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ODDS & ENDS

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While crusin’ the Internet, I happen to come across this Image of my ole’ Destroyer, the USS Carpenter DD-825, that was taken in San Francisco Bay.  I was not aboard her at this time.  Was long gone.  Here she looks pretty good, because I’ve enhanced the Image a bit.

In Her later years, she was sold to the Turkish Navy, and re-named but I don’t know what.  She lasted for some years, and then was sold for scrap.  I have many memories of this ole’ “Tin Can.”  This was my Home for 2.5 yrs.  It’s where I got my “sea legs”.  Where for the 1st time at Sea, I was so sea sick that I could not even keep a cracker in my stomach!  I found out what a “sea bat” was.  Learned what it was like to get “fired upon” over in Nam.  Scared the crap out of me!  Much more.

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Ok.  A change of subject.  For the past few weeks I have taken a good interest on doing more of B&W photography.  I’m getting better with it using my Nikon D7000 camera and the software I have to enhance my Images.  I’ve been doing some reading on what settings work when doing B&W and so far they work well.  This one was taken out on the back roads in Hamburg, PA.  I’ve read to use a ISO of 100, a f/stop setting of f/8 at 1/100 of a sec.  Not bad.  I’ll keep going.

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This shot was taken at one of my favorite places I go from time to time.  This “pond” was never here years ago.  It has formed from a depression in the Coal scrap from rain, and snow over the years.  It’s getting some Lilly Pads, and I could hear the “peepers” making their usual song.  Strange how Nature changes the landscape.

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Here is another “muddy” depression that has formed.  The “peepers” are here also.  Too darn muddy to walk down there.  Notice the Coal piles that this place is made of.

That’s it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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STREETS OF HAMBURG

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Ah, yes.  Good ole’ 3rd St. in Hamburg, PA.

3rd St. in my ole’ hometown has not changed much in the passing years.  It’s still pretty much the same as it has been when I used to ride my bicycle on these very streets.  However, there are 3 different places than before.  Where you see the Cross Key’s Insurance building, a Candy Store used to be there.  Us kids could go in there and buy penny candy.  It’s gone now.

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Located right behind the Cross Keys Insurance is this parking lot.  On this spot, long ago, was something you just don’t see anymore  .  .  . and that was a Cobbler Shop.  It was just a little wooden building where shoes were repaired.  The Owner used to keep a cardboard box next to the door that had old discarded shoe heels that us kids could use for the game of Hop Scotch.  Made of rubber, these were great for playing that game.  The Owner never minded us coming in and search threw what he had thrown away.  Now, it’s long gone, but the memory is still here.

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Again, right next to the parking lot, is this ally that I used to use as a short cut to school.  It is still the same as it was.  Has not changed.  I still can see me riding my bicycle up this ally in my minds eye.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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TRAILS

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On top of Skyline Drive that overlooks the City here, are a number of different types of Walking Trails that can be taken.  This is just one of them.  The sign before walking on the Trail said “Beware! Trail is Not For Beginners”.  “Walk At Your Own Risk!”

I’m not much of a Trail hiker at all.  Once in a while I might walk a Trail, but only if it looks easy and the Trail signs tell me what it is.  This one was not really one for me.  Even though it looks easy from the start, I don’t know what is ahead of me.  I don’t care to not know what is in store for me.  I don’t like going into something un-known.  It’s better to be safe than sorry.  Besides walking a hard trail with camera gear might not be good.  I elected to turn away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOME B&W

I’ve been shooting some Images in B&W, cause I seem to have found a better interest in it.  Before this, I’ve only used B&W for subjects that I consider on the old side.  I’ve found that B&W Images can be used for much more than that.

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All that remains of the Summit Hotel.  It was cloudy and the sky was not good, but B&W brought out some of it.

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Behind the old Fire Tower.

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Nothing fancy here.  Just showing how B&W can bring out the White clouds behind my home.  This one turned out nice and clear.

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The Light here in my Computer Room.

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TOWER HOTEL

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Once located on top of Skyline Drive here in Reading, the Tower House was another popular attraction for the Reading area.  Built in1890, it stood just a short distance away from the Summit Hotel.  Here you can see the old Summit Hotel in the distance, with the Railroad that led up to them both.  The Tower Hotel was also destroyed by Arson fire on April 24, 1923.  What is strange about this is the Summit House was destroyed by fire just one day before!  I’m sure that Arsonists set fire to both of them, but why remains a mystery to this day.  They were never caught.

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Built on the old foundation of the Tower Hotel now stands the Mt. Penn Fire Tower that was built in 1932.  The Fire Tower was used as a look-out for mountain fires that surround the area.  The orginial road is still used to this day.

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The Fire Tower as it is today.  The City does not take much care of this structure any longer.  It used to be open to climb the steps to see the City of Reading, but now is closed because of being un-safe.  The lights on it don’t work anymore, and the Dome is falling apart.  The windows are broken and have never been replaced.  It’s used as a radio, cell phone transmitter at this time.

Again, it’s a sorry thing to see that so much History here in my City is going to waste.  As with much of the History here, it also will fall apart.

Thanks for reading.

Les