Had nothing else to do after getting a haircut, so I thought I’d stop by the now empty Fairgrounds Mall just to see what’s there now.

The Fairgrounds Square Mall was built in 1980 by the F&S Construction Co. on the former site of the Reading Fairground Speedway.  The Mall did a real good business for a number of years.  There were over 84 Stores in here.  During the Christmas Season this place was packed with shoppers all getting gifts for the Holiday Season.  During the other months it did well also.  On a Friday & Saturday nite lot’s of the younger generation would tend to “hang out in here” cause there was not much else to do.  Then, as the years passed by, the business started to decline slowly.  Stores started to close and board up their Fronts.  I noticed this when I would go shopping here.  There first to close were the food places, then more & more stores followed along.  I never knew why this place failed, until finding out later on.


Here is a look at one of the Main Entrances to the Mall.  Still very colorful, but there is no one that shops here anymore.  It’s empty of stores, except a few that are still hanging in there hoping business will get better, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.


Empty jewelry stands are void of merchandise to sell.  No shoppers here anymore.


Empty floors & store fronts.


I remember seeing this Pretzel place with lines of people waiting to order.  Not now anymore.


It’s quiet here now.  Nothing except the occasional “Mall Walker” in a big empty area.


A empty display case that once held some pretty jewelry to sell, now waits to be dismantled.

Why did this Mall fail, you might ask?  I found out that the Owner of the Mall complex started to default on taxes and morgage payments.  Then just let the place go down-hill.  Also the younger generation would hang out here and not buy much of anything.  The stores were loosing money slowly.  There were a number of roof repairs that had to be made, because of rain leaking in and leaving a pool of water on the floors.  All that cost money which the Owners were not ready for.  On top of all that, buying products “on-line” helped the problem.  Shoppers could get what they wanted at a better price.  It didn’t help the matter.

This Mall was built over the once famous Reading Speedway Racetrack.  Friday & Saturday nights were a big race time when Sprint cars, Modified cars, and Stock Cars would race the clay & mud track here.  The Reading Fair in September was a big thing also.  It was huge!  I remember going to the Fair in HS and we always had a great time with all the rides.  Now, all that is long gone to History which is a shame.  Time marches on


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As most of you out there know by now, I love to snoop around & visit Historical places that are around me or a small drive away.  However, this coming Spring, Summer, & Fall I’m going to go places that are more than a short drive away.  This is my Bucket List.  Places I want to visit & photograph, I hope.



Located just outside Sharpsburg, MD is a Civil War Battlefield where there was once a horrendous fight between the Army of the Potomac & the Army of Northern Virginia.  Here on the morning of Sept 17th, 1862 at what is called “The Sunken Road” was a fight that ended up being ” the single bloodist day in American History.”  In just one day, more than 23,000 Union & Confederate Troops were killed in fighting!  One Union Soldier was quoted to say “The Killing, Carnage, & Blood here was appuling.”  “You could almost walk the blood soaked ground without touching it!”  “Bodies of both Confederate & Union were piled 2 and 3 high!”



Located about a 4hr. drive from here is where one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War was fought between the Armies of Northern Virginia & the Army of the Potomac.  It started on July 1st, 1863 and lasted thru July 2nd & 3rd.  This terrible fight was the turning point of the Civil War.  Places such as “The Peach Orchard, The Wheatfield, Devil’s Den, & others will be a focol point for my whole day visit.



Another huge fight here between the Army’s that cost so many thousands of Lives.  Each Army fighting for a cause in which they all believed in.  Pictured above is “The Stone Wall” where the Confederate’s turned back the Union Army 3 times.  The Confederate Army was behind the Stone Wall with the Union approaching from the right in the Image.  The Confederate’s had the high ground shooting down on the Union Army as they attacked the position.  Again, the loss of Life here on this spot was terrible.  Thousands of Union & Confederate dead.  I plan on spending another full day or more here.


This is what the “Sunken Road” at Antietam looked like now & then.

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The “Dunker Church” at Antietam Battlefield, which is still there to this day.

My trips to these places will be done over time.  I can’t visit all of them in just 1 day.  It will take time to do.  I want to slowly walk around, take lot’s of Images, and try to feel what happened at these places of History.



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.


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.


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


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.



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!


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.


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.



Hello to all my followers.  I’m still here and I know I have not Posted anything in awhile, but there is not much going on right now, except this.

One of the Lens’s that I don’t have is a Wide Angle Lens.  Decided to snoop around a bit and see what’s available out there.  After looking around in my favorite place to order stuff, I found this Rokinon Wide Angle 14mm f/2.8 Lens for a very decent price.  I read a number of reviews about it and found that most all of them were good.  There were a few bad one’s, but the ratio between bad and good was not bad.  Seems you can’t please everyone.  So, I decided to order this for my Pentax.

It came in the mail yesterday.  I was more than anxious to attach it to my camera to see how it looks and feels.  It’s great, so far!  Nice clear glass and no problem attaching it to the Pentax K10d.  I did notice that it is a bit on the heavy side, but I’d rather have that.  Cuts down on shake.  The other small problem is that the weather here has been just plain terrible.  Cloudy, windy, wet, and nasty for the past few days.  This does not give me much chance to take it out for a test run to see how well it works.  I’m hoping to “get out there” very soon.  This Lens should complete my collection for a long time to come.

There is one more thing.  The Lens Cover for it fit’s over the whole front of the Lens.  This is different than my other Lens’s.  All my other Lens’s have a spring loaded “cap” that just fit’s over the Glass.  Not this one.  I like the difference.  Covers the whole Lens and not just the glass.