Back in the day, the hood ornament played a major role in my learning to drive. (No, I wasn’t learning when THESE cars were on the road …. it was a “few” years later!) When my dad took me out to practice on narrow winding country roads, he always told me not to take my half out of the middle of the road. In order to help me determine if I were staying in the proper spot in my lane, he told me to try and keep the hood ornament in line with the line on the right edge of the road. I imagine that it worked well enough, but I remember having trouble at first watching the hood ornament, the on-coming traffic, the road itself, the signs, etc. Many of the cars at the Pottsville Car Cruise had hood ornaments and that reminded me of my days learning to drive a car.
These are homes (some still occupied) in the old mining village of Eckley, Pennsylvania. The town was founded in 1854 and originally housed coal miners and their families so they would be in close proximity to the collieries. At that time the population was about 1,000 people. Today, less than 20. The town has a museum and buildings open for tours during special events throughout the year.
It was a cold and blustery day today, but that is perfect weather for this Husky and his owner who were out for a walk in Historic Bethlehem, Pa. In contrast to the days before Christmas, the streets of downtown Bethlehem were a little empty, even though the Christmas carols were still being played throughout the shopping district. Everyone was inside the beautifully decorated stores or the elegant Hotel Bethlehem, trying to stay warm. I must admit, I didn’t stay outside very long myself! Brrrrr!
[Note: this image was processed with a bit of pastel and watercolor effect]
Today’s post is a little break from the doggie world. Here’s an image of some pretty glassware that I thought was an interesting scene from a recent shopping excursion. Processing included PhotoShop, Topaz and a texture layer.
One of the places I visited last weekend in search of Fall color was Eckley Miners’ Village in NE Pennsylvania. Not much color in the leaves but there is always plenty to photograph in this tiny little historic spot. It’s worth a visit any time of year. At one time there were 2 streets, now only one, and over 1,000 residents. Today only some of the homes are inhabited while others remain as historic landmarks.
The Hotel Bethlehem, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is built on an historic site dating back to 1741. It sits on beautiful Main Street where many quaint shops and grand buildings line the picturesque street. The hotel is thought to be haunted as guests and staff have reported strange happenings such as sightings in mirrors, apparitions, vacuums being turned on an off, a feeling of being tapped on the shoulder, pens dropping onto the front desk, etc. Some guests have even asked to leave early because of their experiences. The ghosts that haunt Hotel Bethlehem are believed to be from the Victorian and Colonial eras. One ghost is believed to be a little girl who grew up in the hotel and, while her life was filled with scandal and sadness, her happiest days were spent at Hotel Bethlehem. If you ever visit this hotel, be on the lookout for unexplainable events!
But Santa, I wanted something shiny & new to carry my camera gear around in!! Sigh…maybe next year!
This image was taken on a recent jaunt through Jim Thorpe, Pa. I took one lens – my Canon 50mm f/1.4 and forced myself to shoot with no other lens options. I find that to be a good way of seeing new compositions when returning to a spot that I have visited often. It was dusk and the light was fading fast. I didn’t have my tripod with me, which was another way of forcing myself to shoot creatively. I surprised myself with the number of keeper images from that trip. I thought I would post this one featuring a Halloween pumpkin before the memory of the holiday is totally forgotten. Daylight Savings Time ends tonight so now it will get dark an hour earlier. Even LESS opportunity for late in the day photography. I’m already counting the days until Spring!
Hmmm…..signs are often interesting if you read them closely. In this image you’ll see that the Marketplace has two floors of fine shops that sell gifts, antiques, foods, fine linens, jewelry, bath and body care products, etc. BUT….were the items sold in the stores all a result of the escapades of the “Dumpster Diva”? I don’t know about you, but I’m not so sure I want to buy food or body care items that potentially came from someone who was dumpster diving! Eeeckkk! I didn’t venture into the store, but I think I will next time I’m in town…I’ll bet there are more photo ops inside! The same image with a watercolor effect is below.
Jim Thorpe, Pa. is filled with beautiful Victorian architecture. Several years ago I photographed this exact same home and it ended up being part of a newspaper article that featured my photography. What a surprise to run into a neighbor who told me that they owned several properties, this being one of them! The house is beautifully maintained and decorated and is always eye-catching. I photographed the home again recently and processed this image with several layers of Topaz filters to achieve the effect I was after.