a little secret, I am actually glad it is raining tonight, it gives me an excuse to go home after a long day at work, put my jammies on and cuddle up with my dogs, and not feel guilty about not getting anything done. Sometimes you need nights like that, and this is one for me.


"Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are." -Chinese Proverb


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) green rain relaxing https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/6/everything-green Sat, 02 Jun 2012 00:48:54 GMT
Field of Patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/field-of-patterns Day 152

It's planting season, all the farmers are out plowing up the fields, planting all kinds of food, corn, beans, wheat, cabbage all kinds of stuff. Right now when the plants are tiny and just growing you can really see the patterns the rows make. It fascinates me how the rows curve and follow the obsticles in the fields, how every inch is planted, all perfectly spaced. As I drive home each day I love looking to see what has been planted and how much the little plants have grown, trying to figure out what they are. Half the time I nearly drive off the road because I'm watching the patterns change as I drive by, which I highly recommend you do, but have someone else drive, it's safer.


"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way." -Edward de Bono



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) patterns planting plants https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/field-of-patterns Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:03:01 GMT
Beautiful Blue https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/beautiful-blue Day 151

The blue jay is another one of those birds I am never able to get a picture of, which is odd since they are everywhere. They're also one of my favorite, I think they're so pretty with all the shades of blue, the patterns on the tail and wings are simply beautiful. For all my troubles in getting a photo of a blue jay, this one was totally by accident. I had stopped alongside the road to take a different photo and spotted this bird in a tree, I was able to switch lenses while keeping an eye on it. I watched it for a minute and go figure it flew down and landed on the side of the road right across from me, I took a few shots and off it flew up into the trees. I think this particular bird was posing for me, it wanted to show off it's awesome colors.


"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears." -Edgar Allan Poe

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) beauty bird blue jay https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/beautiful-blue Thu, 31 May 2012 01:46:12 GMT
Rain Rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/rain-rain Day 150

So to say it was raining at lunch time today would be an understatement, it was a thunderstorm of epic proportions, I mean the sky was green, that can't be good. I was going to lunch with my brother but we didn't make it, we ended up heading into rain so hard you couldn't see. It was awesome, we ended up sitting in the car waiting for it to let up, so of course I had nothing to do but take pictures of the rain. So that is how I came upon the flags in the rain drops, I was actually trying to get a pic of the flag whipping in the wind and rain, but through the windshield, because I didn't want to get wet, but the camera focused on the rain and what do you know, a cool photo!


"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella."  -Terri Guillemets

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flag rain storm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/rain-rain Wed, 30 May 2012 01:15:54 GMT
The Traveler https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-traveler Day 149

I looked up this little bird, it's a member of the sandpiper family and is called a dunlin. It amazes me the distances that birds travel, this particular bird summers in northern Alaska to Hudson Bay and spends the winters in Florida and southward. I looked on a map, that is some serious mileage, and they make that trip with out the benefit of GPS or even a map, they do stop along the way to rest up and refuel, I spotted this one at Montezuma, wading in a shallow pool having some lunch, there were a couple others around all doing the same, they must been traveling companions. The migration of animals is one of those things that fascinates me as I imagine it does a lot of other much smarter people than myself. 


"My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather."  -Terri Guillemets



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-traveler Tue, 29 May 2012 01:00:36 GMT
Purple and Green https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/purple-and-green Day 148

I'm so glad there are so many different kinds of flowers, they come in handy when I don't have a lot of time and still have to get a photo for the day. I love how many different sizes and shapes and colors there are, the deep greens of the leaves and how they frame the flowers perfectly, I can't wait for the summer to see what other interesting blooms I can find.


“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/purple-and-green Mon, 28 May 2012 01:13:56 GMT
Family https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/family Day 147

It was a beautiful morning today, I was up and out early heading to Montezuma, it was so beautiful out that I saw a family out for it's morning walk. A family of trumpeter swans! I didn't think they nested around here but I guess I was wrong, and so glad I was. There was a mom and a dad and five cygnets just walking along not a care in the world, as usual the mom led the way, the kids following and the dad bringing up the rear. It was funny, I don't think the kids wanted to keep walking because every time the parents stopped for even a second the little ones would sit down, right there in the middle of the road, it was a riot. I watched them for a long time, staying out of their way, wondering where they were going and why they were walking on the road instead of the grass or even swimming in the water, but they seemed to have a purpose known only to them. I was so glad I got up early and was able to see this young family out and about, it's one for the life list.





"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."  ~Jane Howard


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird family swan https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/family Sun, 27 May 2012 02:41:10 GMT
Pink Peony https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/pink-peony Day 146

Peonies are one of my most favorite flowers. I love all the delicate petals and how they fit together just so, they look like they're made out of sugar, the colors are sugary too, but my favorite are the light pink and dark pink combo flowers. My grandparents used to have peonies at their house, I loved to look at them, and to cut big bunches of them to put in vases. The only problem is they always attract a zillion tiny ants, which of course drove my grandmother crazy.


"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world."  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower peony https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/pink-peony Sat, 26 May 2012 00:55:06 GMT
Yellow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/yellow Day 145

This totally random photo is a product of 3 things, being hungry, being in a hurry and having a splitting allergy headache. Also if it wasn't for the yellow flowers I never would have stopped, but stop I did and noticed the yellow hydrant to go along with the flowers and presto, picture of the day. I'm so happy tomorrow's Friday and then the long weekend, now to get rid of this sinus headache and everything will be perfect.


"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." -Vincent Van Gogh

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower yellow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/yellow Fri, 25 May 2012 00:12:03 GMT
The Sun Sets https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-sun-sets Day 144

Kind of tired tonight, so the blog will be a super short one...enjoy tonights sunset, it was a nice ending to the day.


"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream." -Bern Williams

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-sun-sets Thu, 24 May 2012 01:20:46 GMT
Happy Cows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/happy-cows Day 143

Another long day at work, so on the way home I saw these cows, they were doing what I wished I could be doing, standing around eating, enjoying the sunny afternoon. So I did the next thing I could think of took a picture of them, standing there looking content and peaceful, eating grass, catching some rays. I couldn't be more jealous, except for that eating grass part, I could do without that.


"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have." -Frederick Keonig


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cows happy https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/happy-cows Wed, 23 May 2012 00:06:10 GMT
Dinner Time https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/dinner-time Day 142

On our way home from work tonight I was hoping to find a picture while the sun was still out, it looked like it was going to rain soon, dark clouds were rolling in. My brother says, "why don't you take a picture of those 2 hawks sitting on the pole?" So of course I tried, but they kept flying away, I would try to sneak up on them but was only able to get one still on the pole. They kept taking off and landing on the next pole, they were bugging me a little, but anyway the two of them kept taking off and flying behind a tractor that was plowing a field, I think they were looking to see what turned up, maybe find an easy meal. For the few minutes I watched them they didn't get anything but it was awesome watching the powerful big birds hunting for their dinner, hmmm, I think it's time for my dinner!


"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven." -Emily Dickinson


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird dinner hawk https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/dinner-time Tue, 22 May 2012 01:27:18 GMT
Tiny Fairies https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/tiny-fairies Day 141

These bugs are the most annoying little things if you're trying to do anything outside, they buzz around your ears and fly in your mouth, they cause you to swat at the air like you're having a seizure. But next time the sun is setting and they're flitting about take a look at them, don't they look like little fairies? That's the first thing I think of when I see them like this, that they're little fairies spreading pixie dust and happiness around, which is a much better thought than swearing at them because you just swallowed a half dozen of them.


"When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies." -J.M. Barrie

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fairies flower happiness sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/tiny-fairies Sun, 20 May 2012 23:56:13 GMT
Babies https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/babies Day 140

Isn't spring great, there are baby birds, baby cows, baby bunnies, baby horses, baby everything, they're so cute. I have no idea how old these little guys are, they don't look all that old, they still stuck close to their mothers as they walked through their field, munching on grass and flowers. I almost didn't stop this morning because I was running a little late but so glad I did, I would have missed these super cute horses running and playing in the morning sun.


"Horses are proof God loves us." -Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) babies horses spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/babies Sun, 20 May 2012 00:45:23 GMT
Poppies https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/poppies Day 139

I love poppies just before they pop, they look like little aliens, or little pod people pods. Actually they're just creepy, with all the fuzz on them, and the way they bend and curl around each other, but still they are kind of cool for all those same reasons. I wish they lasted longer, and the same goes for the flowers, they are so fragile just a little wind and they are damaged, so enjoy them while they're here, just don't walk through a field of them or you'll fall asleep...


"Poppies... Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they'll sleeeeep!" -Wicked Witch of the West

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower poppies https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/poppies Sat, 19 May 2012 00:47:19 GMT
Daisy Daisy https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/daisy-daisy Day 138

It's so nice to drive home after a long day at work and see a field full of daisies, their little yellow faces turned up toward the setting sun, you can't help but smile. This photo a day project has made me focus on other things, I can't just drive home and stew about work, I have to look at the world outside my car. In the past I would have just driven home and not even noticed these little flowers that some consider weeds but are too cute to be. So remember to enjoy the little things, the things that normally go unnoticed, often they are the things that bring the most pleasure.


"In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet."  -Albert Schweitzer

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) daisy flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/daisy-daisy Fri, 18 May 2012 01:08:42 GMT
The Row Houses https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-row-houses Day 137

I always wanted to live in one of the row houses on Main Street here in Geneva, ever since I was a little kid I thought it would be the coolest thing, I loved how they were all different colors all lined up all in a row...sorry. But now a days, I still would like to own one of them but I wonder if I would still think it's the coolest thing around, there are only windows in the front and back, which I could live with, and the neighbors are super close, which I might not be able to live with, and there is no parking which I couldn't live without. But still, when I grow up I want to buy one, remodel the whole thing and fill it full of art and a piano, oh, I and I want to learn how to play the piano too.


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) geneva house https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-row-houses Thu, 17 May 2012 01:09:43 GMT
The Boathouses https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-boathouses Day 136

I live in the Finger Lakes Region of New York, and one of those fingers is Canandaigua Lake, a cute picturesque lake, part of the charm of the lake are the boathouses, they have been there in one form or another since the 1850s. They have been the subject of many artists and photographers, including this one. Throughout the summer I hope to document some of the other fingers of the Finger Lakes, each one is different in it's own way and has it's own personality, I look forward to exploring them myself!


"If you're yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning." -Griff Niblack


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/the-boathouses Wed, 16 May 2012 02:32:47 GMT
A Case of the Mondays https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/a-case-of-the-mondays Day 135

Today was one of those days that I just couldn't seem to 'see' anything. Not sure what the problem was, maybe just a case of the Monday's but I continued on and drove around, just for the heck of it I looked up and saw a little bird in the trees, that was lucky, I only took one photo before the bird zipped away. I continued on took a few other photos that I didn't like and went home to eat dinner, maybe that was it, I was hungry! But any way I got this little picture, and now it's on to a new day and a new picture.


