February 15th thru February 21st, 2010
It has been white for weeks now. Although Buffalo has a reputation for snow, it is not always white from December to March, but for this year January and February have been relatively white. I like it. The sky was beautiful today, Sunday. First bright, sunny, non-office day I've experienced in a while. This photograph was taken yesterday, Saturday when the sky was just beginning to make way for the sunny day that was to become today. This photograph was taken along Lake Shore Road not far from Evangola State Park. I saw this scene while driving home from shooting, for Buffalo.com, a Winter Fest gathering at Evangola. The scene impressed me enough to cause me to pull off and into a little road side park, walk up a snow covered hill to a walk bridge over a little creek that feeds out into Lake Erie to shoot this. Fun. The results of photography are so rewarding in so many ways.
February 8th thru February 14th, 2010
This has been what I would call, a good winter. Not too much snow, but snow all the time, just enough to keep it white. They opened the toboggan runs at Chestnut Ridge Park this year after, I guess, insurance considerations had kept them closed for years. Anyone who has grown up in Western New York has memories of the times you , friends and family enjoyed the thrill of shooting down the toboggan chutes at Chestnut Ride. To see some pictures I took there Sunday, go to this link. http://www.pbase.com/dhnieman/chestnut
It should be fun!
February 1st thru February 7th, 2010
A little hike down into Hunters Creek this afternoon before returning home to watch the New Orleans Saints win their first Superbowl. I was rooting for the Colts as I'm an AFC guy and I really like Payton Manning, but who could not be somewhat pleased to see New Orleans do so well.
January 25th thru January 31st, 2010
Within 30 minutes of arriving at Knox Farm State Park this morning, Sunday, January 25th, the crisp bright morning sunshine transformed into clouds with millions of soft white flakes of snow fluttering down. With the air at about 10 degrees (F), the snow lighted on my camera and remained on the cold black metal body so I could appreciate the crystalline structure of each flake.
January 18th thru January 24th, 2010
There is a little story on how I got this wind turbine shot, but I was someplace the signs said I should not have been, so I'll keep quiet for the time being. I took a series of them and when I got home noticed, as I was so concerned about getting to the turbine field, I left my camera on ISO 1600. With the lens I had with me and the light of the day , it was certainly the incorrect ISO setting for this (and the other shots) I took while sneaking around these huge turbines. They are close to 300 feet tall, cost 2.5 million a piece. They dwarf the forest trees behind them. They make a solid whoof, whoof, whoofing noise as they turn through the wind.
January 4th thru January 17th, 2010
The previous week's freezing cold and tons of fluffy snow melted away this week.
December 28th, 2009 thru January 3rd, 2010
It is a new year. The transition is complete. The snow continues.
December 7th thru December 27th 2009
What a wonderful Christmas we had; family and friends.
This shot was taken today, Sunday Dec 27th, the morning after an evening of slight freezing rain/wet snow. I am on Willardshire Road looking across the field to the barns on the Knox State Park in East Aurora. A beautiful winter morning.
With moving and Christmas and work,photography has just slowed down the last month or two. We'll pick it up here, now.
November 30th thru December 6th, 2009
This is the main entrance to the East Aurora Union Free School District's Administrative Offices. My father went to high school in this building in 1941 through 1945 (68 - 64 years ago). This building is right on Main Street and North Grove Street in East Aurora, NY. I really like this town/village; it is my home. I am really pleased that I left my home for the adventures and experiences that I've had away from here, but it is so really good to feel like this is home. It's truly much more important than I ever realized.
November 2nd thru November 29th, 2009
East Aurora is a quaint little village. It works extremely hard at being quaint. The businesses of the Main Street are barber shops, hair salons, restaurants, banks, drug stores, gas stations (mini marts), dress shops, a tack shop, local insurance agencies, lawyers and the like. The big Main Street retailer is Vidler's 5 and Dime. The claim to fame is it is the headquarters for Fisher Price Toys Division of Mattel, and the home of Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft artisans.
At 6:30 on this Sunday morning there was more traffic than I anticipated on the quaint newly bricked Main Street. It was hard to get a 30 second exposure off without some vehicular interference.
Although I was a West Falls boy and went to Springville Griffith Institute High School, I still consider East Aurora home. There have been Niemans in this area for about 150 years. So I guess calling it home is ok.
October 26th thru November 1st, 2009
Well, we closed on the house in East Aurora. Lots and lots of work needs to be done. It is November 1st and the pool hasn't been closed, the yard hasn't been mowed nor the leaves raked. The whole house needs to be painted inside. Carpeting requires replacement in a couple rooms, and, in general, just all over the place the house needs to be cleaned and cared for. Drains drain slowly, the outside trim on the house needs painting and those shutters, well, that color needs to be modified. I'm sure Elaine and I will make it our own in no time. It is four bedrooms, two and a half baths, very large living room, dining room, and kitchen, family room with fireplace and, my very favorite room, the "four season room". I'm calling it the "Alaskan room" as the walls and the wood burning stove remind me of a cabin in Alaska. All on .7 of an acre in a nice little neighborhood just off the village of East Aurora, NY. Elaine says we're going to die here, I say I'm going to die drinking my first cup of coffee of the morning, on the porch, in a little cabin on the side of a forested mountain overlooking a glacier lake. She's probably right.
None the less it is a great deal different than the neighborhood in Buffalo.
October 19th thru October 25th, 2009
These are some of the homes on the souteast side of Colonial Circle in Buffalo. It was an autumn morning meant to be experienced.
Everything is hecktic; work, home, hobbie all providing some stress. Work because it is work, home because we're moving and hobbie because I'm not getting the time to enjoy it as I would like.
I have got to tell you a story. You see, we're selling our house, actually we sold it and the appraisal for the buyer's bank was accomplished a few weeks ago. We get this notice, they want me to paint the front steps and touch up the garage door. I have never heard of such a request. Put gutters on , maybe; Install a sump pump, could be; New furnace that is up to code ok; but paint the front steps. They weren't that bad, what do you think this dim witted appraiser woman was thinking?
Oh well, they're painted. Beautiful fall day I could have been walking out in the woods, but I was painting a garage door and front steps.