I woke up waiting for the runners from the Syracuse Half-Marathon to thunder down my block in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood for the third year in a row.
It’s become a happy day for Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle, my dear wife Karen and I.
On March 23, 2014, it was 16 F, but I ran out there to snap the 1,600 runners cover the hill in front of our Little Bitty and more of the course around our cherished house.
Today, just as cold. What’s up with that?
Come 9 a.m., I began to get a bit worried that I hadn’t heard or spotted any marshals coming down the street to place orange cones for the runners. I had given them a grace period because of the snow that had fallen overnight. Maybe they’d delayed the 8 a.m. start, I was thinking. But, that little nag …
I called up the event’s site. Clicked the course directions. They’d turned the runners a block above our hill. On went my jacket and Jets cap. I stuck my iPhone 6 into my jeans pocket and walked briskly up that hill.
As I reached the small knot of fans at the corner, I heard them exclaim that the first woman was streaming up the street toward us. I got her picture as they cheered enthusiastically.
One woman agreed with me that she was disappointed that they’d altered the course to turn before the steep hill to our right. One of the policemen said he’d heard that the race director toured the course last year, spotted the hill, and ordered the change for this switch.
I marveled at how the white snow, city neighborhood and determination of the runners to cover the 13.1 miles added to a great Syracuse scene, and took more pictures approaching, around, and down the side street.
That’s what the race director chose to cut out for the runners this year. Maybe they’d have wanted to tackle it.
Thank you, runners, for your efforts adding to my art. I hope your times and my city and street made a good match today.
And now to make this Post Two in my Black-and-White Challenge response to the tag from PriorHouse.
I chose this shot for black-and-white because of the sun spot in the top left corner made the color tones dark and moody.
A similar photograph in color made my quite happy. I wanted to see if it had the same effect in black-and-white.
My tag in the challenge on this one goes to Radical Rumblings, my new friend from Photo 101 from over by the Mersey.