THE STORY BEHIND THIS IMAGE.

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If I must “toot my own horn” this Image that I took while in Nassau is one of my much better ones!  So, there is just a small story that goes along with this.

We had taken a Cruise aboard the Carnival Ship Pride and one of the Ports of Call was Nassau.  In route to the Port, we signed up for an excursion to one of the small islands that are nearby.  The one problem with doing is is that there are going to be lots of others that want to do the same thing.  Say, more than 50+ people.  When you sign up for these things, it’s like being in a herd of cattle.  Being told and moved along with everyone else.  I’m not much of a person that can take crowds of people for very long.  They tend to get to me, and I just want to get away from all of them and do my own thing.

After being herded on a boat, we were taken to this island that has a name, but I can’t remember it.  It was a simply beautiful area to be in.  Warm weather, crystal clear water, soft white sand, and plenty of area’s to swim and sit to get some sun.  I loved it!

After doing some swimming & snorkeling in the crystal water, we wanted to get something to eat & drink.  A sandwich & a beer would be fine for me.  We found that just down the beach was a small restaurant that had what we wanted.  We ordered some food and my beer, only to find out just how expensive it was!  Just for 2 hamburgers, french fries, a Coke, and 1 beer, our total bill was over $40.00!!  Say what!  That was allot of money just for that.  I was not happy!!  We didn’t go back!!

After eating we got up to dump our trash and walking over I noticed this area above.  The Image is exactly as I saw it, but without other people in the Image.  I thought this would make a good capture.  Sorta Wrong!  While composing the shot, some other people came in and sat down as you see it.  This sorta made me a bit angry!  Well, I shot the Image with them in the frame.  I just couldn’t walk over to them and ask them to leave while I composed the Image, could I?

If it’s one thing that I dislike in Photography, it’s when people get in the way of your Image!  I hate that!  So, there is not much I could do.

So, if you go on a trip to Nassau, remember that it is one very expensive place to be in.  Things are not cheap!  Guess it’s because this area is a Tourist trap and they know it.

Oh yes, this Post is Grammarly correct using Grammarly as a guide for what I do wrong.  It does help.

STOP OVER

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Entering Port Canaveral, FL.

When our ship entered Port Canaveral, FL I expected to see a Port that was filled with Cruise Ships of all kinds.  To my disbelief, there was only 1 other ship in Port.  I also expected to see lot’s of places to see and places to do some sightseeing and shopping.   There was really nothing here like that.

The Port of Call was rather empty.  The only thing to really do was go on the shore, and sit on the beach that is near-by.  We only had 4 hours to do this, so we thought why not.

The Beach was nice, but a bit windy.  The surf was heavy and water darn cold.  I elected not to go into the water.  We stayed on the beach for about 2 hrs. then headed back to the ship.  There was really not much else to see or do.  If you do go to Port Canaveral, don’t expect a whole lot.

GETTSYBURG TOUR

 

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About a 4 hr. drive from here is the Historic Town of Gettysburg, PA where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place on July 1 – 3, 1863.  The Town still remains much as it did back in the day’s of the big fight between the Northern & Southern Armies.  Despite the modernization of the old town there are many buildings still standing from that time in History.  There is much to see there from Touring the Battlefield to walking around the Town and observe the many Historic area’s.  You don’t really have enough time in one day to see everything.  I’ve been to Gettysburg 3 times, so far and still don’t tire of it.

One of the things you can experience is a “Ghost Walk”.  A Guide will take you around the Town and tell you what used to be there and what happened in that area where modern building’s now sit, where once there was nothing but a open field.  She tells you of what buildings/area’s are haunted and why.  What she has to say was very interesting to hear.  Just one of them is where the old Jail is.  The lights in the windows go off and on for no reason.  Other places where ghostly sightings and sounds are heard for unknown reasons.  The walking Tour last’s for about a hour and a half.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

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While walking along with our Guide she happen to point out this house that was in Confederate hands during the Battle.  It is now a private residence.  She told us of the History behind this house and while doing so I turned and snapped a photo of it with my Olympus D-460 DSR camera.  Sorry about the clarity of it, but it’s only a 1.3 Megapixal camera.

