A MORNING WALK

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Later in the morning, I went to my favorite place for some photo’s.  The Union Canal Towpath is to the left of the Image.  The problem here was I was “bit up” by misquotes!  The air was filled with the smell of perfume from the Lady walkers that went by me.  Their perfume predominated the air around me.  The smell was a bit strong.  This is probably why I got “bit up”.  Got a number of bites on me.  Next time, I will remember to wear some Bug Repellent.

UNION CANAL TUNNEL

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Built in the year 1879, the Union Canal Tunnel, was the first of it’s kind around the Lebanon County area.  Located just outside Lebanon, PA the old Tunnel still stands the test of time from long ago when Canal transportation was a main means of transporting goods from one place to another.

The Canal and Tunnel were all dug & built by Irish immigrants looking for work to support their Family’s.  The Tunnel had to be dug thru Limestone rock and each stone was put in place by hand.  The Tunnel is 647 ft. long and 20 ft. wide.  It took 3 yrs. to build.  The first Canal Barge to pass thru the Tunnel was the Alexia, on November 3, 1882.

Back in those day’s there were no gas powered motor’s to power the Barge thru the water.  All of them had to be pulled along via Horse or Mule attached via long rope to the Barge.  When entering the Tunnel, the horse or mule had to be disconnected from the Barge and then led up a path to the other end where they were connected back again.  The Barge had to be “pushed” thru the Tunnel via long poles that were held against the over-head in the Tunnel.  They also used the sides to help push the Barge thru.

Over time the Railroad was beginning to be a better and faster way to transport goods from one place to another thus creating the down-fall of the Canal system.  The last barge to pass thru was in April of 1903.

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Looking down at the Tunnel from the other end.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

GLUED TOGETHER

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When I’m trying to learn & do something out of a book, I usually lay the book here next to my Laptop and read what it tells me to do and then try and do it on the computer.  Well, I got tired of leaning over to read, so I went back into my little machine shop and built this “sorta” display rack that I can lay the book on.  It’s on a 30 degree angle, so it makes for much easier reading.

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This is what it does.  Makes for easier reading.  It’s nothing fancy.  Just some ole’ wood I had laying around.  Glued a few pieces together to make this in about 15 min.  The Adobe book is the one I’m using now to learn!  There is so very much to it.  I’ll be using this book for a long time.

MERGING IMAGES

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For the past 2 day’s I’ve been trying to merge these 2 photo’s into 1 to show what the old Schuylkill Canal used to look like back in the 1800’s.  The one at the top you’ve seen before and is my Image taken awhile ago after it rained pretty heavy.  The bottom one is NOT my image.  Got it off the Internet to show what a Canal Boat is/was years ago.

I would like to create just one Image with both pictures.  I know it can be done, but I’m having some trouble following instructions with Lightroom CC & Photoshop CC.  They are a bit confusing.  Maybe someone out there can offer their knowledge?

WRITING

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I had purchased this small Journal book a few weeks ago.  I came up with the idea of taking a Image of it opened with a pencil and glasses that I use.  Put it over into Lightroom CC and with a bit of getting it straight, I found I can write just about anything on it using the computer.

I must admit, I’m not much one for Poetry at all.  However, the poem written here has been in my memory ever since my Mother passed on back in Dec. 2004.  The poem was displayed at her viewing at the Funeral Home.  It was how she was until her last day’s.  Read it.  See what you think.

OLD 22

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This is ole RT 22.  Known by a few other names, such as The Lincoln Highway, and State RT 43 it was built in 1923 as a main road from Harrisburg to Allentown, PA.  Over the passing years, it has under gone many changes from a 2 lane Cement Highway to the more modern and smooth asphalt road.

This road was used as the main transportation from East to West or West to East.  There was no other road that could be used back in the early day’s before the Interstate 22 came thru in 1954.  The big 4 lane Interstate put a number of places out of business, including gas stations & Motels.

