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More Site Photos

More Site Photos

I shot more site photos today.  First thing in the morning I went to the Peter Whitmer Farm, Fayette Township, New York, and photographed a few items.   I ran in to the crew from the Church History Department again.  (The same people I’m taking these pictures for.)

On my way there I stopped at Wegman’s to buy some “rustic” looking bread.  The idea is to make it look like the first sacrament meeting in 1830.

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First Sacrament Concept

Sauder’s – Best Sandwich

When I finished there, I was off to Sauder’s for some shopping.  I bought some healthy snack alternatives.  Then, I had lunch there.

It was, by far, the best sandwich I ever had.  The girl behind the counter really piled it on.  It was a feast.

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Sauder’s Mega Roast Beef

Part of the secret to its goodness was I had her put onions on BEFORE she toasted it.  The onions melted in to the cheese were delicious.  Part II of the secret is horseradish AND italian dressing.

Veggie Snacks

Sauder’s has these veggie snacks.  I’m not sure if they are freeze dried, or how they get them like this, but they are almost like potato chips (only thicker).  My favorites are carrots and string beans.  I’m switching out salty snacks for these.



Meeting Elder Holland

Meeting Elder Holland

Today I will be meeting Elder Holland.  Well, it goes beyond that, I will also be photographing him and several mission presidents and other church leaders.  This should be fun, but I’m still a bit anxious.

My schedule was full today.  After my networking meeting I drove to Fayette to photograph the Peter Whitmer Farm for an assignment from the Church History Museum.  Once there it only took about 45 minutes, but you have to add to that the 45 minute drives to and from Fayette.

From there, it was back home to change clothes and gather up my other camera for photographing the Mission Presidents Seminar for North America North East.  I got there early to scope out the room and see how the lighting was.  It looked like this wasn’t going to be much different than a wedding reception.  In fact, even better because I know all these couples are going to be well behaved and the lighting isn’t going to be real dim.

After Elder Holland arrived, I was making my way through the room and when I came to him, he complemented me by saying I looked well today.  I thanked him and returned the complement, and then added that we had a mutual friend.

Elder Holland responded, “And who might that be?”

I told him, “Omar the Woodcarver.”

He got a big smile on his face and laughed and we talked a little about Omar.

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Omar and Me with My Favorite of His Creations

When I told him about Omar’s nativity set, and how Omar called it the “Elder Holland”, Elder Holland let out a big chuckle, and you could see in his eyes his love for this talented brother in Israel.

Note:  If you are ever in Israel, take a few hundred dollars extra because once you see Omar’s work, you’ll want to buy one of his amazing carvings.

I worked the room doing my best to get some candid expressions from many of the mission presidents and their wives.  There were some others there who were doctors who oversee the health and well being of our missionaries, as well as a few others.

Elders Hallstrom and Holland addressed the group at the end.  It is very awe-inspiring to hear an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ address a group of mission presidents.  I was very impressed at Elder Holland’s humility.  While I was thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to learn from him during this seminar,’ his response to the group assembled was how he looked forward to learning from them.

Elder Holland reminded me of Jack R. Christianson.  President Christianson would say, “Nobody loves the Book of Mormon as much as I do.”  Elder Holland commented in a like manner that nobody cherishes their mission experience as much as he does.  (And, when he said that, I was thinking, “Oh, yeah?  I bet I do.”)  He then commented that there are others who probably feel as strongly and think they love their mission experiences more.  And, what he said next, was very funny… He said something to the effect, “But, because I have the floor and am speaking, I can say it.”

At the end of the night, as Elder Holland was leaving, he shook my hand again and thanked me for my service.  I thanked him for his talk, “Like a Broken Vessel”.  I don’t believe I have ever received the type of reception I did when thanking someone for a talk as I did from Elder Holland.  He looked me in the eyes, and with true sincerity, thanked me and commented that many others have too.  We talked for a bit about depression, and I shared with him the impact his talk had on me.  He smiled, and sincerely thanked me again and said the things I shared with him were meaningful to him.

I left the hotel feeling enriched by being able to mingle, photograph and associate with such great men.  I wonder how many people in that hotel realized the significance of those assembled.

Okay, all this said, I can’t share the pictures with you.  I agreed that they would only be for church use.

