It was a bit Misty & on the cool side here at the old Bernheart Dam. Weather & the Fall Season are upon us, but the color is not quite all there yet. It should be in full color in a week or so.
This old Dam has been here for longer than I remember. It used to be a good fishing place until a Battery Plant moved in close by. Now, the water here is no good. No fish, either. The only Wildlife here are the ducks & geese which don’t hang around very long.
The City of Reading is going to drain this Dam in the next 6 months. Where are they going to empty this water into? There is alot of it. Pump it out into a nearby stream? I don’t know, and I think the City does not know either. Guess that time will tell.
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Located right along side the Main St. in the town of Oley, PA is the Squire House that was built in the early 1700s. The Home is still here to this day but has had a few additions added on to it since the early day’s. The front of the house was added on in 1856, but the original house is still in the back part.
While photographing this old home, I noticed that the Owner was out front, so decided to walk over and ask some questions about it. She was very friendly and told me a number of things that most people don’t know. One of them is that the home is Haunted!! She saw with her own eye’s a figure walk past the kitchen window from out of nowhere and disappear into nothing! She has no clue about who the Spirit is or why he is there. She told me that this has happened a number of times in the past.
Also, she & her husband have heard knocking on the front door and scratching on the outside walls. When they go to check out the noise, there is no one there! Nothing. No one around. It is also heard during the nighttime, and again nothing there. There is a swing set out in the back yard where she was sitting one day. Out of nothing, a voice told her to “Get Off!” She heard it plain as day!
They also have a dog for a pet. She told me that their dog will not enter the kitchen, at times, because it knows something strange is in there! Just sit’s growling and looking into the kitchen! It is often said that animals can sense the presence of Spirits. Most of the time their dog enters the kitchen with no problem.
Now, this is the home that is located right next to the Squire House. I was told that it also has “strange” things that have happened here over the years and still do. It’s not as old as the Squire House, but I believe it was built in the early 1800’s like a number of other old homes in Oley.
I have known this small ole’ Town since my day’s attending Oley High School back in the ’60s, but I’ve never known some of the homes to be haunted. While talking with this nice informative Lady, I was shocked to hear about all this! It can be very informative when you just walk up and ask people questions about what you see. Believe this or not? I do!
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For the 1st time in 2 day’s, I finially got the chance to take out the 150-600mm Tamron Lens that I had rented from Perfect Image in Lancaster. The weather was real nice. No wind, clouds, and it was not so cold as before. Sun was out and getting warmer, so I took the Lens, Tripod, and Gimble Head over to the local Blue Marsh Dam just to see what this Lens will do.
I mounted the Lens on the Tripod and also attached a Remote Shutter Release. When I arrived at the Boat Launch area, there were quite a few boats in the water since it was such a nice day. Thought it would be a good place to use the Big Lens. Image above is one that I took having the Lens out to about 400mm. It’s not all that bad. I took some other shot’s but didn’t like them, so I deleted those.
So, to sort of make a long story short, I found that this Big Lens is not really for me. Yes, it will photograph subjects a good distance away, but it’s also heavy to carry around. It weighs a good 3 lbs. It is also cumbersome. It’s not a Lens to carry on a mounted Tripod from one place to another. I think that it serves it’s purpose to stay in one spot most of the time.
Yes, this Lens would be good for Bird watching, and Wildlife capture from a distance away, but I don’t get into birds and wildlife all that much. For those that do, it would be great. For me, it would probably end up sitting around and not be used for the $800.00 you’d pay to own it. So, what I’m going to do is return the Lens early and maybe get a rebate on a early return. I’ll use what I have.
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Last week, I decided to get myself, one of these Dash Cams that I’ve been reading so much about. Went onto Ebay and checked out all the different types they have to buy. I decided on this one. It took a few day’s to receive it, but once it was here I was excited to see how good it works.
Its not hard to set up at all. The little box to the left is a Rear Camera that you can place on your back windshield to record what is behind you. I didn’t op to use this right now. Maybe later on.
For the price this Dash Cam works real good. You can do all kinds of things with it, besides just record where you go. I also had to buy a a Microchip that was 8GB. It’s just a little thing. Had to get used to using it. I was told that the bigger 64GB chips don’t work too well. Get something smaller. I did. 8GB should be big enough.
After recording a video, I have to down-load it to my Laptop and then Post it where I can. I had to figure out just how to do that, since I’m not total computer understanding. I also noticed that it takes awhile for the video to down-load. The longer the video, the longer the time. I just made another video I call “Skyline Drive”, but it’s pretty long. About 40 min. worth. Not sure yet if I’m going to Post it yet.
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I’ve been doing something different for the past few day’s. I got the idea of purchasing one of those Dash Cams for the car to film where I go. Made this video after dropping our taxes off to be done. I’m hoping that it works right. This is the very first time I’ve done this, so if it’s not right, I’ll try and repair.
I’ve tried to add some narritave to the video, but found that my old mic does not work with this newer laptop. Guess that I have to get a new one sometime.
Reading, PA is where I have lived most all my Life. I don’t live in the City, just on the outskirts of it. I try and stay out of the City as much as possible, because it has changed so much over the passing years. It’s not what it used to be at all!
In my younger years I remember the City as being a vibrant place with lot’s of stores to shop in. It’s not that any longer. Crime and Drugs have runined the City and have been for many years. The once Historical District of the City is slowly falling apart. Only the Homes that are more than 100 yrs. old are still being kept in repair, because it’s the Law in Reading. My video goes right thru the Historic District.
The Dash Cam works real nice. All I had to do is mount it on the inside front window, plug in power, and press the Record button. Had to purchase a 32 G Micro Chip for the memory. I take that out and down-load it to my laptop, then try and share it with you. I think in the near future I will be doing more like this.
Oh yes. To get this video on my Site, I had to up-grade my WordPress. I hope that it was worth it.
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Once in a while, when I’m driving around in Coal Country looking for something, I come across a place that I had no idea was there. The Coal Region area is filled with “little patch towns” that sprang up years ago from a Coal Mine that was close by. Even though the Mine has been shut down for many years, some of the towns still exist to this day.
Welcome to Phoenixville, PA. Back when I was searching for the Primrose Colliery, I came down this road from the top of my Image, not really knowing where I’m going. This is what I happen to find.
I drove thru here, and thought it a nice little town, so I turned around and parked the car. This is exactly what I saw.
Little “Patch Towns” such as this seem to have a “quaint air” about them. All the homes here were well kept and in good repair even though they have been here for years. It has a small Church, which is just off to the right in my Image, a little Park, and a Engine Company with just 1 Fire Truck in it. Up here, everyone knows everybody. They probably help each other out when bad times may come to someone. The also know when a “stranger” is around. People in places like this, and many others will help out anyone who needs it. They will give you information freely, if it is known what you are looking for. People of the Coal Region will give you the shirt off their back, but never piss them off!
I had walked up the street and noticed some local residents in front of their Home. I asked them about the Primrose Colliery and was told it’s just up the main road from where I came. This is how I find out much about what I’m looking for. All you have to do is ask.
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