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by Mark Stash

A Little Bit of Everything

As an artist, I’ve always been interested in birds, especially birds of prey. There’s something regal in their bearing. Scientists think they are descendants of dinosaurs, and I can certainly believe that when I look at their menacing eyes, always looking for prey. The snowy owl is one such bird, and although I’ve never captured one in paint on canvas, it’s on my list of things to do.
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2014 Photo Contest Winners

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2015 Children's Photo
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Cover: In winter, look for dramatic lighting
(here a setting sun) to create picturesque photos
like this one captured by photographer Derek Doeffinger in Perinton.

story and photos by Derek Doeffinger

Brrr. Cold feet, cold hands, even cold teeth plague me this time of year, and often drive me indoors sooner than I would like. Even worse, the cold can disable your camera by draining its battery of power or interfering with its mechanical movements, like the shutter. I’ll let you decide how to prepare yourself for the cold and I’ll focus on prepping your camera.
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Mark,
I want to mention how much I liked the sunflower farm article in the Summer 2014 Issue (“Fields of Gold” by Carol and Derek Doeffinger). You really have a knack for highlighting unique and interesting attractions in the region that I’m sure readers will make an effort to visit. The article and photos were

Bill Wingell

To submit a letter to the editor, please send an e-mail to or send to: Life in the Finger Lakes magazine - Letters, P.O. Box 1080, Geneva NY 14456
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Holiday/Winter 2014 Issue

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Winter 2009

Winters in Syracuse are known for being bleak and dreary. So on one glorious sunny Sunday in February, my brother Jim and I went out to Oneida Lake to walk on the ice. We had a trek to Frenchman’s Island in mind. From the boat launch at Oneida Shores Park, I was surprised to see what looked like a ... [click here to read more]

Laughter and Good Humor in a Finger Lakes Village
21st Annual Dickens Event in Skaneateles

by Tara Lynn
, photos courtesy Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce

Step back in time and enjoy the holidays the old-fashioned way with Dickens Christmas, an annual tradition in the Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles.
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Barreling Ahead

story and photos by Lisa Maria Rickman

Nothing says wine country like wine barrels, except perhaps for handmade wine bars crafted from refurbished ones. That’s exactly what Kevin and Jill Bailey thought when their daughter came to them requesting something to be used as the bar for her rustic-chic themed wedding.
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