WALKING AROUND

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Yesterday, while out there walking around, I decided to go check on another area that is just behind the Dam where I was before.  Found that not much was going on here.  Just the same as it was the last time I was here.  The stream is coming from a marsh land that is just off to the left of this photo.  It has nice, fresh, clear, cold water and empties into the Dam.  Again, I have never seen any deer here.  Some ducks and geese, but hardly anything else.  Maybe I should come here at a different time of the day.  Just behind this Image is a 2 lane back country road that is used a fair amount.  The traffic might be what is causing no much wildlife to come around.  Out of the picture is a sign that say’s “No Fishing.”  Guess not.  Never saw any fish in the stream anyway.

Be Well.

Les

OUT THERE!

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Today was such a beautiful day, I decided to take my Nikon and go for a walk at one of the favorite area’s that I like to go to.  There is always something different when you take the time to see in a different perspective.

The Bridge above is no longer used anymore for travel.  It’s been deemed unsafe for use.  This area is used very hard for fishing at all times of the year.  No one here at the time, so I wanted to shoot looking at a subject in a different manner.  It’s always a learning process.

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For this one I just took a few steps to the right and shot this looking down the old Bridge span.  Tone mapping added by Photomix.

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Here I tried to capture the sunlight coming thru the trees, but messed it up.  Guess that I didn’t point the camera at the right angle.  There is one thing about this area that I have noticed over time.  I hardly ever see any deer, even though they are here.  I just never see them.  I do walk around quiet and try not to be noisy.  I’ve learned that from my years of hunting, that I don’t do anymore.  The Yellow sign on the left states that this is a Propagation area.  No entry is allowed.  If you are caught walking beyond the signs, a nice healthy fine will be given to you by the Game Warden.  I make a habit not to enter!

Hope you all are having a great Holiday Season.

Les

CHRISTMAS EVE 1965

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A MEMORY FROM MY PAST

It’s Christmas Eve in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The temp. is in the low 80’s and I have been assigned to stand the 8-12 watch on the pier to guard the ship.  Dressed in my Dressed Whites and my night-stick to walk the pier in front of our Destroyer to challenge all who should not be there.  The ship is lit up for Christmas Eve with a string of lights from the Main Mast to the Bow.  Lights from the Mast are also strung down to the Stern.  Other ships are also decorated in similar fashion.  There are about 6 other ships the same way.

I go out onto the Pier and start my patrol.  Not many Sailors on board.  Everyone else, except the Duty Watch, is “on the beach.”  Not me, along with many others that have to stand a watch.  It’s warm.  Something that I’m not used to for Christmas.  This is the first time I’m out there on my own for Christmas.  It’s lonely out here.

There is no one to talk with. Just walking up and down the Pier alone with my thoughts of Home.  I’m wondering how my friends and family are doing tonight.  What they are doing.  Is it cold and snowy in Fleetwood?  Everyone is probably getting ready for Christmas Day.  I think of how lonely it can be.  Starting to get bored with this watch thing.  I wanted to just leave and go home, but no chance of that.  It would not be a good idea.

Christmas away from home can be a very lonely time.  When you are on your own for the first time and away from what you are used to.  In a foreign land that you have never been too.  Everything is lit up for Christmas and it’s 80 degrees.  It was something all new to me.

December 26th,1965, our ship left Pearl Harbor for Vietnam.

Happy Holiday’s to all

Les

BLANKET OF WHITE

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Taken last year over at the Ontellione Reservoir, one of my favorite area’s to take my camera and walk around a bit.  It was when it had snowed more than 6 inches of the white stuff.  Its quiet here.  No sound but your footsteps and the crunching of the snow under your feet.

Happy Holidays to all

Les

LOCK #47

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All that remains of old Lock #47

Close to my Home is part of what used to be the Old Union Canal that was once a major transportation means in the early 1800’s.  Canal or River Barge’s used this to transport coal, wood, stores, and people up and down the Canal. The Schuykill River is just off to the right of this Image and out of the picture.

The Union Canal once stretched from the Coal Region Area all the way down into Philadelphia, PA.  Not much of it remains today, except some places where you can still see where the old Canal once was.  Most of it has been filled in with ground or has been torn up for other progress.

The Old Lock operated much the same as the one’s we have today, just in a simpler fashion.  Water was let in on one end of the Lock to raise or lower a Barge to a different level.  Barges coming down the Canal would be lowered, while those coming up the Canal would be raised.  The Lock doors on either end were made of wood and had to be opened and closed by manual labor.  The opening’s are now sealed shut, and the doors are no longer there.  A fence has been placed around the Lock so people don’t fall into the 10 ft. deep space where the Barges once entered.

With the coming of the Railroad, and it gaining more and more popularity, the method of transportation by Canal grew less and less.  It was cheaper to ship by rail than by boat and it was faster.  The “Iron Horse” is what made the Canal meet it’s demise.  There are a few of these old Locks still around and some of them are in working order.  This is what made our Country what it is today.

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The above Image shows the Old Union Canal and Towpath.  The depression off to the left is where the old Canal used to be.  The path to the right was once the Towpath where the Mules & Horses walked pulling the Barges up and down the Canal.  The path is now used for walking, jogging, & bicycle’s.  It’s 7 miles long.  During the Fall all the trees change color, making it pretty to see.

Happy Holidays to all

Les