SUMMIT HOUSE

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The Summit House was once located at the top of Skyline Drive here in Reading, PA.  It was a popular place for people from the City to escape the busy streets of Reading for a week-end or just a few day’s.  The House had rooms, a bar, billard hall, dance hall, and many activities for young and old.  Today, there is not much left of the ole’ place.  On April 23, 1923 it was set on fire by a Arson that was never found.  Image shown was from a Postcard.

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What remains of the Stone steps that led up to the House.  Steps that lead to History.

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Another view of the old steps that still exist today.

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This was once a railroad bed that came right below the Summit House.  People could ride the Train up to the House, and take the steps that I showed above.  The rails & wooden ties have long been torn away.  It’s used as a Walking Trail now.

There is not very much to show of the old place.  The foundation of where it once stood is still there, but in poor condition.  The City of Reading does not take much care of this Historic spot.  It just waste’s away into History.

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

150-600mm LENS

For the 1st time in 2 day’s, I finially got the chance to take out the 150-600mm Tamron Lens that I had rented from Perfect Image in Lancaster.  The weather was real nice.  No wind, clouds, and it was not so cold as before.  Sun was out and getting warmer, so I took the Lens, Tripod, and Gimble Head over to the local Blue Marsh Dam just to see what this Lens will do.

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I mounted the Lens on the Tripod and also attached a Remote Shutter Release.  When I arrived at the Boat Launch area, there were quite a few boats in the water since it was such a nice day.  Thought it would be a good place to use the Big Lens.  Image above is one that I took having the Lens out to about 400mm.  It’s not all that bad.  I took some other shot’s but didn’t like them, so I deleted those.

So, to sort of make a long story short, I found that this Big Lens is not really for me.  Yes, it will photograph subjects a good distance away, but it’s also heavy to carry around.  It weighs a good 3 lbs.  It is also cumbersome.  It’s not a Lens to carry on a mounted Tripod from one place to another.  I think that it serves it’s purpose to stay in one spot most of the time.

Yes, this Lens would be good for Bird watching, and Wildlife capture from a distance away, but I don’t get into birds and wildlife all that much.  For those that do, it would be great.  For me, it would probably end up sitting around and not be used for the $800.00 you’d pay to own it.  So, what I’m going to do is return the Lens early and maybe get a rebate on a early return.  I’ll use what I have.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

MORE SNOW GEESE

For a long time now, I’ve been thinking of what it would be like to have a “Big Lens.”  You know, one of those Lens’s that are used for photographing wild life, birds and taking long shot’s.  Ones like a 150-600mm Lens that I see much of and other people using one.

I found out that I could rent one of these Lens’s at a reasonable cost down at Perfect Image in Lancaster, PA.  After some consideration on this, I decided to do it.  The cost for renting a big Lens like the 150-600mm is $70.00 for 7 day’s.  Not bad.  $10.00 a day is more than reasonable for me.  So, I took the drive to Perfect Image in Lancaster yesterday morning to rent one of these.  It takes about 40 min. to drive there, but it’s all open highway.

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This is the Lens that I rented.  It’s a Tamron 150-600mm V1 f/5-6.3 ASF Lens.  If your thinking that it’s big, it is!  It’s a bit heavy, also.  Weight is about 4 lbs.  When I picked it up I was surprised to see just how big it is, and find out that they are not light.  This kind of Lens is used with a Tripod and a Gimble Head.  So, after doing some light paper work, I headed out with my loaned Lens to see what it will do.  I have to remember that if I drop it, scratch it, or damage it in anyway  .  . .  I just bought a $800.00 Lens!  Must be darn careful!!

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I headed up to the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge which was not too far away to try my Lens out.  I had with me a Tripod, but no Gimble Head so I just mounted the Lens on top of the Tripod without it.  Worked just fine.  This is the very first shot I took with the new Lens.  It’s nice and clear, as you see.  Some of the Snow Geese have left the area for their flight North to the Tundra in Alaska.  Their are not as many as before, but still are there.  Very soon all will be gone.

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Here they are doing what they do  . .  .  eat & rest.

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Here someone or something spooked them and they all took flight at once.  You can’t hear the roar of all the wings, but it’s a sound you don’t forget.

So far, even though, I didn’t get to use the Lens very much I love it.  I have it until next Wednesday, so I will be “out there” more in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

MIDDLE CREEK

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I made another trip down to Middle Creek a few days ago to see how many more Geese had arrived.  As always, it seems’d to be much fuller than before.  Snow Geese are always arriving for a stop-over until it’s time to leave.

