Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Saratoga Summer in Photos



I think it's safe to say I took a lot of photos this summer.  I traveled to the Rocky Mountains (a trip for which I still have one more blog post planned) and took thousands of photos there, but I also hung around Saratoga, where I photographed the Saratoga Race Course, our beautiful parks, a polo match, and lots more that our city has to offer.  I already dedicated posts to my helicopter ride over Saratoga and 18th Century Day at the General Philip Schuyler House, and the Saratoga Race Course, so you won't see any of those photos in this post, but the rest are fair game!

Heading Down to Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park opening this summer brought much-welcomed public access to Saratoga Lake.  The park existed previously, but has recently been renovated to make it more welcoming to visitors.

A Summer Afternoon on Fish Creek

The Moon Over Saratoga LakeClancy and Lucy

My friend and I met these two dogs and their humans after visiting the park.

Polo Players Heading Out to the Field

I also attended a polo match at the Saratoga Polo Association.

Polo Match in Saratoga

I don't know a lot about the game, but I'm learning each time I go.

Playing Polo

Action Polo Shot

Funny Cide Meeting Some New Fans

My friend and I went to Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield to meet Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner, and other retired thoroughbreds.

Funny Cide Having a Snack

Zippy Chippy and Red Down South

Pictured above are Red Down South and Zippy Chippy, two not very competitive horses who happen to be the best of friends.

Burning Sunset Over Caroline Street

I also captured a few photos around town with my smaller camera (Samsung NX1100 and 30mm lens).  Above, a sunset on Caroline Street, and below, the Lake Avenue Fire Station.

Lake Ave Fire Station

Summer Flowers by Hathorn Spring

My friends and I went to Congress Park one morning after capturing a sunrise at the Oklahoma Track.  Hawthorn Spring looked so beautiful with all of the flowers.

Congress Park Carousel

The rising sun made beautiful sun stars with my 16-35mm lens.

Canfield Casino Side View

Morning Light on the Spirit of Life

The newly restored Spirit of Life Statue basking in the sunlight.

Willow Tree in Congress Park

Railroad Shanty in Saratoga

I don't know how many times I have walked by this railroad shanty next to where the railroad tracks used to run through downtown Saratoga.  I had always assumed it was empty, but it has a chair, a uniform, and a stove inside.  It's always a thrill to find something new in your own hometown.

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