SOME EARLY SIGNS OF FALL

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Thought that I’d go up to the Distilling Basin just to see how good the colors were getting at this time.  I was somewhat surprised to see that there was not much color.  Just a little bit here and there.  I think that I’m a bit too early.  Usually, this area is ablaze with color.  Reds, Green, Yellows, and Brown are here when the time is right.  Guess Mother Nature is telling me to just wait a bit.

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There is nothing here on the ground but mounds of Coal dirt from the river when it was dredged many years ago.  The bottom of your shoes get’s black from the dirt.

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Years ago, this “Pond” was never here.  It has formed over a number of years from all the rain and snow we have had in the past.  It’s not deep.  Maybe about 6 or 7 inches of water at places.  One thing I noticed is that the water is so nice and clear.  Nothing to make it dirty looking.  Since this is a Historic area, the Hamburg Society keeps watch over it.  Thank goodness for that.

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We used to call these, “Cat-o-nine” Tails.  Don’t know why, and never did.  They were fun to play with or use as a torch.  To get this Image, I had to climb down a steep embankment that was on the very edge of the marsh where they were growing.  My foot sliped, and then fell into some darn “stickers”  I was covered with them on my left side.  They were a nucience to get off!  Even got a wet foot!

These Images where taken with my Pentax K10d using my fairly new Rokinon 2.8/14mm Lens and a Monapod.  I’m not so sure if I like this Lens, quite yet.  It’s all manual to operate.  There is no Auto Focus or Zoom to it.  I guess I have to use it more and get used to it.

 

Thank You.

AN OLD NAVY BUDDY

For a few weeks now, I have re-connected with an ole’ Navy buddy that I was over in Nam with and we were both aboard the same Destroyer in the Navy for just over 2 years.  I have been talking to him over the cell phone and texting back and forth.  He enformed me that he was going to be down at the Carlisle Fairgrounds for a very large car show where more than 8,000 vendors come in to display their products.  The show lasts until this Saturday.  So, since Carlisle is not that far away from me, I told him that I’d meet him there.  I have not seen John in more than 50 yrs.

So, with that in mind, yesterday morning I took a road trip down to Carlisle to see someone that I’ve not seen in so long.  Carlisle is about a 2 hr. drive from here.  I knew where is was, but not exactly.  Carlisle is located just below Harrisburg, PA.  I’ve passed by it a number of times but never knew there was a Fairgrounds there.  It’s a straight drive South on I-81. Get off the RT11 exit, travel about 3.5 miles and the Fairground is on your right.

Once there I had to locate a parking space!  This place is huge!  Bigger than what I thought.  I had thought in my mind’s eye that it would be just a few acres of tents and cars, but I was totally wrong!  There were tents and displays as far as you could see!  Lots and lot’s of products for your car.  Anything you could possibility want, you could find here.  Found a parking space that cost me $10.00 and then had to pay $10.00 to enter the Fairgrounds!  Did not expect that!

After entering the Show area, I called John to let him know I had arrived.  He told me how to get where he was.  After walking around, I finally met John after more than 50 yrs. have passed by.

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Here is John that I haven’t seen in so long!  He has changed quite a bit, but I could tell it was him.  We both have gotten older, but allot wiser.  We had a good greeting and then started talking about our Lives up to now and where time has gone so fast.  We remembered old times aboard ship and all the crazy things we used to do just for the fun of it all.  From throwing coke cans at the Chinese Boarder Guards and giving them the “bird” until the US Marines chased us out of the area, to the times in Sydney, Austrailia, and Auckland, New Zealand,  NGFS (Naval Gunfire Support), Japan, Okinawa, and Pearl Harbor.  We had a nice long chat.  It was good to see and talk again with a long time friend.  John lives in Niagra Falls, NY where he has been most of his life.  Divorced once, but now re-married.  Wife is in a Nursing Home.  He lives alone.  Worked for a Chemical Company for 34 yrs. before retiring.  He is about 11 min. away from the famous Niagara Falls.

Then came time for me to hit the road for the drive back home.  I enjoyed my trip to see him.  We will still chat back and forth.  Maybe next year, I’ll meet up with him again if we both survive!

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A 1932 Ford that I shot at the show.  Restored back to its original condition and a brand new paint job.  She was a real beauty to see.

Thank you.

TRAILS OF HISTORY.

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This is the famous Independence Hall located in Historic Philadelphia, PA.

Inside this Historic structure is where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776.

This structure is one of the most favored places to visit.  Tickets must be purchased to see the area, where the Declaration was signed, that has been restored back to it’s orginial look.  When I shot this Image it was early morning before it was open.  Not many people were here.  This was a good time to capture a Image.  By the time I was ready to leave, the area was filled with hundreds of people.  The Park Rangers are kept busy all the time.

Security around here is very tight.  Just in front of me, and out of the Image, was a fence that had a sign on it that said “No admittence without a ticket”!  You should not go beyond it, or you’ll be stopped.  No firearms.  Bags can and will be checked before entering the area.  Police are everywhere.  Security camera’s are watching every move!

One of the things I like to do, is just sit and watch people do what they do.  Sit and watch the world go by.  People are here from all over.  Different cultures and nationally come here to see this.  I have observed that most visitors obey the signs that tell what you can do and what you should not.  However, there are some who just don’t care and do what they want.  Not good, in my opinion.  Rules here are done for a reason.  People throw trash on the ground, and don’t take time to throw it into bins placed around the area.  I hate seeing that.  If caught doing so, you might be fined.

Thank you.

LAMP LIGHTER

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Dessed in the cloths of that day & era, this guide was explaining how the Lamps worked back in the 1700’s.  In that time there was no electric.  Everything was done by candle light.  Each pole had 1 candle in it to light the way.  Each candle had to be lit every evening by someone that carried a Master candle.  Thus came the name of Lamp Lighter.

Thank you.

RETURN TO HISTORY.

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For the 1st time in a few days, we had some nice sunny weather, so I grabbed my camera gear and headed down to a favorite place in the city of Philadelphia that I like to go to.  Independence Park, the Birthplace of our Nation, has so very much to offer and see.  You can spend a whole day here going in and out of all the Historic buildings that have been preserved by the National Park Service.

