OLD HOMES

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Again, out cruising the back country roads in the Oley Twp. area, I happen to pass this stately old home.  Had to go and turn around to see & photograph this.  Upon finding a place to park across the road, I was standing there and a Lady came out and asked “Can I help you?”  Yes, I replied.  “May I have permission to photograph your home?  I won’t destroy or rob you of anything.”  She granted me permission to walk the grounds of her old Home with my camera gear.  I have asked a few times to do this in the past and never had any problem.  Was told that the House was built in 1887 and the home has undergone a number of restorations since then.  The extension on the left was built on a few years ago, along with a screened in porch in the back over looking a very nice landscape her & her husband built over time.  If you look up at the top of the Home in the center, you see a cement plaque telling when the Home was built.  Most old Homes around here have that on them.

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This is a view of their back yard.  All of this was not there when they purchased the property.  All that you see here has been added since then.  The Waterfall is a left over from a Dam that once was here long ago.  Part of the old Dam is still visible next to the Gazebo.

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This is what it looks like from another view.  Everything here was either built or had it installed by the Owner over time.

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This old structure is her Office.  It was once used as a Cold Storage area.  I like the choice of colors.  Brings out the structure more.

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Ah, yes.  The old “Out House” from long ago.  You don’t see this type around much anymore.  One with 2 doors?  Interesting.  Ever use one of these?

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A different look.  I shot this using my Hoya R72 IR Filter.  Some people don’t care for IR, but I think it’s a different way of photographing light that the human eye does not see.

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Another view of their back yard in IR.  I apologize for some of the blurr,  but it was on the windy side while shooting these Images.  When shooting IR, everything must be solid or it will blurr like this one.

In departing this nice place, I thanked the Owner for their kindness.  Like I stated before, if you see something on someone else’s land and you want to photograph it, always ASK to do so.  Most of the time your request will be granted.  NEVER just walk on someone’s land without permission.  You just may get a double barrel shotgun pointed at you!!

Thank You.

WE’RE IN FOR A BLOW, BOYS!

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Yesterday morning it dawned rather humid.  The weather forecasters were calling for Severe Storms in the afternoon.  I didn’t pay much attention, and just too it as another “cry wolf” as has happened before.  This time I was wrong!

Around 4:45 pm my Phone Alert went off telling me that I severe storm was heading our way.  Humm .  .  .  now this made me take a look.  Went outside and saw dark clouds coming in from the West, as they always do when bad weather is coming.  Oh Crap!  This does not look good at all!  On top of that the phone alert came on again saying that we were under a Tornado Warning!  Not good!  When ever I hear this, it will concern me.

I went outside, because I have a habit of liking to watch Storms as they come rolling thru.  The wind started picking up and I could hear Thunder in the distance.  The sky got much darker and then a blast of heavy wind came in almost knocking me off my feet.  It was getting very windy with some slight rain.  I’m watching the sky and listening for a “freight train” sound and hoping I don’t see a funnel cloud.  Thank goodness I didn’t.  No Tornado, but it did blow rather hard and had some heavy rain.  It lasted about 10 min. and then slowed down, with the wind diminishing.  I’m always concerned with heavy wind, because of the large Pin Oak Tree out in the front yard.  This Storm was one of the heavy hitters!  No damage to the house.  Just alot of leaves and twigs to pick up after.

I’ve been in some heavy weather during my time in the US Navy.  I’ve been in and seen heavy wind at sea and a Typhoon!  That one scared me.  The ship was heaving up & down, side to side with waves crashing over the 02 Level.

UNION CANAL

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Hello there!  Sorry that I’ve been away from WP for awhile, but had another problem.  This time it was with WordPress!  For some reason, WP wanted me to start paying for my Site!  I’ve never done that before in all the time I’ve had this account!  Why?  Made me on the cranky side.  Contacted WP and was told to down-load the new WP Site.  The site was in a Zip File and I hate those things.  I always mess them up and then can’t find what I did!  So, to make a long story short, I then tried using Internet Explorer.  Had to sign back into everything!  Now, I’m hoping that this will keep working good like it is so far.

Ok.  I’m back to normal as before.  The above Image is one that I took of the Towpath alongside the old Union Canal.  It’s in HD.  I go to this place quite often.  It seems that it’s a magnet for me.  Always looking for something a bit different.  With this one I liked the path stretching into the trees with the shadows.

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For this one I tried something different.  I had purchased a small Tripod that will get low on a subject.  Like ground level.  A different perspective you could call it.  I had to get down on all 4’s to take this shot.  The problem with doing this is that when I have to get that low, I have a bit of trouble getting back up on my 2 legs!  The ole’ legs don’t work as well as they used to!  Not happy about it, but not much I can do right now.  Just have to be careful!

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While walking along the Path, I noticed these Blue Bells growing alongside the old Canal.  For some reason, there are not many flowers like this to be seen.  Why, I have no idea.  Had to shoot this from a low position to get a nice shot of them.  Got back up again after about 5 min. of trying!

Thank you!

GREAT HORNED OWL

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Isn’t this Great Horned Owl pretty with all the different colors they have?

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This is my rendition using Color Gel Pens of the Great Horned Owl.  It took me weeks to color this.  Tried to match the color of the real thing, but it’s tough to do.  The real Owl is much prettier.

WASTE LAND

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This is a place that I have played in a long time ago.  There is nothing here, except Coal Dirt that was placed here long ago from a dredging operation from the river.  What they scooped out of the river was dumped here.

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The ole’ place has changed somewhat over the passing years.  When I played here, there were no ponds such as this one.  Years of snow & rain have created a depression for the water to lay in, thus creating a Wildlife area for ducks and waterfowl.

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No Wildlife here, yet.  Nothing.  However, there is beauty in nothing.

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The area has become a walking, bicycle, running, and a place just to observe what little Nature has to offer.  This whole area will soon be declared a Wildlife Sanctuary.

As in all my Posts, they are Grammerly correct.  Also, my Images are the sole property of me.  Want one?  Ask first.

THEY ARE HERE!

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Every year when it get’s close to Spring, the Snow Geese arrive at the Middle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary on their stop over to rest & eat.  There are really thousands of them to see with more & more arriving each day.  The Game Commission of PA says’s that the count is over 170,000!

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This sight of Nature is truly a sight to see.  Thousands of Geese all taking flight at the same time!  The roar of their wings, plus the talking to each other, is a definite thing to behold.

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Photographers and all Nature lovers come from miles around to see these Geese in their natural habitat.  The Game Commission Officers that are in the area, have to turn people away because the parking and car congestion get’s way too full to handle.  The Geese always stop here every year.  I venture to say that the food supply for them is enough because they stay here for a number of weeks before taking flight further North.  The droppings from the Geese help fertilize the ground for other wildlife.

Most all the time, the Geese always stay in a “Restricted Area” where no one is allowed to be in.  Very stiff fine’s are, and will be, enforced on those who don’t obey the signs posted.  A $1000.00 fine will be levied against you.  Most people adhere to the rules, but there are some who just want to ignore what they are told.  If they are caught, hell is to pay!  Some people think that it’s fun to chase the Geese, just to see what happens.  They find out!  It’s as simple as this.  Don’t chase the Geese!  Leave them alone.

Some of the Geese choose to rest outside the Restricted Area.  They just sit there and don’t seem to fear the human presence, for some reason.  You can get quite close, but only so far.  Then they just get up and waddle away.

I took these Images with my Pentax K10d using an 80-300mm Lens.