LIVE SKERMISH AT DANIEL BOONE

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As most of you know already, I enjoy going to different Historical places that are here around my area and are not to far away to travel.  This past Summer there was a Living History Exhibit at the Daniel Boone Historical Center where, many years ago, our famous Woodsman Daniel Boone once lived with his Mother and Father before starting out on his own.

Once a year the Daniel Boone History Center puts on a Living History Exhibit complete with British and Colonial Soldiers dressed in authentic wear that was common back in the 1700’s.  Exhibits that are here show how the Colonists lived back then with tools, tents, flatware, dresses for Ladies, and tables filled with books and jewelry that was made as authentic as possible to the real things.  It’s nice to walk around and see what was once worn and used back in those day’s.  There is also Ladies walking around wearing those long hoop skirts and demonstrations using a real spinning reel and how it worked.

Another interesting thing they have is a live fire complete with British and Colonial Soldiers getting into a skirmish between the two Army’s that actually did happen on the grounds during the Revolutionary War.  Everything is authentic, down to the buttons on the uniforms.  The muskets are fired at one another with black powder, but no ball is loaded.  Just a blank shooting.  The air is filled with yelling and smoke from the musket fire.  A few dead bodies are strewn around the field from both sides to show loss of Life and to make the skirmish as real as possible.  I had taken a number of other Images, but the others did not survive the transfer from one computer to another.

It was very hot that day in July.  How the actors dressed in the uniform of that day could stand the heat, was beyond me. Carrying all their equipment and muskets was tough work, but they enjoy doing it every year.  I enjoyed it too.

GLASS PHOTOGRAPHY

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I have been trying to do something different these past few day’s and that is taking Images of Crystal and Glass.

I have found that it’s not quite as easy as you might think.  Using my Nikon D7000 and a make-shift Light Box that I made out of some heavy cardboard, cut out the sides and top to make room for lighting, it seems to work very well.  It’s not as good as purchasing a real Light Box with lights, but I’ll use this before I spend money on one of those.

The trick of shooting Crystal is the lighting and how it’s placed and your camera settings.  I’m not all that good at it yet, but I’ll keep trying.  I have read and watched some video’s on YouTube, and they do describe how to do it, but the trouble is trying to remember all of what is said.  Backlighting is another useful thing for it.  Since I don’t have all that fancy kind of lighting, I use what I have around the house.  It’s something to do to keep me thinking.

Thanks for reading.

Les

WRITING IN A BLOG

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Here is a up-dated picture of what I look like that was taken by a long time friend of mine at the Church I belong to, but don’t attend all that much.  Usually, I don’t take very good pictures of myself.  Guess that I’m not very photogenic.

Anyway, I thought that I’d write a Post on doing this Blog that I had started a few months ago.  As you have seen, I enjoy Historic places and walking around with my DSLR camera to photograph what ever will interest me and someone else out there.

In writing on my Blog here, I have found that when I go to make a Post about one thing or another, I have trouble on just what to say.  I know what I want to say, but have a bit of trouble putting it into words that I can type on the screen, so my followers can get a good idea of what I am saying.  Why it’s like that I don’t know.  It’s just something in me that I can’t seem to rid myself of.  I have to think about what to say, and how to say it.

Even when I Post a Image of some Historic place I was at, I have to look at the Image I Posted and try to describe what I saw, what the camera see’s, and some history behind it.  Sometimes the words just flow out of me, and other times not.  However, in time, I think that I will get better in doing this, I hope!

Thank you

Les

SILVER

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Sitting on a shelf in the closet all wrapped in plastic for many years was this Milk or Gravy Server that I have had left over from some of my Mothers stuff after she had passed away 10 yrs. ago.  It was tarnished very bad and did not look anything like it does above.  This Server is probably more than 80 yrs. old.  Mom had it and it was passed to her by my Grandparents.

I really had no idea if this was pure Silver or just a Silver Plated Server, so I took it and spent about 2 day’s cleaning and polishing it to it’s original condition. To get rid of the Tarnish I used what is named “The Bartenders Friend.”  This stuff worked real well.  With some elbow grease the tarnish came right off, but left a “film” on the Silver.  Then I used some Brasso, that I’m very familiar with.  I used Brasso while in the US Navy to shine most everything that was brass.

I then coated the server with it and let it dry to a white film and buffed it off!  The Brasso did the trick.  Made it shine so bright that I almost could not believe how good a job it did.  I had to do this 2 more times and the brilliance of the Silver came out.

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Now, with it being all shinny, I wanted to know if this was pure Silver or not.  I asked some questions on my Facebook page and a friend told me to take it up to Mullers in Hamburg and they could tell me.  I packed it up and off I went, hoping that this piece would be worth some money.

