2014 Crazy Swede Polar Bear Swim

On Sunday, February 9th - The 7th Annual Matt Brink Memorial Crazy Swede Polar Bear Swim took place at the Viking Lake Park in Maple Springs, New York. Many crazy swedes in costumes generated donations from friends and family as encouragement to jump through a hole in the ice of Chautauqua Lake into about six foot of water. They raised funds over $1600 that will be used for the Children's Activity Fund.

A firemen from the Maple Springs Fire Department demonstrates the deadman float in a dry suit at the end of the swim.


Groundhog Day Chautauqua 

The morning of February 2, 2014 was just beautiful here in the Chautauqua Region. We had a recent snow fall the night before, a spring like snow where the snow is wet and heavy and clings to the trees. It was perfect snow for Groundhog Day. I was on the road early, off to shoot a sports assignment for the Jamestown Post Journal. The first photos where made down by Jamestown Community College (JCC). The next photo was made at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. On my way home I spotted two guys each with a kayak paddling up the Chautauqua Lake outlet by the Jamestown Boat Landing. 


Currier and Ives

The Currier and Ives Sleigh Rally at the Chautauqua Institution was held on Sunday, January 19, 2014. The weather was cold and windy and people came out to ride around Chautauqua Institution on horse draw wagons. Many members of the Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System competed during the day. 


Chautauqua Theater Highlight 2013

As the year 2013 closes I have been looking through some of the images I made while working for Chautauqua Institution, The Post Journal and my personal projects. My favorite for the year were the photographs I made of Marin Hinkle for Chautauqua Institution while documenting the play Claybourne Park. Marin’s ability to change expressions, on her face and body was spectacular. Marin played Judith Harper on the popular sitcom Two and a Half Men.







Hot Air Balloons

Hot Air Balloons are a common sight around Chautauqua County. Just about any early morning or evening when the wind is calm you can see a Hot Air Balloon in the skies.