This is Congress Hall.  Located in Independence Park on 6th & Market St. it served as the Seat of the US Congress from December 6th, 1790 to May 14th, 1800.  It ratified the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution in 1793.  It also oversaw the Inaugurations of our 1st President, George Washington and our 2nd President, John Adams.

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Inside Congress Hall on the 2nd Floor is where most of our Nation’s business was taken care of.  Brought back to its original look by the National Park Service, this is what it looked like in its day.  Of course, there were no electric lights at the time.  Everything was done by candle light & day light.  The carpet is not an original.  It is a reproduction of what it was.

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During my “walk about” in the Park, I came across this fella dressed in the ware of Colonial Days, playing a Mountain Dulcimer, that I have heard before.  The Mountain Dulcimer has a very soothing, interesting sound to it.  Almost sounding like a Harp, but really isn’t.  This man could play it very well.  He made it look so easy to do.  The music that came out of this instrument was so pleasant to listen to.  I watched & listened to him play for about 15 min.  Then asked him if I could take his Image.  I thanked him and moved on.

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This is just a part of Independence Park.  Here you’re looking down the open area with the Visitor Center on the right and Independence Hall in the center.  The Visitor Center is where the original Liberty Bell is located, but I didn’t go in there.  Just too many people!

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Located right next to Independence Hall is the Congress Library that is now a gift store.

I enjoyed my 2nd visit here.  There is much to see.  Lot’s of walking.  In fact, I walked around so much that my legs started getting sore & stiff.  I then returned to my car for the return drive home.

Thank you.

THE HENRY PIPER HOUSE

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A little more than 2 months ago, I had made a road trip down to the Antietam National Battlefield Park in Maryland.  It’s about a 4 hr. trip down there for me.  I left the house around 6 am and hit the road for a somewhat long drive for me.  Of course, I had most all my camera gear in anticipation of what I might see or find.  One of the Historic places I wanted to see was the Henry Piper House that saw much of the bloody fighting that took place during the Civil War.

Arriving at the Battlefield, I went right into the Visitor Center where I could find something cool to drink and use the bathroom.  Got me a nice cold bottle of Lemon Soda Water to quench my thirst.  After snooping around a bit, I headed out to the car to start my Tour of the Battlefield.

I stopped at some of the Historic places where fighting took place and to read the Historic Plaques placed there by the Park Service.  The road around the Battlefield is only one way around.  No 2-way traffic is allowed.  Of course, there were lot’s of other people there and one of them was an Elementry School group in 2 bus’s that seemed to be doggin’ my every move.  Trying to take some Images with a bunch of yappin’ kids getting in the way of everything,  is a challenge!  They don’t care if they walk in front of my camera & tripod one bit.  Finally the Teacher’s came and saved me.  Told the kids to stay away from the camera & me.

So movin’ on I toured the rest of the Battlefield, leaving the school bus’s behind me.  In my return to the Visitor Center, I happen to notice a “lane” leading down to what I thought was the Piper Farm, but was not sure.  I saw this in going by it, so I had to swing around and go back.  Turning down the lane something was telling me I should not be here.  Sure enough, I was right.  I noticed a big sign that, stated “NO ENTRY. AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY.”  Oops!  didn’t know that.  I stopped right away.  Did not want to get a nasty fine.  Left and went back to the Visitor Center to ask why it’s closed like that.  I was told that the Piper Farm is owned by the Park Service, but is rented out to a private couple.  Ok.  Now, I know.  The people that live in the Historic House do not want all kinds of people tromping around the property!  Can’t blame them for that.  So, with that, I headed back out to Sharpsburg.  That’s another story.

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What I had to do is go on the Internet to show you what the place looked like.  The above Image is just as I saw.  It’s the Piper Barn that was used as a make shift Hospital during the heavy fighting here.  When I was here, I stopped the car just in back where you see the Lane curve around a bit.  The sign is just behind the Barn.

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This is another Image of the Piper Farm, but it now shows the Slave Quarters.  Henry Piper owned 6 slaves at the time of the fight.  They were all set free!!

“I entered the yard, which was covered with bloody clothing, straw, feathers, and everything that was disgusting,” the daughter of Henry Piper wrote to a friend in Ohio. “I went up the steps and opened the dining room door and was thunderstruck. Great Heaven! What a sight met my gaze. The room was full of dead men! Pools of blood were standing on the floor.”

During and after the horrible fighting that took place here, one can only Imagine what it must have been like.  Now, the area is quiet.  No sound that I heard.  The ground here must have been littered with dead & dying soldiers from both sides.  What I wonder, is with all the monuments being torn down from Civil War Sites, are these buildings going to have the same fate?  I don’t think so!  This area is Hallowed Ground!

Thank You.

ON THE TRAIL OF HISTORY

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Located in Lebanon County, the Cornwall Iron Furnace was built in 1742 and stayed in operation until 1883.  Now a museum for everyone to Tour and see how Iron was made long ago.

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Called a Abattoir, this Gothic Revival structure served as a smoke house and butcher shop for the Cornwall Iron Estate.

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This was the Iron Masters home.  Now used as apartments.

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In 1875 this was the Paymasters Office for the Iron Furnace.  Now used as a Art Studio.

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The Manager’s Office & Home.  The Furnace Manager was ranked 2nd in command to the Owner.  After 1916, Bethlehem Steel also used this building as it’s Cornwall Office.

Thank you.

THEN & NOW

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Hello there, my followers.  In relation to my last Post on Port Clinton Ave. I had stated that I’d go back up there and try to shoot a Image like the one above on how it looks today.  Well, I did do just that, but found that this Image would have been impossible to re-shoot.  The place where this was taken is so very over-grown with trees that their was no way to get it.  So, I did the next best thing.  The Images below are from where the Red Dot’s are placed.  It is way different than 200 yrs. ago.

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This is what the TowPath looks like today, with the old Canal off to the left and the River to the right.

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Looking into the old Lock #30.  Summer is a bad time to see what remains, because it get’s so over-grown.  Winter time is better.

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This is the modern day Image of Port Clinton Ave.  The Lock & Canal are off to the left.  The road is almost the same as it was.  Just macadam, now, and not a dirt road.

As always,

Thank you.

