COAL HOLE

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Photographed in the outskirts of Coaldale, PA is what remains of a Coal Hole that was used years ago to remove Coal that was fairly close to the ground surface.

Known also as a “Strippie Mine” Coal was dug out and shipped to a near-by Colliery for further process where shale and stone were removed from the Coal.  The Shale & Stone that was not wanted was then dumped near-by creating what is called a “Clum Pile.”  Thru out the Coal Region area there are many Clum Piles that still exist from all the different mines that were in the region.

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This is not my Image, but it shows just what a “Clum Pile” looks like.  Today, they are more used for 4 wheeling and play area’s.  Just outside of Tamaqua there are many of these.

Most of these “Holes” were quite deep.  Some of them were known to be over 100 ft. deep or more.  Miners back then sometimes left the machinery at the bottom of the Pit and then moved on to another dig.  Over the many passing years, the Strippie filled with Spring and rain water creating just a deep water filled hole in the ground.  The water in them is very cold.  During Winter months they freeze over and create a skating area, but don’t fall in!

My Wife was born & raised in the Coal area.  She can still remember going swimming in one of these during her HS years, because of no place else to go, and it was free.  No charge to swim here, but it can take your Life if not careful.  Coal machinery left over in these can be just hidden below the surface of the water!  Jump or dive in may have you encounter a un-wanted object that you don’t know is there.  There have been reports of this kind of death.

A good portion of these Holes are now gone.  Filled in with ground from other places, it then looks like nothing was ever there.  Only those who remember know.

Thank You.

B&W to Color

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I know that I’ve posted a B&W Image before that was taken in Paris France sometime in 1944 just before my Mother & Father were married.  This is a color Image that I made using my Paint Shop Pro X9 Ultimate Program.

I tried to get the color of Army Uniforms as close to the real thing.  I didn’t know the color’s, so had to do some research on them.  This is about right.

Thank You.

CLASS OF 1966

About 2 weeks ago, I was notified via text message that my Fleetwood Class of 1966 was having a small gathering at a local known restraunt.  I decided I’d go and see some Classmates that I’ve not seen in 5 yrs. or more.  Most all of our Class is now up to 70 yrs. of age.  The Committie that put this together decided to have a gathering now once a year, instead of every 5 yrs. like has been done before.  I think it’s a good idea.

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This Image was taken with my phone.  Not very good, but it just shows my Class together all catching up on what’s been happening with everyone.  We all have changed alot in the passing years.  Some of my Class could not make it and some Classmates are gone due to their passing.  So far, we have lost 5 members.

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Now, bear with me a bit.  Let’s go back in time to 1964.  This is a Image taken by my date’s Father before we went to a High School Dance on a Saturday night.  My Date is Carol.  I was scared to death to call her and ask her to go to the dance with me.  Remember.  Back in those day’s, to ask a girl out you would have to have her Home phone number.  Not a Cell Phone number.  There was no such thing back then.  You’d call and ask her to go, hoping she would and not say that she could not.  Back in those day’s it was a horrible feeling when she said “No Thank You.”  Of course, there was no text, either.  My Mother was our transportation to and from the dance.  My Mother asked me what color her dress was going to be.  I had no idea why she wanted to know that then.  Well, it was for a flower to match the color.  She ordered a flower called a Symbitium.  I didn’t know what they were then.  The Flower is on her left wrist not shown.

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Here we are again!  This time it’s 50+ years later.  Carol and I have always been in touch with each other ever since, but both of us went our seperate way’s.  I went off to join the US Navy and she went on to College to learn Music and become a Music teacher for 34 yrs.  Now, she’s married with 2 children that are all grown up.  Like me, Carol Retired from teaching and now traveling as much as she can.  I have always, always had a special place in my heart for this Lady.  She has never been forgotten.  Never will be.  I think that she is the one that got away.

Thank You.

