On Dreamscapes in Watkins Glen
In the village of Watkins Glen in the heart of the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York, sailboats float dreamlike in the waters of Seneca Harbor. The harbor sits along the shores of Seneca Lake and at times, when the waters are still and the sun is deep in its decent towards the horizon, the sailboat reflections take on an ethereal quality.
Standing on the shore, a long pier juts out all the way to a rocky jetty that serves as wind and breakwater to the often powerful storms that funnel down the lake. Protecting the dozens of sailboats and pleasure crafts that call Seneca Harbor their home, the large rocks that form the jetty dip below the clear, blue waters until they disappear under the green algae bottom.
The jetty also provides safe passage for tourists and locals a like to leisurely stroll above the waters. From there I was able to frame my shot. The gently lapping waters not only caused the sailboat reflections to appear simultaneously real and altered, but by inverting the image the bottom became sky and the sky became bottom - the dreamscape realized.
This upcoming weekend Watkins Glen will play host to the Harbor Lights Festival during which this photo will be seen in the Midsummer Night's Dream exhibition at the Franklin Street Gallery. The gallery is in service to local artists and is operated through the Arc of Schuyler which provides support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Finally, on Saturday and Sunday the Watkins Glen Cardboard Boat Regatta occurs with even more dreams taking flight.
Keywords: Canon 24-105mm f/4L, Canon 5D Mark II, Cardboard Boat Regatta, Franklin Street Gallery, Harbor Lights Festival, Reflection, Sailboat, Sailboat Reflections, Seneca Harbor, The Heart of the Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen
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