Now, I took the camera home and down-loaded the photo.  In reviewing the photo I noticed “spots” on the Image that were not there when I took it.  I looked again, and again, but still could not justify the “spots.” The only light there was the one on the front porch and on the very end on the right side.  Decided to e-mail this exact photo to the people who ran the Tours and asked them just what those “spots” were. 

They replied to me that what I have here is “energy” that is in the shape of a “spot” left over from the Civil War!! They asked if they could have the photo, with my permission.  I almost find that hard to believe.  However, Digital Camera’s are known to see what the human eye can not.  They have caught “ghosts” in the image many times that have been documented.  Did I capture something from the past?  I don’t really know for sure.  What do you think?  You be the judge.

Thank you.

Les

THE LIGHTS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

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WELCOME TO KOSIERS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Not far from my home, is a once plain ole’ Diary Farm that is owned by Samuel Kosier, and his Wife.  Back about 30 yrs. ago, Sam started decorating his home and the Dairy Barn with Christmas lights.  Just adding a few strings of lights here and there to light the farm up for the Holiday Season.  Then as each year went by, he added more and more lights making it more noticeable to passers by who began to notice.  More & more lights were added over the years, and the farm started to back up traffic on the country road.  He started charging people to come in a see all the Christmas Lights that he had added.  Back then he charged $3.00 just to walk around and look.  Now, more than 30 yrs. later it has grown to this that I will show you.  He no longer has his Dairy Cows, as you would imagine!  The Image above shows the main Barn all decorated up for the Season with 3 HO Train Sets and model homes.

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Looking up to the entrance of the Farm.

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This is the Main House of the Farm.

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This is looking down towards the Lake that is in front of the Farmhouse.  The lights on the Lake keep time with special music and make a colorful display.

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The Main Barn looking across the Lake and reflection.

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More Lights & reflections in the lake. 

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Just one of the many different display’s on what used to be a pasture yrs. ago.

 

 

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In closing, this is what the one time Dairy Farm look like from a distance.  Since the Farm is located on a back country 2 lane road, I had to pull off the road, get out of my car with tripod and camera in hand and shoot this Image.  People come from all over the county to see this amazing place that has been here for as long as I can remember.  I think that each year, Sam add’s more and more, even though it might be only a little bit here and there.  The people never seem to stop enjoying what they see.  The cars line up night after night in long lines to bring the kids in all of us to see this terrific display.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this.

Les                                              

NYC

 

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Here is NYC on 7th Ave.

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Here is the same Image, but in full color.  Can’t decide which is better.

When we visited NYC last year we decided to take a bus tour that would take us all over the City to see the important sights.  Sitting on top of the open-air bus we could see most everything.  It was a nice view, but it did have some disadvantages.  One thing we had to watch for is low over-hanging branches from trees, like you see coming.  Just had to duck your head at times.  This Image was taken from on top of the bus using my Pentax K100D.

We spent the whole day in NYC.  Traveling on the bus tour took up most of the time.  NYC has always been a fast paced City that never seems to sleep or slow down.  It’s always alive with people from all over the world.  Lot’s of people!  City Taxi’s, fire trucks, ambulances, cop cars on patrol, and bicycle message runners dart in and out of traffic everywhere.  Broadway & Times Square are even worse!  You can get yourself run over by a taxi real easy.

There is so much to see and take in while here.  Ellis Island where all the immigrants came in long ago is a huge museum pretty much as it was yrs. ago.  See where John Lennon was shot, the American History Museum, City Park, and much much more.  This is one City that I could never drive in.  So much traffic and the way people drive is nuts!  With the Holidays approaching NYC will be all decked out in lights for all to see.