"Just once, I would like to wake up, turn on the news, and hear...'Monday has been cancelled, go back to sleep.' -Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird monday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/a-case-of-the-mondays Tue, 15 May 2012 00:58:36 GMT
For the Birds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/for-the-birds Day 134

Patience was the name of the game today, I went out to Montezuma and decided that I was going to wait and wait till I saw at least one of the birds that I could hear. And wait I did, I actually saw a bunch of birds, but three were ones I had never photographed before, the Baltimore Oriole, the Eastern Kingbird and the Yellow Warbler, none of them are unusual for our area I just haven't been able to get a picture of them, in fact I had never even seen a Yellow Warbler before, they are so tiny and stick to the bushes, hiding among the leaves. My pick for the photo of the day is the warbler peeking out from the leaves, I think it is the cutest little thing, I did get a shot of it's whole body but I like the other shot, it captures what the bird does everyday all day, hides.


"Patience is also a form of action."  ~Auguste Rodin











[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird patience spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/for-the-birds Mon, 14 May 2012 00:49:43 GMT
Sitting on the Stoop https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/sitting-on-the-stoop Day 133

I think these martins and swallows sitting on their bird house look like people sitting on their front steps chatting with each other on a nice evening. The birds were all flying about landing and taking off, chirping away. I love watching the swallows zip around eating bugs, so acrobatic, they come so close to the ground, and to trees and buildings and people walking by. They are so carefree and happy, and so much fun to watch.


"It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much." -Yogi Berra


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/sitting-on-the-stoop Sun, 13 May 2012 01:02:59 GMT
Iris https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/iris Day 132

Well I hope you all like flowers because as you can see I like to photograph them, not because they are easy but because  they are so pretty. But as you can see they can also can look terrifying, this iris is so cool with the colors and patterns but just look at it, scary, it looks like a monster with a big scary mouth. But still it's still so beautiful you can't help but stare at it. 


"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us."  -Iris Murdoch

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower iris spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/iris Sat, 12 May 2012 00:57:17 GMT
Goodnight Sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/goodnight-sun Day 131

It's been a long long day, when you wake up at 330am, wide awake like it's time to get up and go, and I never went back to sleep so I have been out of sync all day. At 9am I wanted lunch, at 4pm it was bed time. But I wanted to get a picture and thought tonights sunset would be a good bet, I was right. Technically this photo is after the sunset, I thought the colors were awesome, the blues, the yellows and the reds and pinks, I wish it had lasted longer so I could just stare at it, but I can look at the photo as much as I want. So enjoy tonight's sunset, I'm going to bed!


"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."-Rabindranath Tagore



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/goodnight-sun Fri, 11 May 2012 01:36:54 GMT
Memories of Youth https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/memories-of-youth Day 130

When I see railroad tracks I think of childhood, and believe it or not, playing around them. Our house is up on a hill and there are tracks that run along the lake below it, I remember when the trains ran more frequently, several times a day, and when I was a kid I used to go to bed and wait for a train to go by, the rumble would put me to sleep. When my grandparents had a cottage along the lake the tracks were right across the driveway, I mean those trains were close to the house, when a train went by you couldn't hear yourself think! Talk about noise putting you to sleep, if you stayed at the cottage and a train went by in the middle of the night, chances are you would wake up because it sounded like it was coming right through your bedroom.

But the thing that was the most fun, not the smartest thing we ever used to do, was to put pennies on the tracks. We would listen for a train in the distance, hopefully it was way off, but not always, then we would run up to the tracks and lay bunch of pennies on the track for the train to run over and flatten. You had to put a bunch down because once they got run over by the train they would fly everywhere. So after they were flattened we would have to find them among the stones and railroad ties. We would get yelled at every time we did this, I think my Grandmother thought we would get flattened by the train. I still have a couple of those pennies, flat and smooth and super thin. It's one of those fond childhood memories that happened so long ago but seems like yesterday.


"Sweet childish days, that were as long as twenty days are now." -William Wordsworth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) childhood memories railroad https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/memories-of-youth Thu, 10 May 2012 00:49:00 GMT
Clown Faces https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/clown-faces Day 129

After such a gray and rainy day I thought I would try to find a little cheery humor for today's picture. So on my way home I stopped at a garden store, they are starting to put out all of their annuals and the first ones that they always seem to put out are the pansies, which are my favorite, they crack me up with their little scrunched up faces looking at you. They make me smile, which is so nice on a gray and rainy day.


"Each flower is a soul opening out to nature." -Gerard De Nerval

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower rain spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/clown-faces Wed, 09 May 2012 02:01:42 GMT
Rainy Monday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/rainy-monday Day 128

After a super nice weekend Monday decided to be a Monday, it was cloudy and rainy just what you'd expect. The only ones who don't seem to mind are the birds, they still bop around from feeder to feeder eating their fill in seeds.

There's a big old barn at a golf course nearby, it doesn't get much use any longer it's very old and rickety, but the bird's have put it to good use, I think there are a zillion birds going in and out of the many openings, I expect there are lots of nests inside, it's a good place to make a nest, relatively dry and safe to raise a little bird family, I'm glad that someone has put that big old barn to good use.


"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn bird rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/rainy-monday Tue, 08 May 2012 00:03:56 GMT
Sunday Outing https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/sunday-outing Day 127

Today was a beautiful spring day and at Montezuma the baby geese were out and about with their parents. They're so cute and fluffy right now, with their stubby little wings they can't do too much but walk and swim and eat. There were quite a few families out today, some with 3 babies, some with more 5 and 6, and all of them were watched over very carefully by their parents. It didn't matter if they were on land eating the new shoots of grass or in the water swimming around, their mother was never far away leading them around not letting the little guys get too far ahead of the whole group. The father was the interesting one, always bringing up the rear always looking around to make sure there was no danger nearby. It was amazing to watch these little families out for their Sunday strolls enjoying a beautiful May day.


"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." -George Santayana


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) baby bird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/sunday-outing Sun, 06 May 2012 23:59:50 GMT
Super Moon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/super-moon Day 126

I almost missed the super moonrise tonight! I was driving around looking for a good spot to get a picture but was getting discouraged because the clouds had come in. I was sure I wouldn't see the moon come up, but I got to a spot I thought would be good and waited for the sun to set, once it did and I couldn't see the moon I was bummed and got back in the car and started home, but holy cow there is was! I only had a couple minutes to get a few shots because it did rise up into the clouds, lucky I started to head home when I did or I would have missed it all together!


"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie..." -Dean Martin

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) moon https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/super-moon Sun, 06 May 2012 02:49:19 GMT
Lilacs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/lilacs Day 125

I wish the blog had smellivision, because these lilacs smell wonderful. Lilac is one of my favorite smells in the whole world, maybe second to the smell of baking chocolate chip cookies, ok it's my favorite out door smell, well except for hot dogs on the grill...hmm I am noticing a pattern, ok lilacs are my most favorite non food smell in the whole world. It's a smell that reminds me of sitting by the lake on a warm night, smelling that awesome smell, or hearing the bees buzz like crazy going from one blossom to another. I wish that they stayed in bloom all summer, but the fact that they bloom right after winter is good enough for me.


"Just now the lilac is in bloom

All before my little room."

-Rupert Brooke

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/lilacs Sat, 05 May 2012 01:57:13 GMT
Foggy Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/foggy-morning Day 124

I really like fog, it sucks up sound and and makes everything cozy. This morning it was crazy foggy, in some spots the sun was out in others you couldn't see 50 feet. While I was taking the dogs out this morning I could see the fog pour in over the lake like it was a liquid or a living thing moving around, it was very cool. It's hard to get a picture of fog, or at least one that shows it's movement, this picture doesn't show that, but I was late for work and could only stop of a moment, I do like the way the sun was trying so shine through the fog and the way it made everything look silvery like the country side is waking up for the day. Eventually the sun finally was able to burn through and it ended up being a nice warm day, a little humid though, which did wonders for my hair.


"My little spirit, see,

Sits in a foggy cloud, and stays for me."

-William Shakespeare



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn fog morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/foggy-morning Fri, 04 May 2012 01:47:14 GMT
Santa Clauses https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/santa-clauses Day 123

You wonder how come you have so many dandelions in your lawn? Blame it on the santa clauses and the little kids that blow them everywhere. Much like the helicopters of yesterday, it only takes one of those almost lighter than air santa clauses to make a flower, but you know what they say...one man's flower is another man's weed.




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dandelion flower spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/santa-clauses Thu, 03 May 2012 01:41:04 GMT
Helicopters https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/helicopters Day 122

Isn't it amazing how many maple seed wings, or in the technical term helicopters, are on one tree? The tree in front of my house has about a zillion hanging from the branches right now. Pretty soon they will be fluttering all over the place looking for a place to land and sprout. As my friend says, it only takes one to make a tree! Could you imagine if even half sprouted? You wouldn't be able to see any thing but trees there would be so many. I guess that's why there are so many, so just one or possibly two survives to make a nice big shade tree to sit under.


"The trees are God's great alphabet:
With them He writes in shining green
Across the world His thoughts serene."
~Leonora Speyer

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/5/helicopters Wed, 02 May 2012 01:01:15 GMT
The Horses https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-horses Day 121

There are two horses that reside in their own little fenced in field, with their own little hut for shelter. I look forward to seeing them everyday on my drive to work, they just hang out together munching grass or checking out odd noises or smells, heads up ears alert. They're never very far apart from each other, like an old married couple, I don't know anything about horses and how old they are so these two could actually be young, but the way they follow each other around is like they've been together for fifty years. It's comforting to see them every morning, it's a nice way to start off the day, seeing two beings living together in perfect contentment.


"Horses-if God made anything more beautiful, he kept it for himself." -Author Unknown



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) horse morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-horses Tue, 01 May 2012 00:42:39 GMT
Last Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/last-day Day 120

Here is my last picture from Gloucester, I can't wait to go back, there is so much more to see!

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird ocean https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/last-day Mon, 30 Apr 2012 02:05:32 GMT
Gloucester Part Two https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/gloucester-part-two Day 119

 Another short post tonight, but here are the photos of Gloucester I promised...





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boats fish gloucester https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/gloucester-part-two Sun, 29 Apr 2012 03:25:12 GMT
Gloucester https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/gloucester Day 118

My second stop on the tour of New England brings me to Gloucester Massachusetts, we arrived at just about dark so I was only able to get this photo, besides the dark it is wicked cold and windy! So I didn't walk around much, just took this pic and got where it's warm. I look forward to exploring more tomorrow, oh and throw in a trip Exeter New Hampshire too!


