Canandaigua Lake

Recently, when brother Tom and I spent six days in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, we found lodging at a motel in Farmington, which is just north of Canandaigua (can-ann-day-gwa)*. Despite our schedule, we were able to get down to the north end of Canandaigua Lake in the early morning a couple times to make photographs at the pier beside Sutter’s Marina and Kershaw Park. These photos are from those two morning shoots.

On another morning, I woke at 4:30 while Tom was still sleeping. I restrained myself for a time, then drove to the pier after stopping at Dunkin’ Doughnuts for coffee. I parked the rental car on the pier and sat watching the dark charcoal sky out of the window and drinking the coffee for a couple minutes before I realized that I’d have to sit for an hour before the sun would rise. I was still operating on summer time.

On the second morning that both of us went to the lake for photos, we stopped at a restaurant on Main Street for breakfast. When we walked out to the car, we quickly spotted a multicolored hot air balloon floating south a hundred feet above the street toward the lake.  

A couple minutes behind the balloon, we followed it down Main Street toward the lake. As it reached the pier, a sudden change in wind direction redirected it toward the east-southeast, over the north end of the lake. The balloon abruptly began to lose altitude. it appeared that it would splash down in the middle of the lake. I’m sure that the pilot was panicking. We could see the intermittant flame of the  burning gas. After a couple long minutes, the gondola finally stabilized four to five feet above the water, then began to slowly regain altitude.

After a quick loss of altitude, a hot air balloon hangs a few feet above the water in the middle of Canandaigua Lake before slowly rising again.

The hot air balloon can be seen in the far distance, moving toward the southeast after regaining altitude.

Gearhead Information 1st photo: Yashica Mat 124 with Kodak Portra 160 Film. Photos 2 through 5: Nikon N90s with Kodak Ektar 100 film.

* Canandaigua is an Iroquois word meaning “chosen place” or “chosen spot”.