Sodus, NY, United States

Retired Mechanical Engineer who has turned his 50+ year love affair with Photography into a second Career.

This week on bubble

It’s turned cold and most of the leaves have fallen and the winter gray sky is starting to close in. I’m spending more time around the bubble than actually photographing. The only ongoing photo project right now is the “Cobblestones’ of Wayne County” so far I have 80, but I’m still finding more. Cobblestone houses, barns and churches are unique to central and western New York. The proliferation of these structures in the 1820’s and 1830’s was due to a unique set of circumstances. The Completion of the Erie Canal meant the many (mostly Italian) stone masons, who had built the locks, where looking for work, many of the farmers and business men in the area near the new canal were gaining great wealth, since their products could now be shipped to major market at a reasonable cost and Finally the unique geology of the area has an abundance of small round stones left from the ice age. The Masons developed a decorative style that everybody who was anybody craved. Unfortunately many of these nearly 200-year-old structures are in decline since the skilled labor is hard to find and the cost to restore is high. My effort will focus on archiving the structures unique style. I will be posting some of these photos at a later date, Stay tuned.
On the bubble front: This week I had a feature in Abstract and Surreal Art, another feature in Food for Thought a top 10 finish in a challenge on Love these creatures and two photos featured in A love of boats and another in Nautical open for waves. Thank you all!

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