2017 Calendars

It’s a little late due to various circumstances, but here are the two designs I have for 2017 calendars. The first is the winner of a poll I did on the FB page: The Adirondacks. This includes pics from all the years I have been hiking up there, mostly from trips with my mother, who we lost this year due to pancreatic cancer.

Adirondack 2017 Calendar

Adirondack 2017 Calendar

The other calendar is a group of funny animal shots. There will also be humorous captions, but to see them, you’ll have to buy the calendar.

Humorous Animals 2017 Calendar

Humorous Animals 2017 Calendar

As usual, the calendars cost $25 each, this includes shipping and handling. To avoid payment fees, the preferred payment method is google wallet. If you contact me through nsantasierphotography@gmail.com I can send you the links to payment as well as get your contact info for mailing.

Any questions, please contact me at the above email as well.

Happy holidays!

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The 28th Annual Adirondack Car Show in Lake George

This past September, the weekend after Labor Day, numerous automobile enthusiasts thronged to Lake George, NY to show off their wares and precious car designs at the 28th Annual Adirondack Car Show. A group of us went to walk around. We stuck to the main street and saw cars driving back and forth, as well as numerous ones parked on both sides of the street. There was also a massive display in the field nearby, but they charged quite a lot just to view what we could already see outside for free. So we skipped that part (and due to the heat, this was a wise idea). Here are some of my favorite ones.

The TMNT car - one hell of a paint job.

The TMNT car – one hell of a paint job.

Now there is some gremlin green.

Now there is some gremlin green.

Gotta love the classic dice on the rearview.

Gotta love the classic dice on the rearview.

This might make you think twice about stealing this car.

This might make you think twice about stealing this car.

For anyone wondering, this will get you arrested for being an idiot.

For anyone wondering, this will get you arrested for being an idiot.

Nice engine.

Nice engine.

That is a fine blue.

That is a fine blue.

Break out the mob cars!!!

Break out the mob cars!!!

This car has muscle.

This car has muscle.

Gotta love the paint jobs on these old models.

Gotta love the paint jobs on these old models.

Now that is some bright orange.

Now that is some bright orange.

Big ass engine!

Big ass engine!

Looks like it's straight out of the Dick Tracy movie from the '90s.

Looks like it’s straight out of the Dick Tracy movie from the ’90s.

Interesting fluid tank.

Interesting fluid tank.

This was an amazing paint job.

This was an amazing paint job.

Tiniest car ever.

Tiniest car ever – that’s not a matchbox.

Finally found one with flames.

Finally found one with flames.

Classic paint job.

Classic paint job.

Look inside at the engine - like teeth.

Look inside at the engine – like teeth.

And the Pixar's Cars pickup.

And the Pixar’s Cars pickup.

I love this old paint color.

I love this old paint color.

Makes you think twice about breaking into it, doesn't it?

Makes you think twice about breaking into it, doesn’t it?

Next time: A hike through Mills Reservation.

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A Hot Day on Garnet Lake

It was a very hot day while I visited Dad this summer. We decided to take the dogs to Garnet Lake in the southern Adirondacks so they could swim and cool off. Unfortunately, there were lots of other people with the same idea, so we had to keep them on their leashes. I got some nice images of the lake while there. Take a look.

A nice sunny day.

A nice sunny day.

Look at those clouds.

Look at those clouds.

Looking down the lake from the shore.

Looking down the lake from the shore.

Shade on the shore.

Shade on the shore.

Looking in the other direction from shore.

Looking in the other direction from shore.

The trees overhang the shore nicely.

The trees overhang the shore nicely.

Shooting through branches.

Shooting through branches.

The clouds look so fluffy.

The clouds look so fluffy.

Playing with filters.

Playing with filters.

Hunter gets Jack wet.

Hunter gets Jack wet.

This isn't low tide or anything (it's a lake), the grass is that long.

This isn’t low tide or anything (it’s a lake), the grass is that long.

Interesting look in b&w.

Interesting look in b&w.

Next entry: The car show in Lake George.

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Artwork at Teaneck Creek

Included in the hike at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, are many examples of artwork. The first noticeable examples are some sculptures in the parking lot. But throughout the hike are murals, statues, and various wood designs that give the hike a very communal feel. Take a look:

Some metal work over a bench. Look at the design of the bench itself.

Some metal work over a bench. Look at the design of the bench itself.

I really liked this design for a seating area.

I really liked this design for a seating area.

A wooden turtle.

A wooden turtle.

A howling wolf.

A howling wolf.

A wooden turkey - don't eat it.

A wooden turkey – don’t eat it.

A wooden rabbit ... and in the background is a real rabbit.

A wooden rabbit … and in the background is a real rabbit.

The labyrinth is surrounded by a dried out creek bed and several of the rocks have been painted.

The labyrinth is surrounded by a dried out creek bed and several of the rocks have been painted.

The start of a painting.

The start of a painting.

PokemonGO hits nature hikes...

PokemonGO hits nature hikes…

At one entrance are several plaques of childrens' writings. I liked this one the most.

At one entrance are several plaques of childrens’ writings. I liked this one the most.

There were several of these along the path.

There were several of these along the path.

Sadly, this is all there was of Concrete Jungle (I am very curious as to what it used to be).

Sadly, this is all there was of Concrete Jungle (I am very curious as to what it used to be).

These were a fantastic use of water pipes.

These were a fantastic use of water pipes.

Each pipe portrayed a different time period.

Each pipe portrayed a different time period and message.

You could walk inside these.

You could walk inside these.

Painted on both the inside and outside.

Painted on both the inside and outside.

It's an elephant.

