SHOOTING RANGE

DSC_1325

Most all of my Life, I have been a owner of Guns.  Everything from Shotguns, Rifles, and Handguns.  I have a Permit to carry a concealed weapon when-ever I choose to do so.  I am a Law abiding US Citizen that believes in the 2nd Amendment.  Being licensed to carry a concealed weapon does not mean that you can wear your weapon anywhere.  Common sense prevails here on this.  I have gone thru many hours of gun safety instruction in the US Navy.  I know what they can do.  I’ve seen what they can do.

I’ve been “snooping around” for a “free” area that you can go shoot.  I’m not too happy with joining a Gun Club, pay their dues each year, abide by their rules, have a Range Instructor present, and then have to join the NRA.  No Thanks.  So, I was told that there was a area up in St. Clair way back in the “empty area” where there is nothing but scrub, coal dirt, and clum.  I found it and the person is right.  There is nothing here but Coal dirt, and scrub.  Who owns this land, I don’t know.  I’m guessing that the Anthracite Coal Company does.

Pictured above is the place I was at.  There are tables to use, targets to shoot at, carpeting at places where you can even sit and watch.  People come here from all over the area just to practice with their weapon.  Old tires, cans full of holes, plastic bottles, shot gun shells and empty pistol cartridges are all over the place.  There is nothing fancy here.  Just a area where you can shoot till you run out of ammunition.  The 2nd Amendment is alive and quite well in the Coal Region’s.

However, there are RULES here that you don’t see.  The local people here don’t like un-safe practice!  If you are caught doing something stupid, you will be told about it by others that watch over this place.  Safety is a big factor here, even though you don’t see any signs.  Common sense is another!

There are no range posters telling you how far away your target is.  You must be the judge of that!  However, to the top of that Coal pile in the distance is about 120 yds.  To the bottom of the Coal pile is about 100 yds.  The Range tables were made by a local resident and donated to the area.  All that is asked of you, the shooter, is to Police your brass, and clean up behind you.  No beer cans or hard booze allowed, even though people that come here from outside the area, do it.  The local’s don’t like that and will tell you to leave if caught!

I enjoyed my time here.  I set up a target about 25 yds. away and shot my Ruger .40cal S&W.  It shoots quite well.  I WILL hit what I’m shooting at.  Their is no doubt about that!

CHECKING OUT MY NEW LENS

20170908_181541

I know that I’ve Posted this Image before, but today I took it out again and gave it a try to see how the Images would come out.  In messin’ around with it, I found that the Lens is very sensitive to touch & any small vibration will cause the camera to shake just a bit, but enough to blur my Image.  With this big Lens set at 480mm, it will be necessary to use a Remote Shutter Release.  This way there will be no shake  .   .  .  .  I hope!

DSC_1324

Ok, so I went over to one of my favorite places where I could get some distance shooting with the long Lens.  The first shot’s I took were at a subject way “out there” using the 800mm setting.  The shake was even worse out that far!  Didn’t like what I saw, so I deleted what showed up.  The one above was taken from the Bridge above the Lake, looking down.  It was about 40 yds. away.  This came out better using the 480mm setting.  Not all that clear, but it’s acceptable for me.  I’ll keep working with this Lens and see more of what it does.  BTW –  The leaves around here are just starting to change a bit.  Nothing eye catching just yet.  Too early.

_IGP3011

I’m over at this place again, yesterday, because I wanted to get “out there” and do some shooting with my camera.  I seem to be drawn here to the Grings Mill area many times hoping that I’ll find something different.  Usually most all of it remains the same, except when the Seasons start changing.  Soon the leaves will change color and Fall will be here.  It is one of my favorite times of the year.  Water here is a bit on the high side because of the rain we’ve had before.  It’s usually not this high.

