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Favorites 2008

This is a collection of pictures I took during 2008 that I especially like. Most are not part of other themes or events.

Suggestions are welcome - just send me an email.

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All photographs are © Copyright Dick Bower

"Sundogs in Winter"

Sundogs in Winter

A crisp January morning trip to the Apple Dumpling Cafe provided this wonderful view of sundogs from their parking lot.

January 03, 2008


Our neighbor's Christmas tree farm shows a few good big trees left.

January 08, 2008
"Survivors" image

"Taughannock with Ice"

Taughannock with Ice

Mist from Taughannock Falls (near Ithaca, NY) has frozen onto the surrounding gorge.

January 18, 2008

Birds of a Feather

Nearly perfect formation of Pigeons wheeling over the lake in Skaneateles, NY.

January 18, 2008
"Birds of a Feather" image

"Cold and Bright"

Cold and Bright

A minus one degree Leap Day morning shows our back yard outlined in frost.

February 29, 2008

Minus One F

A minus one degree Leap Day morning makes everything beautiful, even these weeds.

February 29, 2008
"Minus One F" image

"Rockbottom High Detail"

Rockbottom High Detail

Early March high water at the Rockbottom Dam in Binghamton, NY.

March 07, 2008

Rockbottom High

Early March high water at the Rockbottom Dam in Binghamton, NY.

March 07, 2008
"Rockbottom High" image

"Frozen Lake Inferior"

Frozen Lake Inferior

Long afternoon shadows on our own "Lake Inferior"—still solidly frozen over.

March 11, 2008

Crocus in Snow

Overnight snow can't stop these early bloomers! This is the March picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

March 28, 2008
"Crocus in Snow" image

"Spring Reflections"

Spring Reflections

April, and Lake Inferior has finally thawed. These leftover weeds and the reflection of the Springtime sky make for a pretty composition. This is the April picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

April 06, 2008

Sumac Leftovers

These Sumac trees still look good after the long winter.

April 18, 2008
"Sumac Leftovers" image

"Power Pole"

Power Pole

I thought this was an interesting perspective of this powerline pole in Choconut Park near Johnson City, NY.

April 18, 2008

Maple Buds

Pretty springtime flowers on a Maple sapling.

April 21, 2008
"Maple Buds" image

"Spruce Cones"

Spruce Cones

Spring growth on one of our spruces.

April 27, 2008

Fighting Frost with Fire

A late frost threatens a commercial cherry orchard. Smoldering fires produce lots of smoke which is then blown through the orchard with huge tractor-driven fans in the hope that some of the crop can be saved. It's ironic that there is such beauty along with such damage.

April 30, 2008
"Fighting Frost with Fire" image

"Fighting Frost with Water"

Fighting Frost with Water

A late frost threatens a commercial strawberry crop. Lots of water sprayed over the fields keep the plants from experiencing damaging cold temperatures.

April 30, 2008

Encased Strawberry

As a result of frost-protection measures, this strawberry plant is protected in its icy sheath.

April 30, 2008
"Encased Strawberry" image

"Spring Scene"

Spring Scene

View from a neighboring hilltop of a typically partly cloudy day.

May 04, 2008

Our Geese

A pair of Geese that have taken up residence near our bigger pond, "Lake Inferior."

May 06, 2008
"Our Geese" image



Pretty flower of the Gaywing (or flowering wintergreen) plant.

May 07, 2008

Apple Buds

Closeup of not-yet-opened apple blossoms.

May 07, 2008
"Apple Buds" image



Forest floor scene, featuring fern fiddleheads along with surviving ferns from last year.

May 08, 2008

Crabapple Buds

Soon-to-open crabapple blossoms.

May 11, 2008
"Crabapple Buds" image

"Crabapple Blossoms"

Crabapple Blossoms

Spectacular display of blossoms on this crabapple tree.

May 11, 2008

Sundog with Geese

I managed to get these geese just as they flew past this sundog in May. Quite a year for sundogs!

May 11, 2008
"Sundog with Geese" image

"Spruce Bug"

Spruce Bug

I have no idea what this little green bug is. I missed him in person and only noticed him when I looked at this picture of spruce growth later!

May 11, 2008

Blueberry Vista

Acres of blueberry bushes in our neighborhood are in bloom. The white boxes in the center left are beehives brought in to be sure the berries get pollinated.

May 14, 2008
"Blueberry Vista" image

"Blueberry Blossoms"

Blueberry Blossoms

Closeup of blueberry blossoms—here's hoping they all turn into yummy blueberries!

May 14, 2008

Bumblebee Pollinator

Who needs honeybees? These local bumblebees manage to get in on the pollinating action, in spite of being a lot bigger than the blossoms.

May 14, 2008
"Bumblebee Pollinator" image

"Roadside Trillium"

Roadside Trillium

Trillium flower found along the road on a rainy day.

May 15, 2008

Exchange Street Bridge

A view of the Exchange Street bridge in Binghamton, NY taken from the fishing access park by Rockbottom Dam. The dam cuts across near the center of the picture, with the fishermen just beyond.

May 15, 2008
"Exchange Street Bridge" image

"Rockbottom Low"

Rockbottom Low

View of the water going over Rockbottom Dam at a comparatively slow time.

May 15, 2008


A honeybee busily at work ensuring that we get good apples this fall.