It’s an elephant.

Fish line the rim.

Fish line the rim.

Footprints on the ground.

Footprints on the ground.

Another howling wolf.

Another howling wolf.

All the NY/NJ critters of the forests.

All the NY/NJ critters of the forests.

Celebrating the world and nature and people.

Celebrating the world and nature and people.

Next week: A hot day at Garnet Lake.

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Teaneck Creek Conservancy in the Palisades

In the town of Teaneck, NJ lies a nice level hike inside the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. The trails are mostly well maintained (some are very thin, but most are wide and there are a lot of wooden planked ones). There is still a lot of cleanup being done on the conservancy due to vandalism and dumping. They accept donations here. There is a lot of local artwork in the park, as well as educational tools including a breakdown of the types of plants and animals found there. There are several entrances to the trails and it is super easy to access by public transit from NYC. It is a very shady trail which is excellent on hot sunny days like the one we went on. While this site says the trail is 1.2 miles, if you do all of the trails it is closer to 5 miles.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

The entrance into the conservancy trails.

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Investigating the butterfly garden (sadly there were no butterflies at this time of year).

Looking out at the southern marshland.

Looking out at the southern marshland.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

One of the sturdy wooden bridges. There are a lot of these throughout.

A very festive looking seat.

A very festive looking seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

Looking up at the top of the teepee seat.

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

The Labyrinth (not remotely what I was expecting).

One of the thinner paths.

One of the thinner paths.

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

A bridge out to the surrounding industrial area (making the conservancy a fantastic place to take a lunch break).

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This reminded me of the trails around Stony Brook, NY.

This bridge had bannisters.

This bridge had bannisters.

A great big Weeping Willow.

A great big Weeping Willow.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Cloudy water reveals fish.

Very cloudy water.

Very cloudy water.

A lovely lunch area.

A lovely lunch area.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The tree wanted to make a bridge.

The north entrance - filled with lots of historical tidbits.

The north entrance – filled with lots of historical tidbits.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Historical info outside the entrance.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

Details on what they hope to do with the conservancy.

This tree has formed a bridge.

This tree has formed a bridge over a very dry creek bed.

Sadly no dogs are allowed in the conservancy - although it's a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

Look! Dogs are allowed in the conservancy – it’s a nice flat one that dogs would enjoy.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

The sun shines off the creek bed.

A picnic area.

A picnic area.

One of the few paths out in the open.

One of the few paths out in the open.

The sun shines on a bridge.

The sun shines on a bridge.

Vines envelop the tree.

Vines envelop the tree.

Someone wants to stand out.

Someone wants to stand out.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Nature begins to claim the bridge.

Very intense sunlight.

Very intense sunlight.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

Out of the sunlight and into the shade.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

I like how they made this plaque a reflection of itself.

Next week: The various artwork found at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy.

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Elizabeth Street Garden

Hidden away in Little Italy, lies a garden on the side of an antique store. It is called Elizabeth Street Garden. In it lie various sculptures and flowers. It is used for summer movie showings as well as meeting places for people. Even a quiet place to sit and read. Sadly, the city is trying to get rid of it and put in affordable housing. Take a look at what a unique place this is and why it should be saved.

The entrance from the street.

The entrance from the street.

Some of the pieces.

Some of the pieces.

Don't run between them, they may try to destroy you (gateway to the Southern Oracle).

Don’t run between them, they may try to destroy you (gateway to the Southern Oracle).

A prowling lion.

A prowling lion.

A growling lion.

A growling lion.

Top of a steeple.

Top of a steeple.

An old piece for gardens.

An old piece for gardens.

Walking down the main path.

Walking down the main path.

A cat of sorts.

A cat of sorts.

Garden tools and a door.

Garden tools and a door.

Balcony on the garden.

Balcony on the garden.

Look at the bright colors.

Look at the bright colors.

More bright colors.

More bright colors.

Follow the insects to the flowers.

Follow the insects to the flowers.

Architecture in the garden.

Architecture in the garden.

A religious piece.

A religious piece.

Standing in the flora.

Standing in the flora.

Looking upward.

Looking upward.

A gazebo.

A gazebo.

Spooky table.

Spooky table.

The sun sets.

The sun sets.

Dionysian sculpture.

Dionysian sculpture.

Looking at the seating area for the film.

Looking at the seating area for the film.

Look inside the antique store.

Look inside the antique store.

A gargoyle.

A gargoyle.

Gargoyle through the fence.

Gargoyle through the fence.

Free standing pillars.

Free standing pillars.

Mischievous cherubs.

Mischievous cherubs.

Benches in the garden.

Benches in the garden.

Wind chimes add to the atmosphere.

Wind chimes add to the atmosphere.

Next week: A walk through Teaneck Creek.

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Castle Williams on Governor’s Island

At the Northwest corner of Governor’s Island sits Castle Williams. It was a fort and is a landmark in NY Harbor. It was set up as a prison in the early 1900s, filled with various cells. The courtyard feels like a prison, with cannons on the tops of the walls.

Cannon on the roof.

Cannon on the roof.

Different heights.

Different heights.

The main entrance.

The main entrance.

Walking through the entrance.

Walking through the entrance.

Inside the courtyard.

Inside the courtyard.

More of the courtyard.

More of the courtyard.

Prison cell.

Prison cell.

Inside a cell.

Inside a cell.

The stairs inside.

The stairs inside.

Through the prison gates.

Through the prison gates.

The whole cell/barracks.

The whole cell/barracks.

Benches inside the cell.

Benches inside the cell.

Outer staircase.

Outer staircase.

Next week: Elizabeth St Garden.

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