Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yeesh, I haven’t updated here in almost a month!  That’s bad.

I was recently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA with a group of friends who wanted authentic Philly cheese steaks and to see historical stuff.  And that’s what we did.  I also happened to have my camera with me, too.  Here are a few of my shots.  And that’s a view of Independence Hall above there.

Decor in Philadelphia's Little Italy

Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Chandelier in Independence Hall

View of the Liberty Bell

To see more of my photos from that excursion, head on over to my Flickr album to check them out.

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View of the Kissel Hill Flower Field

Kissel Hill Flower Field

At the intersection of Kissel Hill Road and Oregon Road in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA, is a beautiful field of wildflowers on a farm, which is right by the Lancaster Airport.  The owners of the farm kindly let people wander around the field, as long as you don’t pick the flowers.  People have been telling me to get out there and take some photos, so I did.

I got some great shots!  Beautiful shots!  It was lovely to stroll around this place on Sunday afternoon.

The above shot, of course, is from that field.  Here are a few more shots I would like to share with you.

Yellow daisy amongst other smaller white daisies.

 

Red and yellow wildflowers

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Now, want to see the rest of them?  You’ll have to hop on over to my portfolio for that! And it’s worth it.

 

Prink rose outside the Post Office Annex on Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA, USA

4 Views From My Walks

I frequently go out for walks on my breaks during work.  I have set route, and I want to show you four of the views of things I get from my walks.

View #1:  Post Office Rose (Photo above)

The first is a rose from one of the bushes outside the Lancaster Post Office Annex on Chestnut Street.  They are quite pretty, and this rose seemed to be in particularly good shape.

View #2:  Lancaster Central Market Construction

Construction around Lancaster Central Market.

There’s a joke in Pennsylvania…there’s only two season in PA:  winter and construction.  Lancaster City is jam packed with construction, including some around the crown jewel of its tourist industry:  Lancaster Central Market.  There are other ways to get to Market, but I hope they are done soon!

View #3:  Sidewalk Chalk Advertising

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This was for a concert about a month ago (which it mystifies me how it stayed so nice due to all the rain we’ve been having) at a really cool Irish bar/concert venue called Tellus360.  It’s on King Street.  Check it out!

View #4:  Binn’s Park Flowers

Little flower in Binn's Park, Lancaster, PA

Binn’s Park isn’t very far from where I work, so I go past it a lot.  There’s always something blooming there in warm weather, including these little daisies.  Quite pleasant!

Those are just a few of things that I see on my walks.  They may seem ordinary and mundane, but there’s beauty in those things, too.  What do you see on your walks?

Mushrooms along the Akron Rail Trail

Rail Trail Nature

Sunday was windy, but Sam and I got out for a walk on part of the Akron Rail Trail that goes behind our home.  I decided to take my GoPro Hero4 Silver along with me.  I took a few photos, including the one above, even a video, which I’ll get to in a moment.

First, off, both sides of the have huge swaths of mushrooms covering areas.  It’s been so rainy and damp around here for the past couple of weeks, I’m not surprised to see them!  I like mushrooms, eating the ones you can an photographing the ones you can’t, like the mushrooms in the photos I took here.

The one above are older mushrooms, but here are some that probably are only a few days old.  The photo is a tad blurry, but I like it.

A cluster of mushrooms along the Akron Rail Trail

There are also clusters of these beautiful purple wildflowers that are growing along the sides of the trail, too, such as these here.

Purple Wildflowers along the Akron Rail Trail

I always try to photograph them every year, because they are EVERYWHERE there’s a lot of greenery around this time of year.

Sometimes, that GoPro’s wide angle lens get a really good view of the trail, and sometimes includes your husband in a shot.

Fun view of the Akron Rail Trail

Now, if you go down the trail towards Ephrata and get to Parkview Heights, you may notice that at the storage unit center, there are some unusual residents…goats!  Here’s a video of them feeding on the tall grass that lines that part of the trail.

The black and white adult is Spot, and the brown and white adult is Honey Bun.  I don’t know what the kids are named yet.  I think those are Spot’s.  Honey Bun’s twin kids are too little to handle the weird weather we’ve been having.  The owners probably have them inside somewhere.

How do I know so much about these goats?  I actually have spoken to their owners.  Nice people!

So, that’s the media from Sunday’s walk.  It was a lovely stroll, though very windy and bit chilly, but it was still nice to get out.

Random Flickr Photo Monday

I know it’s blurry, but I wanted to be fast and shot this from the hip.  I took this April 16, 2010 at Central Market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.  I used my old point and shoot camera on the black and white setting, but above is one of three photos I got on that day that I apparently liked.  Here are the other two.

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I could eat one of those strawberry tarts right now. 

From the middle photo, you can see how busy Central Market, the oldest indoor farmers’ market of its kind in the USA, can get.

Anyway, please enjoy, and, as always, pop on over to my Flickr photostream for more goodies.

 

Centralia, PA

Centralia, PA is a modern ghost town.  It is an eerie place, complete with driveways with with no houses at the end of them.

Centralia fell victim to a horrible accident when a coal mine underneath the town was lit on fire in the 1960’s.  It caused the town to be evacuated by the federal government and a highway to be diverted due to the fact that the underground fire was MELTING the asphalt underneath.

You can still go there, and my husband and in-laws did that a few years ago.  You can visit the town, what’s left of it.  It’s a haven of graffiti and vandalism.  To be honest, it made for some pretty interesting photos.

Some of the photos here are of the town, others are from the blocked off part of PA 61, which was the high way that was melting.  You can see some of the damage in the pictures.

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Rows of Things

A closed photography group that I belong to on Facebook has daily themes for people to post photos of.  Today is “rows of things.”  I have three that I shared.  I couldn’t pick just one.

Since all three photos are ones that I really like, I thought I’d share them with you.

The top one was taken in Lancaster, PA on a back alley walking photography shoot.  I did some dodging and burn in Photoshop Elements to bring out the rust.  I like how it turned out, and it go into the annual photography book of photos that the Meetup group I belong to puts out.

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I found this curious lit object in a coffee shop in Portland, Oregon.  I believe it’s some sort of pachinko machine.  It’s fun.  I like it, and I did a little post processing in Photoshop Elements to bring out the lights and some details.

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Finally, this one was taken in the house we stayed in on the Zig Zag River in Oregon this past summer.  The hooks are for people to hang towels on while they are in the hot tub outside the house.  I like how they line up.  I just did some minor color adjustments in this one.

So, that’s how things are lining up in my photography today.