Sunday, July 31, 2011

Angelica Creek Grasshopper

grasshopper, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
Max and I set out on a windy July morning before the oppressive heat.

Every time I visit Angelica Creek Park, I find varying flora and fauna. A little early in the day and season for butterflies, but the grasshoppers were swarming everywhere.

I did notice that the section of the Schuylkill River Trail path that runs under SR10 down to the river was closed. This does not come as a surprise since the area is so isolated and could be deemed unsafe.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Best paint job - Classic Car Show

Best paint job, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
St. John's Church in Gibraltar, PA hosted a great car show showing about 150 classic cars from all era's.

A colorful and diverse collection of cars were brought out by their owners.

The tree-lined grounds, I thought were the perfect setting to view cars. Another scorching day in July, the trees kept the visitors cooler and encouraged longer visitation.

The owners probably had mixed emotions, enjoying the shade to sit in, but not the clean-up that comes with overhanging trees.

A pig roast, which never disappoints, and numerous home made treats made the food choices plentiful and tasty.

Their goal was 150 cars, which I believe they easily achieved.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Reading Museum Gardens

garden flowers, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
Once again, the Reading Museum, namely "Trudy's Garden", was in bloom with color.

Several gardens settings on both sides of the Wyomissing Creek make this a great place for a morning stroll.

You won't be alone for exercisers and dog walkers are a common site as well as couples enjoying the romantic settings.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Air Show Penn Valley Airport

Air Show, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
On a hot July day, the air was filled with the sights and sounds of classic propeller planes.

What a great show the little Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove, PA hosted.

Great planes, period encampments, delicious food and customer friendly conditions make this a must see if they choose to do it again.

Water toting golf carts were canvassing the vast infield selling water for $1 a bottle. With temps near 100, these "angels of mercy" were so appreciated.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

H. O. Smith Botanical Gardens

garden flower, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
H. O. Smith Botanical Gardens on the north side of Penn State campus is not far from the Beaver Stadium.

I accidentally discovered this oasis while looking for the Dickinson School of Law building. I spotted the new and unique looking building at a football game so drove up to get a closer look.

The center piece Overlook Pavilion offers dramatic views of the countryside and is a good starting point for meandering down the paths.

Beautiful themed gardens are separated by pathways, fountains and open areas.

With Phase 1 progressing wonderfully, the upcoming projects should be just as impressive making this a must see on return visits to the campus.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

French Creek - stream

stream and green, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
Hot, humid and bug-infested were the conditions for a morning walk along the stream leading from Scott's Run to Hopewell Lake.

High contract between the shadowed green leaves, ferns, reflections and the bright sunlit subjects made exposing shots difficult.

Despite harsh photography and diverse trail conditions, the walk along the stream has numerous breath-taking scenes.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Semi-Modern Hay Baling

hay bailing, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
While driving through Lancaster County I grabbed this shot of some Amish men baling hay, the semi-modern way.

Manually stacking 50+ pound bales on a flatbed wagon being pulled by a steel wheeled tractor is better than a cutting with a sickle and raking, but it still looks like grueling work.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Longwood Gardens

flowers, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
Summer at Longwood Gardens is another of the numerous reasons to visit.

In addition to the many themed events and variations in the Conservatory, the seasonal outside gardens are exquisite.