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There are still some original parts of Old 22 still left over.  Here parts of the road are covered over with grass, but the old bridge still remains.  When the road was rebuilt, I guess they wanted to leave this part out.

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Old 22 can be a bit on the “Hilly” side, meaning there are a few dips & hills to climb.  This is just one of them.  Down one side & up the other.  This hill can be very bad during the Winter when it snows!

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Remembering what I stated before on the new Interstate 22 being made and putting a number of gas stations out of business?  This is one example.  Years ago this was a Texaco Station that used to have 2 gas pumps on islands in front.  In the passing years it changed from a gas station to a country bar, then a restaurant, and now it’s a private residence.

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Old 22 passes thru a small Country town named Shartlesville.  It has no stop lights or signs, just a little town that has been here longer than I can remember.  Quite a few years ago, they wanted to make the town more distinctive by painting all the small homes and business different colors so it would draw attention.  It didn’t work!  This is just one of the buildings left over from that time.  I have no idea what it used to be years ago, but it’s now a Antique Dealer.

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Another sight you see is the old buildings in Shartlesville that have been here for a long time.  Notice the one of the left.  Weather beaten and standing here probably before old 22 went thru, it stands the test of time.  Someone must live here, because of the Easter Bunny’s in the front.  No front door.  Just a plastic tarp.

I have passed thru this old town and traveled old 22 many times in the past.  It always seems to offer something I’ve never paid much attention to until now.  Hope you enjoyed your travel back into History on Old 22.

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A BACK COUNTRY ROAD

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To most all of you, this looks like just a plain ole’ Country back road.  However, to me it has much more meaning.  This straight stretch of road was once used as a Drag Strip for us kids while I was in High School.  Drag Racing was a big thing back in the 60’s, with all kinds of different “Muscle Cars” out there, each one trying to be the best.  Cars such as the Dodge Charger, the Super Bee, the GTO, the Oldsmobile 442, and many more burned up the asphalt on back roads all over the USA.  Other times Drag Racing was held from one stop light to another to see who was the faster car.

Not here for us.  We used this ole’ road to race up and down, one car at a time because the road is not wide enough for 2 cars side by side.  We never did used the main roads, cause the Police were always watching.  Here, they never bothered us at all.  Just us teenagers racing the quarter mile to see who had the biggest engine.

After getting out of the US Navy in 68′ I bought a 68′ Dodge Charger with a 383cid engine, 440 heads, a posi-rear, 4 speed manual transmission, and solids.  This car could burn up the road.  I went thru 2 set’s of rear tires in the Summer of 69′ burning rubber from the “burn out’s” here.

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This is looking back at the Finish Line where that Red Barn is.  The ole’ barn is still there after so many years have gone by.  Now, years later the road is still the same, but there is no racing here anymore that I know of.  Now, it truly is just a plain back country road.  I can look at these Images and see “Ghosts” of what used to be.  Now, they are gone.  The younger generation does not do what we used to.

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FLEETWOOD AUTO BODY

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The Fleetwood Auto Body shop was built in 1909 in my old Home town of Fleetwood, PA.  Known for being the producer of the Cadillac Fleetwood body years ago this is the place where it all started.  It was the top producer of Fleetwood car bodies and wood that were then shipped off by rail to Detroit for further assembly.  The railroad off to the left is where all the car bodies were loaded and shipped out.  The tracks are still used to this day, but nothing from this old building.  When I was in HS, we used to play around this building just for the fun of it.  I’m also told that the place is Haunted!  Lights come on, strange noises, and voices are heard at night.  The Fleetwood Police have even been called here for strange things that have happened.  They find nothing.

Purchased then by Fisher Auto Body in 1925, it remained in business until later years when the Garden State Tannery took over some of the building that is no longer here.  Where you see the blue buildings in the background off to the right is where the Tannery used to stand.  The Tannery was in business tanning leather until it caught fire and burned to the ground on Dec. 23, 2003.

