Friday, December 30, 2005

2005 Comes to a Close

It seems that at the end of the year people, especially journalists of all sorts, have a need to look back one last time at the year before Father Time kicks them in the butt once more. I guess we are no different than anyone else. The pictures in this week's issue of the blog are just a few of the thousands that I've taken during the last year presented here as Illustration Photography. Happy New Year!

'67 Thunderbird

Carrolltown Reflection

A Fall Cornfield

St. Benedict Church, Carrolltown, PA

Flower Wall

Grasshopper on Bamboo Leaf.

Hastings, PA

You didn't think I walked up here, did you?


Skebeck's Barn

Killbuck Creek

Potato Fest

Reference Librarian at Play

Sitting Pretty

Buck and Barn

Glendale Lake

Piston Engine

St. Bernard's Cemetery


Thursday, December 22, 2005

'Twas Three Days Before Christmas

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A suspected arson fire destroyed this group home in Northern Cambria, PA.

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Hastings fireman climbs to the roof to make a hole in the wall.

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A Spangler fireman pulls insulation down searching for hot spots.

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The building, which has suffered other fires in the past, is now totally destroyed.

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Gold Finches at the thistle feeder.

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Slate-Colored Junco. (Junco aiken)

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Tree Sparrow (Spizella arboroea)

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Gold Finch

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Gold Finch

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Nanty Glo, PA.

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Northern Cambria, PA.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Last Week of Fall - Go Figure!

Although this is the last full week of Fall, we've had snow on the ground since at least Thanksgiving. Just another typical fall in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Christmas trees for sale covered with snow in front of sale shed.

IUP Trombone Choir
Part of the twenty-two member IUP Trombone Choir which entertained the Patton Music Club.

Horse walking through snow to get back into barn.
This picture was shot along Grozanick Road near Patton, PA.

Large white house decorated for Christmas
This Christmas scene was shot in Cherry Tree, PA.

Barn in the snow
Barn revisited, Route 36, near Chest Springs, PA.

Old Cambria Heights Middle School Building in Hastings, in the snow
The old Cambria Heights Middle School Building, in Hastings, PA.

House in the snow
Country living on a cold winter day.

Gold finches at the feeder
Just another feeder picture.

More gold finches at the feeder

Close up of wet trees at Glendale Lake covered with snow.

Long view of wet trees at Glendale Lake covered with snow.
Two views of the same scene, Glendale Lake.
The wind, combined with the snow and moisture in the air, create the snowy trees.

Wooden carving and its shadow
A wall hanging.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Bringing in the Season

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A small crowd gathers around the Christmas tree for the town Christmas light-up in Cherry Tree, PA.

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These two young ladies lead the assembled masses in Christmas carols in Cherry Tree, PA.

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas, a reading.

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Northern Cambria High School band during the Christmas Parade in beautiful downtown Northern Cambria, PA.

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Girl Scouts sing carols for the parade judges.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in style.

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Although their dance studio burned down just a week ago, these students of the Finding Fame Dance Studio celebrate the season for an appreciative crowd during the Christmas Parade in Northern Cambria, PA.

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Santa takes his place waiting to meet the children of Hastings, PA in the new town gazebo.

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Despite the cold and snowy night, the children of Hastings stand in line to spend a few minutes with the Jolly One.

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And then I would like you to bring my Mommy and Daddy a.....

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If you've think you've got problems, consider the one legged bird.