_IGP3013

At the far end of the bridge that cross’s over the Schyukill River is this old Pump House.  The Pump House dates back to the middle 1800’s and was used, at one time, to pump water from the river into the Union Canal that once was here.  It stayed in operation until the Union Canal was no longer needed.  The Pumps that were here have been removed.  They are no longer needed. Now, the old house serves as a storage area for the Park Service.

_IGP3012

It was such a nice beautiful, somewhat cool day, that I could not resist pressing the shutter button once more.

Images taken with my Pentax K10D using a Tamron 17-50mm AF Lens.

PERRY GOLF COURSE

_IGP2994

Yesterday while out cruising around the many back country roads around here, I decided to stop off and take a look-see at the Perry Golf Course that is not but a 20 min. drive for me.  The Perry Golf Course was built in 1970 and was a challenging course for all levels of play.  It had Par 5’s, 4’s & 3’s for everyone.  A open course to play.  No membership needed.  It was a very popular course around the area for quite some time.  The parking lot always had car’s in it with golfers playing the course.

Over the passing years it remained high on the Golf Course List to play, until in the late 90’s it started to decline for some reason that I don’t know.  I even played here on 2 occasions and found that the greens were well kept, cart paths were smooth, fairways and tee’s were always kept in superb condition.  The green fees were average, paying about $18.00 for 18 holes and a cart rental.

_IGP2997

Like I stated before, the Golf Course started to decline in business.  The next thing I heard was that it had closed, because there was not enough business anymore and the Owners were loosing money.  The Course closed 2 yrs. ago on December 31st.  It has been sitting vacant since then.  Here my Image shows the Club House to the left with the practice green off to the right.  Where the flag pole stands was a area for Golf Carts to rent.

_IGP2996-Edit

What remains of the Cart Path for the 18th Hole.  No one is here anymore.  No one to keep the Course lush & green.

_IGP3003-Edit

The Golf Cart Rental area now empty.  No Golfers walking around or playing.  Nothing but empty buildings and UN-trimmed shrubbery blowing in the wind.

_IGP3001-Edit-Edit

What is left of the 18th Green, now taken over by weeds & scrub.  The Flag is gone and the lush green color has long disappeared.  Nothing here anymore, which is a shame.  It felt kinda strange to walk around here.  Nothing here but me, my camera, and the wind with rain starting to splatter.  To me, it felt eerie, to walk in a place that once was so popular.

I was told later on that the property was bought by some big land developer that wanted to built 3 huge ware houses here.  That was years ago.  What happened?  No one has done a thing.  The once nice Golf Course is being reclaimed by Nature, as usually happens.

_IGP3007

Hello to my Followers.  I want to thank all of you for liking my Posts.  I appreciate that.

Here I learning something different using Lightroom CC.  Turning Day Into Night.  This Image was taken yesterday in the afternoon in bright sun.  Following instructions from Lightroom Magazine, it showed me how to do this.  After about 4 tries, I finally got the hang of it.  I think that this is a great effect.

To you all this is just another nice home, but to me it has much History.  This Home was owned by Carl & Dorothy Spacth who owned and operated Burkey & Spacth Funeral Home in Hamburg, PA.  It has been here in Hamburg since the 1950’s.  Carl & Dorothy built this home, so it was not far away from his Funeral business.  They lived here until they both passed on in the 80’s sometime.  The Home has a horse stable in the back to house one of the horse’s Carl had for a few years.  He loved horse’s.  I have been inside this home when I was a young boy and still remember it well.  Who owns it now, I have no idea.

Carl sold out his half of the Funeral business years ago and it is now Burkey & Driscoll Funeral Home.  Since I’ve known Steve, he is the one who took care of my Mothers Funeral back in December of 2004.  Mom also knew Steve well.  That’s why he did the Funeral arrangement for me.  Steve Burkey is the one half owner and I have known him since my day’s as a young boy in Hamburg.  Steve’s Father owned the Burkey Knitting Mills in Hamburg that operated for many years until closing.  The Knitting Mill building still stands today, but it is used for storage by some company that I don’t know.