I remember the Tannery quite well.  The area used to have a bad smell from all the chemicals that were used to Tan Leather and other products they made.  It employed many people of Fleetwood and from the surrounding area until it went up in flames.  It was a bad fire.  Engine Company’s from all of the outside area’s responded to try and put this huge fire out.  There must have been 10 or more Engine Co’s here all fighting the fire, but nothing seem’d to put it out for a day or so.  The chemicals fueled the fire that could be seen for miles away.  Finally, the fire was contained and put out but not without destroying the whole place.  There was nothing left but the brick walls.  In time the fire gutted building was torn down.  Surprising that no one was hurt during the fire.

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This is a Image of the 1929 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8 that was built by Fisher Auto Body, originally Fleetwood Auto Body.  This is a outstanding looking car from day’s gone by.  They just don’t make them like this anymore!  Oh Yes.  This is not my Image.  It’s almost UN-believable that a famous car body came from my old home town!  How bout’ that.

MUD AUCTION

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On Saturday, I had been told that there was a Auction going on not far from my home, so I decided to go take a “look see” at just what was there.  After finding a parking place, which was tough to do, I started walking around just to see and hear what a Auction is all about.  Above is one of the Auctioneers pointing to baby lambs to be auctioned off.  These people have their own language in selling off what is for sale.  They talk so fast that I just can’t understand them, except for knowing a few words they’ve said.  Guess you must be around them alot more often to take in what is said so fast.  The cute little lambs were selling at $30.00 for one animal.  That was the last bid I heard.

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There are quite a number of Amish people that live in my area, so it seem’d that alot of them were here to see what could be bought.  Here are just some of the Horse & Buggy’s that they travel in.  Some have their Horse’s covered to keep them warm with a blue blanket.

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Some of the Buggy’s even have padded seats!

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2 day’s before this Auction, it had rained pretty hard for awhile.  This plus the snow melt from milder temperatures, made everything a muddy mess!  I shot this Image to show you just how over-cast it was.  The weather was not good, again!  It was cold & windy.  Notice the long lines of cars parked on the side of the road to the right and in the back ground.  Way in the back is where I had to park my car & walk in the slop for about a 1/4 mile.  I should have worn Mud boots for this!

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“Out there” yesterday crusin’ the back country roads around my area, I happen to come across this old farm house that must have been here to awhile.  I thought that it was “interesting”, so I started walking around with the camera.  Since there were no “Private Property” Signs anywhere to be seen, I didn’t worry about being caught doing something that might get me shot at or thrown off the property.

You really can’t see this, but it’s a nice looking ole’ home despite the condition that it’s in.  What interested me was the stone work and the layout of the home.  It has/had a nice front porch and plenty of windows.  I wanted to go “snoop around” inside, but thought it would not be a good idea at the time.  You don’t know what/who is in there.  At one time in it’s past, this was probably a nice stone home and worth some tidy some of money.  What also got me is why is this home like this?  What happened here that it has gone to waste?  Who lived here?  Where are they now?  A number of questions that I’d like answered, but probably never will.  If someone that had enough money to restore this, it would be a great home to have.

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About 100 yds. off to the left of the house stands this shell of a barn that I assume goes along with the house.  It sorta looks like there was a structure fire here and it burned to the ground leaving just the walls/framework.  Did the roof just cave in from neglect?  What was this used for and when?  I just don’t know.  It has lot’s of land in front of it, as you can see.  Was this barn the cause of the house to be abandoned?  Was it too much for the people that once lived here?  These questions will probably go un-answered.

Images taken by my Nikon Coolpix P600.

EMPTY LAND

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For some reason, during the Winter months, this area seems to be void of wildlife.  I have never seen any deer here at all.  Why?  Maybe there is not the right kind of food for them here.  I don’t know.  You don’t even see any tracks in the snow to show they were here.  There are plenty of places to hide in the over growth and trees.  Maybe I just came here at a wrong time.  Since this is a “Propagation Area” there should be something.  In area’s such as this, you are not allowed to enter.  If caught you can be facing a $1000.00 fine!  Looks like someone on ski’s took that chance!  Not me!  It’s not worth it.

