Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mifflinburg (Union County) back roads

farm scenery, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.

To some, Mifflinburg, in Union Co, PA is merely a speed bump en-route to Penn State.  It wasn't that long ago when there was even a McDonald's or a Sheetz. The town itself is old, yet well preserved, with old buildings and traditional stores on the main street.

My favorite thing about it is the back roads where Amish buggies are common sight and picturesque farms and farmland can be seen in every direction.

This shot was captured right after sunrise in the morning magic hour. A cold night left a bit of frost on the remaining pumpkins.

Spontaneously choosing roads was fun and challenging. With subjects and lighting changing by the minute, this area definitely deserves future visits and different back road explorations. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New York City - Open House New York

Met Life, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
This was the 8th year that New York City has a weekend program, called Open House New York (OHNY), allowing access to private and public buildings for architecturally and design enthusiasts.

Historically it runs on Columbus Day Weekend. This year I toured a LEED Certified apartment on 85th Street. The Lucida apartment we visited cost about $5,000,000 or about $1M per bedroom.

The Chrysler Building lobby, normally off limits, was open for the day too. Still heavily guarded, but at least tolerant to the art deco enthusiasts it attracted.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Penn Ave, West Reading, PA (Fall Walk)

Curious Consignments, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.

A fall walk on the avenue is a great way to enjoy splendid weather plus great eating and unique shopping.

This photo was taken at Curious Consignments where their inventory can change daily so they provide a never ending supply of interesting things to purchase.