I was asked by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club at Chautauqua Institution to lead a walk on August 13, 2012. I suggested a Contemplative Photography Walk. In preparation for that, I decided to go up to Chautauqua several times between now and then and do some shooting. Today was my first day. It was predicted to be sunny in the morning; I missed the 35-second window, and it was bitterly cold. Still, I snapped off quite a few.
When you think of Chautauqua, you think of the iconic Bell Tower, Athenaeum Hotel, Hall of Philosophy, Norton Hall, Amphitheater, and so on. I purposefully avoided them all. Instead, I walked the narrow streets staying open to that flash of perception. Here are some of the things that caught eye: