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

WATCHING THE GEESE

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Yesterday, even though it was cold and a bit windy, I made a trip down to Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge to see the Snow Geese that stop by here every year.  There are truly thousands of them that migrate either North or South.  They usually arrive here in the middle of Feburary and stay here for a number of weeks, until it’s time to leave for where-ever they continue to fly to.  The fields & ponds are filled with them.  Many people come from everywhere to see this wonder of Nature.

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This is just a sample of the all the Geese that are here.  A problem for me is that I never can tell who is Female and who is Male.  They know, and that’s all that counts.  To hear the sound of their wings when they get “spooked” taking flight all at the same time is quite a experience to hear.  It’s a “roar” that is hard to explain using words.

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This is the camera Lens that I use for long shot’s.  It’s a Vivitar 500mm Mirror Lens.  It’s mounted on my Pentax K100, but since then I’ve used my Pentax K10d more.  It’s a nice Lens, but takes some practice getting to learn how it works.  The focus for this is very “touchy”.  It’s hard to get a good focus with it.  When you install a 2x Doubler on, it brings the Lens to 1000mm!  That’s alot.  Then it’s harder to get good Images with it.  This is one reason I don’t use it that much.  I have to stay with this, cause I just can’t afford those big, huge Wildlife Lens’s.  They are quite expensive for me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

MAIN ST. IN READING, PA

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This is the Main St. in Reading, PA my home town.  Taken as a Snapshot from my Dash Cam that I bought a few weeks ago.  Here I will provide some more information on what this shows.

I have lived here, but on the outskirts, of the City most all my Life.  I was born not far from here in the Reading Hospital in March 1947.

Much of what you see here was not the City years ago.  It has changed much over the years that I remember.  The City was much better back then.  Starting with looking at the right side of the Image, most of the orginal stores are gone.  The City used to be just full of all kinds of different merchants that people would shop in.  Furniture stores, shoes, clothing shops, etc. are not here anymore.  Other business has taken their place.  The tall building on the right used to be a popular shopping place called Pomroyes.  I remember well my Mother taking me into Pomroyes many times in it’s past.  Over the years, it lost business and was not profitiable any longer.  It was torn down and the Wells Fargo building took it’s place.

There was no divider in the Center of the street.  Us teenagers used to Cruise Main St. on a Friday & Saturday night hoping to meet some new Ladies that were doing the same thing as us boys.  Called “Crusin’ back then, that’s long gone now.  No one does it anymore.  There used to be Trolley’s that ran up & down the Main St., but the last one ran in 1951.  The tracks are now torn up or paved over.

The Tall Building on the left was not there, either.  Before there were other small business’s there, but they are gone.  On the right again, the Woolworth Store is gone also.  It was a popular eating place.  It was well known for it’s “Soda Fountain” that many Woolworth Stores had thru the Country.  The “Crystal Restraunt” was another nice place to eat.  Well known for it’s good food, Mom would take me in there for lunch.  I had to eat all of what she ordered or I could not “go to the Toy Box” to pick out a Toy!  I did, even though I hated peas!  That too, is long gone.  In the 70’s, it caught fire and burned to the ground.  It never did return.

There is so much of the City that has changed that I can’t mention it all.  Now, the City is not known for what it was.  It’s full of drugs & crime in certain area’s.  I avoid the City when-ever possible.  Only go in there if I have to.  I’m truly sorry to see my City get like it is.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

HISTORIC HOMES IN READING, PA

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The City of Reading, PA where I live on the outskirts, is full of Historic Homes that date back to the 1800s.  This is just one of them.

This is the Wilhelm Mansion that was built in 1877 by Charles W. Wilhelm & his Wife, Sarah.  Mr. Wilhelm lived here from 1877-1936.  There is also a Carriage House in the back, that was added in 1890, which I could not get to.  The Mansion is built in the Gothic Style.  It’s located on Center Ave. in the Historic District of Reading.  Is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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This is just part of what is in the Mansion.  Not my Image.

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This is just one of the ornate ceilings in the Mansion.

When I took the Image outside, the Mansion was not open for visitor Tours during the Winter.  I would just love to see this Mansion inside, but not until Spring.

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This is the same place, but I’ve messed with it using Lightroom CC.  Sort of makes it look a bit “spooky”?

Thanks for visiting again.

Les

ABANDONDED DAYS INN

Traveling up & down RT61 North & South many times, I remember a Day’s Inn that sat just off the highway, but hard to see since it sorta sat in a small hallow off the highway.  I remember when this was being built, but never really paid much attention to it.  Just another place to stop for the night, so I didn’t think anything of it.

However, now I had noticed that the Days Inn was looking like a place not used anymore.  It was a mess, to say the least.  Thought I’d grab my camera gear and go take a look to see what happened.

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Welcome to the Days Inn in Schuylkill Haven or what is left of it.  Doing some research about this, I found out that 2 Brothers from India owned this thru the Day’s Inn franchise.  It was built by them back in 1985.  I’m told that it was a nice place to stay over night with clean well-kept rooms.  I don’t remember just how long it stayed in business, but over time it went down-hill because the Brothers got into something way over their heads.  They had no Management experience on how to run a Motel at all.  Realizing that it was failing the Brothers just up and left it!!  Now, it’s a falling apart scar on the land.

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Welcome!  We have lot’s of rooms open for your stay  .  .  .  .  If you dare!

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Over the years, the whole place has been stripped of anything that could be sold for profit, including copper wire & pipes.

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This is strange.  Why?

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Have a seat!  Rest your feet.

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While walking around this place, I was very aware of what might be in here that I don’t know about.  I was very alert to anything.  Places such as this is why a carry a .45 cal pistol.  Who knows what’s in here that might want to rob or do me harm?  I was told that during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall this place has “squatters” that live here.  Drugs are common.  However, during cold Winters there is usually nothing but an empty eyesore, because it’s just too cold.

Local people want the place torn down.  Engine Company’s respond here because of small fires that start for some reason.  They want it torn down, also.  Local gov’t does nothing about it.  Too expensive.  So it is just left to rot away.  Maybe in the near future, something will be done.

 

Thank You for Stopping by.

Les