May 17, 2008
"Honeybee" image

"Whitney Point Dam"

Whitney Point Dam

Interesting lighting enhances this view of the Whitney Point, NY dam and reservoir.

May 20, 2008

Lake Inferior from the East

Late spring view from the "back" of our "Lake Inferior."

May 25, 2008
"Lake Inferior from the East" image

"Deer Determent"

Deer Determent

Interesting fence construction is designed to deter deer from jumping into a commercial apple orchard.

May 26, 2008

Fire Rainbow over Whiteface

This appears to be a circumhorizon arc or fire rainbow, caused by high altitude ice. The taller peak near the center is Whiteface Mountain.

May 30, 2008
"Fire Rainbow over Whiteface" image

"Orange Hawkweed"

Orange Hawkweed

Getting up close and personal with the wildflowers in our lawn. This, I believe, is called Orange Hawkweed.

June 03, 2008

Moss Capsules

Another closeup of lawn flora, I believe these to be "capsules" of these mossy plants.

June 03, 2008
"Moss Capsules" image

"Maple and Moss"

Maple and Moss

An interesting study of moss along with leftover maple leaves and seedpods.

June 03, 2008

Early Strawberry

A trying springtime with threatening frosts—but finally a perfect strawberry!

June 13, 2008
"Early Strawberry" image

"Big Sky at Ashokan"

Big Sky at Ashokan

A view of a busy sky over the Ashokan reservoir in the Catskills.

June 19, 2008

Canada Goslings

Canada Goose and Goslings found near the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskills.

June 19, 2008
"Canada Goslings" image

"Roadside Laural"

Roadside Laural

I believe this is Mountain Laural. There were lots of these in bloom all over the Catskills this day.

June 20, 2008

Spring Maple

Rain enhances this scene of new Maple growth.

June 20, 2008
"Spring Maple" image

"Dewy Pond Bank"

Dewy Pond Bank

Still air, heavy dew and morning fog combine to create this picture of weeds, webs, and water.

June 21, 2008

Spider Pearls

Normally all but invisible—after a heavy dew, these spider webs become works of art. I find it amazing that they hold up to such loads.

June 21, 2008
"Spider Pearls" image

"Groundhog Art"

Groundhog Art

A very foggy morning, I could barely see this creature but managed to capture him with a long lens. I did a lot of experimenting with photoshop to bring out some detail (along with a lot of "noise"), but overall I like the effect.

June 21, 2008

Dragonfly 1

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." Does anyone know what kind it is?

June 21, 2008
"Dragonfly 1" image

"Dragonfly 2"

Dragonfly 2

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." I think it's a "Common Whitetail" — Does anyone know for sure?

June 21, 2008

Dragonfly 3

One of three different kinds of Dragonflies I photographed one sunny day by our "Lake Eerie." Does anyone know what kind it is? This is the June picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

June 21, 2008
"Dragonfly 3" image

"Cherries after Rain"

Cherries after Rain

Nearly ripe cherries glisten after an overnight rain.

June 23, 2008

Rain Soaked Lily Pads

Recent rains enhance the beauty of these lily pads. This is the July picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

July 03, 2008
"Rain Soaked Lily Pads" image

"Pond Frog"

Pond Frog

Tiny frog enjoying one of our ponds.

July 07, 2008

Greenwood Park

Broome County's Greenwood Park at sunset. It looks like all of the rowboats and paddle boats are back for the night.

August 06, 2008
"Greenwood Park" image

"Hunkered Down"

Hunkered Down

A wet morning on Lake Inferior, finds our resident heron perched in an old willow.

August 11, 2008

Misty Dragonfly

I almost missed this well-camouflaged dragonfly sunning itself on a dewy cattail.

August 11, 2008
"Misty Dragonfly" image

"Wild Blackberries"

Wild Blackberries

Pretty arrangement of ripe and ripening wild blackberries.

August 21, 2008

Birds, Bricks, and Roof

A decaying factory building in Seneca Falls, NY provides this interesting study of birds, bricks, and a weathered roof.

August 25, 2008
"Birds, Bricks, and Roof" image

"Duck 'n' Dock"

Duck 'n' Dock

This duck is apparently conducting a sunset inspection of this dock on Cayuga Lake.

August 30, 2008

Kayaking Cayuga

Sunset on Cayuga Lake, and some anglers kayaking back home.

This picture was the August page of our fourth annual calendar.

August 30, 2008
"Kayaking Cayuga" image

"Full Sunflower"

Full Sunflower

Towering sunflower blossom at a favorite farm stand (and bakery—yum!), Country Wagon Produce in Maine, NY.

September 07, 2008


Chrysanthemum plants in the greenhouse at Country Wagon Produce in Maine, NY.

September 07, 2008
"Chrysanthemums" image

"Orange Toadstool"

Orange Toadstool

I caught this fungus before the top opened out to the traditional toadstool shape.

September 29, 2008

Lily Pads

Floating lily pads set off the reflection of full autumn foliage in our "Lake Eerie." This is the October picture in our Backyard Broome calendar.

October 10, 2008
"Lily Pads" image

"Frosty Rose Hips"

Frosty Rose Hips

Brutal cold has covered these wild rose hips with piles of ice crystals.

November 21, 2008


Full moon setting over a mystic formation on the shores of Lake Eerie. (Actually a snow fort transformed by several mild days.)

December 13, 2008
"Snowhenge" image


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