INFRARED PARK

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Taken in IR at the Heritage Center.  Sorry for the Lens Flair.  Just did not see it until I was processing the Image.

Since I don’t have a camera that is converted to IR I use a Hoya R72 720nm screw on filter.  Take the Image and convert it to B&W.  I then have to change the sky to color as best I can.  Seems to work, but not as good as a converted camera.

As always,

Thank You.

CLASSIC CAR

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Happen to stop by a business yesterday and could not help to notice this fully restored Cadillac.  I’m not quite sure what year this is.  Maybe a 1969 or earlier model.  It was a real beauty to see.

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I’m guessing this is a Cadillac Seville, but just don’t know.  Cars like this will never be built again, like these.  Today’s cars have too much plastic.  Cheaper to make, but will never last as long as cars from the 60’s.  I remember cars like these.  Takes me back in time to when Life was so much more simple.

Thank you, as always.

Les

HISTORIC WAGON

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This past Sunday, I made another trip back up to Hamburg to see if the Historical Society was open this time.  Before I had stopped by and it was closed, but it stated that it was open every Sunday from 1 – 4 pm.  Why no one was there, I didn’t know at the time.

So, this time it was open, which made me happy.  Didn’t want to go there again and find it closed.  Grabbing my camera I went inside and was very cheerfully greeted by 2 people.  Found out they were the owners of the Society.  Very nice people to talk with.  I had told them about my younger day’s growing up in Hamburg and what I had remembered from long ago.  I also mentioned to them that most of my Family was from Hamburg and they all served in the Armed Forces during WWII.  The conversation then went on to all the places I knew but were not there anymore.  The old Union Canal, Berkey Underwear, Haun Motors, etc.  They stated to me that they had a old original “Husker Wagon” that was housed in a separate building.  Humm  .  .  .  that’s interesting.  I asked if I could see it.  My wish was granted.

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With my camera in tow, I was led into a very small building.  There in front of me was what I saw with the camera.  This old “Huskster Wagon” dates back to around 1903, when it was pulled along in the streets of Hamburg selling produce of all kinds.  This was long before refrigeration and ways of keeping food cold.  Pulled along by 2 Horses, the Huskster would travel the streets all day long until most of his merchandise was sold.

The paint has faded over time and the wooden wheels are in need of repair.  Notice the long handle brake to keep the wagon from drifting.  The Historical Society would like to restore this Historic piece of History, but money is hard to come by since most of it comes from donations.

It would be nice to once again see History in the streets again from long ago.

Thank You.

FISHING BOAT IN B&W

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Doing more practice with my Lens Ball.  I seem to like this version in B&W even though it should be turned right side up.  Using my PSPX8 program I can easily turn it to show the small fishing boat behind the Lens Ball.  However, by doing that, it can sometimes cause problems.  I’m always trying to do better.

 

Thank You.

RE-CLAIM THE LAND

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Yesterday was darn HOT and sticky, but I decided to take a trip back up to the Coal Mining Town of St. Clair to see if my “free shooting range” was still there.  It was there, but across the road was a different story.

The last time I was up here the Bulldozers, Yukes, Earth Movers, and Dump trucks were just starting to dig out a old “Strippie Mine” that was left over from the early 1900’s.  It has been a on-going project to re-claim the land that has been wasted for so many years.  The above Image is just one of what I was greeted with.  It’s one heck of a big hole in the ground that has been dug out to make way for a landfill.  Look down at the red truck to see how deep it was.

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A Komatsu D850 Bulldozer in action leveling out the ground.  This “dozer” is huge!

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It’s broken!  One of the “Yutes” has a broken wheel.  The tires on these huge machines can cost over $5,000.00 a piece!

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Enter the “Rock Crusher”  Again, another huge machine that crushed large rocks & shale into much smaller chunks that are then used for other applications.  It was started up while I was standing here.  It made one heck of a lot of noise!  Created a lot of dust, also.  I didn’t hang around very long!!

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This is a deep trench that was dug out to install a Water Line.  It will be a big one!

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I know, your asking “What’s this?”  I shot this Image of the Shale Layers that are all over this empty Land.  It’s just full of it.  There seem’s to be no good soil here.  Just rock & shale.  Wonder why that is?  I’m sure that a Geologist would know.

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Worn out tires!  These kind of tires for the Yukes are used till they start falling apart.

You can never tell what you might run into when the back roads in the Coal Region are explored.

Thank you.

IRON STOVE

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Do you remember these?  No longer are they seen at the end of a train.  Why this has happened I don’t know.  The Caboose was once a train car that was always on the back end of the train.  In the early day’s, and later it was used to house sleeping area’s, cook, and a place to stay for the train crew.

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If you may have noticed there always was a “stack” on one side of the Caboose.  The above Image is what the “stack” was usually attached to.  A Iron Stove.  Iron Stove’s were used to keep the Caboose warm on cold winter trip’s and also for cooking a meal.  Most of the time coal or wood was used to fire the stove.  More often coal.  The heat lasted longer than wood.  Photographed at the Historic Train Museum in Hamburg.

Thank you.

CRYSTAL BALL

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This afternoon the weather was just as good as it has been for the past 5 day’s.  Nice, sunny, warm, and with plenty of blue sky.  It is a total welcome change from all the rain, cold, windy, and cloudy weather we have had.

Anyway, I started admiring just how Blue the sky was and thought I’d try and get my Clear Lens Ball and do some practice with it.  Had to set up my Tripod and place the camera on it and hold the Ball in the other.  Set the camera for a 10 sec. delay, so I had a bit of time to get the right position.  This was my 1st shot.  The Clear Ball is 3 in. in Diameter and a bit heavy to hold with just one hand, and keep it steady!

I took this with my Nikon Coolpix P600.  It is a great little camera that can be used for things like this.  I’m going to be playing with this more and see what else I can come up with.

Thank you.

FIX-IT!

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Hello to my fellow Bloggers, again.

There is something here that I’ve always been wanting to know about.  I have this exact program to keep my Computer Laptop working good.  I have to pay a yearly subscription to keep this for each year.  It cost’s about $14.00 a year to use.  It’s not too bad.  Seems that it works well, but what I want to know does it really do what it say’s?

There are many different types of Software like this out on the market to purchase.   How do you know who is best and who is no good?  In the number of years I’ve had this program I have only had 1 or two problems with this system.  Guess that it’s bound to happen at one time or another.

This program states that it will Optimize your System, get rid of un-wanted files, speed up your Internet, and lot’s of other things that are too many to mention.  I seem to be pleased with what it does, but I’ll always have some doubt.  What do some of you out there have?  Are you happy with it?

Thank you.

HISTORIC HAMBURG, AGAIN!

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Hello again my bloggers out there.  I’m up here in Historic Hamburg again with my trusty Pentax camera, as always.  This time I wanted to stop by the Historical Society to see what was in here and also ask some questions on places that I remember that were here long ago, but are not any longer.  Since I’ve never been in this place I wanted to see what was inside and “snoop around” a bit.

The sign on the door stated that the Museum opens on Sunday’s at 1:00 p.m. and close’s at 4:00 p.m.  Ok, that’s fine with me.  I’m here a bit early, so I’ll just hang around and wait.  It was such a nice day, so I could walk around a bit.  Well, 1:00 came around and the place was still closed.  I thought I’d give it some time.  1:15 came around, but no one there.  Humm  .  .  .  what’s going on here?  1:30 came and still not open!  Not happy here.  There was no sign stating that it would be closed today.  I waited another 10 min. and still no one opened the door!  I left in disgust! Made a trip up here to see it for nothing!  I will try again.

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Well, all was not lost.  Walked around the side of the building and found this Roll Of Honor of people that served during WWII that are from Hamburg.  I had no idea this was here.  Lot’s of names here.  Started looking thru all the names listed and to my surprise 4 of my Family were on this list!  I was surprised!

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The names you see above are all part of my Family that is under-lined in white.  My Mother was Dorothy J. Johnson who served in the WAC during WWII.  Clyde H. Johnson, Joseph S. Johnson, and Robert L. Johnson all were Navy Chiefs.  However, they missed one and that is Richard H. Johnson, also a Navy Chief.  These people were my Mothers Brothers.  So, now you see what a Military background I have.  They are all gone now, but it was nice to see this and remember.

Thank you.

 

IT WAS DARN HOT!

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I’m getting a bit better using my Lightroom CC.  With the different functions to use, I can make my Image look like true IR.  I like the cool effect on the water with the white trees.

When I shot this Image yesterday, it was very hot & humid.  Temp. was around 105 deg.  Sweat was running down my face and on to the camera.  It was a bit hard to breath.  I can take heat, but not for long periods of time.  I tend to wear out!  I’ve worked in heat most of my Life.  Employed in a Machine Shop for 30 yrs. I sorta got used to it.  Now, that I’m much older, I can’t stand it for long anymore.

Thank you.

COMPUTER CRASH

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About 2 day’s ago I was writing a comment to a friend of mine on Facebook when all of a sudden my Laptop screen went totally blank!!  I sat here thinking “Oh Crap.  What went wrong now?”  I had no idea what happened.  I was dumb founded on what just happened.  I had no clue.

I sat here and thought to try and shut it off and let it re-boot itself.  OK, let’s try that.  I shut it down, waited a few minutes, then turn it back on.  It went thru it’s normal process, but when I signed in my main screen with all the icons never showed!  Now, what!?  In trying to repair this un-expected problem, I thought maybe I should shut it down again and leave it sit for a few hours, then see what happens.  Still thinking what happened and why.  There was no warning.  Nothing to show that something would go bad!

I let my Laptop here sit for about an hour and then started it up again trying to recover my Main Screen.  Ok, this time 1 icon showed up and that was for File Recovery.  Humm . . . . let’s see what this does.  I clicked on it and saw that there was a System Recovery button.  Thought that I’d try this and see what it does.  I clicked on System Recovery and it told me that my System will be recovered, but it will take some time.  That was fine with me.

I had to wait over 1/2 hr. for the System to recover, but everything works just fine now.  Thank goodness for that!!  I was thinking that I might have to take it to the Computer Repair again and pay more money!!  Nope.  Not this time.  I had no idea why it did this.  No clue at all.  Maybe just one of those stupid things Computers do.  I hope that this does not happen again.  Scared the poop out of me.

Feeling a whole lot relieved.

Thank You.

I KEEP TRYING!

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I had stated in my last Post that I was having allot of trouble with doing IR.  I did inquire about having one of my camera’s converted over to a 720nm filter from 2 different places.  The one that is closest to me does not do this service any longer, which I was not happy about.  Nothing I could do about that.  Then I sent a e-mail to Kolorie Vision down in New Jersey and asked them how much it would cost.  They can do it, but for a mere $425.00!  Don’t think so.  Not going to spend that much money on something that will do only 1 thing.  So, I back to square 2.

Later on in snooping around, I found that I can use my Lightroom CC program to get pretty close to what I want.  Found that you can use the Mask function to change colors around.  It takes a bit of playing around to see what works and what doesn’t.  The above Image is a show of what it can do.  It took me some time to figure it out, since I’m not going to spend more money on this.  I seem to like this result.

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Here is another Image that I played around with.  Hope you like them.

Thank you.

 

THE OLD STRAND THEATER

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The building that houses the Hamburg Strand Theater was built in 1799, and was one of the first properties to be built when the town was laid out. Located at 6 South and 4th Street, it was a Federal style house, which was later, turned into a restaurant, before being converted to the theater in 1920.  The building to the right of the Strand used to be a place called Trexlers.  It had some great Hot Dogs and Hamburgers that I still remember to this day.  Now, it’s a Pizza place.  Times have changed in Hamburg, but not all that much.  Hamburg, PA is still a very Historic little town that I remember well.

Owners David and Ella Schlear opened the Strand to the public on Christmas Day of 1920 showcasing their large screened theater with 500 seats. The family home was located above the theater; the front section of the building was rented out as a barbershop. The Schlear’s son Ed took over ownership in 1935, and he added a new entryway, ticket booth, marquee, and neon lights as well as Modern projection equipment and an updated interior. Since then the Theatre has ungone many owners and numerous renovations; the barbershop became a video rental store (among other things) and a concession stand and lobby were built. The Strand now holds 200 seats and remains a single screen theater.