Expanding Sauders

Expanding Sauders

Fayette Building (Visitor’s Center is inside)

Expanding Sauders

I was quite surprised when Elizabethe and I went to Sauders (Seneca Falls, New York) to see them grading the land where the sheds used to be.  I saw Mr. Sauder there and asked.  He tells us they are expanding Sauders!  This will be cool.

We also visited the new exhibit at the Whitmer Farm (Fayette, NY, but actually just south of Waterloo, New York.)  They have some nice interactive displays as well as new art work.  I was very pleased and impressed to see Walter Rane’s work throughout the Visitor’s Center there.  He’s a great contemporary artist.  he’s got a nice style and does great work.

I highly recommend visiting if you haven’t been this year.  (They just opened the new center last month.)

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Whitmer Log Home (back door)

Prior to that we were out at the Harris Farm and I saw this guy…

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He had some kill that he just caught and I think he was worried I was going to take it.  I managed to get within about 10′ from him, but before I could raise my camera he took off.

Earlier in the day I took a walk through the Palmyra Cemetery (the newer one, not the one where Alvin Smith is buried.)  I found John Gilbert’s marker…

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John Gilbert’s Grave

It’s been a busy day and I took a lot of photos.

Speaking of which…

If you are vising Palmyra, what I did today was a long and exhausting day.  I saw a LOT, and I saw a few things most tourist don’t see (or don’t take the time to see.)  Plan your trip so you spend a few days in Palmyra.


Freezing Rain

Today was the first time I saw freezing rain.  It’s not quite snow, and it isn’t hail.  It’s rain that has froze on its way down.  It’s actually quite pretty as it looks like tiny diamonds falling on the ground.

Elizabethe and I went to the Hill Cumorah, Fayette and Joseph Smith Farm visitor’s centers and I photographed their nativity sets and also some of the work being done in Fayette.

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Fayette Chapel

The visitor’s center at the Fayette building is closed for remodeling.  You can see the back door has a covering above it now.  The rest, you’ll have to wait and see when it is complete.

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Smith Farm Nativity Set

The Smith Farm had this lovely nativity set.

After all that, we attended a Rochester Referral Network meeting in Perinton at a Pizza restaurant.  The event had a nice turn out and we collected several items to give to our adopted family for Christmas.

Jim Rosa Visits

Elizabethe and I walked into church this morning and Jim Rosa was there and spotted me right off the bat.  Jim and I worked together in the Oalkand Temple on the Friday night shift.  He was out in Buffalo for work and decided to spend the weekend in Palmyra.

After church Jim stuck around for choir practice and then we invited him to the house for lunch.  After lunch, I took Jim on the backroads to the Peter Whitmer Farm, and from there, we took the long way home.  We went down around the southern tip of Lake Seneca, stopped briefly at Watkins Glen, and then on home.

Jim Rosa in the Whitmer Log Home

It was sure nice seeing Jim again.

Jim Rosa - Peter Whitmer Log Home

Watkins Glen

While we were at the Whitmer farm, we got talking to a family.  When the wife heard that I had lived in Pittsburg, she asked if I knew a Challis family.  I asked if she meant Dan Challis, and she informed me Dan was her uncle.  I home taught Dan’s family way back in the early 1980s.  So, I got his contact information from her.

Small world.

A Drive Around the Lakes

First thing I did this morning is I went to photograph a group of young men from Roy, Utah, who are out here visiting.  Enrico came with me and after the shoot, we took a walk through the Sacred Grove.

Elizabethe and I took today off to show Enrico and Louise the Finger Lakes.  We drove them to Sauder’s, the Whitmer Farm, Watkins Glen, Ithaca, and then home.  Elder Warner gave them a tour of the Whitmer Farm Log Home.

Enrico’s recovering from a hospitalization a few weeks ago, so we mostly toured in the car.  I knew a few waterfalls that could be seen from the car, so we drove by those.

When we got home, we were going to have leftovers from last night, but… after leaving Happiness Garden last night, we left the food in Elizabethe’s car.

Watkins Glen and Trash the Dress

I took Natalie and Deleise to Watkins Glen today to continue their trash-the-dress photo shoot.  Before getting there, we stopped at Sauders to do a little shopping, and then the Peter Whitmer Farm (because Deleise had never been there.)