 

ON THIS VETERENS DAY

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Here I am!  This Image was taken in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii sometime not too long after I reported aboard my Destroyer in November of 1965.  The Image does not show that I’m half scared to death.  I’m right out of High School, in a strange place, have no idea where I’m going, or what is in store for me.  I’m like most others that can’t see what is in my future.  I had to learn fast.  I had to grow up quickly.  I always wanted to be in the US Navy to see the world.  I did just that.  I sailed all over the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii, Japan, Phillipense, Okinowa, Vietnam, Pago Pago, New Zeland and Austraila.  I came home a different person.  There was one thing that I was never told about after I enlisted and that was there was a War going on that I knew nothing about.  I found out!

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Here is my Destroyer that I was aboard for 3 yrs.  It was my Home.  This Image was taken as we entered Sydney, Austrailia coming off the gun line in Vietnam for 4 day’s of R&R.  The Opera House in the background was just being completed then.

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This is a Image that I took while on the Port Side.  We just got done taking on amunition, stores, and fuel from the USS Pontchatula, a supply ship.  The Carrier is the USS Ranger, I think.  Don’t quite remember.

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Here we are at the Floating Gardens in Hong Kong.  I’m on the far right with my NEW camera that I bought here.  I just made E-3 and we were all out celebrating.  The Floating Gardens were a outstanding place to see and eat in.  I could not read any Chineese, so we ordered what looked good!  We were given so much food that it was not all eaten!

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The Ribbons that I earned for my Dress Uniform which still hang in the closet draped in plastic.  From left to right is the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Ribbon, with one Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Defense Ribbon.

Now, I just want to say that I’m not “tooting my own horn” here.  Just wanted to show what was part of my Life.  Being in the Navy during those years opened my eyes to many things in the world.  I’ve seen things that most people will never see.  Some of it was not good, while others were interesting and eye opening.  Coming home on leave in 1967, I had bottles, coke cans and was spit at in Travis AFB in California.  Just because I was a Vietnam Vet.  We we not cared about back then, like now.  People just did not care about what our Marines and our Armed Forces went thru.  No parades, no Welcome Home, no nothing!  Most all of us never knew that was going to happen.

After getting out of the Navy, I used to have some bad dreams about seeing Dead bodies of Vietcong in the water.  Their “Junk” was fired on by my Destroyer for carrying arms back and forth to North Vietnam.  There was not much left.  I won’t go into detail.  It was not pretty to see.

In closing, I would like to take time to say “THANK YOU” to all our other Veterens that are out there.  Some of you endured more than what I had to.

From a Grateful US Navy Vet.

Thank You.

FALL IS LEAVING.

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The Fall Foliage is now starting to go into it’s final hoorah.  Color is not as bright as it has been a few days ago.  In a few days, Mother Nature will take it all away and make room for Old Man Winter.

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Color’s of Red, Green, and Yellow will slowly fall away and leave nothing but a bare tree.

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My old Play Ground has always had brilliant color as long as I can remember.  The Play Ground has changed over the passing years, but Nature always remains as it has for many years.

Again, heavy rain today will hasten the colorful leaves of Fall to drop off the trees.  We have had our share of rain all Summer long.  We just don’t need anymore.  It’s good that the temperatures are warm enough that it does not snow  .  .  .  yet!  If we continue to get more rain and the weather turns colder, it all will be snow!  Really don’t want that right now.

Thank you.

ODDS & ENDS.

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Fall Colors are getting much better.  Soon, they will be gone.

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Here is that same Lantern that I mentioned before, but now with a White Candle inside.  There was one thing that I didn’t think of when I made this, and that was the heat coming out the top.  It’s hung on a 7/8th Dowell Pin.  The heat just may ignite the wood.  Not good.  Going to try a battery powered candle and see if that does as good.  Hope so.

Thank You.

BALL IMAGE.

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“Out There” with my Lens Ball yesterday doing some practice.  I have found a way to shoot the Ball and get a better Image than before.  Notice the Wood Posts in the foreground?  Well, what I did was place Ball on the Post where it would stay in place without rolling off.  Then set my Pentax to shoot thru the Ball using my 80-300mm Tamron Lens.  It seem’d to work better than trying to hold the Ball in one hand, and focus the camera with the other!  That did not work well for me.

