Fall has arrived!
Fall has arrived!
Winter with a different perspective. Looking at a subject thru the Lens with a different perspective changes everything.
“Out There” yesterday with my Pentax K10d. Had a much welcome change in the weather. It was up in the low 60’s. Allot better than the low 30’s that is normal for this time of the year.
This is one of my favorite “go to” area’s to shoot Images. Many years ago, this area was once a dumping ground for Coal Dirt dredged up from the river near-by. Not much hear. Lot’s of Coal Dirt. Just full of it. Not much wildlife, either, but it does have advantages when you just walk around and look.
Every Image that I take always has a story to it. This one here is no exception.
I have stated many times that I enjoy going up into the Coal Region Area that is not too far away from me. There is so much History there to be found and as you know by now, I enjoy “snooping around” in Historic Places.
The Historic St. Nicholas Coal Breaker, that I had Posted about before, is now long gone. It has been torn down to make room for something. There is nothing here anymore. Just a huge empty, coal laden area. There are some remnants of the old girl still laying around, but nothing really to show what used to be here.
When I took this Image the weather was cold & windy. I was a bit on the fearful side about going in there. Was not sure what I’d run into. You never know. But, off I went with my Pentax camera in hand, to walk around the empty building. The ground was quite soft with years of Coal dirt mixed into it. There is no way you could walk this area and have clean shoes. Walking the area, your shoes become full of black dirt. Had to stop here and there to stomp off some of the black stuff.
The Wind blowing around the old creeky structure did not help me much. It sorta scared me a bit. The wind made strange sounds blowing thru and around the old Breaker. I had to stop a number of times to make sure it was just the wind and not something else that I don’t know about. The large hole at the top of the Breaker made a “howling” noise from the wind blowing thru it. I was always on the alert for anything!
I stayed around in the area for about 2 hrs. until the cold and the wind started getting to me. Had to brush off my black, coal laden shoes before getting into the car. I bid “Farewell” to the old girl and drove away with my heater on high.
So, to continue with Post’s about my Past, I thought that I’d give you some information on my Parents.
These 2 people are my Mother & Father. My Mother, Dorothy J. Johnson, was born on May 24, 1919, in Roda County, Virginia. My Father, Wilford Frances Lawson, was born in East Potsdam, NY but don’t know what month. The year was 1917. My Mother then moved up to Hamburg, PA with my Grandparents. After graduation from Hamburg Area High School in 1937, she started working for the PA State Police in Harrisburg until deciding to join the US Army in 1943. After doing her basic training, she was shipped overseas’s to London in 1943 working at the Allied HQ doing Map tracking on a large board that showed the position’s of all the Allied troops at the time. During this time is when she met my Father, Wilford Frances Lawson, who was stationed with the 101st Airborne Division. They dated a number of times, and then decided to marry in Paris, France in June of 1945 (I think). I came along on March 11th, 1947.
During her time in London, she had told me about the German Bombs that used to fall on London. The “Buzz Bombs” were the bad ones, that she could remember. The Germans tried many times to hit the Allied HQ, but never did. Mom remembers going into an Air Raid Shelter until the siren would sound an “all clear”. Coming back out of the shelter, she saw many horrible sites. People laying in bombed out buildings, parts of bodies in the street, and the fire’s created by the bombing. Mom told me that if you could still hear the Buzz Bomb, you were all right. It was when you could not hear them that you never knew where is was going to hit.
This Image is the only one that I have or know that exists of my Parents before I came along. It was taken in the back yard of our Home in Hamburg, PA. It’s the only one that shows my Parents together while married. Then it all changed for my Mother.
It was at this time or sometime after I was born, that my Father just took off, left Mom, never to see him again. I found out in later years that he never gave Mom a notice of anything. Just up and left her, leaving her to raise me on her own with my Grandparents until they passed away in 1954 and 1956. Mom never knew where he went or why he left. I never knew anything until later years either. When I used to ask Mom who my Father was she would hardly ever speak of him. She used to cry when I would ask. I sorta learned not to ask. Leave it alone. Again, I have found out thru Ancestry.com just where he went and what happened to him. By the pictures that still exist today, I am pretty much the “spittin Image” of him, which I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. To this day, I have really no memory of him at all. He was there, did his thing, and left.
