Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hard frost...

Our city has received its first hard frost of the season.

And the dead flowers, show it....

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Built in 1870...

Yesterday I showed you a more recently built place. Modern, and not my favorite. Today, I show you a quick shot of one, built in 1870. I like this better. :-)

The beautiful Canfield Casino was built as a gambling casino in 1870. It is on the National Register Of Historic Places, and has been a museum since 1911. It is owned and maintained by the City of Saratoga Springs. This building was originally intended for gambling and elegant dining, but reformers closed it in 1907. Visitors to the museum can take a tour through time, as they see exhibits on three floors, displaying different aspects of Saratoga Springs history.

The History Museum has a web site... Click here and when there, select the category of "Canfield Casino Images," for 4 pics of inside.

Monday, October 29, 2007

"The City Center" building

Part of "The City Center" was showing, in a recent entry. The main focus of the picture in that entry, was the gathering of bikes. Mike commented that the building looking interesting too. So, I took a picture of it. :-)

"The City Center" was built more than 20 years ago, as a place for conventions and meetings and local events like proms and graduations, etc. It is not a place for sporting events.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

A *gentle* reminder... ,-)

A little reminder... Of what is coming... To some in the Northern Hemisphere.


My last Winter photos, of course...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Late afternoon, in the Park...

Late afternoon ~ One of the numerous ponds, in Congress Park ~ It's actually Autumn, as you can see from the leaves which have fallen into the water, and the reflection of a Maple tree, whose leaves have turned to red.

Please click on the picture, to see it larger...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pine needles and leaves...

Fallen leaves and pine needles, on steps in Congress Park...
Some answers to some questions asked... I probably missed some, but please ask again.
All the buildings I show {except those in Congress Park} are privately owned and maintained.
Our mineral spring water contains iron, sulfur and various other minerals. Each spring is different. Most just 'come up' but we have a real geyser. Which I will show someday. There are no hot springs here. And yes, they have been looked on as healing, ever since the native American Indians viewed them this way. And... I only know of one, which is ... drinkable for me. Eeek... ,-) But that doesn't stop people from drinking them, and from bathing in them, in the Bath Houses. {Where the water is heated, of course!} :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

A lovely old house...

Standing down in the natural bowl-shape of Congress Park.
Looking up to Circular St. Seeing one of the lovely old homes, which line this street.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Well... Here it is... That which is behind the No Trespassing signs!
There's no getting in. ,-)
It's fully enclosed with fence, gates and even a Gate Keeper. {The Gate Keeper's building is to the right, out of this picture}

It fully covers two large building lots, where years ago, older homes stood. {This is a recent building... they did not tear down the old homes!} But its size makes it look out of touch with the original old Victorian era houses, in the neighborhood.

Click on the above mosaic, to see a larger view.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Springs, on Maple Ave.

This is one of two springs, at the bottom of the stairs. There are lots of minerals in the water, which flows from our numerous springs. And I love the colors which are laid down, by the constantly flowing water.

Monday, October 22, 2007

"Keep Out"

That sign on the fence, is self-explanatory. I'll show you what the place looks like....
another day...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lotta' bikes in town...

There was some sort of a Bike Swap Meet at the City Center yesterday. The Meet was held inside. And the small side street was closed off, for parking of bikes. And display of them also. I'm sure some were for sale...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

'Sign' of the Season...

Yes, 'tis time to get Flu shots. Today, we got over to our doctor's office on the first day they are being offered. They had 3 lines for signing in. And 2 lines for the shots themselves. Very quick. I only got time to read a few opening pages of the book I brought along. ,-)

Do you get a Flu shot?

Friday, October 19, 2007

More... Looking up

And it looks like, some could use some work... But I still love these old row houses.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

What is at the top of the stairs...?

The other day I showed Stairs, from below. Today I show them, from above.

Click on photo, to enlarge

If you let your eye follow the logical route, you can see where the steps end... At those dark posts to the right, in this picture. And down below where they end {or where they begin, if looking from the bottom}, you can see something which looks like a white 'box.' It's not a 'box.' It's the small pavilion which has been built around one of our many Mineral Springs.

So, what else is at the top of this stairway? A city street and across the street, is a very, very old building, built in 1773. Which doesn't seem that old to people in other lands, but in "The New World," it is old. :-) Some time ago I did an entry on this building, with 5 photos on the inside. Since part of it's history was as an Inn... And since our Mineral Springs have long been sought out for their medicinal qualities... I imagine that this stairway was built on the site of the original path down to the Spring... from the Inn above. Where travelers would stay, when coming to the Spring.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


In this city, some people really do lots of decorating for Halloween! ^_^ Especially when they are lucky enough to own a big, old house. Which comes complete with ghost stories too!