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This is much better.  Taking a Image such as this is not real easy to do.  Your Lens has to focus on the Image in the Ball  . . .  not what’s around it.  Camera position, the light, and composition are just a few of what’s involved doing this.  However, there is one problem that I have with this.  The Image you have is up-side down!  I have trouble with that.  Don’t like it.  The only way to fix this, is to turn the Image.  That does not fair well either.  Then the Ball is right, but the Post is reversed!  Would look like the Ball is hanging/glued to the Post.  I’ll work on this to see what can be done.  Photoshop CC will fix this problem, but it’s a very involved process.

Thank You.

NOT ALWAYS ABOUT HISTORY

Hello and welcome back.  I also would like to THANK YOU for following and liking my Posts.  Your comments are always appreciated.

For this Post, I’m not going to be saying anything about something Historical.  Instead, I thought I’d Post about one of the things I like to do here at home.  Out in our covered back Patio, I have a small wood shop that I use to make different projects around the house.  I’ve made a number of different things, including some shelving and a table.  I have pretty much of what is needed for the shop, including a Drill Press, a Chop Saw, a Planer, a Scroll Saw, a Table Saw, and various hand tools.  When it’s warm outside I can go make something when I want to, but when the weather turns cold, it’s just too nippy there to do anything.  There is no heat there at all.  Don’t want to have the expense of installing heat because it would not pay for itself.

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When I tore down the old shed, I noticed that one of the Solar Lights I had installed on the shed had stopped working.  I thought about this for a bit, and decided why throw it away?  Make something different using it, since the Solar light does not work.  So, I started making a back stop to hang the light on for the inside of our Home.  I always seem to have scrap pieces of wood laying around, so instead of buying new wood, I’ll machine something from what I have.  Using my Jig Saw, Sander, Drill Press, and a bit of glue I made what you see here.

It’s nothing real fancy.  Just something that will look nice here in the Den.  It’s not quite done yet.  Have to add some Natural Stain and a number of coats of Mini-Wax to make the wood shine and bring out the color.  A White Candle will be placed inside.  It should look nice when done.  Image taken with my Cell Phone.

Thank You.

OLD HOME

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This old looking Home was noticed while walking the street of Pottsville, PA.  It happens to catch my eye because it sat up so high from the street level.  It looked like no one has been in there for awhile, but I don’t know for sure.  Notice the Iron Stairs that have to be climbed to get to it.  The Iron Stairs also lead to another level of Pottsville.  Also, notice the Black Cat that is sitting right next to the bush in the foreground.  He/she did not like that I was there for some reason.  Should have had my bigger Lens with me.   Maybe lookin’ for a mouse?

The Historic Coal Town of Pottsville is just full of old Homes that probably date back to the day’s when Coal Was King in this area.  Much of the town where people live is back on the secondary streets, and not much on Main Street.  It is also the town where Yeingling Beer is made.  This beer has been made here for over 100 yrs.  I like it, but can’t drink much of it because it always gives me a headache.  The Coal Crackers here drink it like it’s water!  They are used to it.

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A POEM FOR MOM

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I had lost my Mother on Dec. 22nd, 2004.  She was born on May 24th, 1919.

At her Funeral I read aloud this Poem for her.

Ever On-ward, Ever Up

Let me Reap and Hold Thy Cup

Where life’s Fertile Rivers Flow

Let Me Reap and Let Me Sow

Help Me Give to God & Man

The Best of All, The Best I Can

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This is what my Mother was like.  She was always there for me.  Making sure I had nice cloths to wear, food to eat, a education, and teach me right from wrong.  She taught me Manners that most people have forgotten.  I have never forgotten this poem.  It remains in my memory and always will.

Thank You.

NEW SHED IS HERE!

Hello there and welcome back!

If you check back thru my Post’s, I had mentioned that we will be getting a NEW Shed soon, because the other one was falling apart and rotting away.  I had to tear it down.  It was so rotted that it almost fell on me!

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We had gone out and ordered this Shed that is 8′ x 12′ feet from a very reliable business that is well known to do good work and build excellent sheds.  However, we then had to wait about 2 weeks for it to be delivered because of all the rain we’ve had, thus making the ground too soft to support the weight.  It would have messed up the back yard from the weight.  Finially, this morning bright and early, it arrived.  Here I’m showing the tight quarters this fella had to navigate around.  He was darn good at it.