"The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." -Blaise Pascal



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) night ocean https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/gloucester Sat, 28 Apr 2012 01:01:16 GMT
New Tulips https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/new-tulips Day 117

I'm on a bit of a vacation this weekend so I didn't have much time today for a picture, I was traveling. So here is a photo of my friend's tulips, she planted them this past fall, so this is kind of their baby picture! Aren't they cute?

It will be a short post tonight, but stay tuned for my further adventures from this weekend, they should be interesting!


"Tis my faith that every flower

enjoys the air it breathes!"

-William Wordsworth



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower spring vacation https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/new-tulips Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:57:33 GMT
Pink https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/pink Day 116

Even though it's gotten cold out again, the trees are still flowering and making yards cheery and bright with their colors. This is a pink tree in my yard, it's not a big tree but it has a lot of these pink flowers, I can't remember what kind of tree it is, I should, we bought it for my Dad for father's day one year. I think it was one of the best gifts we ever gave, now every day I can look out in the back yard and see it grow, this time of year is my favorite because it's the only pink tree around our neighborhood and it's in full bloom right now, and I'm so glad.


"The very pink of perfection" -Oliver Goldsmith

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/pink Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:21:44 GMT
The Tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-tree Day 115

This is the tree in the front of my house, my father planted this tree when I was about two years old, so it's been here just about as long as I have, 29 years! HAHAHA!! But seriously, I remember playing in the front yard and him telling us not to pull on the tree it's too small, it'll break, that tree was just a little thing, a few inches around when I was little, now it's HUGE, it almost completely puts the whole house in the shade in the summer. I took a picture of the tree for the photo of the day because of the snow we got yesterday, it was wet and heavy and damaged a lot of trees, on my way to work I saw several that had huge branches broken or the whole tree down because the heavy snow was too much, but not our tree, it's still standing, as it has through out my life, 45 years of wind, and snow and rain and 2 sisters and their brother, growing along with it and playing under it's ever widening canopy of leaves.


"Alone with myself

The trees bend to cares me

The shade hugs my heart" -Candy Polgar




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-tree Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:53:33 GMT
April Snow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/april-snow Day 114

I knew it would snow again, I didn't think it would snow this much but it did, the good thing about snow storms this time of year is the snow melts fast, in fact by the time I got home from work it was almost all melted. So enough is enough, time to get warm again, let the flowers wake up again, and the trees to finish flowering, no more snow. I want to put my winter coat away for good, I want to ride with my car windows down and sleep with the window open. I want everyone to remind me of this when I am complaining that it's too hot this summer.


"Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!" -William Hamilton Gibson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) snow spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/april-snow Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:06:03 GMT
Questions Questions https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/questions-questions Day 113

I suspect anyone who has lived in this area has seen this boat, I for one am fascinated by it. It's been sitting along River Road for as long as I can remember, my best guess is around forty years, maybe more. It's not near anything but farmland, there's a house sort of nearby but that's abandoned too. I've gone by and wondered why? Why there? Why on blocks and not a trailer? Did the owner have no intention of ever putting it back in the water? You can still see ropes having in the back, curtains still in the windows, even the window on the bridge is open to let air flow through. it's kind of sad to see it, sitting there decaying season after season, year after year. Every time I drive down the street I expect to see it fallen apart in a big heap of boards, but it's still standing, I'm sure when it finally does collapse I will miss it, what will I wonder about then?


"Nothing is interesting, if you're not interested." -Helen Macinnes



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) boat https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/questions-questions Sun, 22 Apr 2012 23:25:47 GMT
Wet and Green https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/wet-and-green Day 112

The weathermen really don't know what's going to happen each day, do they? It was only supposed to rain this morning, by this afternoon a little bit of sun, but as of right now 9:07pm it's still raining. I tried to wait till it stopped before venturing out, but at 4 I figured I better get going, I didn't really feel like looking but I noticed with all the rain, everything is turning green, all the little plants and weeds have sprouted and right now makes everything look like a bit of a tropical rain forest, which is nice, but it's wet, really wet. I'm not a big fan of the rain so I hope it stops tonight, like it's supposed to.


"God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way." -Unknown




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) green rain wet https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/wet-and-green Sun, 22 Apr 2012 01:33:38 GMT
Reflected Silence https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/reflected-silence Day 111

I went back to the park tonight to see if the reflections of the docks still looked the same, they did and actually a little better, the sun was out and the water almost makes a perfect mirror. You can see the trees the sky and the docks, it looks so quiet and peaceful, I like quiet and peaceful. I wish I could have spent more time there tonight, but alas hunger won out and I left to get some dinner. Luckily I can look at this picture anytime I want.


"Silence is the true friend that never betrays." -Confucius

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/reflected-silence Sat, 21 Apr 2012 01:20:07 GMT
End of the Day https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/end-of-the-day Day 110

It's late tonight and I have to go to bed, so here is tonight's sunset for you to enjoy...


"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven." -John Lubbock

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) spring sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/end-of-the-day Fri, 20 Apr 2012 02:23:57 GMT
Shadows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/shadows Day 109

Looking for different things in ordinary things can be rewarding, I've passed this fence a million times and always looked a the shadows it cast and the patterns they make and thought they were interesting, but never took any photographs, but that was before the photo a day project, now I look at everything as a photo, after all, a year is a long time, and a lot of days and a lot of photos. In the past I didn't want to take the time to stop, or I didn't have my camera or I felt odd stopping to take a photo of a fence, but not any more, after 109 days I don't even think about it any more. So far this project has been fun, I haven't felt pressured yet to 'get a photo' I just take one at some point during the day, I've noticed if I take one early in the day the rest of the day seems nicer, and if I don't take one till later, for instance after work, I look forward to the challenge of finding something to photograph all day, so it is a win win situation for me. I know that not all of the photos are great ones, but I hope they are at least interesting and maybe something you don't see everyday.


"Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things." -Edward Steichen

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) shadows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/shadows Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:51:35 GMT
The Moment https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-moment Day 108

I saw this heron from a distance, I didn't think about taking a photo of the big bird, I've taken a million of herons and was hoping to find something different today, I didn't know what but I did know that I was tired tonight and didn't want to spend to much time driving around. So down to the park I went, not sure what I would find but I thought what the heck I'll take a spin through. So I saw this bird fishing on the other side of the canal, he was still there when I finally got near, but he was in the shadows, I took a couple of photos anyway because I really like them, I love the way they curve their necks, the way they stalk their prey, and I love their fancy feathers they have in breeding season. So as I took a couple photos just to take them, he started to move, I took this one and the next step he took he was back in shadows, the next he was in the weeds, so I left and went home. I had taken another photo of the docks in the calm water, I liked the reflections, so I knew I had at least something for today but when I got home and downloaded the photos I saw this one, for one instant the bird was in the sun, perfectly lit and perfectly in focus, I think it looks fake but it's not. 

I've said in the past how I don't see the pictures I take, and I really didn't see this one so it was a nice surprise when I got home, I've also said I love capturing moments for others to see, I'm so glad I caught this one.


"A photographer who made a picture from a splendid moment, an accidental pose of someone or a beautiful scenery, is the finder of a treasure." -Robert Doisneau



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-moment Wed, 18 Apr 2012 01:04:08 GMT
Details https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/details Day 107

It's very interesting to look at things such as flowers closely, from a distance they are beautiful but up close, real close, they look completely different, still beautiful and even a bit creepy! I think it's awesome how things change the closer you get, so the next time you think something is just ordinary, like a tree, or a leaf or a flower, or anything at all just look super close you will be amazed at what you see.


"Nobody see a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time." -Gerogia OKeeffe



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/details Mon, 16 Apr 2012 23:43:38 GMT
Dandelion Season https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/dandelion-season Day 106

Everyone tries to get rid of the dandelions, my grandfather used to have this pointy thing on the end of a long stick he used to dig them up with, my father uses fertilizers and weed killers, my grandmother used to pick the greens and eat them in salads, even little kids pop the heads off them. But as you know you can't get rid of them, you can mow them up, they keep coming back, you can put all the chemicals you want on your lawn, they eventually come back, so I say why not enjoy them for what they are? Little yellow polka dots decorating the lawn, I kind of like them because on  gray rainy day like today their yellow color was like a zillion little dots of sunshine to brighten everything up.


"You cannot forget if you would those golden kisses all over the cheeks of the meadow, queerly called dandelions." -Henry Ward Beecher





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flowers rain spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/dandelion-season Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:23:19 GMT
Simple Happiness https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/simple-happiness Day 105

I hope you don't mind pictures of birds, because there are a lot of days in the year, and thankfully a lot of birds in the sky. So on my weekly trip to Montezuma I was starting to get a bit bummed because there wasn't much happening, but I said to myself, self, slow down, birds are tiny you have to look for them. So I stopped and listened, I heard what I thought were the usual bird songs, red wing blackbirds, song sparrows, and swallows, but eventually I started to see movement in the bushes and reeds. I noticed that what I thought was a song sparrow actually wasn't, these little birds had yellow and black stripes on their tiny heads. I watched them for a bit, and got my bird book out to see what kind of sparrow it was, and for the record it's a Savannah Sparrow.

I'm glad I stopped to see what I could see, and even though I didn't see a great variety of birds, it still made me happy just to watch the sparrows and blackbirds zip about looking for mates and gathering supplies for their nests. I'm glad for days like today, it reminds me that simple things actually make me happy.


"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -Confucius

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/simple-happiness Sun, 15 Apr 2012 22:45:12 GMT
Blue Bird 2 https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/blue-bird-2 Day 104

I couldn't resist, the blue bird was just sitting there waiting for me to take it's picture, I know not to long ago I had used a photo of a blue bird for the picture of the day, but come on, look at it the fat little blue thing. It's really that blue, I did nothing to the color, I didn't photoshop it or anything.

I went down to the lake to try to get a picture of the sunset, but as I pulled in right at the entrance I could see little flashes of blue so I stopped right next to a couple of bird houses, I watched them zip about in the field for a few minutes, then this one came right over and sat on top of the house for me. I took a bunch of photos but what cracks me up about this one is how puffed up he looks, and also a little mad, maybe he was annoyed with me for disrupting his evenings activities, well too bad, he shouldn't be so cute and so blue, it was the perfect ending of the day.


