Thursday, August 26, 2010

Coming to an End

Ebensburg Airport Office
Cambria County, PA

The following eleven photographs were shot at the Blair County Airport outside of Martinsburg, PA where I went to see the B-17 Nine-O-Nine and the B-24 Witchcraft.

The Nine-O-Nine sitting in the mid-morning sun. This is the third time that I've seen this aircraft.

The B-24 J is the last of it's kind to be flying anywhere in the world.

Waist gun of a B-17. My Uncle Stu was manning a gun like this during WWII when his B-17 was shot down and he was taken prisoner of war.

2006 Columbia 400

Nose gun of the B-17.

Bombardier's chair and bomb sight in the nose of the B-17.

The command control of the B-17 is located in the cockpit.

It take more than an hour for the haze to burn off before I was able to see some blue in the sky.

One of the Pennsylvania State Police helicopters goes out for a short test flight after receiving service at the Blair County Airport.

Still looking good at 40 is this Piper Cherokee that was making a fuel stop at AOO while I was there.

Another oldie from Piper is this Piper 24 Comanche 180.

"Life After People" isn't all that unrealistic.

Work was recently completed on the new pedestals for the statues that are part of the St. Joseph Shrine on the campus of Saint Francis University. In the background is the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art.

One of the welcoming sights as students return to the campus for fall classes is the Bell Tower.

Somehow this katydid got into the house and hung out for awhile on a storm door trying to figure out why it couldn't get back to the outside.

Blue Morning Glory after an overnight rain.

The cardinals are still enjoying the seeds in the patch of weeds near the bird feeders.

Silver-Spotted Skipper visits the Zinnias.

Psychedelic sunflowers on Mars.

Hay Bales -- A Study in Black and White.
Shot at the Davis Family Farm while on assignment.

I spent part of Sunday afternoon covering a Republican meet-and-greet corn roast held on the Davis Family Farm outside of Dysart, PA.

Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate Jim Cawley talks with local during the event.

Karissa Shatzer of WJAC-TV, Channel 6, interviews Mr. Cawley.

Karissa also interviewed Ninth Congressional District of Pennsylvania U. S. Representative Bill Shuster. These two shots give you an idea of what actually happens during an interview. What you see on the 6 o'clock news looks a lot different than these two scenes.

U. S. Representative Bill Shuster stood out in the rain to talk with some of his constituents. A little bit of rain didn't deter him from discussing local issues.

Marty Yahner dipped this fresh boiled ear of corn into a Mason jar full of melted butter, coating it from end to end.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Yard Work

Larkspur after an early morning woman's rain.

Cardinal feeding on wild seeds outside the family room window.

We didn't put out the liquid hummingbird feeders this year. Instead when we planted seeds in the deck planters, we made sure some of the flowers would provide natural food for the hummingbirds. In the next three shots you can see the bird going from Zinnia to Zinnia.

A little PhotoShop magic.

Violet Daisy

After 290 years of use by man the last remaining half mile of dirt road in northern Cambria County that is on the Kittanning Indian path is now, as it were, History. Starting on Monday and finishing on Friday, Susquehanna Township had Spruce Road tarred and chipped. This section of the road runs through some of the family-owned land.

Morning Glory greeted by the morning sunrise.

The hummingbirds aren't the only diners at the flowers. This bumblee bee is enjoying a treat at the Zinnias.

We got this planter at a yard sale and aren't sure what the plant is that this bee is feasting on.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mixed Bag

No theme this week. Just another few days of summer in the mountains of Pennsylvania.

It's a Saturday morning and we're standing on the deck, drinking coffee and making plans for our first "him and her only" picnic at the lake in years. The moon is still high as it fades slowly into the western sky.

But then again, I may be lying.

On the way to the lake I like to take Grozanick Road, a dirt road that cuts between the hills, through state game lands and takes me by several old farms and homes hidden along this little used roadway just outside of Patton. It's a picturesque drive that always provides lots of targets for my Canon.

There is just something about black and white photography that brings out the dramatics of any given scene.

Barn Swallows sitting on a power line.

Barn Swallow -- Hirundo rustica
It won't be long and they will be heading to their winter grounds in South America.

Kayakers on Glendale Lake.

Another of the summer birds is this Eastern Kingbird. It's said that he bird got its name due to it's attitude towards others.

Wave watching.

Watching wave makers.

Return to wave watching with reflection.

And this, of course, is a mushroom next to a rock.

The Prince Gallitzin State Park manager patrols the lake on a Saturday afternoon.

Robin sitting in the cherry tree off the deck.

Turkey sitting in a tree about twenty feet from the deck.

The turkey wasn't too sure about me as he watched from the tree as is evidenced by his raised feathers.

The Hastings-Elder High School Class of 1960 celebrated their 50th class reunion on Saturday, 7Aug2010 in the Hastings Community Park.

One of two new editions to this year's St. Bernard's Homecoming was the Crescendo's, a four piece polka band. They seemed to play for hours.

The one new game that I saw at the church homecoming this year was this road course layout. I watched for awhile but never saw a winner.

Looking into our mudroom, from outside on an overcast Saturday night.

On Monday morning, I headed out for what should have been a fifty mile round-trip to the credit union and back. Obviously, I was wrong. These are three photographs from what turned out to be a 140 mile round trip through four counties (Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair).

This old log cabin sits along Route 56 between Cambria and Bedford Counties in the area known as Peggy Westover curve.

I stopped along old Route 220 in Bedford County, PA to take a picture of this 155 year old barn.

Another barn along old Route 220 near Osterburg, Bedford County, PA.