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While we were waiting for the shed to come, I was wondering just how they install it on your property.  I found out.  This shed is heavy and well built.  They are not cheap!  It sat on a trailer that would move back & forth & side to side.  All controlled by a remote piece of equipment that he held in his hand.

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Slowly, ever so slowly, he backed up the trailer to a good position so he could remotly place the shed on the cement slab left over from the old one.  The extensions on the ends of the slab of cement we put there by me, because the shed is a bit bigger than the old one.

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Placing the shed right on center with the remote control.

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Retracting the slide from the trailer.  Just about done.  All he had to do is take a large “crowbar” and move the shed into position.

This operation took about a 1/2 hr. to do!  I could not believe how fast this can be done.  Guess when you’ve done this a hundred times, you get good at it.  Now, that the new shed is in it’s final position, I have more work to do.  Now, I have to place all the “Tools” that I use around the house into it.  Hang new shelving.  Also, build another ramp for the riding lawn mower.  Work never ends when you own a Home.

Thank You.

HARD OVER!

How many of you out there have seen the Movie Titanic?  I’m more than sure that most of you have at one time or another.  Now, I have seen the Movie about 3 times, and there was one thing on the Movie that bothered me for some time.

Remember in the Movie when the Ship was heading on a collision course with a Iceberg, and the OD (Officer of The Deck) gave a Order to the Helsmen “Hard Over?”  I did and this seem’d to bother me a bit.

Reason being is that while serving in the US Navy for 11 yrs. one of my duties aboard ship was be the Helsman (the person who steers the ship on the Bridge).  He has to steer a steady course according to the Bearing given.  If the OD calls for a course change he will say “Right Standard Rudder.  Come to course 152.”  You do what he ordered.  After steady on course, you respond “Steady Course 152, Sir”

Now, in the many times I was the Helmsman, I never ever heard a order given such as “Hard Over.”  Hard Over?  Hard Over to what?  Port or Starboard?  In the Movie, it shows the Helsmen turning the Wheel (Helm) to the left, which is to Port.  How did he know to turn in that direction?

Well, I did find out a answer.  In early day’s when steering a ship, “Hard Over” means turn to Port!  I never knew that!  Now, it is that this Order is not given all that much.  In fact, hardly ever.  This is why I never heard such a Order.  Now, I know.

Thank you.

FALL IS COMING

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Usually by this time of the year, Fall Color here would be much better than what it is now.  For some reason, Fall seems to be arriving late this year.  Why, I don’t know.  There is color, but not as much as years before.

It’s quiet here.  Not much to hear.  I’ve been thru this area a number of times, and it’s always quiet.  The only sounds you hear are the wind thru the trees, and the crunching of leaves under your feet.  It’s also muddy, at spots.  So much that you have to be careful where you place your feet or you’ll step into mud up to your ankles.

Thank you.

LEARNING

As most of you know by now, I just love the History around my area and going to nearby Historic spots.  Yesterday, I went up to one of my favorite area’s that I used to play in while a young boy.  However, this time I went there for a Historic Walk at the Kerney to learn more about what used to be there long ago.  I found out that there is so much more to this place than what I knew.

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Here, Glenn, is telling how the old Canal Locks would work and why they did what was normal for that day and age.  Back in the day, Canal Boats were charged a fee to go thru the Lock.  The price depended on how much tonage they were hauling.  Coal, Wood, Goods, etc. were all charged.  Didn’t matter who you were.  If you look close, behind Glenn, you still can see what remains of a Lock.

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Here, our teacher, is telling of what was once here that you don’t see anymore.  Believe it or not, this area where we are standing used to be under water.  The water actually went up as high as the blue train cars to the left of the Image.  Changes in the River, over the passing years, changed all that.  When this area was dry, and the water recedid, there were some cabins built here.  If you look close while walking, there still can be seen stone foundations from those cabins of long ago.

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Our group is being told about the Covered Bridge that was once here, back in 1892.  The Stone supports still remain.

Even though the ground was a bit wet and sloppy at places from all the rain we had, I liked this Tour that was given.  I learned about things that I never knew where there and how much the area changed.  Thanks for coming along.

