Butterflies and Skippers

We I stopped for a bite at the Hidden Oak Cafe in the Manor House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. The surrounding gardens were full of butterflies and skippers (labeled to the best of my ability – corrections appreciated):

Arboretum and More

In Bayard Cutting Arboretum, LI, NY, we walked by the shore and visited the farm. We we bought some of their fresh eggs.

A short drive away is Heckscher State Park. We didn’t stay long there.

To cap off the day, we ate dinner at the Snapper Inn. It was very grand and lovely to eating out by the water.

Dahlias at Bayard Cutting

Recently a person said that the colors in my photograph didn’t look real. Here is my response: Yes the colors maybe enhanced or changed, my work isn’t straight out of the camera.

After I shoot an image to make it into what I think it should be I might adjust the composition. Then I adjust the tone. I may make more adjustments to bring out the focal point, Lastly, I use color to enhance or modify the mood. I do most of my editing in the “darkroom” of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

I use photography and post processing as a tool for my artistic expression. When I was a painter I used paint on canvas to create what I wanted to see, and not what was real.

When I make composites or obvious digital art I’ll say so, and if the photos are only slightly edited I won’t. Here is some digital art (Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in Long Island):

Afternoon at Pelham

Last Friday we went to Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York in the afternoon and had a 3 mile hike around Hunter Island. The views are lovely, but it was hot and buggy. After that we drove to the Lobster Shack on City Island to buy a take out. While parked off the road in a driveway a crew cab pickup truck scraped the paint off the edge of our side mirror. The list of mishaps grows long for our little VW Jetta “James”. We’ve only had it a couple of months.

A related post: https://port4u.net/2014/11/26/gull-in-algonquin-mist-pelham-bay-1282013/ Inspired by a book on the place called The Last Algonquin by Theodore Kazimiroff.