Thursday, April 27, 2006

Slickport Fire

An arson fire erupted shortly before 7 p.m. in Slickport, Elder Township, on Friday night (April 20). Fire companies from Hastings, Patton, Northern Cambria and Nicktown fought the fire on Park Road. The first picture was shot just minutes before the arrival of the Hastings Fire Department. The other companies were called in to help provide much needed water.

Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jay taking flight and scattering seeds everywhere.

A sparrow making itself at home.

Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe

Green bird house


Friday, April 21, 2006

York, Pennsylvania

The city of York was laid out in 1741 when it was still part of Lancaster County. York County itself came into being August 19, 1749. During the Revolutionary War York became the first capital of the United States of America. The Continental Congress met there between September 30, 1777 and June 27, 1778. On November 15 of 1777 the Articles of Confederation were adopted by the Continental Congress and for the first time the term United States of America was used.

Plough Tavern, 1741, and the Gates House, 1751. For more information on this historic area of York go to

The Bobb House, built in the early 1830s.

A recreation of the 1754 Colonial Court House, erected on this spot in 1976.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Codorus Creek, looking upstream.

Hotel Codorus

Restored buildings along Pershing Avenue.

Painting depicting the signing of the Articles of Confederation.

William C. Goodrich, a black entrepreneur and freeman.

Doors on restored buildings along Newberry Street.

Old door found in an alley.

Abandoned Keystone Color Works.

Bank in center square.

Arts Hall at the York Fair Grounds.

Still bearing the herald of the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (Ma and Pa) engine number 1502, a CF-7 unit, leads engine number 1752, a GP-9 at a small switching yard along George Street.

Roma's House

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mother Nature Smiles

Garage fire in Swedetown, a suburb of Hastings.

Hastings firemen pour water on the fire.

First Day of Trout
Whether or not this young man caught any fish today, he's still one lucky guy. Not many women will get up early on a Saturday morning to go to the creek with her honey.

Fishermen enjoy a day of sun on Yellow Creek.

Moss grows on the top of an old tree stump near Yellow Creek State Park.

Abandoned farm on Nicktown Hill Road.

The barn on the abandoned farm on Nicktown Hill Road.

A spring house sits in the woods along Route 553 near Heilwood.

An adult female Yellow-Shafted Flicker "Colaptes auratus" hangs on the side of an old cherry tree.

A female cardinal takes a turn at the pie pan feeder.

An Eastern Chipmunk - Tamias striatus - on a stump.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

I'm Pretty Sure Spring Might Be Here

Looking out across the yard, close-up on the rail.

Pennsylvania's Finest -- What a Birthday Present!

Farm along Old Route 36 heading into Hastings.

A little bit of camera movement adds a little bit of drama to this drama.

Kenny at the keyboard -- a man of many talents.

This young lady heads to the track with her dirt bike.

One day this young lady will be a hell of a rider.

Nice view from up here.

Brown-headed cowbird Mollothrus ater.

Prepping the bike for the new riding season. Bob gets ready to replace fork seals.