Elder and Sister Hales were working at the Whitmer Visitor’s Center.  It was nice having them as our tour guides.

From there we headed south to Watkins Glen.  Along the way we ran into a couple of old abandoned Triumph TR-4s in a field.  We, of course, had to stop and take pictures there.  We also ran in to a few places that had walls of character.

At Watkins Glen, the girls put on their dresses.  As they hiked the canyon, they got all sorts of comments.  The little kids all said they were “princesses”.  We ran into some Asian tourists who took more pictures of the girls than they did the waterfalls.  So, we stopped and posed for them.

It was a fun day, but in the end, the girls were worn out.

Pretty funny when 20-something kids can’t keep up with a 53-year-old man.

Pictures to follow… I’m beat.


Update:  Here are some photos…

Natalie (aka PHAT)

Leisi Lou (Deleise)

Amish Country

(You can’t tell well from this photo, but there are several Amish men loading a cart in the background.)

Someone Hands You a Lemon…

I managed to get some work done on the office this morning.  I was out there before the sun came up.

Around 10am I headed out the door with all my camera stuff heading to Ithaca, New York.  It is at the south end of Cayuga Lake – one of the largest and deepest Finger Lakes.  (Oh, I passed a place named, Finger Lake School of Massage.  I found that kind of funny.  I should have photographed the sign.)

The drive was beautiful.  The fall colors down at that end of the region are just starting.  They have NOT peaked yet.  But, I did get some pretty shots.

Happy New York Cows

Happy New York Cows

About part way there, I got a text from Misti Hymas saying she was running late.  She was going to meet me in Ithaca to photograph the falls.  And, since she was running late, I decided to stop off in Fayette, New York.

Fayette, New York - birth place of the L.D.S. Church in 1830

Fayette, New York – birth place of the L.D.S. Church in 1830

Since I had time, I decided to stop at the Peter Whitmer Farm and photograph the log home in the fall.  Just my luck, they were re-chinking the log home.  Some of you folks from NCPP will recognize this as the log home that was on my Print of the Year a couple of years ago.  This is that same log home except about 50 degrees warmer outside.  (The day I took that prize winning photo it was about 18-degrees outside.)

Peter Whitmer Log Home, Fayette, New York

Peter Whitmer Log Home, Fayette, New York

I didn’t realize Fayette was so close to the lake.  I decided to do some exploring and cut over to the the road that heads along the lake.  In fact, you don’t realize how close together the finger lakes are.  Because of all the trees, you can’t see them until you are nearly at the shore.

Cayuga Lake - Fayette, New York

Cayuga Lake – Fayette, New York

So, if someone hands you a lemon, make lemonade.  Today was one such day.  I drove all the way to Ithaca to discover the falls I wanted to photograph were closed to hikers.  The trail, according to the sign, was in such bad repair, it was unsafe and closed until further notice.  DANG!

About then, I got a call from Misti saying she was driving around trying to find the place.  So, I told her where I was parked and we drove to where a local told me we could see the falls from a bridge.

Now, try to find a place to park in Ithaca.  It is worse the San Francisco when it comes to parking places.  And, when you do find a place, it is 25 cents for 15 minutes with a 2 hour max. 

Well, we found a couple of spots near the bridge and hiked up there.  We found a trail down – no signs saying keep out, or anything like that.  But, I must admit, this would not be a trail I would take rambunctious Boy Scouts hiking on.  No way.  It was pretty sketchy.

Looking Up from the Gorge Floor

Looking Up from the Gorge Floor

Cascadilla Falls

Cascadilla Falls

We made it down to the canyon floor and hiked up a ways.  Found some good shots.  So, I guess you can say, we made lemonade out of the lemons that were dealt us.

Rapids at Cascadilla Falls

Rapids at Cascadilla Falls

On the way home, I found a real-life Halloween house!  Check this place out…

Spooky House!

Spooky House!

It always pay to look behind you as you drive.  As I was leaving Ithaca, I caught this view from my rear-view mirror.  I had to stop and get out and take a picture of this farm house.

Looking Towards Ithaca

Looking Towards Ithaca

It  was  starting  to get dark, so I had one last chance at some fall colors… and then it started to rain.  Here is the shot before the rain hit.

Last Chance Today to Get Fall Colors

Last Chance Today to Get Fall Colors