NIKON P600

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Maybe some of you out there are wondering what kind of camera’s I use when I go “out there”?  Well, this is one of them.  The Nikon Coolpix P600.  It looks just like the one you see above.  I bought this camera about 1.5 yrs. ago because I did some reading about it and thought that this would be a nice well designed camera to carry around instead of the heavy Nikon D7000 that I also use.

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Over times that I have used this camera, I found that it does have a bit of a problem.  When I am “out there” and using the screen to view my shot before pressing the button and the sun is out and very bright, I have a hard time seeing what is in the frame.  The brightness of the sun hides what I want to see on the screen.  I have tried looking thru the view finder, but that’s hard to do because it is quite small.  It truly does extend out to 60X what you will normally see.  With the press of that button, it will extend out to anything up to 60X.  Comes in handy.

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This is what it looks like from the back end.  The view screen comes out and turns around to make viewing easier to what you want.  Without going into a bunch of description of what else it will do, I find that this is a nice camera for the price.  The last Images on the Post I just made were taken with this camera.  I like it.  It does all kinds of stuff and it’s easy to carry around.  Will also fit on a Tripod/Monopod when needed.  There are 2 other things that Nikon has not put into this camera and that is a RAW format, and a plug in for a remote shutter trigger.  What I do is use the 12 sec. timer when on my Tripod.

FARM LAND & SNOW

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Still waiting for the warmth of Spring to arrive.

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A walk down this road is one of my favorite places to go during all Seasons.  You never know what you’ll see.

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Off to the left of this Image is the Farm that owns all this land.  They have a large open area for growing corn, and alfalfa for co-op farmers.  The planting, growing, harvesting, and keeping this farm must be a never-ending job.

I AM STILL HERE!

 

Greetings to all my followers, if I still have any left. 

 

I know that I have not posted anything for about 2 months now, but to tell the truth I always seem to run out of subjects to post about, and there are times that I just don’t have the interest to blog about anything.  So, with that all in mind, I hope that you can accept this.  Oh yes, there is one other thing.  I did have some trouble with my Laptop here, and had to take it for repair.  I’ve got it back now, as you can see.  Hope that I don’t have to do that again.  Get’s a bit expensive.

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Well, as I had stated in a previous blog, I had purchased Lightroom CC & Photoshop CC to try and do better with my Images of Historical places that I visit.  The above Images is one of them.  A few weeks back I had taken a trip down into Lancaster County to see the old Union Canal Historical Park.  I had shot a number of Images, but I thought what I’d like to do is try and show what the old Canal used to be used for more than 200 yrs. ago.  The old Canal is still here, as you can see, but I added a additional feature to it.  I got a hold of a picture from a web-site and placed it in the Canal to show how it might have looked long ago.  The above picture took me a few day’s to get it the way I wanted it.  It was very frustrating, at times, to learn how to do this using Photoshop CC.

 

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Here is another view of the Canal, as it looked when I was here.  The Canal is a extension of the old Union Canal that is up here around my area that I’ve shown before.  This Canal was once the major transportation method to carry coal and other goods from as far North as Pottsville, PA and as far South as Philadelphia.  Once the Railroad Industry got moving, it basically destroyed the Canal and it’s use.  All the Canal’s started fading into History.  What you see now, is all that remains from long ago.

 

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This is the same view, but without the Boat that I placed in it.  The Canal is about 6ft deep, at places, so the draft of the Barges going up and down here would clear the bottom.  I walked around this area for a good 2 hrs. or more.  I was a bit warm that day, so I was glad to get back in my car for so cool air.  I will return to this area again to see the real Canal Barges that are preserved for all to ride and see.  The old Towpath is on the right side of this Image.

 

Thanks for stopping by

Les