Mom must have had a tough time working a job in Harrisburg, PA, coming home on week-ends to help raise me, and then leave again to go back to work. After my Grandparents passed away, she was left to raise me on her own with no Father figure in the picture at all.
In looking back to then, I must admit that my Mother was always there for me. I never ever was abused, beaten, or treated badly in any way. I always had good cloths to wear, taken to church every Sunday, and was reared stern but fair. Back then I thought that Mom was tough on me, but I learned thru the years that there was a valid reason for that. She taught me manners. She taught me many, many things that would come into use in later years. Much of what she taught me, I still use to this day.
Can you believe that this is me! Well, it is.
The weather was not good. It was damp, cool, and was spitting rain. However, I took a chance to get “out there” and try to capture some Fog in one of the places that I go on occasion. I was rewarded with some flooded areas from the rain we had some day’s ago. A fog was hanging over the water in this desolate area. My B&W Photography needs some improvement. Not too bad. The image was taken with a Pentax K10D.
Do you know me? I don’t think so. All you see is my Images and what they are about from where I go and what I do. Well, maybe you might be interested in what I’m like.
WHO AM I? – I am a 70 yrs. young male that stands 6’5″ tall and weighs about 262 lbs.
AM I EASY GOING & EASY TO TALK TO? – Yes that I am. I am a person that can easily be talked to. I have a pretty good personality, if I must say so. I don’t get mad real easy. It takes a bit to push the wrong button, but if that happens all hell will break loose.
DID I SERVE IN THE MILITARY? – Yes. Joined the US Navy just after High School. Served aboard the Destroyer USS Carpenter DD-825 for 2.5 yrs. stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Had a 1 yr. Tour of Vietnam from 1966 – 1967.
WHAT DID I DO FOR A LIVING? – After being discharged from the US Navy, I got a job at the Polymer Corp. in Feburary of 1969. I was just a Machine Operator for about 8 yrs. working swing shifts. Changing from 1 shift to another every week, about did me in! Then went to Machinist School for 4 yrs. to learn the trade. The GI Bill paid for my schooling. Spent my remaining years at Polymer as a Class A Plastic Machinist. Retired after 30 yrs. there. Then I worked at a fast food place named Schells Drive In for 14 yrs. as a cook. Then I retired for good!
WHAT ARE MY FAVORITE FOODS? – There are a number of them. Seafood is my real favorite. Clams, oysters, fish, scallops, and Lobster. Steak is on the menu, also. I can eat most everything, except Liver, Okra, Spinach, Liver Pudding, and Peas. Not too fond of that stuff. Liver I can’t get past my nose!
WHAT DO I ENJOY DOING? – I enjoy Photography, as you can see. I like to play a good game of Golf, when I can afford it. Read a good book, but it has to hold my interest from the very beginning. I enjoy going out shooting, once in a while, at a target range. Just going “out there” with my camera to see what’s new. Keeping my Home in good shape. Mowing the grass and what ever else should be done. Going to a good Concert, when I can. Making something in my small wood shop when it’s warm enough.
DO I HAVE ANY CHILDREN? – Yes, I have 1 Daughter named Michelle Lynn born October 8th, 1973, but my Daughter is a whole different story. I haven’t seen her in 20 yrs.! I am not happy about this!
WHERE HAVE I BEEN IN MY LIFE? – While serving in the Navy, I was all over the Pacific from Hawaii, to Midway, to the Philippines, to Vietnam, to Japan, to Okinowa, to Pago Pago, to Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, NZ. I’ve seen things that most people will never see. Allot of it is good, some horrible, and some bad. In the US, all up and down the east coast.
Well, folks, that should give you a pretty good idea of what/who I am that writes this. Any questions? Just ask.