"As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness." -Shirl Brunnel



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/blue-bird-2 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 01:58:22 GMT
Childhood Flowers https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/childhood-flowers Day 103

I love it when the tulips come up, they are so cheery, all the colors, red, yellow, orange, purple even white, the funny thing about tulips, at least for me, is that when I see tulips I'm brought right back to when I was a kid. We didn't have tulips at my house but my grandmother did, I think she had a zillion, they were all around her house, they seemed like they were everywhere. Who else remembers being sent to school with a few tulips, stems wrapped in a wet paper towel and then wrapped in tinfoil? I know all of us at good old St. Stephen's remember! How about everyone bringing in flowers for the May Day celebration, I don't seem to remember much from grade school, after all it was about 100 years ago, but I do remember that, I think it's because of all the flowers, and I remember it always being sunny on that day, it probably wasn't but for some reason I remember it as sunny. 

I wish I had more of a green thumb, but I don't so I will have to enjoy everyone else's, so I'll say thank you to everyone who plants flowers for me to enjoy!


"When you stop and smell the flowers life is sweet. Witness the beauty in all that you meet." -Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) childhood flowers spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/childhood-flowers Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:33:56 GMT
The Lake https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-lake Day 102

I have been lucky, I've lived my whole life on Seneca Lake, but living here my whole life and growing up in a house that overlooks the lake, means there are times I don't even think about it, which is a shame because it's absolutely beautiful. In case you don't know about our lake, here are some interesting facts for you: Seneca Lake is the largest of the glacial Finger Lakes, and takes it's name from the Seneca Nation of Native Americans, it's average depth is 291 feet with a maximum depth of 618, and due to it's unique microclimate it's home to over 50 wineries. It's a crazy lake, it can be as rough as the ocean or as calm as glass, I've gone swimming in it, and caught fish from it. Every fourth of July we watch the fireworks go off over it, and I've helped pile sandbags along the shore when it flooded. Is it any wonder that a lot of the photos for this year long project have something to do with the lake, it's a huge presence, you can see it from my house, you see it driving into the city, you see it from downtown, it's 38 miles long after all and you can see it from everywhere. I've complained for a good portion of my life about living here, small town, lousy cold winters, too much snow, summers that last a month, but as I have gotten older I realize the beauty of the area and also how blessed anyone, including myself, is because we get to live here.


"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."  -Ansel Adams

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds lake spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-lake Thu, 12 Apr 2012 02:00:45 GMT
Strutting His Stuff https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/strutting-his-stuff Day 101

I've seen wild turkeys out in fields before, but have never seen a big old tom turkey strutting around, never mind one close enough to photograph. Look at this guy, he thinks he is all that and a bag of chips, there were a few hens nearby so he was all puffed up showing off his stuff. It's spring after all and he's all decked out in his finery looking for love. I guess because I had never seen a wild turkey showing off before so I never realized the colors and patterns of the feathers, look at the iridescent shine on the breast feathers, almost like mirrors they are so shiny. Everyday I am amazed by nature and it's beauty, even in something as ordinary as a turkey.


"To the artis there is never anything ugly in nature." -Auguste Rodin





[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird spring turkey https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/strutting-his-stuff Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:02:20 GMT
Solitude https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/solitude Day 100

Day 100 was more about the drive than the picture, I didn't even have the radio on, I just drove around enjoying the blue sky and the scenery. I love all the barns in the area, they stand out against the blue sky, the green grass, and the brown fields, it makes quite a scene. I've taken a bunch of photos of barns before, and will take more, but as I said, tonight was more about the drive for me, alone just driving on roads I had never been on, turning which ever way I felt like, it was nice and I enjoyed myself, which is the important thing. 


"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude." -Henry David Thoreau

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/solitude Tue, 10 Apr 2012 01:37:02 GMT
Tiny Sparrow https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/tiny-sparrow Day 99

Sparrows are everywhere, they're ordinary little brown birds, they're the birds that come to your feeder and eat all the food before the 'cute' birds get any. But if you take the time to look at them you notice that there are actually different kinds, their patterns are different and some even have color other than brown. I watched this little song sparrow for a while today, he was flitting around the little bushes chirping and singing away. I love the pattern of his feathers and how it really does camouflage him in that bush, I heard him thats the only way I was able to find him, he blended in to the surroundings so perfectly. People probably wonder why I bother to take photos of 'regular' birds, well just look at the little thing, look at the tiny feathers making the intricate patterns, each color is there for a purpose, if this bird lived in Florida I bet his pattern would be different. It's a marvel how God provided birds with beautiful feather patterns for their protection, and our pleasure and enjoyment.


 "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God." -Luke 12:6 


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/tiny-sparrow Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:25:49 GMT
The Birds https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-birds Day 98

Well I had some computer problems tonight, and now it is very late and I am falling asleep, so instead of writing something I will leave you with a few of the photos I took today, all were at Montezuma....

A tree swallow looking for a new home for the spring, little did he know this hole in the tree is already occupied, I watched him for a while, he kept flying up to the hole taking a quick peak then flying away, after about a half dozen tries he finally gave up and off he flew to find other lodgings.

A male blue winged teal, he was hanging around with a female, it is spring after all, they were swimming back and forth snacking on whatever ducks snack on. They looked quite content, like an old married couple.  

A great blue heron in all his breeding plumage, they look so regal, they have more patience than I have seen in a bird, they will just stand in the water like a statue until an unsuspecting fish swims to close then whamo, they strike!



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) birds spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-birds Sun, 08 Apr 2012 04:12:22 GMT
Delicate yet Strong https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/delicate-yet-strong Day 97

If you've ever walked into a spider web you know just how strong and sticky those invisible strings can be. But just look at the whole web, how delicate the pattern, but at the same time how strong the structure is. Yes spiders are creepy as anything but what they create is strangely beautiful, the straight lines making a spiral like pattern. Just imagine that spider zipping around spinning it's web in hopes of catching dinner, I know it creeps me out too, but they are fascinating to look at aren't they? Except when you walk into one and they end up in your hair...



"Why is it when you run into a spider web, you suddenly turn into a ninja?" -Author Unknown


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/delicate-yet-strong Sat, 07 Apr 2012 02:56:17 GMT
The Shadows https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-shadows Day 96

I like patterns, I like the way the trees are vertical and the diagonal patterns the shadows make, this little stand of trees caught my eye as I was driving by so I had to turn around to take a photo. I love the way the sun shines through the trees making the shadows fall down the hill like  they are liquid. It's interesting to me to think that if the leaves were out on all these trees these patterns wouldn't be there, in fact this might be the only day they look like this since everyday something changes. The trees grow, the leaves come out, the grass grows, the angle of the sun changes...everything changes. It's crazy to think about, capturing something on 'film' that you might not ever see again. It's the best part of taking pictures, capturing a moment in time.


"Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are." -Bertold Brecht

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) shadow sun tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-shadows Fri, 06 Apr 2012 02:34:23 GMT
The Other Side of Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-other-side-of-sunset Day 95

Instead of taking a photo of the sunset tonight, I turned around, this is what I saw, the moonrise. The sky was a beautiful blue and the almost full moon stood out like a gem floating in the sky. I try to remember to look at the other side of things when taking pictures, to look away from what the main focus is, there is usually something equally as interesting if not more, away from the main action. A lot of my photos are a result of this, I see something and take a photo, then on the way back to the car I see something else out of the corner of my eye and usually that's the picture I use for the day. There are a lot of things to see in the world, small things that you have to pay attention to or you will miss them. 


"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." -Mother Teresa

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn moon sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/the-other-side-of-sunset Thu, 05 Apr 2012 02:15:43 GMT
Blackbird Singing https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/blackbird-singing Day 94

Have you figured out yet that I like to photograph birds? Or I should say try to photograph them in interesting ways? I also fancy myself a bit of a birdwatcher, not that it's hard to find a redwing blackbird, they're everywhere, but even the ordinary birds are interesting, just like people. I love the little things birds do, but if you don't watch them for a while you never see it, for instance these birds puff up a little and show their wings so you can see the brilliant red patch when they sing, thats the best part if you listen they have a song that sounds just like a rusty gate opening. It cracks me up, they sit up in the trees and think they are the coolest bird around, I suppose to female blackbirds they might be, but I guess only another blackbird would love that song. All birds have crazy little quirks and I love to just sit and watch them, at the feeder, in the water or even just out in the yard. They all do something different, from the most ordinary sparrow to the exotic tropical birds, it's the best part of birdwatching, not only seeing the birds but watching what they do, with what they are given.


"Use the talents you possess-for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best."

-Henry Van Dyke

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/blackbird-singing Wed, 04 Apr 2012 01:39:40 GMT
Tiny Sunrises https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/tiny-sunrises Day 93

Can you tell what this is? It's a zillion tiny sunrises reflected in the dew on my car windshield this morning. When I got in my car I thought that the sun looked cool through the foggy dew covered window, so while I waited for the car to warm up a little I snapped exactly three frames and went to work. I completely forgot I even took them, imagine my surprise when I looked and realized you could see the sun reflected in each and everyone of the drops, yes they are all upside down but still cool! That teaches me for being a bit grumbly because the whole weekend was cloudy and we didn't see the sun at all, it shows that God has a sense of humor, He showed me, I photographed more sunrises in this one picture than I probably have in my whole life.


"The sun is but a morning star." -Henry David Thoreau

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sun sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/tiny-sunrises Tue, 03 Apr 2012 02:19:29 GMT
Rainy and Green https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/rainy-and-green Day 92

Even though it's been cold and rainy these past couple of days everything has turned green, the most vivid bright greens I've ever seen, it's refreshing. The only problem when it's cold and wet out is that you don't feel like actually getting up and going out in it, but I did anyway. I found a spot along the road, got out and started to walk around a little to see if there was anything near by, the only thing was a creek but it didn't look like much, it had started to rain so I headed to the car, that's when I noticed all the green along the road. I became so interested in looking at the small new green weeds (probably poison ivy!) that I didn't realize it was raining harder, I was oblivious, it wasn't till I couldn't see because my glasses were wet and foggy that I figured I'd better get in the car and go home to dry off. i love how rich everything looks on days like today, the dirt is a deep brown, the greens so vibrant it made a dark and dreary weekend a little nicer.


"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) rain spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/4/rainy-and-green Mon, 02 Apr 2012 02:07:58 GMT
Bright Blue https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/bright-blue Day 91

The bluebird is another bird I haven't seen around much, they're kind of little and like to live in certain kinds of houses, so they don't live in my neighborhood. But they do live down by the lake at the state park, and until today I'd never seen them there. But for some reason, they were all I could see, their blue bodies were so bright you couldn't miss them. Their color is so blue, it looks fake, I mean how many bright blue things do you see in nature? Not many, right? And now that I know where these little guys live, I'll stalk them all summer!