Would you like to go "Trick or Treating" on Halloween, with me? I can show you how to get to this house. If you are brave enough to walk up the front steps and ring the door bell. ,-)

A typical view of Halloween. But I prefer the original view of Samhain. Which seems much nicer, to me.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you...

Thank you... Thank you... Thank you... Thank you Demosthenes. For allowing me to become a full fledged member of The Daily Photo Blog community. By being so much help to me, with the installing of necessary script, into my blog.

Here are 2 Virtual Reality Apple Pies for you. ,-) I would deliver Real Apple Pies to you, if it were at all possible. Believe me, I made these for-real. And I serve them, with sharp Cheddar Cheese wedges, on the side. Or if you prefer, with a scoop or two of Vanilla Ice Cream.

Repeat, thank you...

Monday, October 15, 2007


Back in January, these steps looked like this.

Blogger will be down later, for a bit, so I am posting Oct. 16th pic, now

Let's buy...

Are you perchance in need of a collection of some kind, to display?
Let's go buy some buttons.
Instant collection! ^_^

As always, click on photo for larger size

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Looking up

The upper sections of some old row houses, are quite lovely. This much attention to detail, isn't often given to buildings, today.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

"McMansion" drive entry

Friday, October 12, 2007



A couple of brighter places...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Another rather dark-looking house

A rather dark looking house, but not too dark. :-) With a pretty porch and a covered balcony.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The most interesting one..

And now we proceed down the street, by the side yard... Ooops, looks like Dracula's Castle is sort of deflated today. Maybe it didn't like the quick down-pour of rain yesterday.
Now we approach the front of the house...

And see the front windows...
Now the porch comes into view...

A close up of the porch... Would you like to approach this porch, on a dark Halloween night? -grin-
I don't think you can see the fake spier webs, which have been placed on the inside of these windows, below. Sorry... But I will get a few pics, after dark. I must! There is an old fashioned candelabra in the right hand window. I'll bet it's lit at night. And must give a really great effect! ,-)Especially since that is the room, where 'it' is supposed to have taken place...............

What 'it'? Well I will tell you....

The original owner of this house is supposed to have died in this front den. Which is fine.
But the lawyer who owned it, a couple of years ago, said that..... he wanted to keep one of the doors to this room closed. Maybe the one toward the front entry. {Yes, I've been in this house, at the time of an estate sale} Anyway, which door I don't know. But he closed it. And in the morning, it was open.

So he thought maybe the old house shifted at night or something, and it caused the door to swing open. So that night, he locked it shut, with the old key and lock on the door. But in the morning, it was again open.

So that night, he closed and locked the door again. Then locked the old key in a locked desk drawer, in the room. And went to bed. Next morning, the locked desk drawer had been flung across the room and had shattered. Thus freeing the door key. The door was open. With the key in the lock, of course.

After that, he gave up... If someone/something wanted it open, then open he would leave it.


Want to come 'Trick Or Treating' with me, Halloween night?????????


Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Stories, of my city...

And they have a blow-up Dracula's Castle in the yard, for the kids.

And no, this isn't the dark house I spoke of... That was another 'dark' house. But.... this one is kind of dark/weird looking too.

Anyway, one of the stories which goes with the house, on these grounds... One day the owner came home and heard noise up in the attic. Naturally he thought someone had gotten in, while he was away, so he called the police. {You're told to do that. Exit. Call police. Wait for the police to look around and see that all is ok.}

Police came. Heard noise in attic. They made sure no one would sneak out the back, while they investigated. Nope, no one up in attic. But... now there was sound coming from the cellar. Police investigated that, and no one was found. So they told the owner that it was clear, as far as they were concerned. Yes, they'd heard the noise. But no, they could not find a source. And so, it was beyond what they could do anything about. ,-)))))

An even better one, tomorrow.....


Monday, October 8, 2007

Some Halloween decorations...

The interesting thing about this place, with the cute decorations in the yard is...
that the house itself is said to be haunted. And these are not just 'old tales.'

Quite new tales of noises up in the attic... Which when investigated {by the police because the owner thought an intruder was in the house, when he returned home}, changed to noises down cellar. And of course, no one was in the attic.

And that's not the only story with is told....
More tomorrow... ,-)

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Saturday, October 6, 2007

I love this tiny house...

I love this tiny-from-the-front old house.

And look below... How close it was built, to the house on its right! You probably can't see how very close. But there are only inches between them. Not nearly enough for a person to get in there. So we have no idea how they paint that side. ???

But it's been there, for a long time!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Back to Balconies...

Thursday, October 4, 2007

October sunset...