Photographs of Rochester and the Finger Lakes by Mary E. Shelsby
  • All Alone

    The magic of rural sunrises is the quiet. Or should I say human quietness. The birds were chirping and the woodpeckers were pecking and except for nature I was all alone. This shot was taken on Johnson Road in Geneva.

  • Ride Home

    Amish boys along a country road near Penn Yan, NY.

  • County Government

    Monroe County Office Building in Rochester, NY

  • Moon Setting Over Rochester

    February 2015 was the coldest month in Rochester's recorded history but it made for some beautiful landscapes as the water froze and snow collected on it. This was taken in downtown Rochester as I waited (and shivered) for the sunrise.

  • Pure

    Statue of Mary and the baby Jesus on the grounds of the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, NY, just south of Geneseo.

  • Rochester Icons

    The Times Square Building (right) is the eighth tallest building in Rochester. Attop it are four aluminum wings 42 feet high, known as the "Wings of Progress", each weighing 12,000 pounds. The Mercury statue sits atop the Aqueduct Building. It is 21 feet tall and was created in 1881. These structures are among the most distinctive features of the Rochester skyline.

  • Ford Street Bridge

    The Ford Street Bridge over the Genesee River

  • Beebe Power Plant

    An out-of-service power plant located down the river from High Falls, Beebe Station was used to produce power as early as the early 1900's, and was shut down by RG&E in 1999.

  • February Morning

    Early morning Rochester from the Broad Street Bridge, looking south onto the Court Street Bridge.

  • The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse is located in the former Village of Charlotte (at the Port of Rochester, NY). The Tower is 40 feet high with an additional 12 feet of height for the lantern room. There are 42 steps and then an 11 rung ladder that takes you into the lantern room.

  • Frozen Pier

    Lake Ontario is deep enough and far enough south that it rarely freezes over, but lovely ice formation form along the shore and piers. This shot was taken at the pier in Webster Park.

  • Ride Down the Pier

    A biker takes a ride down the Charlotte Pier on a mild winter day.

  • Village Gate - Haven for Coolness

    Village Gate, located on N. Goodman Street, has a great collection of small businesses, shops and restaurants, as well as a great collection of public art. It's a great place to visit, even if you aren't hungry.

  • Pat Lake

    Pat Lake in Durand Eastman Park.

  • West Webster Morning Bayside

    Early fall morning on Irondequoit Bay in West Webster.

  • A tugboat called Urger visited Fairport, via the Erie Canal, in September of 2014. I was lucky enough to be invited inside and photographed Fairport from behind the captain's wheel.

  • Fairport Brewing

    Fairport Brewing Co, located in the Village of Fairport, is a farm brewery that uses mostly local ingredients to make classic brews.

  • Pittsford Town Hall

    Pittsford Town Hall, located on Main Street in the Village of Pittsford, New York.

  • Brew House

    A destination for both tourist and locals, the Genesee Brew house was transformed from a century-old packaging center to a muesum, gift shop, pilot brewery and pub-style restaurant. It also provides spectacular views of Rochester's High Falls.

  • Washaway Beach

    Washaway Beach is located on the Washington State Coast. It got its name because it is slowly but surly being washed away.

  • Downtown Seattle at night.

  • The Mastin Homestead barn in Honeoye, New York.

  • Erie Canal Christmas

    Schoen Place, taken from the Main Street Bridge in Pittsford, NY.

  • Sailor's Warning at Irondequoit Inlet

    Very early morning at the inlet to Irondequoit Bay.

  • Harvest Time

    Beautiful farm located just outside of Penn Yan, New York.

  • Something about red barns, white fences and autumn sunsets that I find simply irresistible. This was taken during a drive home from Honeoye, NY

  • Eastman School of Music

    The lobby of the Eastman School of Music , one of the many Architecture treasures of Rochester, NY

  • Freddy-Sue Sun Rise

    An icon for Rochester, NY, the Frederick Douglas - Susan B. Anthony Bridge which spans the Genseee River at dawn.

  • Eastman School of Music

    The lobby of the Eastman School of Music , one of the many Architecture treasures of Rochester, NY

  • Waiting

    Cranberry Pond in Greece, NY still had a covering of ice in April 2014.

  • Olcott Light

    The Olcott Lighthouse was built in 2003 and was built to reprecate photographs of the originial Olcott Lighthouse the was dismantled in 1963.

  • Winter Skyline

    Rochester rooftops as seen from the top floor of the South Avenue Garage

  • Busy Winter Sceen

    Less than 5 hours after the blizzard warning was lifted, Rochester's city streets were active and almost back to normal. Take March 13, 2014.

  • Deep Freeze at Niagara Falls

    While there were many reports that Niagara Falls had frozen over during the winter of 2013-2014, there was still a lot of water moving on the morning of March 6, 2014 when temperatures reached a low of -4 F.

  • Snow Covered Hay

    Snow covers hay bails at a Fairport, NY farm.

  • Ice at Pt Breeze

    Ice built-up at the channel markers at Pt. Breeze, next to the Oak Orchard Lighthouse.

  • Oak Orchard Replica Lighthouse

    The originial Oak Orchard Lighthouse, located at the end of a pier in Point Breeze, NY, washed away during a storm on December 23, 1916. Local residents built a replica lighthouse in 2010 that now serves as a museum.

  • Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse

    Located 30 miles east of the Niagara River, this lighthouse was named Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse. It is located in Golden Hill State Park on Lake Ontario in NY. Today, the lighthouse is open for tours and guests can even stay overnight in the assistant keeper's quarters.

  • Saugerties Lighthouse

    The current Saugerties Lighthouse was built in 1867-1869 but is currently a bed and breakfast. It is best photographed from the water.

  • Sunrise at Wickford Harbor

    First light at the picturesque harbor in wickford, RI

  • Posing for Photos at Beavertail

    The southernmost part of Conanicut Island is known as Beavertail, for its shape on the map. This rocky, windswept point looks south to the open Atlantic Ocean and separates the East and West Passages of Narragansett Bay. The Beavertail Lighthouse was built in 1856 and it is still in active use.

  • Beavertail Lighthouse

    The southernmost part of Conanicut Island is known as Beavertail, for its shape on the map. This rocky, windswept point looks south to the open Atlantic Ocean and separates the East and West Passages of Narragansett Bay. The lighthouse was built in 1856 and is an active lighthouse.

  • Beavertail (Rhode Island) State Park

    The southernmost part of Conanicut Island in Rhode Island is known as Beavertail, for its shape on the map. This rocky, windswept point looks south to the open Atlantic Ocean and separates the East and West Passages of Narragansett Bay. It is the site of the Beavertail Lighthouse.

  • Irondequoit Bay Small Boat Harbor

    Winter snow and ice cover a popular Lake Ontario Beach, located in a small park next to the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge.

  • January Sunrise

    There is one nice thing about a January sunrise. You don't need to work about people in your landscape shot. This frozen view of the Canandaigua Boat Houses was taken in sub-zero temperatures.