Promised Land State Park in the Fog

Took a ride out to Promised Land State Park today, there is still about 6-8 inches of snow left on the ground. With the air warming up, a light rain and the snow melting there was a thick fog rolling through the woods and around the lake. Here are a few photos taken around Conservation island. (Photos taken with Google Nexus 5)

January 1949

January 1949

My line of work (cable TV installer) allows me to be in a lot of different houses… and you never know what you’ll come across. Sometimes, it’s stuff you don’t want to find and sometimes, like today, I stumble upon things like this. I have no doubt this calendar has been hanging in this basement since 1949. It’s things like this that make emphasize how much things have changed over the years. Two point of interest on this calendar are the phrase “Air & Steamship Tickets” and… check out that phone number, it’s only 3 numbers!!!

 

Photo taken with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Back Yard Time Lapse

Since I got my Canon T3i I haven’t really been using my camera phone. While sitting out in the back yard the other day I was watching the clouds go by on the horizon and thought… that might look cool in time lapse. So, I pulled out my Samsung Galaxy Nexus, fired up the LapseIt Pro app and did a little time lapse photography… enjoy.

It’s Been a While…

It’s been a few months since my last post, and a lot has changed… I had just started a new job, I got a promotion, business stalled and I moved back to Pennsylvania. Of course it took a while for all that to happen, but you get the jist. So, here I am back in my home state and I decided to go take a look at some places I haven’t seen in a long time.

The old Nay Aug Zoo building, now boarded up and closed.

As a child I remember coming to Scranton to visit Nay Aug Park, at the time it had a zoo, museum and a section with rides. Over the years they shut down the rides, closed the zoo (reopened and closed again) and struggled to find a purpose for this land. Nay Aug sits between the city and Roaring Brook, where for years people would hike out to the gorge and swim and dive into the water. Several waterfalls line the brook and make for a beautiful spot to visit. The city has decided to construct hiking trails, overlooks and a pedestrian bridge along the brook and it’s falls and they have added walking/jogging trails in the park itself.

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people making use of the park and it’s trails yesterday when I went for a visit. Even though it is sad to see the amusement area now gone and the zoo boarded up, they have done a great job at making the land enjoyable. Walking by the old zoo building I could still remember the smell, and the sounds of the animals echoing through the hall. As I looked at the new walking/jogging path that takes the place of the old amusement area I remembered the old wooden roller coaster and the bumper cars. I reminisced about the time I was riding the Scrambler with my sister and I almost fell out of the seat, that scared the crap out of me!

I decided to hike down to the gorge and the new (to me) Kanjorski Bridge. There are a few paths off of the main trail that take you right down to the brook, I took one down right under the bridge and sat out in the middle of the brook on some large rocks. Thinking to myself, “Who would have thought that I’d miss rocks?” Having been in Florida so long, I forgot how awe inspiring the large remnants of glaciers could be. As I sat and listened to the water rushing by, and smelled the autumn air…. looking out at the turning leaves, I pondered the shear mass of the rocks and the power it took to place them in these precarious positions. I thought to myself “It’s been a while… it’s good to be back.”

I then hiked the Davis Trail, which leads you along Roaring Brook and the train tracks. One of the branches of the trail takes you down right into the gorge, where again you are surrounded by huge boulders and rocky outcrops. Most of this section of the trail just uses a large boulder as a natural stairway. The trail then leads you out to one of old park entrance roads not far from the Everhart Museum.

 

Waiting for the Storm

It’s summertime in Florida and Hurricane Season is just starting to ramp up! We’ve already had one Tropical Storm come through a few weeks ago, but there are currently several weather systems brewing out in the Atlantic Ocean. This picture, from last night (Aug. 9, 2012) shows what they call a Tropical Wave, I’ve never heard the term before now. It is capable of kicking up large, lightening and wind packed storms in a hurry.

Photo taken with my LG Esteem Android phone.

 

The Night Shift Blues

How time flies! It seems like just a couple of days have gone by since my last post, but now I realize it’s been weeks!!! I’ve been working the night shift at the new job (by choice) and it makes the days go by too quickly. I haven’t had a chance to get out and take any new photos, and I’m stockpiling cash for a new camera.

I did spend a few days working at the NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway last week.. it was hot, but fun. I used my camera phone to snap this panoramic view of the raceway…

… and on Saturday night I shot this video of a B-52 bomber doing a flyover during the pre-race.

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From this point of view the B-52 looks like it took off from the track itself, but it actually took off from Daytona International Airport which is directly behind the track. I’ll try to keep better track of my days, and not let so much time go by until my next post.

Phone Close Ups

Here are some more close up photos taken with my phone, some were taken at Lake Woodruff NWR yesterday, the rest were taken today out in the yard.

Lake Woodruff Perspectives

Today turned out to be what I guess you would call a “Happy Accident”. I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite places… Lake Woodruff NWR, made sure I had water, binoculars and of course my camera… actually two of them… my Kodak M532 and my old Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-S50. I even made sure I cleared off my SD card for my Kodak… but what I didn’t do was take SD card out of my computer and put it in the camera!

So, my Kodak was good for about 8 photos at 3MP with internal memory. My Sony is OK, but not great for distance shots… but I had my phone, LG Esteem MS910, with me. So I decided to play around with it’s manual focus and try some semi-macro type shots… here are a few, I’ll put more in another post.

Some white flowers along the path in the Jones island section.

Looking along a fallen tree on the trail

A mushroom of some sort along a hidden trail.

A beetle exploring the flower of a thistle