Untamed circa 1929The first “talky” at the Strand was “Untamed”, shown in March of 1930. Prior to that, pianists and later records provided music during the silent film era. On Tuesday and Wednesday a “B picture” film was shown; Friday evening was cowboy night; Saturday offered the more publicized films. During popular movies the kids sat in the aisle; otherwise the girls sat on the left and boys on the right.

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This is a Image of the 1931 Movie Projector that was in the Strand Theater on display.  I, as a young boy, have been into the Strand a number of times to see movies and cartoons that were playing for us kids back in the 50’s.  Going back into the Theater for the 1st time in over 60 yrs. brought back some memories for me, but not many.  For some reason my memory has faded me over time of the inside.  Maybe it’s because it has undergone many changes since then.  More than $200,000 has been spent bringing the old Theater back to modern day, so far.

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So, with all that, Eileen and I went and stepped back into History to see a Elvis impersonator, named Jeff Krick.  He was putting on a show at the Strand for 2 hrs.  We had bought tickets for the 1st 10 rows of seats from the stage.  We got to sit in the 4th row!

“Elvis” was very, very good to see perform. He was well worth the money we paid.  He had all the moves that Elvis had and sang most of his songs from when Elvis was alive.  His voice sounded just like him!  He performed for just under 2 hours.  We bought a Medium bag of buttered Popcorn for $5.50.  Guess that the day’s of getting Popcorn for 25 cents are long gone!

Thank you.

MORE INFRARED

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Hello to my Readers.  Hope all of you are doing well.

For many, many times now, I have tried and tried to capture Infrared Photography and try to process it to what it should be.  I’m finding out that I just can’t seem to get it right no matter what I do with the photo editing programs that I have.

I’ve been trying to get the sky to be a bright blue, with white trees, and grass.  I can get some of it right, but the Blue sky keeps being beyond my reach.  It would look so much better that way.  I have down-loaded a number of articles on how to do this, and even have a book on IR, but all this has featured limited results.  I think that I might stop doing this for a bit until I get a camera converted over to IR at Perfect Camera in Lancaster.  I checked on doing this and found my Pentax K10d can be converted to IR.  The only problem with this is that I can’t use the Pentax for any other type of Photography, except IR.  It won’t take anything else.

Once I have this done, which will take about 2 weeks to complete, I will get what I have been striving to do for a long time.

IR RED COVERED BRIDGE

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Infrared Image of the old Covered Red Bridge.

For this IR Image I used my Nikon D7000 with a Opteka R-72 screw on Filter.  Put the shutter speed on Blub using a remote trip shutter and held it open for 30 sec. on a Tripod. When you do this the Image always comes out with a heavy orange tint to it, so then using my Lightroom CC program I adjusted the color as it should be.  Now, it turns the greens white and the Towpath brown.  It’s still not exactly right, but it does not look all that bad.  One of these day’s I will get it perfect.

Thank you.

OLD HOMES

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Again, out cruising the back country roads in the Oley Twp. area, I happen to pass this stately old home.  Had to go and turn around to see & photograph this.  Upon finding a place to park across the road, I was standing there and a Lady came out and asked “Can I help you?”  Yes, I replied.  “May I have permission to photograph your home?  I won’t destroy or rob you of anything.”  She granted me permission to walk the grounds of her old Home with my camera gear.  I have asked a few times to do this in the past and never had any problem.  Was told that the House was built in 1887 and the home has undergone a number of restorations since then.  The extension on the left was built on a few years ago, along with a screened in porch in the back over looking a very nice landscape her & her husband built over time.  If you look up at the top of the Home in the center, you see a cement plaque telling when the Home was built.  Most old Homes around here have that on them.

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This is a view of their back yard.  All of this was not there when they purchased the property.  All that you see here has been added since then.  The Waterfall is a left over from a Dam that once was here long ago.  Part of the old Dam is still visible next to the Gazebo.

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This is what it looks like from another view.  Everything here was either built or had it installed by the Owner over time.

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This old structure is her Office.  It was once used as a Cold Storage area.  I like the choice of colors.  Brings out the structure more.

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Ah, yes.  The old “Out House” from long ago.  You don’t see this type around much anymore.  One with 2 doors?  Interesting.  Ever use one of these?

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A different look.  I shot this using my Hoya R72 IR Filter.  Some people don’t care for IR, but I think it’s a different way of photographing light that the human eye does not see.

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Another view of their back yard in IR.  I apologize for some of the blurr,  but it was on the windy side while shooting these Images.  When shooting IR, everything must be solid or it will blurr like this one.

In departing this nice place, I thanked the Owner for their kindness.  Like I stated before, if you see something on someone else’s land and you want to photograph it, always ASK to do so.  Most of the time your request will be granted.  NEVER just walk on someone’s land without permission.  You just may get a double barrel shotgun pointed at you!!

Thank You.

ANTIETAM NATIONAL CEMETERY

 

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Located just outside the Historic town of Sharpsberg, MD.  During the Battle of Antietam this hill was occupied by the Confederate artillery.  At first the dead were buried where they fell on the battlefield, later on they were re-interred here.  A total of 4,776 Union soldiers rest here along with the dead from 4 other wars.  Separate, even in death, Confederate soldiers were buried in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD.

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I have no idea what this nice looking building is for.

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Civil War Cannon and Casion.  This is as close as I was able to get.  For some reason the National Park had a Red line strung all around this area.  No idea why.

By this time, it’s getting late in the afternoon.  Was getting more hotter and I knew I had a long drive home.  Thought that I’d better get going on my way.  I’m tired from getting in and out of the car, grabbing my camera gear, setting up the tripod, shoot the Image, and then put it back in the car only to do it all over again at the next stop.  However, I do enjoy Photographing Historic places, even though it can be allot of work involved.

Thank you.

THE BLOODIEST BATTLE – ANTIETAM

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Over this Memorial Day Week-end I made a road trip down to tour the Antietam National Battlefield Park located just outside of the town of Sharpsburg, MD.  It took me about 3 hrs. to drive here.

The Battle of Antietam was one of the bloodiest Civil War battles that took place here on Sept. 17th, 1863.  More than 23,000 men from the Union & Confederate Army’s were killed here in one single day!

