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Old May 18, 2010, 10:09 AM   #1
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Default Aqua Terra County Park in Binghamton

I shot some landscape during sunset at Aqua Terra County Park. I knew nothing of the place other than what Google's satellite maps showed. It is about 8 miles south of Binghamton.

#1) Entrance to the park was via a wide gravel road -- sort of like an entrance to quarry.


#2) As soon as I parked my car, I saw this trail heading south and went for it.


#3) The sun was still high so I had time for a little exploration.


#4) I climbed up the mountain path you saw in #2. I saw this turn to my left and went there. There are many forks in the paths. I simply picked one randomly whenever I met one. I thought with all these paths, this park must be really popular among hikers. There has to be a clearing somewhere where the hiker is rewarded with a magnificent view. I felt excited.


#5) But I could not find a clearing. Sunset was approaching and I was still deep in the woods. At another fork I gave up and turned left, essentially going back down the mountain. I kept noticing track marks like these on the hiking trails.


#6) Back down to where I parked, I walked the opposite way north and saw this pond.


#7) Nice place to take pictures of the sunset, I thought.


#8) If I view it at an angle, it would even look 3D.


When I was done and back in my car bagging my gear, I heard loud motor running. I turned and saw an off-road ATV gunning down the gravel path and disappearing into the trail I just came out of.

So thatís what those track marks were. This park is not meant for hikers. It is an asylum for ATV lunatics. All of a sudden I felt foolish hiking there.



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Old May 18, 2010, 12:58 PM   #2
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this is a really nice set. #2 and #3 have a really nice ambiance to them. i think you could have made #2 even stronger with a crop off the bottom, make the rocks more of the foreground and take out the tire-ruts.
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Old May 18, 2010, 1:45 PM   #3
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Yes, I think the crop makes a vast improvement. Thanks, Hards80.

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Lovely pics.
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Old May 19, 2010, 3:50 PM   #5
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Thanks, Daniel!

I figured the series isn't complete without the ATV -- I wasn't able to take a picture of it -- so I photoshopped one in.

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hehehe nice job vv.
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Thanks, Bynx! The one I saw looked clunkier and -- I hope I don't offend anyone -- more rednecky like a miniature humvee with the driver sitting on the roof.
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