Friday, June 29, 2007

Ghostly Rails

Shadow of Rails
A view looking north along Pine Creek near Cammal, PA in the late afternoon gives an other-worldly sense to the Conrail tracks as the sun has already gone beyond the thousand foot crest in the west. Looking back from 20+ years later it appears to be an omen as these rails are now long gone. In their place is now a 50+ mile long Rails to Trails biking and hiking trail.
Date: August, 1983 (Scanned from 35 mm slide.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

First Pictures (2)


Cropped bee
Two more pictures taken with my new Nikon D4o with the 18 - 55 zoom. Top is the original; bottom the zoomed-in version using PaintShop Pro.
Date: 6/15/07

Monday, June 25, 2007

First Pictures (1)


Lily Cropped
I bought a new camera! It is a Nikon D40 digital SLR. Wow. I love it. With the quality and clarity of the lenses you don't need a "macro" setting. Just take the picture, go to PaintShop Pro and zoom in. As one would expect my first pictures with the new camera were... flowers. Here's a daylily in my front yard. Both are the same original- top at normal, bottom zoomed in. This was taken using the "normal" 18-55mm zoom lens.
Date: 6/15/07

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sunsets and People

Tarpon Springs 3

The continuing lure of water and sun. This one's taken at Tarpon Springs, FL. I believe it was called Sunset Beach- for obvious reasons. People and plants always make sun and water shots more interesting along with some reflected light.

Date: April 20, 2006

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

First Birthdays Are Great

1st Birthdays are so satisfying

Ah, yes. What a joy in those days when eating and sleeping meant so much. I guess they still do, when I think about it. This is scanned from a 35mm slide.

Date: 1/24/1982

Monday, June 18, 2007

Inside Liberty

Inside The Statue

I don't know whether you can do this anymore or not in this post-9/11 world. But back in 1993 we could take this long hike up the Statue of Liberty and get this view of the structure inside. This is scanned from a 35mm slide. It continues the theme of lines and angles that shows up from time to time around here.
Date: June 1993

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Flags Reflected at Ground Zero

FlagsAtWTCYou're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.

But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

--by George M. Cohan, 1906
Picture Date: 6/13/2006

Monday, June 11, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Mt. Morris Bridge

The Bridge at Mt Morris
The wonders of water are just as magnetic even in the winter. Thought I would cool things down a little today with this picture from the Mt. Morris, Wisconsin, Camp and Conference Center.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ellis Island, Boats, and Lady Liberty

The view is from the New Jersey shore waiting to get on the boat to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was here that many of our ancestors first set foot on American soil.
What a place of history.
Date: 10/14/2006

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

At the Pow Wow

Shakopee Pow Wow 200693
The beauty of the dress, the contrast of the feathers, the wonder of native dress for the Shakopee, Minnesota Pow Wow last summer. I am glad they continue to live and share their traditions. It makes all of us more conscious of each other.
Date: 8/27/2006

Monday, June 4, 2007

Rauchtown Creek

Creek at Ravensburg State Park
There are four waters that have been essential in my life. They have defined my borders and my wanderings. One of them is Rauchtown Creek by Ravensburg State Park in north central Pennsylvania. It is short and to the point, a simple rocky creek that disappears after a few miles. But in its short run it is wonderful!
Date: 6/10/06

Sunday, June 3, 2007

I Won't Argue

Don't Feed Me? Yeah, right.

Well, if he wants to be fed he's going to be fed!

Picture taken at Tarpon Springs, Florida.
Date: 3/5/06

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Sittin' On the Dock of the (Little Sand) Bay

On The Dock of the (Little Sand) Bay
It's sunset on Little Sand Bay along the shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin looking out toward the Apostle Islands. An evening such as this is always an incredibly pleasing and moving one.
Date: 8/6/05

Friday, June 1, 2007

The Falls at Paterson

Great Falls
These falls in Paterson, NJ are second in height only to Niagara Falls. Of course there's a lot more water at Niagara but that doesn't lessen the beauty of these with their own natural and human developed framings.
Date: 5/5/07