I showed it to one of the Certified Jewelers and he told me that it’s not worth anything.  This was just a Plated Silver Server and not really worth much at all.  Found out from him, that real Sterling Silver is marked as such, so the richer people that can afford things like this know what they are getting.  The Plated Silver is for poorer folks.  Oh Well.  I’ll keep it and put it on display in our Dinning Room Hutch just for a conversation piece.

BETHANY METHODIST CHURCH

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The Bethany Methodist Church is one of the older Churches located in Hamburg, PA

Located on Island St. it has been standing for more than 100 yrs.  I attended this church when I was a young boy.  Today, it still remains the same as it did back then.  The sandbox in the Sunday School Room, that I used to play in while my Mother attended Church Service’s still remains as it was so long ago.

Thank you.

Les

ST. NICKOLES COAL BREAKER

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The once mighty St. Nickolas Coal Breaker.

Located just outside the Coal Mining Town of Shenandoah, PA stands this empty and abandoned Breaker that used to process the raw coal from the Anthracite Mines around the area.  At one time back in the early 1900’s it employed more than 400 Miners.  Processing hundreds of tons of Coal to ship by rail and truck to heat homes and industry in our Nation.  There were other Breakers around, but this one was the biggest in the area.  Not many of these old Breakers exist anymore.  Most have been torn down to make room for progress.  This one will probably meet the same fate.

I walked around this kinda spooky place.  Lot’s of junk laying around and holes in the ground where something once stood.  There was nothing here, except me and my camera.  The wind blowing thru the empty structure made a strange noise that always kept me looking around.  I had taken other Images, but they didn’t survive the change over from my Tower to a Laptop.

GOLDWING ASPENCADE

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Riding a Goldwing Aspencade Touring Motorcycle was something that I enjoyed doing for many years.

Back around the year 1980, I started to take a liking to riding a motorcycle, but just didn’t have one at the time.  I then bought a Honda 400cc and gradually learned to drive it going further and further with it.  Of course, you had to have a helmet, riding apparel, and learn the in’s & out’s of how to drive.  What to do and what not to do.  Over a period of about 2 yrs. I got darn good at it, and never had a accident.

Then I got tired of riding a 400cc engine and decided I wanted something bigger with more power, so I could go further and ride a bit more comfortable. I traded in my 400 for a Kawasaki 750cc, that I rode for a few more years.  This bike took me down into Virginia, and all over the State of PA.  I bought  bunch of extra’s for it and it lasted pretty long.  Again, I wanted to step up to something bigger, so I traded up to a 1983 Goldwing Interstate, 1100cc engine that had a whole lot more power. It had a radio, a Touring Trunk, and Side Saddle Bags where I could store much more gear.  I added more lights and Chrome to make the bike more pleasing to me.  This Touring Bike took me up into Glen Falls, NY and down into West Virginia, and Virginia.  Touring the USA on a bike is a whole different experience.  Feeling the freedom of the ride, and the wind in your face offers a “biker” a whole new perspective on what is around you.

Then, I up graded again.  This time to the one you see above. It had a Intercom System, AM-FM Radio, Stereo Cassett, CB Radio, and Progressive Suspension. This Bike was a whole lot heavier than the ones I had before.  It weighed over 800 lbs. and if it fell on you, it would crush a bone!  Again, I “dressed it out” with more Chrome and Lights and then added a Kompac Kamp 18 cubic foot Trailer that just pulled right along behind me.  It had to have some getting used to.  You always had to remember that you had a “tail” behind you and not to forget it was there, which I did once!  The Trailer came in very handy when traveling a long distance.  You could load most everything in the Trailer, and keep your saddle bags and Touring Trunk for light things, such as a Rain Suit which you may need at times when it pours rain while on the road.

With this Bike, my Wife and I went up into Burlington, VT and down South as far as Georgia. This Goldwing was so comfortable to ride, that my Wife would fall asleep in the back.  Along the way we always met other riders and sometimes rode with complete strangers that were riding our way.  We also enjoyed so many very nice people from all over the USA.

Then, over the time of more than 20 yrs, I started to get tired of the nit-wits on “4 wheels” and them not paying attention to us on 2 wheels.  We almost got hit twice, and after that it did me in.  I sold the bike and trailer to another person that liked it so much that he paid me in cash the day he saw it!  I never saw it again or see the man who bought it.

There is so much to describe about “Riding The Wind” as it is sometimes called that it’s just to much to put here.  You must experience it for yourself and find out.  I have ridden this Bike and Trailer in pouring rain, freezing cold, hot as hell weather, and a bit of light snow.  I was not a “fair weather rider.”  If the sun was out and the temp. was above 30 degrees, we would go for a ride.  There were times that we went more than 60 miles just for a cup of coffee.  Just for the fun of it all!  Now, I don’t do it anymore.  I miss it, at times.  Especially when the weather is so nice and then go for a ride into the sun.  Just for the fun of it.