The Erie Canal was built across New York state from the Hudson River at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo (1817-1825). It opened up the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and was the second longest canal (363 miles) in the world at that time. Many locks were built to raise the canal over 600 feet and they needed aqueducts to cross streams. Over the years there have been many rebuilds and improvements. You have to remember that this was before any railroads were built and transportion was either on water or on land using horses or walking. In 2000, it was declared the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor and is now mostly used for recreational travel. If interested, here is a link to an extensive Wikipedia article. Erie Canal.
I grew up near Brockport, New York, only a few miles from the canal (above photos). My brother Ron took us on a few roads near the canal on the way to Spencerport. The scenery was spectacular at this time of the year.
The red leaves in a vine climbing the trees are poison oak, much like poison ivy which can give you a severe rash, but are a nice brilliant red color. The day was sunny but windy and hence only muted reflections.
There was a beautiful house across the canal with bright trees around it.
Click on the link below to see more views of the Erie Canal.
I like the brilliant red tree across the canal. Above are the poison oak vines up close. There are many bridges across the canal – some are high enough and others such as the one in Brockport are lift bridges and required some one to operate them.
I found a few good views near a bridge in Gasport, NY. in the last set of photos.