Thank you.

THE OLD, THE NEW

Took my Pentax K10d out with me just cruising around the back Country Roads looking for some Fall Images that would be interesting to view for my followers.  There was not much right now to be found, I’m sorry to report.  The Fall Season is here, but there is not much in Fall Foliage right now.  It’s a bit spotty.  Some color here, and some there.  Has not gotten up to peak quite yet.

So after wasting some gas on the back country roads, I thought about taking a swing thru my old town of Fleetwood, PA to see if anything was new.  Not really anything.  This old town does not seem to change that much.  So, I ended up at the Fleetwood High School and the idea came to me to show what the “New” High School looks like, compared to what I had more than 50 yrs. ago.

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This is the New Fleetwood High School that was built a number of years ago.  It sure is big, compared to what I had.  I’m more than sure that it is all air-conditioned, and carpeted with all kinds of different colors inside.  Since I just can’t walk into a High School anymore because of Security, I can only imagine what’s there.  There is now a huge Soccer and Football field that is behind the school.  The Field is not grass anymore.  It’s that Astro Turf stuff.  The Track is the same way!  Expensive stuff.  The bleachers are not wood anymore.  They are now Aluminum, but just as hard to sit on.  There are also Tennis Courts in the back.  I sure hope that the younger generation appreciates just what they have compared to what I had.  I’m sure they don’t.  It’s just taken for granted.

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This is what my High School looks like today.  This is the school that I left in 1965 to join the US Navy.  Not much has changed over the years.  It is now used as an Administration Building.  Back in my day, there was no carpet on the floor and no air-conditioning.  Air-conditioning for us was open windows on a warm day.  Most of what you see here were classrooms with the Cafaterier down at the other end.  The street was lined with school buses at the end of the day.  Most walked home, cause of living near-by.  The Tennis Court that is just across the street is now a Parking Lot.  My Track & Field area is off to the right and out of the Image.  It was grass & stone.  You can barely still pick out the Track where I used to run during Gym class, but it’s there if you look close enough.  After taking this Image, with the Sun fading fast, my mind went back in time.  Many memories for me are here.  I can still picture the sidewalk loaded with us teen-agers all glad to be out of school for the day.  Yeah, well.  Time marches on.

Thank You.

SHED IS GONE!

 

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Hello all, and welcome back.

A few years ago, I had made a Post about fixing up the shed that I have in our back yard.  I put some work into this old shed to keep in in good condition.  Here I tried to dress it up a bit to make it look more attractive.

As time went by, I noticed that on the inside the shed was slowly falling apart.  The roof was leaking, supports were rotting away, and some of the wood was just way beyond repair.  There was mildew on some of the wood because of getting wet.  It was at the point that it was getting quite bad.  So, after much consideration, we decided to tear the whole thing down and get a new one that is more modern and built by today’s standards.

It took me a few day’s to knock the whole thing down.  Allot of work to do that!  The ole’ shed was in such bad condition, that it nearly fell on me while working on it!  I was not sure just how to take apart the roof & supports, so after sawing off some key supports, I gave the frame work a mighty shove and it all fell to the ground!  It was a mess to clean up!  All that bad wood had to be loaded into a flat bed trailer and carted off to the recycle place for disposal.  Thank goodness for a Recipting Saw that helped out allot!

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This is all that remains of the ole’ shed.  To make way for the “new shed” we bought one that is a bit bigger than the old one.  That’s what the 4×4 extensions are for on the one end.  Had to fill it with Stone for support.  The other side will have the same thing done.  This may not look like allot of work, but don’t be fooled.  It was back breaking getting all that bad wood hauled away.  I’m not getting any younger!  So now, it is just about ready for the new one.

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This is the “new shed” that will arrive on the 24th of Oct.  It measures 8×12, and is quite roomy inside.  Lot’s of room to store my tools, lawn mower, etc.  Much better than before.  However, these things are not cheap!  If you want good quality workmanship, you have to pay for it.  This was built by a very reputable manufacture in our area.  I don’t want junk.  This one will last past my Lifetime!

Thank You.

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.