"The bluebird carries the sky on his back." -Henry David Thoreau

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/bright-blue Sun, 01 Apr 2012 03:06:11 GMT
Cuteness https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/cuteness Day 90

It was cold out today, nice and sunny but cold, at lunch I think it was only 40. I saw these little white flowers were all around the base of a tree and I needed a picture for today so I got out of my car to take a look, I noticed something about them, only the ones that faced the sun were the ones open all the way, the others that were facing away from the sun or in the shade were closed up tight, they were so cute, they looked like they were trying to keep warm in the cool breeze. But, I liked the open ones, with their little yellow centers, they looked so cheery, their little faces looking up to the sun for warmth. I have no idea what they're called, if anyone knows let me know, but it really doesn't matter, I enjoy them just for their cuteness.


"Flowers are happy things." -P G Wodehouse

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower spring sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/cuteness Sat, 31 Mar 2012 01:58:53 GMT
Cloudy Days https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/cloudy-days Day 89

Ok the weather is a little nuts this spring, last week it was a crazy warm in the 70s, this week a more normal 30s and 40s, I liked last week a lot better. As I've said it's not the cold that's annoying, it's the clouds, and did we have clouds today, they were so low in the sky it looked like you could reach up and touch them. Clouds can be dark and stormy or white and puffy like cotton balls, today's were the dark variety, it was the kind of day you want to stay home in your comfy clothes and take a nap, or sit with your dog on your lap while you drank tea. It's also the kind of day you don't really mind being at work, it was so lousy out you didn't want to go out anyway, I mean it was actually snowing for a bit. I also have to give cloudy days their due, you can also get good news on cloudy days, and today was a good news day.


"There's a bright spot in every dark cloud." -Bruce Beresford

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/cloudy-days Fri, 30 Mar 2012 00:22:20 GMT
Rain Sun Rain https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/rain-sun-rain Day 88

Today started out rainy, all the way to work it was dark and cloudy, but the sun came out, so for the whole time I sat at work looking out the window it was sunny, windy but sunny. Then just as I was getting ready to come home I realized it was dark and cloudy again! What the?! So all the way home it was dark and rainy...the day ended just as it had started. I hadn't found a picture of the day yet, I should have looked at lunch but I had errands I needed to do, so I had to look after I got home. It was icky out, very dark, so I went down to the lake, I was hoping the sun would peek out as it neared sunset...it didn't, as I drove along the lake I saw the young willow trees blowing in the wind, I liked the way they looked against the stormy sky, their delicate branches with new leaves whipping in the wind, they kind of looked like fine feathers blowing. I don't know, I just kind of like the way this picture looks, which is all that matters I guess, I have to please myself first, then others will follow.


"Why not learn to enjoy the little things-there are so many of them." -Author Unknown




[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/rain-sun-rain Thu, 29 Mar 2012 01:32:49 GMT
Brilliant Red https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/brilliant-red Day 87

In all the time I've been trying to photograph birds I've never gotten a good one of a cardinal, I don't know why, they would either take off by the time I got my camera or the picture would be out of focus or who knows, they just never came out. It drove me crazy, they were tormenting me, possibly because you can't mistake them for anything else, especially the males, they stick out like a sore thumb where ever they are.

Tonight I was on my way home from work, keeping my eyes open for the picture of the day when zipping by, right in front of my car was a little brilliant red blur, from what I could see from my semi speeding car it landed in a bush right by the road. So I stopped, backed up to check it out and got my camera and put the long lens on just in case I could find him. Did I mention I could be patient if I was taking pictures? Well let's just say it was a good thing I was alone tonight because I waited and waited and waited...and...waited for that little red tormentor to come out into the sunlight. I could see him flitting around the back of the bush while cars were whizzing by probably wondering what the heck was so interesting, but I waited, it must have been 15 minutes which doesn't seem like long but try it sometime, sitting for any length of time looking through a camera viewfinder, afraid to blink or you might miss the moment. Then, after a time it becomes a battle of wills...that bird isn't going to beat me...I can wait it out...he will forget about me sooner or later and show himself....no I don't have to go to the bathroom...my neck will uncramp eventually. Finally out he came, the late day sun turning his red body even more brilliant, he stayed for just a few seconds, I took five frames, three of those out of focus, one his head was behind a leaf and this one...see I knew I would win the battle...now can someone please pass the Tylenol for my neck.


"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds'" -Aesop

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/brilliant-red Wed, 28 Mar 2012 00:31:02 GMT
Spring Chill https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-chill Day 86

Spring brought us back to reality today, it was freezing out, it never got out of the 30s, it was nice and sunny but when you went outside the cold wind took your breath away. We've been a little spoiled with the unseasonably warm weather, but it's ok, the hot weather isn't far off, then we'll all be complaining it's too hot, but don't worry, I'll remind you about the cold days of winter... So for the next couple of days we'll suffer with the cool temperatures and by the end of the week it's going to be back in the 50s and 60s and we can go out and play in the sun!


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." -Charles Dickens


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) spring sunset tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-chill Tue, 27 Mar 2012 00:42:04 GMT
Fresh Start Over https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/fresh-start-over Day 85

There's a tree outside my bedroom window, no idea what kind it is but it looks like and umbrella so I always called it the umbrella tree, and it's completely covered in flowers. I think it's the reason I've been sneezing at night, my window is open and I must be allergic, but you know what? it's worth it, that's what they make Benadryl for. I love it when the trees and bushes flower, there are yellow ones, pink ones, white ones, all colors, it's an awesome burst of color before everything turns green and leafy. Everything is fresh and new and bright, starting over, I have to keep reminding myself of that, time to start fresh. 


"Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world." -Virgil A. Kraft


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/fresh-start-over Mon, 26 Mar 2012 01:41:38 GMT
Commanding the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/commanding-the-sky Day 84

There are some things in the world that have such a commanding presence you can't help but look at them and be in awe. For me one of those things is the bald eagle. I'm lucky, there are a few living in my little area of the world, for a time there was even a pair nesting in a tree on the driveway that leads to my brother's house, that was a cool summer, we would watch them everyday, flying to and from the huge nest looking for food for their young. Today, I was at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge seeing what I could see, mostly ducks of one variety or another, they're on their way back north right now and are at their most colorful in the spring, so I was mostly spending my time trying to identify the different types, I had my camera but they were just a bit to far away to get any kind of good picture, so I was content just to watch them. As I sat in my car I saw a bird flying and remarked to myself, that is one big bird, I thought it was a turkey vulture, they have a large wing span but then I noticed the way it was flying and thought nope, that's an eagle. And it was, a juvenile bald eagle, even though it doesn't have the traditional white head and tail yet, it's still an impressive bird. Just look at them, they know they're the coolest thing in the sky, way cooler than any other hawk. Don't get me wrong, my favorite types of birds are the eagles, hawks and falcons, but eagles take the cake. I once photographed the eagle that lived near my brothers house, it was sitting in a tree and it looked down at me, right at me, right in the eyes, it scared the crap out of me, don't believe me? Check out the photo, I thought it was going to come and take my camera away, like I was the paparazzi hiding in the bushes and he was George Clooney out on a date...


"Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes." -E.F. Schumacher

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird eagle sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/commanding-the-sky Sun, 25 Mar 2012 03:52:49 GMT
Here Comes the Sun https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/here-comes-the-sun Day 83

As I've said, I love to photograph the sunset, sunrises are nice too, the problem with photographing the sunrise is that you have to get up before the sunrise. I'm not known as a morning person, so the only sunrises that I usually photograph are this time of year, when the sun comes up on my way to work. So here's another beautiful spring sunrise for you all to enjoy, I'm going to bed early!


"Another sunrise, another new beginning." -Jonathan Lockwood Huie

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky spring sun sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/here-comes-the-sun Fri, 23 Mar 2012 23:45:27 GMT
The Color Green https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-color-green Day 82

Today is brought to you by the color green. With our warm weather everything is turning green, the grass the trees, the bushes, everything, a million colors of green. Here in Geneva there are a lot of willow trees, they line the lake, I'm not sure why or how there were planted there but they are there and always have been. Maybe I will Google it to see, but that will have to be for a future post. The willow trees are all starting to bloom, they are the most beautiful color, they look like waterfalls of beautiful yellowy green water. I hope you can get out and check out the world coming to life while everything is new!


"But only God can make a tree." -Joyce Kilmer



[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) green spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-color-green Fri, 23 Mar 2012 02:39:55 GMT
Purple https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/purple Day 81

Usually when I get ready to write the days entry, the process is, I take a picture during the day, then after I download it I stare at it for a while and write a couple of paragraphs on whatever jumps to mind, then I look for a quote to go with the picture. But today I did it a little different, I had seen a quote and thought I would take some sort of photo to match, the quote struck me as interesting, I wonder if God would get pissed off about something, I don't think so, actually I think things like not noticing the beauty in the world makes God sad, not pissed. I mean after all someone had to have the idea to create such beauty for us to enjoy. I know there are scientific reasons for everything, evolution and all that, and I don't disagree, but someone had to have the idea for it all, and someone had to create all the smart people that discover and prove everything. I know people will think you can't believe in both, evolutionism and creationism, why not? Something had to give a white flower the idea to turn purple to attract more bees so it would pollinate other flowers and make more purple flowers, why couldn't it be God's idea?


"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and not notice it...People think pleasing God is all God care about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back."

-Alice Walker, The Color Purple

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flower purple spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/purple Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:28:22 GMT
Spring Sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-sunrise Day 80

Even though it feels like summer, today at 1:14am spring officially arrived and I for one couldn't be happier, I know it can still snow, after all I once had a flight to Florida delayed by a snow storm...in April, and once in high school played a softball game while it was snowing...in May. I don't think that will happen this year, it's been such a mild winter that it can't snow now, can it? 

Spring is when you feel like starting fresh, spring cleaning, fixing up the outside of the house, getting the garden ready, all kinds of fun outdoorsy stuff. Fresh air, sunshine, warmer days, sleeping with the window open, wearing shorts, trees and flowers blooming, allergies, it's the best time. When it doesn't take you 15 minutes to get dressed to go outside it makes everything more tolerable, I like being able to just walk out the front door with the dogs, they like it too, they're small dogs and they don't like the snow on their undercarriages, if you know what i mean. So from the bottom of my dogs, well, bottoms, happy spring!


"The beautiful spring came; and when Natures resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."

-Harriet Ann Jacobs

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) lake spring sun sunrise https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-sunrise Wed, 21 Mar 2012 13:23:05 GMT
The Why of Nature https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-why-of-nature Day 79

Did you ever look at something and wonder why? Why is that flower that color? Why are those tree leaves that shape? Why are those cattails growing in a line? I know there are probably reasons, scientific reasons, but I don't know them. I think it would take the fun out of a lot of things if I knew the real reasons. Isn't it fun to think the flowers have all those awesome colors for us, and not the bees? What would you do if you didn't have the dandelions in the lawn? Yes they're weeds but they must have a purpose, there are enough of them, I think they're kind of cute, and all that green grass needs some color anyway. I like to think about all those kinds of things, it beats thinking about other things in life that aren't as much fun, like  working and paying bills.


