With the year wrapping up in a few days, it’s time to take a look at some of my favorite photos of 2013, featuring some of my favorite things – auto racing, baseball, gardens, and George Strait.
2013 and 2014 mark the end of the George Strait touring era – Buffalo was lucky enough to get King George with Martina McBride on the first leg of his Cowboy Rides Away tour. I’ve probably taken this picture of George at least 10 times (because I’ve seen him at least that many times!), but it’s still classic George.
The statue has been up for a little more than a year, but I didn’t get a chance to visit First Niagara Center in the daylight until a few weeks ago. The French Connection statue in Alumni Plaza commemorates the greatest line in Sabres history – Rene Robert, Gilbert Perreault and the late Rick Martin.
Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge has quickly become one of my favorite race tracks. I managed to snap this picture of Steve Kinser silhouetted in his hauler from the pit area grandstand – it was later pointed out (thanks Ro!) that Kerry Madsen can be seen in the foreground on top of his No. 29, fixing the wing of his sprint car.
I spent lots of money to get this picture! OK, the money was spent on a really fast lens that makes night-time racing photos much better. It was money well spent
Dad and I wandered to Oswego Speedway for the Race of Champions Modified race at the end of August, which was not only my first trip to the track, but my first time seeing the Supermodifieds in ages. Matt Hirschman won the race, and went on to win the championship in the RoC series.
I had the pleasure of representing Red Dirt Clay as a photographer for the Big Block Modified race at the Syracuse Mile during Super DIRT Week in Syracuse – an awesome experience! Check out my article and photo page.
2013 was the end of an era for my New York Yankees: two more members of the Core Four – pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera – retired from the game. Pettitte didn’t announce his retirement until later in the season, and went out as only a Yankee could: a complete game win in front of his home town of Houston (his first complete game in a number of seasons). Rivera announced his intentions before the season began, and was heralded around the league. I did get to see him one last time in Toronto in April – this is the quintessential image of “Mo” that I’ll always remember.
This is my sweet little hummingbird, which I’ve lovingly named Harriett over these many years (I don’t know if she’s the same one, but one always comes to visit! I’ve also read they’re territorial when it comes to food sources, so…). Normally I see Harriett perusing my cannas, but on this day she decided to take a break on one of my zinnias.
I finally got to visit Sonnenberg Gardens this summer – in spite of a rain storm which interrupted afternoon tea, the post-rain color and shadows in the garden was amazing.