The above Image is of the Dunker Church that was one of the area’s where many soldiers died during the heavy fighting.  The Dunker Church was built in 1852 and was a house of Worship for pacifist German Baptist Brethren that became one of the focal points of the fight between the two Armies.  It received heavy damage, but has been restored to its original look from long ago.

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A closer look at the Dunker Church.

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This is a Historic Image that was taken by Alexander Gardner after the battle.  The Images that I shot were from about the same position.

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I walked inside the Dunker Church and shot this Image of what it looks like today.  Notice that there is not much here.  There is no Alter, no Cross of Christ, or anything to show that it was a Church.  I was a bit surprised to see that.  I don’t know if that is the original wood floor or not.  Maybe back then that’s what they wanted.

I did have a Image of the Dunker Church’s side wall outside to show that all of the many bullet and cannon holes were repaired by the Park Service, but can’t seem to find it.  Sorry.

It was starting to get quite warm while I was walking around with my Pentax and a Tripod.  Getting in and out of the car get’s a bit tough when you Tour a Battlefield like this one.  I finally had to turn on the Air to keep the car cool.  I took this Images, walked around for a bit, and then moved on to another Bloody area.

WE’RE IN FOR A BLOW, BOYS!

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Yesterday morning it dawned rather humid.  The weather forecasters were calling for Severe Storms in the afternoon.  I didn’t pay much attention, and just too it as another “cry wolf” as has happened before.  This time I was wrong!

Around 4:45 pm my Phone Alert went off telling me that I severe storm was heading our way.  Humm .  .  .  now this made me take a look.  Went outside and saw dark clouds coming in from the West, as they always do when bad weather is coming.  Oh Crap!  This does not look good at all!  On top of that the phone alert came on again saying that we were under a Tornado Warning!  Not good!  When ever I hear this, it will concern me.

I went outside, because I have a habit of liking to watch Storms as they come rolling thru.  The wind started picking up and I could hear Thunder in the distance.  The sky got much darker and then a blast of heavy wind came in almost knocking me off my feet.  It was getting very windy with some slight rain.  I’m watching the sky and listening for a “freight train” sound and hoping I don’t see a funnel cloud.  Thank goodness I didn’t.  No Tornado, but it did blow rather hard and had some heavy rain.  It lasted about 10 min. and then slowed down, with the wind diminishing.  I’m always concerned with heavy wind, because of the large Pin Oak Tree out in the front yard.  This Storm was one of the heavy hitters!  No damage to the house.  Just alot of leaves and twigs to pick up after.

I’ve been in some heavy weather during my time in the US Navy.  I’ve been in and seen heavy wind at sea and a Typhoon!  That one scared me.  The ship was heaving up & down, side to side with waves crashing over the 02 Level.

OLE #113

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This above Image is of the ole Steam Engine #113.  Located in the Coal Mining Town of Minersville, PA she was once used to haul Coal & passengers from towns above and below Minersville.  I don’t think that the old steam train is used anymore.  Placed here as a static display.

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Don’t know which view looks better.

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Here is the old Minersville Train Station that is no longer used.  Built in or around 1897 this Station once was a much used Station for passengers long ago.  The train tracks in front of the Station are still used to this day, but no trains stop here.  There are doors located on the building just to to left of the Station, but they were locked.  I wanted to get inside and shoot the old waiting room, but could not do that.  Was disappointed on that.  My Loving Wife, who was born & raised here in Minersville tells me that the Station was still in used while she lived here.  Minersville is another Coal Town that is full of History.

Thank you.

THE BIG BOYS!

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While up in the Coal Region area yesterday, I came across these HUGE earth/coal hauling trucks.  They are known as “Yukes” in this area.  They are massive!  Notice the driver at the lower left compared to the truck.

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A better look at this truck.  What they were doing here was reclaiming the Land that once was a “Strip Mine” years ago.  A “Stripie” as they are called is a big hole in the ground used to mine Coal from the near surface.  When all the Coal was taken out, it was left as it was.  A big huge scar in the earth!  Now, slowly, the Land is being filled in to help Mother Nature grow, that was once a waste land.

There are a number of “Stripie Mines” that are still left over from long ago.  A good portion of them are full of water and can be more than 200 ft. deep!  The machinery that was used is left at the bottom of the Mine.  It’s not really a good idea to go swimming in these “Stripie Mines”.  You have no idea what your going to encounter!  The water is darn cold because it’s usually spring/or rain water that has filled the hole over the years.  There have been people that drowned in these open holes.  Sometimes the temptation is just too great on a hot summer day to take a swim.  By doing this, you just may loose your Life!

 

Thank you.

OLD MILK SHED

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Located right alongside the Union Canal, this old Milk Shed has been here for a long time.

Back in the very early day’s of the Union Canal there used to be a working Farm here.  This was the way that produce, and milk were kept cold with a natural Spring that once ran thru the Shed.  There were no refrigerators then, no ice, and no air conditioning anywhere to be found.  If you open the door, there is nothing there except storage for the Park Service.  One or two old milk cans are all that is left.  The old Barn is just off to the right of my Image.  Now used by the Park Service for bathrooms, and a small soda fountain that never seems to be open.

Thank you.

ON HALLOWED GROUND.3

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Over 150 yrs. ago, this field was full of dead & wounded Soldiers from both sides of the Civil War.  There is a sign behind me that said “No Relic Hunting.”

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Fences of the Battlefield.  For this shot, I had to “sneak in” on a dirt road that normal traffic was not allowed by the Park Service.  Didn’t get caught!  Whew!

While I was down here in Gettysburg, I spent a good 5 hrs. here driving around.  Even though snooping around I still missed some key area’s.  Eisenhower Farm is one of them.  I had only allowed myself so much time, because it is a long drive home.  Maybe next time.

 

I will try and make this one the last Post on Gettysburg.  My next stop will be to Antietam National Battlefield Park in MD.

Thanks so much for all your likes.

ON HALLOWED GROUND.2

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This is a cement monument to the 90th Pennsylvania Regiment that was in action here on the morning of July 1st, 1863.

During the fight on the 1st day, this area was once a wooded section.  Most of the trees were blown away from musket & cannon fire.  When I looked more closely at the “tree” there was a musket, a nap sac, a rifle, and a canteen that was hung here by a Soldier from the 90th Pennsylvania during a lull in the action.  He sat here to take a short rest from death & fighting that was just below him.