"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-why-of-nature Tue, 20 Mar 2012 02:13:23 GMT
Spring Song https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-song Day 78

I love to watch little song sparrows sing, they put everything they have into it, they throw their little heads back and sing away. All the birds this time of year are singing, as if they're so happy spring is here, well almost, but it's close to official. I'm also happy because Montezuma is finally open, that means the birds are on the move, some coming back for the summer, some are just stopping for a rest on their way farther north. When I drive through the refuge, I like to take my time, sometimes stopping and just watching and waiting, if you have patience and just wait you'll see all kinds of things. You have to be patient to see the little birds, they blend in to the surroundings, I usually wait and listen and before too long I can find them, they may be too far away to photograph but I still watch and marvel at their antics. It often takes me a couple hours to drive the two or three mile Wildlife Drive, and I am amazed at the cars that pass me, they fly through not stopping or looking, why come at all? If there are no large birds right in front of them they don't seem to notice any thing else, they just speed past me kicking up dust and startling the birds I've been waiting for to come out of hiding.

One of my most favorite pictures is one where there isn't a bird in sight, it was a frosty morning this past fall and everything was perfectly still, and beautiful. I wouldn't have seen the stillness if I hadn't taken the time to look. I can be maddeningly patient when I am out looking for photographs, that's probably why I like to go alone, I don't have to worry about others and if they're having a good time. But sometimes I just want to get out and stop the cars who are speeding by me and show them what they're missing.




"Without a song, each day would be a century." -Mahalia Jackson


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/spring-song Mon, 19 Mar 2012 02:27:31 GMT
Foggy Morning https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/foggy-morning Day 77

To me fog is comforting, it's like a big soft blanket. It has movement almost as if it's living and breathing, it floats in and out at a whim, with just a breath of wind it seems to disappear, then reappear. It can hug the ground, or the tree tops, it will literally roll in off the ocean, one minute you can't see five feet in front of you, the next it's completely gone. It sucks up sounds, cars and trucks are not as loud, the only thing you can hear clearly are the birds, it allows their songs to come through loud and clear. Today the whole area was covered in thick fog, as I walked around I couldn't hear the usual traffic sounds, there were a few people out along the lake but not many, even they seemed to be silent, I think that I would have whispered if I had to speak, I enjoyed being alone even though it was damp and chilly, I didn't mind one bit. As I walked along the lake with all of the big old willow trees standing guard, it was silent, no wind, like being in a cathedral, the trees making the walls and the fog the ceiling. I suggest the next time it's foggy, go outside, breathe deep, and enjoy.


The fog comes

on little cat feet.

It sits looking over

harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

-Carl Sandburg


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) fog lake tree weather https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/foggy-morning Sun, 18 Mar 2012 01:25:04 GMT
Friday https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/friday Day 76

I'm glad my brother pointed out this little group of daffodils to me, it was a very long week at work and an even longer Friday, so my brain was fried and I wasn't thinking too hard about a picture. I was planning on taking one, but had no ideas on what it would be, I was just going to see if something caught my eye. So I was glad to take this before we left work, then I didn't have to pay attention on the way home, I know, that's not a good thing to do if you're the one driving, you really should pay attention, but I got home safe and sound. So this picture of these little yellow daffodils is pretty much how i feel today, a little dark, fuzzy and out of focus (I should have paid attention to the camera settings), and at the same time bright and cheery because it's Friday and it's going to be a nice weekend.  


"Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark,

somber skies blanket our thoughts." -Dodinsky

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) daffodil flower https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/friday Sat, 17 Mar 2012 03:06:50 GMT
Bubbles Bubbles https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/bubbles-bubbles Day 75

Bubbles are awesome, they're bubbly, they float, they pop...silently, and they don't hurt. Tiny little kids as well as adults (well, this adult) love to chase and try to catch them, to make big ones and little ones, they're a guilty pleasure of mine. I've looked up recipes on how to make bubbles that will last longer, I've bought a device that will make bubbles that are six feet long and have tried to make a square bubble like I saw a guy do on tv once...I haven't figured it out yet, I've even gotten 'beef' flavored bubbles to blow at my dogs so they will chase them, one does the other can't be bothered. Bubbles make you feel like a kid, totally carefree, I mean how can you be serious when you're blowing through a little plastic circle with dish soap on it. So I highly recommend buying a bottle of bubbles, sit on your front step, act like a kid and make some bubbles.


"Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional." -Tom Wargo

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bubbles kid https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/bubbles-bubbles Fri, 16 Mar 2012 02:01:38 GMT
The Night Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-night-sky Day 74

I decided today to try something different, I thought I would try to get a pictures of the planets Venus and Jupiter. I know next to nothing about the stars and planets but heard on the news that these 2 planets would be visible to the naked eye and next to each other for a few nights. Today was perfectly clear and tonight was supposed to stay that way, so I gathered up my stuff and went to look for a spot. I haven't tried to take pictures of the stars in a long time, and have never tried it with a digital camera so I wanted to give myself sometime to figure it out, I got to my spot out in the country away from any lights and got set up. I was able to watch the sunset and waited for the stars to come out. One by one they did, the first bright light I saw was Venus, then a little while later Jupiter showed up. I started to take some photos, it was still pretty light out but you could see the 2 planets clearly, in fact you could see 3 of Jupiter's moons, I was amazed that the pictures came out, I'm sure there are better ways to take photos of stars but I think these came out just fine.

I am in awe of the stars and space, like I said, I don't know much about it but have always been fascinated by the whole vastness of it. I live out in the 'country' that is, not near any big cities and you can see a zillion stars on a clear night like tonight, I can remember as a little kid looking up and trying to count them, trying to remember what the constellations are called, is anyone out there? Is the moon really made of cheese? I hope so because then the man in the moon won't get hungry.


"No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky." -Llewelyn Powys

In the above photo, it shows Jupiter, the bright dot,  and 3 small dashes that are 3 of the planets moons, in the below photo you can see Venus, the bright star in the upper center, and Jupiter just below and to the left. The planets look like dashes because of the long exposure time needed.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) night planets sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-night-sky Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:48:35 GMT
Sofie's Smile https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/sofies-smile Day 73

I love little kid's smiles, they're so genuine, every part of their face smiles and once you see one of those smiles you can't help but smile back. I'm lucky I have 2 nieces that do nothing but smile which in turn makes me smile. 

I had taken a picture for today, but wasn't overly thrilled by it, so when I came home after work my niece Sofie was outside waiting for us and I've been wanting to get a picture of her with her 'new' front teeth. I think she's still getting used to them, and it's so funny.  They seem like they're too big for her mouth and it is the cutest thing ever. I was able to get a couple of shots of her before she lost interest and got all giggly on me. She went home and I went out to see about a different picture for today. I took a couple of photos down at the lake and went home. When I downloaded the photos I had the one from the lake and this one, I was going to use the lake photo but kept coming back to this one. Every time I look at it I smile and that's reason enough for me to choose it for the photo of the day.


"A child's smile is like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day." -Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) child smile https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/sofies-smile Wed, 14 Mar 2012 03:10:25 GMT
Snow Drops https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/snow-drops Day 72

I think it's awesome that God gave us flowers, they decorate our lives inside and out, we use them to express everything from joy to sorrow, we put them in vases to brighten our homes, and plant them outside to brighten our yards. I don't know the names of very many flowers, and that doesn't bother me much, I like them for their looks not their names. I love all the different shapes and colors and smells, the intricate patterns of the petals, how some bloom just for a day and some for days at a time. They give the world some needed color, and sometimes bloom in unexpected places, I found this little patch of flowers along side the street on my way home from work, I was so surprised when I saw them, I had to turn the car around to make sure I was seeing real flowers, it made a long Monday suddenly much brighter. Don't you think it's funny that the first flowers I see this spring are called... snow drops!


"Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul."  -The Koran

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flowers snow spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/snow-drops Tue, 13 Mar 2012 03:12:47 GMT
It's About to Spring https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/its-about-to-spring Day 71

Today was a wonderfully warm day, in the 60s, and I think I'm feeling a vibe in the air. Spring is about to pop, there are leaf buds on the trees that will open soon and I've seen flowers start to poke through the dirt. This whole week is going to be in the 60s, and I am thrilled, no heavy winter coat, no scarf, no gloves and the best part, the sun doesn't set till after seven, thank you daylight savings time! I love this time of year, everything starts to wake up, the trees have a bit of a glow, some yellow, some red, and the grass is trying to turn green, if it stays warm I think it will soon.

I don't think I could live in a place that has longer winters than ours, the only saving thing would be that the sun shines more in other places, it's not the cold I mind it's the constant cloudy days, so today's blue sky was a shot in the arm for me. The only problem is, I think its eight o'clock but it's really nine, I have to go to bed soon, but I'm not tired, but if I don't go to bed I'll never get up in the morning...at least this year I remembered to change my clock.


"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring." -Bern Williams

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky spring tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/its-about-to-spring Mon, 12 Mar 2012 01:12:28 GMT
Traveling Daydreams https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/traveling-daydreams Day 70

I like to daydream, when I see planes overhead I wonder where they're going, is it somewhere exotic? Is this plane full of spring breakers? Is there anyone famous on the plane? Do famous people even fly commercial planes any more? I like to fly, well sort of, ever since a certain flight to Orlando years ago, (ask my sister she'll tell you all about it), I haven't flown much. But I do like to travel, I mostly go visit my sister in Florida and we drive, it's not a bad drive and you do get to see what the country actually looks like. On our trip last fall they had just harvested the cotton in Alabama, and there were bits of raw cotton all along the road, I stopped and grabbed some for my niece so she could show the kids in school, if you look for little things like that on long car trips it makes it more fun. I also like to read the little blurbs in the guide books about the country. I drive my family nuts with useless facts about the areas we are traveling through, for example, cheeseburgers were first served inn 1934 at Kaolins restaurant in Louisville Kentucky. You learned something today, you're welcome. Maybe I am just feeling a bit of cabin fever, spring is just right around the corner and it is spring break time after all, so for now I will look at the planes in the sky and imagine where I would be going if I were with them. And just remember the monarch butterfly is the official state insect of Alabama.


"I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering." -Steven Wright

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/traveling-daydreams Sun, 11 Mar 2012 02:16:10 GMT
Sharing the Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/sharing-the-sunset Day 69

The weather today was crazy, and yes, that's the technical term, it was sunny one minute, then snowing so hard the next you couldn't see across the street, then sunny again, then windy, then snowing, sunny, cloudy, well you get the idea...crazy. So as I was heading home the sun was behind me and I could see in the rear view mirror it was about to go behind some clouds, I thought it might end up looking good and thought I would take a picture if I got to a place where I could stop. I found a spot and when I got a good look I was amazed, not only did the cloud look like it was glowing but the sky had turned every color it could, gray, blue, pink, orange, yellow I was shocked, because I thought back to just the other night and how completely different that sunset looked (day 66, Chasing the Sunset). By now you all know I am utterly fascinated by sunsets, and this one proves my point, this sunset was beautiful.

