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M60 TANK

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The M60 Main Battle Tank is a static display located in the small Town of Leesport, Pa.

Used during the Korean & Vietnam War’s this tank had a 105mm Main Gun.  It also had a 7.62cal. machine gun that was located on the top.  Also carried a few thousand rounds of machine gun ammunition.

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Photographed in B&W the M60 is slowly loosing the color it once had from sitting in all types of weather.  Would have liked to see the inside of this, but everything is locked up tight so no one enters.  The engine that powered this is still inside.

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Les

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BACK INTO TIME

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Took a drive up to the Historic Old City of Bethlehem, PA to see the buildings that have been here since the 1700’s.

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Just some of the buildings that are on Main Street.  A nice style.

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This used to be a Tannery long ago.

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The Spring House.

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Located along the Main St. of Historic Bethlehem are a few small outside cafe’s where you can order drinks or food.  Thought this one was nice, so I stopped in for some coffee and a bite to eat.  Never been in one of these, so thought I’d give it a try.  Prices were a bit stiff.  Cup of coffee was $3.50!  That surprised me.  Ordered some eggs, bacon, and potatoes.  My total bill for this was $15.38.  The food was very good, despite the price.

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While sitting waiting to pay my bill at the Cafe, I noticed the Police on horseback patroling the City street’s.  However, they were riding on the sidewalk which I found strange.  Never knew this was done, but guess that it is.  The Police were very friendly to talk with so I asked “What is done if the horse poops on the sidewalk?”  He answered “We have to stop and put the poop into a special bag we carry right here.”  Well, that was a new one for me.  I liked the color of the Grey horse.  They are very well taken care of.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

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COAL MINE

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Back up to the Coal Region area, I was told about this working Coal Mine located just outside of Mahoney City (pronounced “Mah-Ha-Noy”).  It is just one of the very few Coal Mines that are still around after so many years.  Here, I did not even try to enter the area because places such as this are very aware of who comes in here.  They don’t care for people just walking around.  If you don’t have special permission to be here, you will be thrown out for tresspassing!

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Just another Image of what my Pentax see’s.  Here I had to use my Pentax 80-300mm Lens to get closer.

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The Coal Region area is just full of places that used to be used, but now are wasting away back to Nature.  This road was for something, but now no longer for anything.

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Abandonded and forgotten, this piece of Coal equipment just sit’s here.  What purpose it was for, I don’t know.

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Rusted tracks that are never used.

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Les

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SOME B&W

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Located just down the street from our home is what remains of the Lock’s used during the day’s of the old Union Canal.  Walking around, I happen to see this thing on one of the Lock walls.  I have no idea what this was used for.  Why is it here?  What was the purpose of it?  I also noticed that there were 2 other ones on the opposite side just like this one.  I will try and contact the Berks County Historical Society and see if they know anything.

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These are very old Valves that were used to open & close the water flow.  The handles are long gone.

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Nature is re-claiming the old winch used to pull Canal Boats into the Lock.

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Known as a Bollard, these were used to tie up the Canal Boat while in the Lock.

Thank You

Les

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OUT THERE!

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Life here is pretty much back to normal now.  Eileen’s knee is doing much better now.  No longer do I have to stay around the house to help her in moving around.  She walks, goes up & down steps, and is doing the normal things around the house that was done before.  Her incision has healed quite well.  Soon you won’t be able to tell that she had knee surgery at all!

Now, I can go and come much as I did before.  Getting “out there” with my camera gear is back to normal.  Above is the old Union Canal Towpath in High Definition.  Using my Pentax K10d, I took 5 different shot’s.  Each one was 2 f/stops lower, then 1 normal, then 2 f/stops higher.  They were then blended together, that is always done with HD.

Now, I’m not so sure if I really need 5 different images like that.  I’m thinking that I could just use 3.  Would it be better that way or not.

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During the Summer months, the old Union Canal Lock get’s so very over-grown with trees, weeds, & alge in the water that it’s hard to tell what was once there.  The Winter is a better time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

 

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RETURN TO BETHELHEM STEEL

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I tend to enjoy going back to this very historic area just because so much has happened here from years gone bye.  Bethelhem Steel was once the largest Steel producers on the East Coast.  However, due to corporate greed over time and compitation from foreign steel producers, the place just did not keep up with the changing market.  Years ago, the once mighty steel producer, stopped it’s production never to make steel again.  Today, the place is a Historic reminder of what used to be.  The buildings that are still standing retain the color from the blast furnace’s that once roared here.  Some of the buildings have been torn down, but many still stand.

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Here looking down one of the area’s, are buildings that still remain.  On the right is what used to be Machine Shop #2 where gun barrels for battleships were turned on huge lathe’s that are no longer there.  These lathe’s were so big that the operator could sit on the carriage while turning the barrel.  Would have loved to see that.  On the left is the Blower Room that once supplied air to the Mill.  In the distance is the Crane Repair Building where huge Cranes lifted gun barrels onto waiting flat bed cars.

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A Plaque showing the ships that were made from the Steel Plant.

Thanks for reading.

Les

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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