In numerous magazine articles I have been reading over the past months, professional photographers say the same thing over and over: there's a lot to see and photograph in the area where you live, and there's great value in visiting the same locations repeatedly, in different seasons, and in different kinds of weather.
In response to this encouragement, I've decided to start exploring my local environs on a regular basis. I'm hoping to get out at least once a week, and ramble the region for a couple of hours, just to see what I can see. Less frequently, I might go out for a half-day ramble, or even occasionally on a full-day, local-area outing.
The 19 photos in this album are the result of my first attempt to put my new resolution into practice. And the photography started even before I left home! As I was eating breakfast around 5:30, I looked out the window and saw Venus and the moon hanging low over the neighbor's house. After exclaiming a long, jaw-dropping "Wow!", I grabbed my camera equipment which was already stacked by the front door, and headed out the BACK door to take some shots. The first two images in the album display the fruit of my backyard labors. That was a great start for a photographic outing!
I left about 6:00 and explored an area between 5 and 16 miles north and northwest of my house in southwest Albany.
Some of the villages and hamlets I passed through while cruising the country backroads included Palestine, Adair Village, Airlie,
Maple Grove, and the vanished town of Tampico.
Not bad for my first two-hour outing!