Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards Winning Photos (Mine!)

For the third year in a row, I entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which starts out on a regional level as the Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards.
Awards are given in a variety of categories, 18 to be exact, and I entered 14 of my best photos, selected with the help of my art teacher.
On the regional level, I won a Gold Key for the 3rd year, the top prize, along with three silver keys, the second best prize. Here are my award winners

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My Gold Key Winner- Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy from above

The Silver Key Photographs:

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The Hummingbird at the Feeder

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Looking out at the Water

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The Happiest Place on Earth

Now, my Gold Key Photo goes on to the national level for judging.

For the second year in a row, I think that my silver key photos are better than gold, but the art community thinks else wise.

Remember, the 12 Photos of 2012 Poll is still open, so if you have not yet voted, there is plenty of time. It is a heated race this year, and I am surprised that there are no standout winners. There are seven contenders out of the twelve that could pull ahead with just a few more votes.

Keep the votes coming!
Spencer

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Outdoor Photos in Trois Rivieres, Quebec

Yesterday, I noticed that the hummingbirds were loving their feeder. I spent over an hour “on duty”, waiting for a great shot of the humming birds. They would not come!
I finally realized that I should use my Zeikos wireless remote to trigger the shutter on my camera. I set it up on a table, and magically enough, there was the hummingbird!

Here are some of the photos I took of those tiny little birds, which are some of my favorite photos that I have ever taken.

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I also took some great flower photos yesterday in our host’s garden.
Here you go: Enjoy!

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Comment to let me know which one is your favorite!
Have a great day, and enjoy the day off tomorrow!
Spencer

Views of Upstate New York and the Adirondacks

Now wouldn’t you think that someone with a travel blog would tell you when he is going to travel?
Well I didn’t say anything ahead of time, but here I am!
I am with my family, visiting some great friends of ours in Quebec. We are staying at their home right on the St. Lawrence River for the long Memorial Day Weekend. How Beautiful!

I will be sharing lots of photos, but today, I have some pictures from our 8 hour drive from the Hudson Valley, through the Real upstate New York, and into Quebec. I call the Adirondack region the real upstate New York because it is, contrary to the belief that upstate New York is anything north of New York City (including where we live, just an hour north of the city.)

Here you go: Enjoy!

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Taken out the window of our Moving Car.

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I was trying to focus my camera to get a great shot of the sunset in the mountains, but I ended up accidentally focusing in on the pollen on the car window. It made for a neat photo!

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Exposed Rock in the Adirondacks is like heaven for Earth Science people like me!

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This one is slightly blurry from the moving car, but I just love it!

Have a Great Day, and enjoy the Long Weekend!
Spencer