Saturday, November 2, 2013

Autumn in Central Park - New York City

Central Park, New York City
With the last of the color of the season, Central Park was full of tourists and locals soaking in the sights and smells one last time.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jim Thorpe - Overlook

Jim Thorpe Overlook from Flagstaff Rd

Jim Thorpe is a picturesque village in Carbon County and is called the "Gateway to the Poconos".  The town is an active recreation hub as well the host for seasonal festivals. 

Mill Pond - Poconos PA


Mill Pond in Poconos PA
Beautiful autumn weekend in the Poconons. Mill Pond is located in the Saw Creek Estates Community.



Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fulmer Falls - Childs Park

Fulmer Falls - Childs Park Rec Area

The site is named for George W. Childs a noted philanthropist, whose widow deeded the land to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. The George W. Childs Recreation Site is a former start park and now part of the Delaware Water Gap National Park. It is located in Dingmans Ferry in Delaware Township, Pike County, PA. 

A mile or so of trails, boardwalks and steps meander down the gorge to the three main waterfalls: Factory Falls, Fulmer Falls and Deer Leap Falls. These falls are just a few miles upstream from Dingmans Falls and Silverthread Falls. The site also host the ruins of Joseph Brooks' 19th century wool mill. 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gruber Wagon Works - Berks Heritage Center

The Berks Heritage Festival was the reason to get out on a beautiful fall day.

A beautiful venue along the Tulpehocken Creek was the back drop for numerous crafters, food, entertainment, historians and tours of the Canal Building and Gruber Wagon Works.

Free admission with a $5 parking donation was the entrance fee.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Hope Train

The growing New Hope Arts Festival, held in late September, has moved up the hill to the large school parking lot where it can accommodate the large number of artists and shoppers.

Most people also meander down the hill to walk the town and explore the ecclectic shops and diverse food choices.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

SOS (Steaks on South) - Philadelphia

A couple blocks from Jim's Steaks is the not so famous SOS (Steaks on South).

Not wanting to brave the hour long line of Jim's, we walked up to the counter and ordered cheese steaks and fries.

In ten minutes, we were eating a really good cheesesteak.

Add SOS to the abundant list of good Philly cheesesteak spots.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wilbur Chocolate Factory - Lititz

A visit to Lititz wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Wilbur Chocolate Factory/Store.

Chocolate scent permeates the downtown beckoning you to visit the building.

Free samples are popular and usually lead to purchasing a bag or two of Buds.

Besides Wilbur's, Lititz has a vibrant main street with many cool shops and restaurants.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saw Mill Demonstration - Hay Creek Festival

More attractions at the festival are the old saw mill and wood working shop.

Belt-driven machines are attached to old tractors fitted with drive wheels to power the machinery.

Civil War Letter - Hay Creek Festival

The Civil War Encampment is a popular attraction at the Hay Creek Festival at Historic Joanna Furnace.

Knowlegable historians dressed in early American clothes are everywhere during this festival.

Highly skilled crafters show and sell their wares.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hot Peppers - Bowers Chile Pepper Festival

A really cool and wildly popular event occurs in early September in the park in the little town of Bowers.

Easily 50 vendors booths with the common theme of chile peppers offer their unique products. The originality and amazing flazors to sample (and purchase) make this a very memorable event.

The subtle heat of chile peppers recipes is truly enjoyable while the uncomfortably hot peppers are rare and clearly marked for the more adverntuous.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

High Line - West Side NYC

Last year, 11,000,000 people hiked the High Line Park in NYC. Open since 2009, it has fastly become another must see walk in the city.

Starting at Gansevoort St in the Meat Packing district and running to 30th Street with 8 access points, several with elevators, the sites are great on the old rail line as well as the views of the river, streets and buildings.

Traveling over three major neighborhoods, it's surely worth while to visit the streets as well. The Meat Packing District with its cobblestone streets is full of restaurants, shops and even an Apple store. Chelsea has over 100 truly diverse artist stores and galleries. To support the arts are a large residential area, dozens of restaurants, cafes and shops. Hells Kitchen and Railroad Yards are the final section.

Top of The Rock - Rockefeller Center NYC

Skip the long lines at the Empire State Building and go to the Top of The Rock instead.

Stunning 360 views are the draw. Now called the GE building, it is surrounded by many new sky scrapers and hundreds of old architectural gems as well.

I could spend hours there with my camera shooting wide shots, and extreme close ups. I try to identify buildings that I noticed while on the street.