Usually I'm alone when I'm running around looking for photos, but lately at lunch or afterwork my brother is with me, we carpool to work so he's a captive in the car, I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm nuts because out of the blue I'll just stop the car and jump out. He always says "you're going to stop here?" or, "don't pull too far off the road, you'll get stuck!" My response to all this is always "nah, don't worry", and out I go. It's nice to have him there, he's always ready to hold the camera, or watch out for cars, or be ready to push the car out of the mud (which I haven't needed him to do yet) and it's also nice he's there to see what I'm seeing in person, then we look at the pictures on the camera together to see if anything came out, it makes it more fun when you can show someone else, even if it's your overprotective little brother. 


" A good snapshot stops a moment from running away." -Eudora Welty

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/sharing-the-sunset Sat, 10 Mar 2012 03:16:29 GMT
The Land of Oz https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-land-of-oz Dat 68

To me they look like a bunch of emeralds, not what it really is water drops on my car windshield. Water drops on the windshield mean it is raining, but emeralds must mean I am in the Land of Oz! Which would be way better than standing in the parking lot at work, getting wet trying to take a picture of the rain on my car. I have a confession, the movie Wizard of Oz scares the pants off me, not just when I was a kid, now, yes I mean now. The first time I remember seeing the movie we were at my grandparents house in Florida, I may have been 5 or 6 and my parents were going to let me and my brother stay up late and watch. It started to go downhill for me right from the start, when mean old Miss Gulch took Toto from Dorothy, I didn't like it one bit, then oh no, Dorothy got hurt! Then it switched to color, what the heck is with that? If you think about it there are so many things in that movie, the Wicked Witch, the Munchkins, those creepy flying monkeys, the guards at the palace even the Wizard, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion, are all pretty creepy. I watched it that night, I liked the music, and have watched it many many times since,  I mean seriously, it's a classic. The thing I do remember as the most fun was sitting on the floor, wide eyed, in front of the tv, with my brother, both of us in our jammies, and acting as cool as a cucumber because I was the older sister and I couldn't be scared. I bet if you ask my brother, he would say he wasn't scared of those monkeys either.


"Someday I'll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me." -Dorothy

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-land-of-oz Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:24:58 GMT
Capturing the Moment https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/capturing-the-moment Day 67

I'm beginning to see more birds around, actually I am hearing them in the morning, which is so nice. The geese must know something, they're heading north, and the deer and wild turkeys are out and about. They all must know, spring is going to spring soon, and it's not soon enough for me. I know, we've had a mild winter, which has been great, not a lot of snow, but as I've said a million times before, the lack of color is a drag. So, when given lemons you might as well make lemonade, I didn't think I could get a photo today if I worried that it wasn't colorful enough, I'd never find anything if I thought that way so I didn't worry about the color at all. Just for the heck of it I stopped and took a few photos of these birds in a tree, I didn't realize I got a shot of that one bird just as it took off, you see that's one of the biggest drawbacks to being a photographer, you don't see what happens until you look at the picture, which can be a nice surprise, but, at least for me, sometimes you feel like you've missed something. You don't have the memory of seeing something special, you have the memory of being there, but you see the moment in a picture just like everyone who wasn't there. It's an odd feeling, but at the same time a good one, it takes some practice to get that moment, it doesn't always work, sometimes my timing is off, but when it does work I'm not only surprised but really happy. I don't care that I didn't 'see' what happened, I'm glad that I was able to record it for all those who were not as fortunate I as was to be there in the first place.


"Every moment is an experience." -Jake Roberts

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/capturing-the-moment Thu, 08 Mar 2012 03:33:08 GMT
Chasing the Sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/chasing-the-sunset Day 66

As stated previously, I really like to photograph sunsets, I love the colors the sky turns, pale yellow, brilliant orange, even pink, if there are clouds hanging about they take on a life of their own. I was lucky as a kid, my grandparents had a house in Florida, we would go visit them every spring and one of the things I loved to do was go to the beach and watch the sunset. I'd be standing on the beach all pink and itchy from sunburn, and wonder, why did the sun seem to go down faster once the sun hit the horizon? As I got older and started to try to take pictures of how it looked, I would get fustrated because the photos didn't look like what I saw. I knew nothing about exposure, lenses and all that technical stuff, what I did know was my Instamatic camera wasn't doing the sunset justice, finally, I figured it all out and I started being able to get pics of that perfectly round firey ball I saw out there hanging over the ocean.

I take photos of sunsets now for my own enjoyment, some of them are kind of cool, but most are ordinary, I don't mean that as a knock on my own photos, I mean I haven't taken one yet that to me is extraordinary, and that is part of the enjoyment. Sunsets happen everyday, you can count on it, you might not be able to see it but the sun definitely goes down. The fun comes on the days you can see it, driving around trying to find a good spot before the sun dissapears, maybe somewhere with the lake in it, or maybe some trees, or a farm. The challenge is always there, and it's a challenge I will gladly take on every time the sun sets.


"Peace is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank."-Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/chasing-the-sunset Wed, 07 Mar 2012 02:56:55 GMT
No Two Alike https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/no-two-alike Day 65

I'm fascinated by snowflakes, there really are no two alike, well there might be but I choose to believe there are no two alike. That's one of the first things I remember learning in school, that no two are alike, I used to think about that, there is A LOT of snow so how could there not be two alike? There had to be, but every one said, nope, each one is different, just like people they would say, but I had seen people who looked just like each other, twins, so my little brain figured there was way more snowflakes just in my front yard than there were people in the whole world, so at least two of them HAD to be alike. There's a problem with proving this, snow melts, you pick it up to look at it, it melts, you bring it inside, it melts faster, you lay in it to get a closer look it doesn't melt but you freeze. So my little five year old brain chose to believe the easy answer, no two are alike. Even now, my old semi adult brain still chooses the easy answer, I have even read a book about snowflakes, how they're formed, how certain weather conditions influence the shape, that there are probably snow flakes that look the same....blah, blah, blah. NOPE, no two are alike, so there, prove me wrong, but dress warm, I would hate for you to catch a cold.


"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity, so that not a snowflake escapes it's fashioning hand."-Henry David Thoreau

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) childhood memories snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/no-two-alike Tue, 06 Mar 2012 03:19:56 GMT
The Rock Garden https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-rock-garden Day 64

This time of year the lake can be crystal clear, well that is if the wind isn't whipping it up into a frenzy (see yesterday's pic). I went down to the park in my quest for a photo and started looking at the rocks in the lake, I love what water does to objects, it makes the hard rocks look like they're not solid, they smush and bend and ripple as the water moves over them, it's mesmerizing. If it wasn't so darn cold and didn't start snowing again I would have stayed and looked longer. But while I was there, I started to notice the colors and shapes of the rocks, and again was brought back to when I was a kid. I remember my grandmother telling me, my brother and cousins to go get some big rocks out of the lake for her rock garden, I really think she just wanted us to go out and give her some peace and quiet. But off we'd go, and stand knee deep in frigid water (Seneca Lake doesn't warm up till August) and fight over who got the best rocks. We used to try to get the most colorful ones, gray were not good enough, we wanted to get the striped ones or the yellow or red ones. We thought they would look the best in the rock garden, very colorful, but little did we know when they dried off they all looked pretty much gray anyway. We used to have a ton of fun, mostly because we got about two rocks out before we lost interest and started splashing each other, giggling and laughing. I remember how my grandmother always said that she loved the rocks we picked, they were perfect she would say, like we had just found a treasure. I don't know how many eight and nine year olds would fall for the 'rock garden' trick these days, it's a shame, they don't know what they're missing.


"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older."-Tom Stoppard

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) childhood memories https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-rock-garden Mon, 05 Mar 2012 02:31:00 GMT
Clouds in the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/clouds-in-the-sky Day 63

Don't you just love big white fluffy clouds floating in the blue sky? It cheers me up, it doesn't matter if it is winter or summer the sight of the big cotton balls floating by takes me back to when I was a kid playing outside with my brother and sister. Remember those days? When your biggest worry was if you were going to have homework that night, not, doing laundry, putting gas in the car, getting groceries, working, you know, the fun stuff. I wasn't one to try to figure out what the clouds looked like, I used to try to imagine what it would be like to ride on one, I always thought it would be the most comfortable ride, nice and soft, floating above everything going where ever the breeze took you. It's fun to exercise your imagination, it keeps you young, i wish I had the imagination of my 6 year old niece, how many grownups would stack up a bunch of old boxes on their sides and proclaim they just built an apartment building for their dolls? I think everyday we should take 5 minutes and imagine something crazy, like floating on clouds, before you know it you'll be smiling for no reason.


"Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness,

which is everything in this world." -Blaise Pascal

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds imagination sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/clouds-in-the-sky Sun, 04 Mar 2012 03:10:37 GMT
Just Look https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/just-look Day 62

Some days are harder than others, I wasn't really into photographing anything today, and the weather didn't help, more gray, it actually fit my mood perfectly. I thought, well today will be the first day I don't get a picture, but as I was leaving work and saw the trees that are in front of our building  I looked at them and thought they looked like someone had sketched them in pencil on a huge white piece of paper. I took a couple photos and went on my way. I kind of like the photo I ended up with, to me it looks a bit like a sketch, it's different for sure, but not all bad. I will have to remember not to get discouraged in the future when I don't have a photo for the day, there are literally thousands of things I see every day that can be photographed all I have to is take the picture.


"You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." -Dr. Seuss

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/just-look Sat, 03 Mar 2012 02:46:38 GMT
The Love of Dogs https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-love-of-dogs Day 61

I have 2 dogs, acutally they have me, they are cute, weird, quirky little things. Simon is the older 'brother' a Jack Russell, my protector, Divot is the little 'sister' a mix between a Jack Russell and a Pug, a Jug if you will, she is my lap dog. Their days are taken up by napping, this is so they will have the energy to get up and go to bed. They both drive me crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I love how they greet me at night when I get home, running around and barking, like I've been gone for a month instead of 9 hours. They only want to be with me, to please, it's true having a pet really does reduce stress, you can't be stressed when you are petting a cute little dog who is trying to lick you. It just makes you smile. I strive to have one quarter of the ability they have to give unconditional love, they don't care what I've done that day, good or bad, important or not, they are both there waiting for me, their tongues hanging out and tails wagging, just like I am the most important person on earth...and to them I am.


