Thursday, November 17, 2011

Town and Country

One of the nice things about where we live is that we have the best of both worlds.   We enjoy the country every day but when we need to it's a short 45 minute drive to Altoona, Johnstown or Indiana.  This week's blog shows a little of the country and a little of Altoona.

I stopped by to check out the beef on the hoof on the way to the butcher shop.

Smog layer over Hastings on a cold fall morning.  The smoke from old coal furnaces that don't efficiently burn the soft coal found in this part of the state combined with atmospheric conditions can make for some very nasty smog conditions in the valley.

You can see how the atmospheric conditions just keep the smog layer about the roof tops of the houses.

Chipmunk getting a drink from the bird bath.  It's almost time to put the heater into the bath so the critters have fresh water all winter.

Tufted Titmouse sits on a branch and works at opening a sunflower seed.

Looking West towards a stationary front hanging over Clearfield and Indiana Counties.

An old garden shed along Route 36 outside of Patton, PA.

Second of three farms that I passed where the cattle were happily grazing on a sunny, fall day.

Agudath Achim Jewish Cemetery in Altoona, PA.

I didn't realize it at the time that I was taking this photograph but it turns out that these two units were being used for a training exercise for future railroad conductors.

A kitten sits outside of an old barn on a back country road.

A pair of white-faced steers keep their eye on me as I stopped along the road to take their picture.

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