Thursday, August 30, 2007

Back to School

It's been several years since we did a family portrait. I shot this one about 15 minutes before we dropped the twins off at the University for the start of their junior year.

Bonaventure Hall.
This building was the original home of Charles Schwab on his estate in Loretto, PA. When Schwab started to build his new mansion he had this house raised up and moved to it's present location on the grounds.

Rear gate house, now called Padua Cottage, at the former Charles Schwab estate.

Returning varsity lettermen for the Blacklick Valley Vikings football team of Nanty Glo, PA.

Forest Hills Rangers football team and coaches on their field at Sidman, PA.

Water lily in a pond.

Red lily surrounded by green pac men.

After over a month's delay, PennDOT has finally come back to finishing and resurfacing our road and once again they have done a job that they should be proud of...Not!

One day, if we get lucky here in the state of Pennsylvania, the state will hire someone with the qualifications to oversee the quality of work done by the PennDOT road crews and pay the said crews accordingly. PennDOT crews should be paid for the quality of their work, not the quantity.

Barn and sunflowers on Link Road, near Carrolltown, PA.

This skeleton of a building has been sitting like this for so long that the trees have all but overgrown the property. Most locals don't even remember why it was put there.

Located in Ebensburg, the county seat of Cambria County, is this newly renovated former public school building. Future plans are to rent out office space.

Shrift family farm, near New Germany, PA.

Stall feeder inside the barn.

The barn is painted in Ohio Safety Red paint which for some reason is now available for sale in Pennsylvania.

Barn Cat.

Back to school
I shot this picture on my way into South Fork on Route 53.

Old Caboose - First Interpretation.

Old Caboose -Second Interpretation.
Located near Summerhill, PA on Nelson Road.

Farm sign.

I initially got a phone call from an Aunt who asked if I'd heard about the appearance of the Virgin Mary in the window of the Old Miner's Hospital Nursing building after the fire on 8Aug07. I went down and took this picture but I've been hesitant about posting it because I wasn't sure of the reaction. I'm posting it now because I've received more phone and email inquiries about it. You be the judge.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

All In A Day's Fun

18 hour days can be fun when you really enjoy what you are doing. All of this week's pictures were shot on Saturday, August 18, 2007. I started out shooting the Jimmy Stewart Airport Festival. The festival has been held at the airport for over twenty years and still continues to draw a good crowd to it's free show. This year's main attractions were a P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk belonging War Birds Over Long After the air show I went home, waterproofed the decks, got a shower and headed into town to party at the St. Bernard's Church Homecoming Festival. It was after midnight when I finally walked into the house and the sandman wacked me upside the head.

Chinese Yak 47
The Nanchang CJ-6 was built in 1993 in China.

1954 Piper L-21B Super Cub
This series of planes was built by the Piper Company and sold to NATO who loaned the planes out to various nations around the world. The plane shown here is flying Italian colors.

The interior of the Piper Super Cub.

Curtis P-40 Warhawk
It has a 37 foot wingspan, is 31 feet in length, and is powered by a Wright-Allison V1710-39 engine. It has a top speed of 354 miles per hour. It also boasts 6-50 caliber machine guns.

North American P-51 Mustang
It has a 37 foot wingspan, is 32 feet in length, and is powered by a Merlin V1650-7 V12 piston engine. It also is armed with 6-50 caliber machine guns.

Jimmy Stewart Airport, Indiana, PA.

Super Lake Baby Experimental aircraft built in 1999, powered by Lycoming 0235 Series engine.

1948 Piper Cub PA-15
This little two seater is powered by a Lycoming 0-145B engine.

1998 Homebuilt Velocity SKTD Elite
The four seater has a Lycoming I0360 series engine.

Sikorsky S-58
Originally built in 1960 for the United States Marine Corps. It's crew of two could carry 16 men or 8 stretchers in it's ambulance configuration. It was powered by a Wright Cyclone R-1820-84 Radial engine which created 1500 horsepower and could fly at 123 miles per hour. It was armed with 4 M60 machine guns.

Known as Red Dog 1, the Sikorsky S-58 was also known as the CH-34 Chotcaw when it was wearing it's Marine Corps green.

A 2006 Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH
The Medivac helicopter is powered by a Turbo Meca ARRIEL 1E2 engine. It is owned by Allegheny General Hospital.

Radio-controlled airplane doing a demonstration fly-by.

Stearman Bi-plane.

These two Stearman bi-planes did several passes over the airfield just prior to the P-51 and P-40 airshow.

P-40 Warhawk taxing out to the main runway.

P-51 Mustang following the P-40 Warhawk.

P-40 fly-by.

P-40 Warhawk, also known as The Flying Tiger.

P-51 Mustang fly-by.

P-40 and P-51 flying together.

P-40 landing.

Bob and Chris Baranaskas, pilots of the P-40 and P-51, respectively.

Basket Auction at the St. Bernard's Homecoming.

The Hallmark Polka Band.

Magician Dennie Huber is a crowd favorite and has entertained at the picnic for a number of years.

A few of the children enjoying Dennie's magic.

The Critics --