Countless subjects to look at make this a must see destination when visiting on a pleasent day.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Main Street - Manayunk

Manayunk is a fun Philadelphia neighborhood for food lovers.

Literally any flavor for you taste buds and price preference. There are some old family owned classic spots too.

Summer is full of festivals, and nearly every restaurant has street side dining.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Joanna Furnace World War Two Weekend

Another must see event at Joanna Furnace is the WWII weekend held July 20th.

A wonderful tribute by reenactors and even a few living verterans were there with memorabilia and great stories.

Exceptionl food, vendors and a large collection of period military vehicles and classic cars filled the grounds for the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wings and Wheels - Golden Age Air Museum

I believe the sweltering hot weekend hurt the attendance of this unique and fun event.

WW reenactors had encampments. Classic cars showed up and many bi-planes flew in for the festival.

Probably 30 plus airplanes, many quite old, parked on the field for close inspection and some were available for rides.

Food trucks and live entertainment were also available for enjoyment.

Located in Bethel PA, the Golden Age Air Museum had some wonderful airplane models and a few outdoor hangers had fullsize planes being reconditioned.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Shikellamy State Park Marina

This iconic building, unfortunately vacant for most of it's existence, is a dramatic sentry facing the incoming river branches.

The mile long multi-use trail that wraps around the south end of the island is always in use. In the car, Max squeals when he realizes that we are en route to the Marina.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Rickett's Glen - Harrison Wright Falls

A 90 plus degree was the forecast, so a trip into the cool wood of Rickett's Glen was a good way to escape the heat.

The humidity was high and caused some slippery travel and challenging low light photography, but then the sun came out and saturated the falls with bright light.

It's not a long walk to the falls from the parking lot, but heed the warnings when they say the path is rough. It is!

I like the 1st three falls because they are the best in my opinion. After that I usually turn around, but for the adventure lover, 30 plus falls are available between the two branches of the streams.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Ring Toss at Community Days - Shillington

A hugely popular mid-summer event at the Governor Mifflin school campus, this carnival has something for everyone.

There is a quarter mile midway with the typical games as barkers try to lure the spectators with promises of grand prizes.

Rows of food carts are wildly popular with trendy food choices as well as the countless fair food staples.

A variety of high priced rides avail for all ages.

Fleetwood Car Show

One of the numerous rows of exquisite cars.

1933 Chrysler - Fleetwood Car Show

Fleetwood Car Show had a great turnout of the numerous classic and custom cars in the county.

Good food and entertainment met all the needs of the spectators and car owners.

A donation to the fire dept was admission and seemed more than fair.

Kutztown Folk Festival - Farmall

In its 65th year, the Kutztown Folk Festival is the folklife festival in America.

Celebrating the Pennsylvania Dutch (aka German) Culture, it attracts 150,000 visitors a year.

Wonderful German cuisine and skilled crafters line fairgrounds. Rides, live entertainment, animals, games and shopping offer something for everyone.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reading Museum - Camelback Bridge

A leisurely June walk at the museum grounds with Max amid the blooming flowers was full of the usual photo subjects.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Flower - Curious Consignment Garden

A garden oasis behind the Curious Consignment is loaded with interesting knick-knacks and beautiful flowers.

Street Performers - Art on the Avenue

Most of Penn Ave. in West Reading was the venue for the 19th Art of the Avenue festival.
A much larger presence of artists and the street performers made this event bigger and better than ever.

Joanna Furnace - Antique Car Show

Many enjoyable events are scheduled at Joanna Furnace by the Hay Creek Valley Historical Association.

A hearty breakfast buffet kicks off a day full of activities. After breakfast a flea market and car show fill your day.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

International Truck Wheels, Lyons Car Show

Lyons Cars Show is the first car show I attended this year. Parking donation was the nominal cost of entry.

A nice range of model years were represented, from antique cars, race cars, hot rods, and customs.

This curvy black International truck was reflecting the orange muscle car.

Attractions include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, flea market, plus good food and homemade desserts added a tasty treat.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Art Museum from Lemon Hill

My first time on Lemon Hill to watch part of the bike race. A big festive crowd cheered on the riders and they winded their way up the hill.

Unique views of the city and fun environment made it a must stop next year.

Philadelphia Bike Race - Kelly Drive

Riders bearing down around a corner off Lemon Hill onto Kelly Drive for the long flat ride to Manayunk.