"I hope to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am." - Author Unknown

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) dog https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/3/the-love-of-dogs Fri, 02 Mar 2012 03:38:18 GMT
Find Humor https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/find-humor Day 60

Every morning and evening I pass this small group of cows on my way to and from work, they have sort of become 'my' cows, I check to see what they are doing on my way to work, on cold mornings they are usually in their barn all lying down keeping warm and dry, on nice days out waiting for their breakfast to arrive. In the evenings by the time I get there they are eating their dinner, no matter the weather they are out there all lined up. Tonight what caught my eye was this one lone cow standing in the doorway of the barn looking like there was no way it was going to stand out in the rain and snow to eat, it cracked me up a little, so I stopped to try to get a photo. It was raining and getting dark so I wasn't sure, but I got a picture and of course, once the cows saw me they all started to come over and check me out even the cow in the door way (who I know eventually went to eat). I once heard that it is important to try to find humor in your life, in ordinary things, it's not hard to do if you pay a little attention to the things around you, conversations at work, bumper stickers on the car in front of you at a stop light, even cows in barn doorways.


"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." -Mark Twain

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) cow humor laughter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/find-humor Thu, 01 Mar 2012 03:39:51 GMT
Looking Closer https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/looking-closer Day 59

As I attempt to take a picture each day for the whole year, I am beginning to notice things that I have never really noticed before, for example those weeds you see by the road. Today I decided to stop and take a closer look, from a distance they look like good old ordinary weeds but up close they look totally different, almost like feathers, soft and fluffy. I wonder if birds use the soft bits for their nests, that would be fitting, for something that from a distance looks rough and prickly but is actually a bit soft and cushy and will make a comfy home for baby birds. I think a lot of things are like that, they look one way from a distance but up close, completely different. How many times have I rushed to judgement, on everything from people to places to things? In the future I will try to remember these weeds and how they are so different up close, especially if something disappoints upon first look.


"Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat." -Gaelic Proverb

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) appearance https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/looking-closer Wed, 29 Feb 2012 03:12:40 GMT
A Diamond in the Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/a-diamond-in-the-sky Day 58

I can't wait for spring, to see some colors other than brown and white and gray. Today was a nice preview to the spring, blue sky, unseasonably warm, a day that makes you impatient to shed your winter coat and go with out. I try to remember on days like today...Mondays...that it will get warmer, flowers will bloom, grass will turn green and leaves will come out on the trees. But in the meantime I will be thankful for the days when the sun shines like a diamond in the brilliant blue sky.


"The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy." -Henry Ward Beecher

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sky sun tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/a-diamond-in-the-sky Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:46:24 GMT
You Need Friends https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/you-need-friends Day 57

You will notice throughout the year that I love to try to photograph birds, I fancy myself a bit of a birdwatcher, I love to just sit and watch their behavior, the things you usually don't see, how they land, or take flight, how they gather food, all kinds of little things. Today I watched a small flock of gulls, they were trying to stay warm in the cold breeze. As I watched them, at first it looked like each bird was alone, but after a bit you could see they were actually all working together. As the group huddled together, each bird would take a turn to lift it's head and look around to make sure all was ok, that no danger was approaching. Birds would come and go but the same pattern followed, I was fascinated watching them, they instictively knew to do this, to take care of others so that others would take care of them. 


"The only way to have a friend is to be one" -Ralph Waldo Emerson

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) bird winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/you-need-friends Mon, 27 Feb 2012 01:28:57 GMT
Winter Colors https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/winter-colors Day 56

The sun was out today!! But so was the wind, and it blew the little bit of snow that fell last night around like it was a fine glittery powder, everything had a beautiful shimmer, a dream like quality. It can be hard to see on a day like to day, in every way, the blowing snow, the brilliant sun, all the white on white, but if you take the time you can see much more than you think, rows of golden brown in fields waiting to be planted, the ice blue of the winter sky, bright red barns dotting the landscape like cheery freckles. People always ask me how can I stand the cold winters here, and to be honest, sometimes I wonder, but if you look around you, really look, no matter where you are, you will always find beauty.


"The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." -Terri Guillemets


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) barn snow winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/winter-colors Sun, 26 Feb 2012 14:22:59 GMT
Beauty After the Storm https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/beauty-after-the-storm Day 55

After a while the gray days of winter really start to get me down, we haven't had much snow around here this winter, but we haven't had much sun either. Today was no exception, it was really really gray and rainy all day, then just when you thought it couldn't get any grayer, it did,  a storm rolled in turning the sky to night. I hadn't taken the picture of the day yet and I was starting to worry, but as has happened so often during this project there was some divine intervention and as fast as the black clouds came, they left, and in their wake another beautiful sunset this time with a rainbow as an accessory.  It was incredible, the clouds that were left looked like pink cotton candy floating in the blue sky. I couldn't believe it, after a day as gray and blah as today to have it end with such beauty and light. I will try to remember today in the future, it will remind me that just because the day is dark and gray it doesn't mean it will end that way.


"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us-in the dreariest and most

dreaded moments-can see a possibility of hope." -Maya Angelou

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds rainbow sky sunset https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/beauty-after-the-storm Sat, 25 Feb 2012 03:58:58 GMT
Tall and Strong https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/tall-and-strong Day 54

I like to go on the back roads on my drive to work, you never know what you will see, deer, turkeys, cows, horses, all kinds of animals and birds. I am most fascinated by the lone trees that are out in the middle of huge fields. Right out in the middle there will be a huge tree, how did it get there? How did that tiny seed manage to land there and not get cut down? Has it been there since farmers used horses to plow the fields? Did it provide shade for the farmer and his horses during hot summer days? I love to watch the seasons change and imagine what that tree has seen in it's time on earth, I marvel at the randomness of it all, at how that one seed took hold and never let go and grew strong and tall. 


"Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong." -Winston Churchill

February 23~8am~temperature 25

February 23~5pm~temperature 40

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/tall-and-strong Fri, 24 Feb 2012 02:05:01 GMT
Morning Sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/morning-sky Day 53

I love to look at the clouds as they float in the sky changing their shape at the slightest puff of air. I have been complaining lately about the amount of clouds I have seen around here, a lot of them, every day, all day...but today, at least early this morning, the sun made an appearance, albeit for a short time, the sky was a beautiful pink and blue with the white clouds rolling in, I am glad I was up to see it before the weather turned to rain. It's important to enjoy the small bursts of color at this time of year, and to remember March and spring are right around the corner with the promise of all the brilliance that nature can bring.


Just remember...

"Everyday may not be good, but there's something good in everyday."   -author unknown


[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/morning-sky Thu, 23 Feb 2012 01:41:03 GMT
Natural Patterns https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/natural-patterns Day 52

I am fascinated by patterns, especially those in nature. The way things line up and fit together so perfectly you would think they were man made. Today was another cloudy gray day so I decided to take a closer look at the things around me, I found these pine cones right outside my office window, bunches of them hanging from the trees. I marveled at how the scales lined up and fit together so perfectly, as if some divine hand placed each one on top of the next, placed them carefully and precisely, so they protected the tiny seeds inside. I read that if the scales of a pine cone are open it indicates the cone is dry, if closed, wet. This is true even for cones that have fallen to the forest floor, they are an indicator of wildfire risk, open scales, dry conditions, closed, damp. How cool is that? To be able to walk into a forest look down and be able to tell how dry or damp the forest floor is with out any mechanical instruments, only the instrument God created.

How often do we stop to take a look at something we have seen a million times? How many times have we raked up, mowed up, or stepped on a pine cone just to toss it aside with out looking at it? Next time stop to take a closer look at what nature has made for us to see, it will boggle your mind.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) pine cone https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/natural-patterns Wed, 22 Feb 2012 01:58:59 GMT
The Golden Hour https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/the-golden-hour Day 51 - I would photograph the sunset every night if i could. I have photos of sunsets over the ocean, over mountains, over lakes, over fields, well, you get the idea, I love them. You see the most beautiful light, it is called 'the golden hour', everything it touches turns to gold, weeds turn into jewels, dried grass into fine feathers...

I especially love to look at the trees. This time of year, before the leaves come out, the trees look like huge pieces of lace. It amazes me, that when everything looks brown and dead, God has given us something beautiful to see, you just have to look.
In fact, I wish I was that bird at the very top of the tree, he has the best seat in the house!
[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) sunset tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/the-golden-hour Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:34:04 GMT
Solitude https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/solitude Day 50 -Today was spent with a dear friend, shopping, chatting and of course eating. We knew I was looking for a picture so we kept our eyes open for anything interesting in our travels. Once again it was another gray day and I was grumbling about the weather, everything I saw didn't look right, 'the light isn't good' I kept saying. As we continued on, I took a few pictures here and there, but nothing looked good. Then we spotted a tree in a field and decided to stop. I got out and took some photos of this lonely tree on top of a hill, but I was still grumbling about the clouds, I just didn't like what I was seeing through the viewfinder. Then I tilted the camera up, to include the clouds, and the whole picture changed. I saw that the sky had texture and depth, it wasn't just flat milky white, I began to appreciate what the clouds brought to the day and am glad that I took the time to 'look up'.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) clouds hill tree https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/solitude Mon, 20 Feb 2012 02:08:39 GMT
Beauty in the sky https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/beautyinthesky The Photo A Day project is 49 days old today, and all is going well...so far. There have been a few days that have been quite a challenge! The weather has been...well...gray. Gray sky, gray trees, gray ground! There has been more rain this year than snow but all in all, so far, a success.

Today as I ran a few errands I had my camera with me, as has become my habit, but didn't see anything interesting, I was hoping the sun would come out if only for a few minutes, so after a stop at home back out I went. Not far from the house I found a bunch of snow geese resting in a field, I jumped out of the car to get a few snaps. As I stood in the wind along the road, I noticed every few minutes a group would take off, float in the wind and then land again, an intricate aerial ballet...

I watched and marveled at how they used the wind to their advantage, while at the same time I stood struggling against the very same wind. After taking a few photos I took a moment to just observe. I wondered why they would just randomly take off and land, how did they not bump into each other, and why did they all choose this field out of the all the other fields in the area?  As I pondered the mysteries of snow geese, I noticed over a little ridge a whole mess of geese took flight...

For the next few moments I was treated to an awesome sight, what had to be ten thousand geese taking off en masse, it was one of the most powerful things I have ever seen. The sound of their wings beating through the air was deafening, their honking incredible.

I am so glad a divine force led me down that random country road, so that I could witness a bunch of birds, in a field, changing an ordinary gray winter day into a day that I will never forget.

[email protected] (Michaele Boncaro Photography) flight geese new york snow geese winter https://www.boncarophotography.com/blog/2012/2/beautyinthesky Sun, 19 Feb 2012 03:28:21 GMT