Row, Row, Row Your Boat

I've lived here for years and seen the Princeton University boat racing team practice on the lake. They compete against other college teams in the spring. I always wanted to take photos, but never remembered to. This time, I planned ahead.

I have been fortunate to call Montgomery Township, situated on the border of Princeton University, my home for over two decades. My small home is a hop, skip, and jump from Carnegie Lake, a manufactured lake constructed in 1906 by the philanthropist and industrialist Andrew Carnegie. The lake serves as the training ground for the University's rowing teams. Living in such proximity to Princeton University's Lake Carnegie is truly a privilege.

I have lived in the area for decades and have often noticed the Princeton University boat racing team practising on the lake. They race against other college teams in the spring, and I always intended to photograph the races. However, I regretfully admit that I never managed to put the event on my calendar, and I would always lament that I had missed it again.

I remembered the event this year and checked the date and times on the Princeton University sports calendar. I added the events to my calendar and planned ahead for parking. I knew that the northwestern side of Carnegie Lake would fill up quickly, so I decided to use a different approach. I knew that the southeastern side of the lake was accessible by foot or bike from the parking lot at Kingston Lock. I parked my car near the Kingston Millhouse and walked along the Delaware & Raritan Canal Park trail until I found a clearing across from the Princeton University boat launch. It was a convenient and efficient way to attend the event.

The crowds were gathered on the opposite side of the lake, cheering for their respective teams: Princeton University, Yale, and Cornell. Although I couldn't see the beginning of the races, I had a clear view of the boat launch house, the finish line, and the Kingston Millhouse at the far end of the lake.

As I snapped photos, a graduating senior from Princeton University zipped up on his bike from the trail's south end and popped a chair down. We chatted about the upcoming races, the Princeton University team, and his exciting plans for the future.

From what I observed, the men's heavyweight teams from Princeton University placed second in all the races, while the women's teams from the same university won the majority of the races.

Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
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Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
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Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
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Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR
Saturday 22 April 2023 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Water skimmer

Water striders ...commonly known as water striders, water bugs, magic bugs, pond skaters, skaters, skimmers, water scooters, water skaters, water skeeters, water skimmers... use the high surface tension of water and long, hydrophobic legs to help them stay above water. Water molecules are polar and this causes them to attract to each other. The attractive nature results in the formation of a film-like layer at the top of the water. This top layer has gravity acting downward in addition to the water molecules below pulling down the upper molecules. This combination creates a touch surface tension. ~ Wikipedia

I had planned to get up early in the morning and get some bracketed shots of the Princeton Boathouse, at the eastern end of campus, at the edge of Lake Carnegie. I had hoped to use the bracket images to create an HDR image. I think I got up a little too late. None of the HDR images is very pleasing. I did, however, catch some rowers out for practice and my wife and I agree that this shot was better than any of the HDR images.