There is also a bird nest at the very top, and a cannon ball that split the tree.  The bird nest is supposed to show that Life will go on, despite what happened here.  I don’t know if it was the original ball that shattered this tree.  Probably not.

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A 10 lb. Parrot Cannon used by both Union & Confederate Forces at the Battle of Gettysburg.

 

Thank you.

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THE STORY OF IVERSON’S PITS.

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On July 1, 1863, the men of Alfred Iverson’s North Carolina Brigade had arrived at Gettysburg and were preparing to outflank the Union First Corps at Oak Hill. This spot was the northernmost point of Seminary Ridge. They were formed into their line of battle and advanced towards a line of trees about 300 yds. away. The Brigade was made up of the 5th, 12th, 20th, and 23rd North Carolina Infantries. To their left front was a low stone wall but they paid it no mind, they were confident in their success. They believed that they were about to crash through the woods and roll up the flank of the Yankees on the other side.

Suddenly, a vast sheet of flame erupted from the stone wall. Some Federal soldiers,who were crouched down behind the wall, could not believe their good fortune at having an entire Confederate Brigade served up to them on a platter, so they burst over the top of the wall and let loose a withering volley at the unsuspecting rebels. Unfortunately for the Confederates, Iverson, their commander, had not deployed an advance line of skirmishers in order to prevent any surprises. Hundreds of North Carolinian fell in straight lines just as they had marched. In the days after the battle, they were buried in an unmarked mass grave, virtually in the same spots where they fell. For years after, the farmer who owned ” Iverson’s Pits ” claimed that his wheat grew the tallest in that part of his field.

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This is what IVERSON’S PITS looks like today.  The Stone Wall is gone, but if you look close to the left bottom of my Image, you can still make out the depression.

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This is looking what is the rest of the field that was off to my right.  Much to my surprise, there is only 1 small Monument to mark the spot where all these Confederate men died.  Also, there is nothing on the Map to show where this is.  It was a bit hard to find.  There was also nothing along the Main Tour Road to show this spot.  Wondering why?

There is also something else that I found out about.  It is told that this place is Haunted by the Spirits from the past.  Strange noise’s, yelling, and what sounds like gun fire have been known to be heard at night.  Makes me wonder, since I do believe that Spirits & Ghosts, if all that is true.  While walking in this area, I never heard anything except the wind and birds chirping.  In my future Posts about “On Hallowed Ground” there are other documented Haunting s at other places.  There is nothing here to show what horrible action took place here so long ago.

Thank you.

ON HALLOWED GROUND

 

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Yesterday was going to be such a beautiful day, I thought that this is the day to make a 3 hr. road trip to Historic Gettysburg.  Was glad that I did.  It was just a perfect day for this.  Clear skies & warm temperatures made for a great time to walk around with my Nikon.

Like the sign say’s, here in this area is where the Army of Virginia, approaching Gettysburg, from the top of the Image, engaged Union Forces coming from the bottom of the Image.  This was on the opening day of the fight, July 1, 1863.  The building off to the left corner of my Image was not there at the time.  It is a “comfort” stop for everyone to use.  The Fence was there at the time, but was destroyed by Confederate Forces.  It was re-built by the Gettysburg Historical Park to show what the battlefield was back then.

This area was the site of some horrendous fighting between the two forces.  Many lives were lost in this area with the fierce hand-to-had fighting, cannon fire, and musket fire that took a horrible toll on both sides.

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This is the McPherson Farm that was caught in the fight on the 1st day of the battle.  This farm was owned by Edward McPherson and built in 1837.  John Stentz was living here at the time.  The Farm House that was here burned down in 1895.  That’s why you don’t see everything that used to be here.  As the fighting progressed thru this area, the Barn was used as a Hospital for both Union & Confederate forces.  The dead & wounded soldiers littered the fields all around the barn.  The Barn received heavy damage during the fight from cannon & musket fire.  There are still holes in the stone from musket fire embedded in the barn that you can’t see from a distance.  The Monument on the upper corner of the Image is one of Gen. Buford that was in command of the Union at the time.

It’s a bit hard to stand here and try to visualize all the fighting that took place here.  It was quiet now.  No sound, except traffic moving.  Birds were chirping and this Hallowed Ground was once turned Red with the blood of Union & Confederate Forces.  Each one fighting for what they believed in.

UNION CANAL

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Hello there!  Sorry that I’ve been away from WP for awhile, but had another problem.  This time it was with WordPress!  For some reason, WP wanted me to start paying for my Site!  I’ve never done that before in all the time I’ve had this account!  Why?  Made me on the cranky side.  Contacted WP and was told to down-load the new WP Site.  The site was in a Zip File and I hate those things.  I always mess them up and then can’t find what I did!  So, to make a long story short, I then tried using Internet Explorer.  Had to sign back into everything!  Now, I’m hoping that this will keep working good like it is so far.

Ok.  I’m back to normal as before.  The above Image is one that I took of the Towpath alongside the old Union Canal.  It’s in HD.  I go to this place quite often.  It seems that it’s a magnet for me.  Always looking for something a bit different.  With this one I liked the path stretching into the trees with the shadows.

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For this one I tried something different.  I had purchased a small Tripod that will get low on a subject.  Like ground level.  A different perspective you could call it.  I had to get down on all 4’s to take this shot.  The problem with doing this is that when I have to get that low, I have a bit of trouble getting back up on my 2 legs!  The ole’ legs don’t work as well as they used to!  Not happy about it, but not much I can do right now.  Just have to be careful!

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While walking along the Path, I noticed these Blue Bells growing alongside the old Canal.  For some reason, there are not many flowers like this to be seen.  Why, I have no idea.  Had to shoot this from a low position to get a nice shot of them.  Got back up again after about 5 min. of trying!

Thank you!

THE GARMENT INDUSTRY

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As I had mentioned in my last Post, I stated that there would be more coming later.  During the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s the making of Ladies Laungire was a huge business here in Reading, PA.  One of the biggest makers of Laungire was the Berkshire Knitting Mills or also called The Textile Machine Works.  For many years this complex made garments of all kinds to be shipped all over the USA.  More than 1000 employees worked here on all shifts.  It was a 24 – 7 operation.  This complex had its own dye building, a barber shop, lunch cafeteria, and power building that supplied the power needed to run all the knitting machines.  I have never seen this complex in its heyday, but I can only Imagine what it used to be.

