The Sweet Sounds of Music

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51 Things Every Northern New Yorker Should Do

No matter a native, a transplant, a seasonal resident or a year-rounder, there is an endless supply of fun to be found in the north country.
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‘Canton Park Under January Sun’

BY Denny Morrale / Canton

BY Denny Morrale / Canton

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

SIZE: 40-by-60 inches

DATE: March 2013

Artist’s NOTES: “As the title suggests, the painting features Canton Park. The acrylic on canvas is presently on display in “The Parkview” in Canton above Blackbird Café. Café owners Kenneth M. and Katrina G. Hebb approached me last January about doing a series for the space. This piece was one of the first completed. Two others are on display with it, and several more are close to completion. The series will eventually feature about 12 paintings, each focusing on different aspects of the north country.”

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My NNY: ‘Moving target’

Tom Bruyere/ Ogdensburg

By Tom Bruyere/ Ogdensburg

Medium: Digital photograph

Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO 200, f/8, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 18-55mm lens

Date: May 2013

Photographer’s notes: “I used HDR to capture both the sky and the foreground with exposures of 1/60, 1/125, 1/250 sec at f8. The photo was done in late May from a moving boat while trolling for walleye near Crossover Island on the St. Lawrence River.”

‘Life-sized lighthouse’

Photo by Rebecca Walker/ Felts Mills

Medium: Digital photograph

Camera: Nikon D90, ISO 250, f/18, 1/500, 18mm, no flash

Date: July 30, 2013

Photographer’s Notes: “I took this at Pillar Point one evening a few weeks ago. The way the light was hitting the little lighthouse and the exposure I used almost makes it appear as a distant shot of a full-sized lighthouse.”

‘Whirring Windmills’

Artist: Brianna Siegrist, Lowville

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Photographer: Patrick Danforth/Evans Mills
: Digital photograph
Camera: Nikon D7000, ISO 200f/5.6 1/600 145mm
Date: Winter 2012
Photographer’s notes: Here is Max, a German shepherd, and Alyson. Max stayed with us at Click to Zen Canine Behavioral Services for training while his rescue searched for a foster home. He was going to be put to sleep in a shelter in Brooklyn. Here he enjoys pulling Alyson on a sled. He loved pulling people on skis, a kick sled and mountain boards. He eventually found a foster home and was adopted.
Editor’s note: Mr. Danforth’s photo won the 2013 Watertown Daily Times Cabin Fever Photo Contest in the outdoor recreation category.

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‘The path forward’

Photographer: Holly Boname, Watertown.
Digital photograph
Camera:  Apple iPhone
Date: December 2012
Photographer’s notes: I took a trip to Black Pond, just outside of Henderson. The road and path were not plowed and the snow was fresh with no footprints. While walking I was blown away at the brilliant sun shining through the trees and the untouched path in front of me.

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‘Ives Park gazebo’

'Ives Park gazebo,' oil on gesso board by Catherine LaPointe, Massena, 2009

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Catherine LaPointe, a 2010 Syracuse University graduate created this oil painting of Ives Park in Potsdam, with its great tree changing into autumnal colors. Ms. LaPointe specializes in book and editorial illustrations but also creates images in a variety of media, including watercolor, of scenes from throughout the north country like Higley Flow State Park, Colton, and the Raquette River in Massena.

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Submit your fall foliage photos to NNY Living

Photo by Justin Sorensen/NNY Living

Now that autumn has arrived, with cooler temperatures, leaves changing into brilliant hues of red and yellow and cozy sweaters coming out of storage, snapping a passing photo of the fall foliage is the new norm.

We want to see those snaps.

We will be featuring a compilation of submitted images of fall foliage and want to see your best shots. Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, pick your best photo from your leaf peeping adventure in September or October and email it to us at

Submission information:

  • Electronic submissions only by Oct. 31.
  • Submit a high resolution JPEG image via email to
  • For photographs, please include details about the camera equipment and settings used, when/where it was taken and a short description of the work.
  • All submissions should include the artist’s name and town/village of residence.
  • By submitting artwork, you agree to allow NNY Living magazine to use your work in print royalty free. You retain all rights to the photo submitted. NNY Living will credit each submission with the artist’s full name as provided.