Thursday, October 25, 2007

Mostly Sports

We start this blog with photographs from the first game of the Johnstown Chiefs' twentieth season in the East Coast Hockey League and we end with a few shots of fall's colors.

Mark Letestu of the Wheeling Nailers jaws it up with Andrew Penner of the Johnstown Chiefs during the pregame warm up.

Past and present members of the club, owners, and staff participated in a pregame ceremony in which they received team jerseys.

Although it was not a full house, the stands did have a lot of loyal fans in attendance for the game.

David Brown, goalie for the Wheeling Nailers, guards the net against the oncoming Johnstown Chiefs.

Lane Manson of Wheeling is about to get nailed by Jason Spence of the Chiefs.

David Brown, goalie for the Nailers, guards against a shot on goal by Chief's left winger J.D. Corbin.

Chief's goalie Ryan Nie keeps his eye forward John Foster of the Nailers.

Ice Dancing.

Jean Desrochers and Michael Cohen get another shot on goal against the Nailers.

Ponds at the Cresson Sportsman's Club on the Cresson - Loretto Road.

Ticket taker, back gate, Saint Francis University. Where else can you see a college football game for $5?

SFU Senior Jim Becker.

Gawain Bragg, running back for Saint Francis, gains a few more yards after being tripped up by the defensive line of Albany University.

Omar Winston falls for a Saint Francis first down.

SFU Junior Alex Szoke-Benton.

Louis Beninato of the Red Flash sets up to greet tailback David McCarty of the University of Albany Great Danes.

SFU Senior Christian Shannon.

Wide receiver for SFU, Troy Eison, hurls himself toward the goal line for a Saint Francis touchdown.

SFU Sophomore Cody Kekipi.

After shooting the first half of the Saint Francis-Albany football game, I headed off to the Stokes Building to shoot a couple quick pictures of the swimming meet.

Doing the back stroke.

Canoeing on Lake Saint Francis during Family Weekend at Saint Francis University. This is one of the four or five activities that I covered for the University over the weekend.

Dilapidated old barn along Loretto - Chest Springs Road.

Welcome to Patton, Pennsylvania.
If it weren't for this sign, you would never know that you were about to enter a town.

Autumn along Old Miller Road, Susquehanna Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania.

This White Breasted Nuthatch knocked itself silly by flying into our storm door. I immediately grabbed my camera, went outside, picked the bird up and shot 53 pictures of it before it regained it's senses and flew away. This picture was shot with the bird sitting on my left hand pointer finger.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007


1920s barn on a back road near Glendale Lake.

This building and the next picture are part of an abandoned factory complex near Irvona, PA along Route 53.

This picture was tinted in sepia in PhotoShop.

Another abandoned building along Route 53 is this old gas station in the borough of Coalport, PA.

An old hot water radiator rests against the wall in the old gas station. I'm really surprised that the radiator is still sitting here and has not been refurbished and in someones house.

Just another beautiful day on Lake Glendale. Shown here is the Beaver Run boat launch area. Notice the pattern of the wind on the water.

This is the McKee's Run boat launch area. I was standing here taking this picture, I watched an osprey soaring overhead. But, before I could change cameras and get a shot, it was gone.

Milkweed pod and milkweed bugs, also shot at the lake.

The next series of pictures were shot in Bedford, PA during their 43rd Annual Fall Foliage Festival, a two weekend event that takes place every October. This is one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the area with over 400 craftsmen and live entertainment at the event.

This picture and the next three were shot on the Juniata River at Bedford, PA and are more or less an exercise in composition and color.

Kayaker enjoying a Sunday morning paddle on the river.

As I was taking the pictures of the kayaks I also shot these three fishermen standing on a dam. Their luck was good, as I saw them catch several rock bass.

I really like this photograph. This is Jerry Hazzard, a volunteer at the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival, directing traffic to a parking area down by the river front. What drew me to Jerry and this picture was his bellbottom blue jeans. I thought they were so cool and comfortable looking.

Using only a point and shoot Olympus camera, this brother and sister team had a stand and were selling some of their work. For as young as they are, they showed a lot of talent and I told them so right before I purchased one of their prints of a log building shot at the Bedford Village tourist site, north of town.

The Vogues
A 1960's group from Turtle Creek, PA. During it's hayday, the group had 14 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including Earth Angel, You're the One, and Turn Around Look at Me.

Wok'n on Fire!

Back before homes were covered with asphalt based shingles, they were covered, for the most part, in slate or wood. This machine from the Chase Turbine Company of Orange, MA, patented February 19, 1889, cuts and edges the wood shingles one at a time. The machine automatically feeds the 16 to 18 inch log and tapers each piece as it cuts.

The operator then feeds the shingle, one by one into the edger, by hand.

Ryan Jessee, a glass blower and vendor from Johnstown, PA, gives a demonstration early Sunday afternoon during the Bedford Fall Foliage Festival. The glass is heated to over 2,000 degrees F.

Coming out of Bedord, feeling right at home and looking real pretty is this 1934 Chevy hot rod. With a 327 cubic inch, 300 horsepower mill under the hood, the machine is chopped four inches, has air, power windows, keyless entry and sits on 4 mags from Billet Specialties. By the way, it's for sale. If you have a serious inquiry, email me and I'll send you to the owner.

Changing leaves, as seen at 65 miles per hour, heading up Route 220/99 after leaving Bedford. Thank goodness my wife was driving!

This is the first play of the Academic Year by STAR Productions at Saint Francis University, of Loretto, PA. It is called Francis and the Fire of Love.

Isola - Claire McCall

Annunziata - Bronwyn Stevens

Brother Fire - Scotty Boshinsky

Francis - Anita Fusco-Baumann

From left to right: Brother Earth (Brian Davis), Sister Fire (Penelope Doll), Mother of Us All (Tatyanna Fox), Sister Water (Miram Shankweiler), and Brother Air (E. J. Victoria)