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Taken from the Textile Machine Works web-site, this is just how big it used to be.

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This is looking at part of the old complex.  The Power building is off to the right of the Image.

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Here I’m trying to show just how big this place is.  During its operation, there were windows where you see the white portions of the building.  All 4 floors were in production with Knitting Machines that needed constant attention.

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The inside of one of the buildings during its day’s of manufacture.

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Another one of the different buildings in the complex.

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This is looking down the long rows of support poles that were there when the Knitting Machines were running.  If you look at one of my above Images, you can still see those same support poles.  These are looking fancier than before.  You almost can still hear the noise of machinery from long ago.

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Here’s another looking the other way.  The thing about these 2 Images, is that I had to “sneak in” the building and shoot the camera.  There were signs pasted on the windows & doors “No Entry Authorized Entry Only”  Oops!  Thought I’d take a chance and see what happens!  No one was looking!  So in I went.

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After the Textile Machine Works went out of business in the 70’s, it was converted over to a Factory Outlet Store where people could buy all kinds of different clothes at a much cheaper price.  It was in business for many years until it also failed.  Why this was, I don’t know.  The Stores that occupied the buildings were from all the different big name products.  Now, the present day all the buildings are being converted over to Luxury Apartments.  Just how fancy, remains to be seen.

CHILDHOOD PLACES

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Hello there everyone!  Having a good time?  Hope you are all well.

Thought that I’d do some places that I remember so well during my Childhood day’s in Hamburg, PA.  The above Image is one of the Hamburg Park that I used to spend so very much time in.  It has changed somewhat over the passing years, and I think the change has made it a bit better.

Back when I was 8-10 yrs. young, my Mother had to work during the day, so she would drop me off here and was told to “Stay here until I come to get you”.  I did what I was told to do or suffer the wrath of my angry Mother.  The plastic play set you see in the foreground was not there at the time.  It was just a big empty grass space.  The was no covered open Patio on the extreme left.  However, the larger building to the right of it was there as long as I can remember.  This place had crafts to make for us kids most every day.  There was always something there to do.

Off to the right corner of my Image used to be a large sandbox that had a roof over it.  There also was a very tall sliding board that we had to climb up a long ladder to get up to the top.  It was so much fun to slide down that thing.  We would “wax” the sliding surface with wax paper to make us slide faster!  It’s now gone, but for what reason I don’t know.  Maybe because too many got hurt because it was a big one!  The sandbox is long gone and I think it was because all the “critters” would poop or pee in the sand.  Didn’t bother me!  I didn’t care.

The Swimming Pool has changed a bit also.  There are no longer a “High Dive or Low Dive” that we could run down and dive into the water on the deep end of the pool.  I think that this was taken away because of Insurance reasons.  I used to spend many, many sunny warm days here.  So much that I would get a Sun burn most every Summer.  At the very top corner of the Image used to be a small “Children’s Pool” that I learned to swim in.  It, too, is long gone.

I more than realize that the Image above does not mean that much to you, but to me, my “minds eye” can still picture what was once there and all the great times I had.

POP OUTS

A few weeks ago, I happen to be viewing a Post made by one of the people that I follow here on WordPress.  JourneyswithJohnbo is one of the Photographers on WP that I have been following for a number of months now.  He takes some really nice Images of places that I’ve never been too, and probably never will.  Anyway, in one of his Images, he had Posted an interesting Image that seem’d to “Pop Out” at you, thus creating a different look.  This gave me some interest, so I asked him just how that is done.  He told me and with that, I went on my own to try this new type of thing for myself.

I had to do some research on it to find out just how this is done.  Found out that you can do this effect using Photoshop CC.  Since I do have that program, I went further.  Found that I could down-load instructions for this on Photoshop Essentials.  I did this and then with much eagerness started trying to give one of my Images the same effect.

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Now, using the instructions that were given me, I followed them step by step until the end.  It didn’t come out right!  I did something wrong!  What was it?  I went back and tried again.  It still didn’t come out right!  What the heck am I doing wrong, I thought.  So, I had to let it sit for awhile so I could think about it.  So, to make a long story shorter, I kept trying until I finally figured out what was wrong.  It took me awhile!  The above Image is my first one done the way I had wanted.  The Image seem’s to “Pop Out” from the rest of the shot.  It is of the building that General George Washington’s Officers stayed in during the Winter of 1777 at Valley Forge, PA.

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Well now, here is another one that is an oldie but goodie.  It’s an abandoned home in Shenandoah, PA.  I wanted to make the Main Home “Pop Out” from the rest of the Image.  I sorta messed up the very bottom of the Image, because this is only the 2nd time I’ve done this.  In the future, I’m going to try other Images I have and see how they come out.  I’ll also try and make them bigger.

UNDERWEAR FACTORIES

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It seems that most everyday so far that I have gone “out there” the weather in my area is just terrible!  It’s always been cloudy and on the cold side.  Getting tired of this stuff.  Where is the Sun?

Anyway.

Another thing about my Historical area are the old Underwear Factories that were once a big part of the employment scene.  This above Image is of just one of many that are still here, but only the building remains.  This was the Robert Miller Underware Mill that is located in a small town, on the Main Street, named Shoemakersville, PA.  It’s not far from me and I’ve driven past this building many times in the past & present.  Always wondered what is was.  My research on this tells me Underware was made here in the 1940’s until it closed for a reason that I can’t seem to find out.  The name still is visable on the top left of the building.  Now, it’s apartments to live in.

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This is just one of the many Knitting Machines that were here back then.  Not my Image.

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These are what is known as a “bobbin” of thread that the knitting machine used to knit the Underware.  Thread traveled thru & around the spinning machine at a high rate of speed, thus needing costant attention.  I don’t know much about the process, but I’m assuming that it was a very envolved process until the product was finished.

Like I stated before, there are a few of these left over in my area, but most all of them have been converted over to apartments or shopping stores that sell cloths of one kind or another.  There is one left that is huge and I’ll Post about that one in my next Post.