About a 4 hr. drive from here is the Historic Town of Gettysburg, PA where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place on July 1 – 3, 1863. The Town still remains much as it did back in the day’s of the big fight between the Northern & Southern Armies. Despite the modernization of the old town there are many buildings still standing from that time in History. There is much to see there from Touring the Battlefield to walking around the Town and observe the many Historic area’s. You don’t really have enough time in one day to see everything. I’ve been to Gettysburg 3 times, so far and still don’t tire of it.
One of the things you can experience is a “Ghost Walk”. A Guide will take you around the Town and tell you what used to be there and what happened in that area where modern building’s now sit, where once there was nothing but a open field. She tells you of what buildings/area’s are haunted and why. What she has to say was very interesting to hear. Just one of them is where the old Jail is. The lights in the windows go off and on for no reason. Other places where ghostly sightings and sounds are heard for unknown reasons. The walking Tour last’s for about a hour and a half. I enjoyed every minute of it.
While walking along with our Guide she happen to point out this house that was in Confederate hands during the Battle. It is now a private residence. She told us of the History behind this house and while doing so I turned and snapped a photo of it with my Olympus D-460 DSR camera. Sorry about the clarity of it, but it’s only a 1.3 Megapixal camera.
Now, I took the camera home and down-loaded the photo. In reviewing the photo I noticed “spots” on the Image that were not there when I took it. I looked again, and again, but still could not justify the “spots.” The only light there was the one on the front porch and on the very end on the right side. Decided to e-mail this exact photo to the people who ran the Tours and asked them just what those “spots” were.
They replied to me that what I have here is “energy” that is in the shape of a “spot” left over from the Civil War!! They asked if they could have the photo, with my permission. I almost find that hard to believe. However, Digital Camera’s are known to see what the human eye can not. They have caught “ghosts” in the image many times that have been documented. Did I capture something from the past? I don’t really know for sure. What do you think? You be the judge.
During the Winter months around here, it’s always cold and sometimes snowy. Last week we had gotten a heck of a snow storm that dropped more than 2 feet of snow in my area. The storm shut down a whole lot of business, electric was lost at places, made a mess of roads & traffic for 1 or 2 day’s until they got all the roads cleared. Here in PA we are sort of used to getting a heavy snow during the Winter. If we don’t get at least 1 bad snow storm a year, everyone is wondering why or just when it will come.
A few day’s ago we had some exceptional weather that is so nice to get. After that nasty Winter Storm, the weather started turning much warmer for some reason. It gave all of us a chance to clear some more snow away, and also get “out there” a bit to enjoy the outdoors. If I remember right, the tempeture climbed up into the low 60’s! Thus, melting much of the snow that had been laying around. It also gave me a chance to go “out there” and take my Nikon gear for a walk.
Taken at one of my places that I frequent often during the year at Grings Mill & Recreation Center, the sun was starting to go down behind the pine trees.
Not to blow my own horn, but I think this shot is one of my better ones. It’s of the old Gring Mill that was built in 1832, but now used to store equipment for the Park Service. I caught the reflection just right on the old holding pond that once was used for holding Canal Barges before they went down the old Schyukill Canal.
Ok, this is the last one. Looking down onto the old Canal Towpath. The walking path was not cleared for people & bicycles of all the snow for good reason. It would take the Park Service way to long to do this. The Towpath is on the right of this Image with the Schuylkill River next to it. The old Schuylkill Canal used to run to the left in the Image. This is why the Towpath is there. The House in the background sit’s right on top of where the Canal used to be.
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Back in the middle 50’s when I was just a young boy, I can remember my Mother taking me to this movie theater to see a movie once in a while. It was a real nice theater back in those day’s with a well decorated lobby, with fancy lights and ornaments that made it a quality theater to go into. It had red carpets all thru the flooring and also had quite a number of brass ornaments. There were also 2 other nice Movie Theaters here in Reading. I can only remember the Strand Theater that was located just down the street from the Astor pictured here. The Strand was just as nice and depending on what was playing back then, I was taken into that one also.
That was back in the 50’s and part of the 60’s. With more and more business leaving the City and moving into the Urban Shopping Malls, attendance declined in all the movie theaters, thus creating their down-fall. The Astor closed it’s doors sometime in the 80’s, as well as the 2 others. More and more movies were being played in the urban movie theaters, plus the Drive-In Theaters. No one wanted to go into the City much anymore.
Over the years that passed, the theater started falling apart as pictured above. It was just left to history. Such a great movie place was headed into disrepair with no one caring what happened.
Now, more than 50 yrs. passed, the old Theater is no longer there. It was falling apart so bad that parts of it fell into the sidewalk. The once lighted colorful sign was taken apart and placed into a holding area somewhere in the City. This was done to keep the memory of the ole’ Astor Theater alive for future generations. Eventually, the whole block was torn down to make room for a brand new Sports Arena where top bands, concerts, and ice hockey are played. I’ve been in the new complex and it’s very nice. Went to see Barry Manilow in concert and a hockey game.
With most of the City in decline for many years, I don’t venture in there very much. It has become full of crime, drugs, and robbery’s that was never there years ago. The City of Reading, PA has gone down-hill so bad. When the weather turns warmer, I’m going to go shoot what the Historic area’s in the City look like. Thank goodness this has not gone all that bad, with it’s very stately old homes that were built back in the early 1900’s. They still stand to this day.
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