The area that the Snow Geese are best observed is at a place called Willow Point where most of the thousands of birds hang out.  I’ve been here a number of times, and this time it was no exception.  People, hundreds of them, were all over the place.  I saw that it was so full that I decided to keep on driving by and try to find another location that was much more sparse of people.  I know that there is a back road around the Lake, so I thought I’d try there.

The road is dirt and was very muddy from the warmer weather we’ve been having.  It’s also full of “pot holes” that I had to keep avoiding to save my suspension.  I found a small parking area that only had 4 cars in it, so I drove in and parked my car.  Grabbed all my camera gear and started looking for the pathway down to the Lake.  I found it, but it was all snow covered and had other foot prints to show other’s were there.  Oh Well.  I’m not the only person that wants to get away from the crowd’s of people.

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You are looking at what kind of path I was greeted with.  Very narrow, darn slippery, wet, some ice, mud from the snow melt, tree limbs to step over, and worse yet it was slightly down-hill.  I thought I’m going to fall on my butt carrying my Tripod, Camera, and Lens!  That would not be good!  So, carefully, I made my way down to the water’s edge, set up the Tripod camera and Lens.  Being careful where I placed my feet cause everything was sloppy wet!

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So, having everything set up, I started looking thru the Lens for some nice shots of all the geese.  However, this time I was going to use my 640-800mm Lens for long shot’s that I figured I might have to use.  The above Image was taken with the Lens extended out to 600mm.  What I don’t like about it is that it’s blurry.  Could not seem to get a nice sharp Image with it.  I was also using my Gimble Head to support a long Lens such as this.  So far, in trying out this Lens, I’m not all that happy with it.

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See what I mean about being on the blurry side?  Here I tried to show just a portion of the thousands of Snow Geese that are all here.  The last report I got on just how many Geese are here it was over 140,000 birds so far!!  Now, how the Game Commission, comes up with that number I don’t know.  It sure is a lot!!

Now, after taking these Images, I had to stomp back up that darn trail again but this time it was up-hill!  I ran into the same trouble as before.  It’s about a 1/4 mile hike and by the time I got back to my car, I was exhausted!  To say the least.  Don’t think I’ll do this again for awhile.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

BEFORE IT MELTS AWAY

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Well, it looks like the month of March is coming in as a Lion, so far.  It snowed again last night.  This was the 3rd time this week-end.

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The 1st snow we got was on Friday evening.  That time it was just about 2 inches of white stuff.  The 2nd time was on Saturday evening that snow fell leaving just about 2 inches, again.

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Yesterday, it started snowing again.  This time it lasted most of the day and into the night.  I got up and was greeted by a Winter Wonder Land.  The snow was on the Wet side so that made it cling to most everything it fell on.  This type of snow makes for real pretty Landscape shots.  This one was taken from my back yard.  My Butterfly Bush in the foregound can’t take the weight as well as my Rocket Trees behind.  Everything is all dressed in White.

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Wanted to take a drive up to the local watershed, where I’ve been many times before, but the roads have not been plowed very well quite yet.  I thought it best not to venture out.  No need to damage the car.

I do enjoy it when Nature shows Her splendor.  It’s up to the beholder to take notice.  I do just that!  Always have.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

CITY OF READING

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Made a small drive up on Skyline Drive, that over looks the City, this morning before the weather started going bad to try using one of my “Long Lens”.

I was going to use my 480-800mm Lens, but found when I mounted to lens to my Tripod the screw broke that holds the Lens on the mount.  I was a bit disappointed on this, but had another Lens in stand-by.

Here with this Image, I used my Nikkor 18-200mm Lens to get close to the Court House in center city.  When I shot this using a Remote Trigger because the Lens was extended way out to 200mm.  The slightest shake would have made it blurry and I don’t want that.  It was a bit on the foggy side because bad weather was on the way.

I tend to like this one.  Came out better than I thought it would, even though it was cold and damp.  My hands were cold even to press the Remote!

Thank you for stopping by.

Les

BUNG-HOLE

 Greetings to my NEW readers that I have aquired in the past few day’s.  I appreciate you following what I Post.  Thank you!

Now, on to something else.

In your many conversations with other people you know, have you ever heard the word “Bung-Hole”?  No, it’s not what you might think on the human body!

The word “Bung-Hole” comes from the day’s of Proabition way back in the 1920’s and 1930’s.  Back then beer was made and stored in wooden barrels that were hand made.  It was then used by illegal Rum-runners that would sell them to “speak easy’s” where ever it was needed.

After making a barrel to pour beer into, they had to have a “hole” to get the beer into.  A hole was bored into the barrel and beer was poured into the barrel.  Now, there had to be a plug to keep the beer from spilling out.  The plug was called a “Bung”.  Thus the name and how it came to be.

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How bout’ that!

Thanks for stopping by.

Les