The course changed this year with Manayunk hosting the start and finish line.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Service Reenactors

I really appreciate the efforts Sunbury makes to memorialize the past and present veterans.
Cameron Park on Market Street is the destination of the parade with the gazebo was filled with the Sunbury band.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Northumberland and Packer Island

Iconic views from Shikellamy State Park lookout of the two branches of the Susquehanna River.

In the foreground on the left is Northumberland and to the right Packer Island where the Shikellamy State Park Marina resides.

Susquehanna River Fabridam in Sunbury

Every May, the "bags are up" damming the river to make Lake Augusta. By Memorial Day, the boats are out enjoying the seasonal lake.

The "Fabridam", built over 40 years ago, is an engineering marvel that's inflated with air and water.

Long standing conflicts over the impact on fish "Shad" runs and recreation were eventually resolved with a fish passage on the West side.

Shikellamy State Park Marina

A true relaxing sanctuary located on Packer Island between Sunbury and Northumberland.

A one mile paved trail laps the park. Hundreds of tables and parking make for an inviting picnic retreat.

During the summer, the garden blooms for an added highlight to park.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Forest Hills Cemetery - Pond Reflections

In proximity to the trails that lead to Klapperthal trails or down to the river (Exeter Scenic River Trail), this is a lovely pond in a peaceful setting.

Forest Hills is a beautiful final resting place with it's rolling hills and mature shade trees.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Marsh Creek State Park Sunset

On a mild spring evening, the perfect spot for sunset viewing and photography is Marsh Creek State Park.

With a long shoreline, calm waters and different objects to silhouette against the colors.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Living Fountain - PIFA Festival

Philadelphia Institute of Fine Arts (PIFA) Festival took over Broad St (aka Avenue of the Arts).

My favorite street performer was the "living fountain". Accompanied by classical music, she slowly and gracefully posed with the fountains of water.

Naturally the street was full of entertainment like acrobats, musicians, costumed actors, Rockin Robot, animated dinosaurs and amusement rides.

City Hall - Cherry Tree

While walking to the PIFA festival we passed through the courtyard of City Hall.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reading Museum - Cherry Blossoms

The Reading Museum arboretum in spring is loaded with flora.

At least six varieties of wildflowers were growing in the grass along the path's from the Stone House to the Museum. The rock garden and stone planter had plenty of colorful spring flowers too.

The museum and planetarium have a nice collection of cherry trees too which were full of blooms.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sakura Festival - Tamagawa University

The Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park is the destination for the Sakura or Cherry Blossom Festival.

Ideally, the hundreds of cherry and magnolia trees will be in bloom making the setting surreal and spectacular.

With the blossoms at peak and temps in the 60's, people swarmed the venue for a taste of Japanese culture and entertainment.

I believe the festival crowds exceeded all expectations, especially for food vendors, which were literally running out by mid afternoon. (Note to self, bring extra water and a picnic lunch next year.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ott's Exotic Plants - Schwenksville, PA

This was a random find on the way to Skippack, PA. I was so impressed with the retro-architecture, inside landscaping, and endless varieties of colorful flowers and plants.

A must see for any green thumb and flower admirer.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Artist Pallet (Lancaster)

I love seeing the work spaces of artist's. It's kind of like peeking behind the curtain at the creative process.

Some of the galleries in Lancaster are actually the workspace of the artist as well. This artist happened to be painting while she was tending her gallery.

Lancaster offers a broad variety of artists, making it a very popular destination for art enthusiasts on monthly First Friday's and their seasonal weekend ArtWalks.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SIx Mile Cypress Slough - Reflection

The Six Mile Cypress Slough is the first nature visit I make when arriving in Florida.

No matter what time of day you visit, anticipate seeing something new and different. The breathtaking colors and sightings are pure spiritual nourishment.

The day was unseasonably cold, so the reptiles were mainly underwater and scarce. On this particular outing the first time sightings were feral hogs and a skink.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Angelica Creek Park - Seed Pod

During a warm winter outing with Max to Angelica Creek Park, I witnessed winter's transition process to spring.

Seed pods were popping open releasing their seeds to the breeze so the new plants could take root and germinate.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Middle Creek - Sun Down

While waiting for the snow geese to return to the lake to roost for the night, the sky and landscape were offering a nice show.

It was a fast layover this year for the geese. Within 2-3 weeks they were gone.

As the ranger reports, it's not a guarantee the geese will stay long or even stop on their way from VA to Northern Canada.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Orchid Extravaganza Longwood Gardens

I look forward to the great escape to the balmy, colorful and aromatic Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

Thousands of orchids are on display from January 19 through March 24 in the conservatory and throughout.