A short trip to NYC

It’s kind of hard to go to NYC as a photographer if you’re not going to spend a few days there walking around to the sights and taking pictures.

I had a great 38 hours in NYC but I was not there to see the sights! I went to NYC to meet up with a group of Cedarville University students doing ministry on their spring break. We spent most of our time following Google Maps walking blocks, in a NYC Subway going from one borough to another catching up with the CU team. It was cold and it rained or snowed throughout most of the time we were there.

I did not want to be that kind of photographer that would run & gun for an image. When I did see an image, I did not have a whole lot of time to compose and take the shot! I’m not complaining, I’m just saying that I either passed up a shot and or just limited myself on what I did shoot. I’ll be honest, the weather played a part in walking past several photo ops, I just did not want to stop because it was just so cold and wet, I did not want to take off my gloves!

I’ve decided that I want to go back to NYC in the summer or at least when it’s warmer and spend a few days in the city. I do have a few shots in mind that I want to get.

Here are a few shots I came away with in my short visit to NYC.

Sat/Sun at Au Sable Institute

On rare occasions do I take setup shots of myself. I had not used the tripod yet during the trip. It took effort in packing it so I thought I should use it and what better way … crank it up super high in the corner of the bedroom. The shot kind of shows a little bit of my weekend.

Life of a photographer, late night editing ... selfie.

Life of a photographer, late night editing … selfie.

Before leaving, I took a little time to go around back of the house out by Big Twin Lake and took a few shots. There was a huge amount of snow on the ground and the patio table gives a little idea of hoe much there was. It was cold the entire weekend. It was nice going back to the cabin and get warmed up.

Patio table & chairs with Big Twin Lake in the distance.

Patio table & chairs with Big Twin Lake in the distance.

Birch tree with Big Twin Lake in the distance.

Birch tree with Big Twin Lake in the distance.

Saturday at Au Sable Institute

In the morning after breakfast the group got together and Dr. Paris & Jon Becker explained to the class how the temperature & oxygen readings would be gathered.

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We headed out to several areas on the lake and used an auger to cut holes through the ice. They proceeded to lower the temperature & oxygen props 1 meter at a time and collected data along the way. Three measurements were taken, one along the shore at 20ft, at a depth of 45ft & then out toward the middle of the lake at 65ft.

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

Standing out in the middle of the lake collecting data

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One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.

One would think we are ice fishing but we are collecting scientific data.


CU on the lake.

CU on the lake.

The majority of the day was spent outside, although the sun was out it was cold with the high of 18 degrees. The wind out on the lake did not help in any way.

In the afternoon fter collecting the data, Jon Becker input it into the computer and graphed it out, explaining the students and showing them how it was done.

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In the evening after dinner and a small break, the students got back together and Dr. Paris discussed the results of the data collected. He showed them with the data collected how temperature increases with depth while oxygen decreases with depth.

Friday at Au Sable Institute

After a morning at the lodge at Au Sable checking the internet, some studying, quiz taking and a general easy morning, the class went out to download and retrieve data from the data loggers they put in place the evening before.

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In the afternoon we snowshoed in the Hartwick State Park on the Au Sable River Foot Trail. As we walked along the trail, we observed the variety of trees along with the tall red & white pines. Dave Mahan from Au Sable Institute pointed out animal tracks and the class tried to identify them.

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Au Sable River

Au Sable River

Tall red & white pines

Tall red & white pines

Taking another opportunity to have a group pic - in the Hartwick State Park.

Taking another opportunity to have a group pic – in the Hartwick State Park.

Dr. Bob Paris & Jon Becker

Dr. Bob Paris & Jon Becker

We drove into Grayling and ate at Dawson & Stevens Classic 50’s Diner … it was very good!

In the evening the class got back together to discuss what they are going to do Saturday. They discussed temperature relative to ice and what they’ll expect to find when they cut a hole in the ice on the lake.

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Thursday at Au Sable Institute

We left campus around 8:15am and stopped for lunch & gas just north of Ann Arbor which was just about halfway to Au Sable Institute. We arrived at Au Sable safely around 4:30pm. As we arrived at the entrance to Au Sable we took a group picture.
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We had some time to unpack before getting back together.
John Becker & Dr. Paris spent some time identifying & programing the six data loggers the class will be using to collect data.

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As we started to lose daylight, the class dug a snow pit to set the data loggers at regular intervals up to 3 meters. The data loggers will be taking the temperature of the snow pack & the air above it every 30 minutes for 48 hrs.

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We ordered pizza at nearby Carefree Cove (an all in one pizza shop, grocery store, gas station) and took it back to the house to eat. After eating, Dr. Paris had a short time with the students preparing them for some of the things they would be observing the next several days. He discussed the layers of snow & snowflakes that break down and refreeze.

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Karen, one of the girls in the class brought her guitar and we closed out the evening with singing. It was a nice way to close out a long day.

A Hocking Hills Thanksgiving …

This year we rented a cabin in the Hocking Hills area. We arrived at the cabin late afternoon Wednesday. We unpacked and partied at the cabin. Thanksgiving day we did the morning usual, watched Macy’s Day Parade and had a big Thanksgiving feast. After a long nap, several us us headed out for a hike. We had a great hike at Cedar Falls & a portion of Old Man’s Cave. With the recent snow we had early in the week, there was plenty of snow remaining.

On our walk to Cedar Falls, why not turn around and look where you just walked.

On our walk to Cedar Falls, why not turn around and look where you just walked.

This may just be my favorite view in Hocking Hills, the famous Cedar Falls.

This may just be my favorite view in Hocking Hills, the famous Cedar Falls.

On our walk in Old Man's Cave.

On our walk in Old Man’s Cave.

Old Man's Cave on the right protected from the snow.

Old Man’s Cave on the right protected from the snow.

Enjoying our walk, missing Roxy! She decided to stay back at the cabin with the others.

Enjoying our walk, missing Roxy! She decided to stay back at the cabin with the others.

Friday after lunch we all headed out to Ash Cave & Conkle’s Hollow.

Our walk into Ash Cave, the view looking back from where we walked.

Our walk into Ash Cave, the view looking back from where we walked.

A silhouette of the tall trees at Ash Cave.

A silhouette of the tall trees at Ash Cave.

The cousins on our walk on the upper path of Ash Cave.

The cousins on our walk on the upper path of Ash Cave.

We started our walk at Conkle's Hollow but the sun was setting and started to get chilly. We turned around and headed back to the vans, I took the path (creek) less traveled and found this natural form.

We started our walk at Conkle’s Hollow but the sun was setting and started to get chilly. We turned around and headed back to the vans, I took the path (creek) less traveled and found this natural form.

Hocking Hills never get old! It’s been a long time since we’ve been there in the winter and we were not disappointed.