Beautiful Buffalo in Photos, Part 2–Natural Landscapes

Continuing with our photo tour of the city of Buffalo, today we offer some landscapes from the natural world in an urban setting.

This shot was taken by Joseph M Verrastro in the city’s Tifft Nature Preserve, a reclaimed area minutes from downtown Buffalo:

An avid photographer of the natural environment, Verrastro also took this picture of wildflowers in front of the grain elevators of Republic Steel Company.

Those elevators loom large over the Buffalo River and have been the subject of many a local shutterbug. Here’s a different angle by the same photographer.

Course, like many of our cities, Buffalo has the natural advantage of being on the Great Lakes. These shots were submitted by Grechan Grobe.

Here’s another couple shots by the same photographer, blending industrial and natural.

This is a view of the Tonawanda Coke plant from Niagara River.

Thanks to Buffloians for sending photos and for being patient with me and my lack of expertise on the area. We are going to do one final installment in this series on houses and people with photos by Sean Brodfueher and Chuck Alaimo.



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8 responses to “Beautiful Buffalo in Photos, Part 2–Natural Landscapes

  1. Sean Posey

    Very nice work

  2. Special K

    Love those Lake shots!

  3. The grain elevators are one of the greatest collections of the various examples of this type of structure anywhere in the world. They were as famous in their day as buildings by Wright and Sullivan. Both Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier knew of these buildings from photos of them circulating in Europe. Anyone interested in Buffalo architecture should get a copy of “Buffalo Architecture: A Guide” published by MIT Press.

  4. tonyg

    the shot of Tonawanda coke missed the air and ground water violations of the clean water/ clean air laws….Their sister plant here in Erie has a $6.8 million dollar fine yet still continue to pollute. Both operations are rogue capitalist. Break the laws, defy the rules, refuse to pay the fines… and then tell everybody about the need to save 60 jobs.

    Loved the life bridge shot!

  5. sbrof

    Don’t forget about the Olmsted Parks in the landscape section!

    Delaware Park

    Delaware Park

    Delaware Park

  6. sbrof

    ^Woops!!!! The first is Delaware park, the second link is Cazenovia Park and the third is actually South park

  7. Erin

    FYI…that’s not Tonawanda Coke – it’s Huntley, a coal-burning power plant across the street from Tonawanda Coke.

  8. Tim

    Excellent pictures!! Thanks for sharing.

    Erin’s right about the last picture – it’s the Huntley Plant, part of National Grid. They burn coal and turn it into electricity.

    The one that looks like a crane (second last picture) is abandonned, but perhaps it was once part of Tonawanda Coke.

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