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d0243In New York state there’s a lot of tradition, from homes of Presidents to sites where famous battles broke out to well, a bunch of things to even mention. Being a fan of history, it’s one of the pluses about living in this area. But out of all the history there’s this one thing that takes the cake if you will and that’s the Erie Canal.

In between the years of 1817 to 1825, a huge operation was under way to connect Albany and Buffalo. This being the era in which heavy machines weren’t as abundant as they are now this was difficult. Especially seeing this wasn’t geared to be a simple road, even if they were simple then, but it would be a waterway.

Three hundred and sixty-three miles later and the longest and greatest public works program ever was finished. As ships traveled up and down a man made waterway to bring goods and people easier to new towns and places that they would have never been able to get to.

Today that sounds insane, because we have airplanes, and cars and trains and well, insane amount of technology. So in honor to pay homage, as little as this may be, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has this photo challenge. And well, I’m going to participate in it.

After learning about this, I decided to head right out to the Erie Canal, so I headed over to Lock 7 located in Niskayuna which for those not aware of that town it’s basically Schenectady. This is where the Mohawk River and Erie Canal intertwine if you will, as they become one for a little bit.

I did a little walk around with both of my lenses and I think I captured some nice things. I’m going to start a slow rank of my favorites and hope that when it gets closer to the date where I have to submit that you will help me vote for the best. Well, unless you’re competing against me.

Take a look at my photos.