Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rescue Hose Company No. 1, old station

Rescue Hose Company No. 1, old station, 60 North Washington Street, Greencastle, Pa. Franklin County Company 3. Rescue Hose was formed in 1897 and added an Ambulance Squad in 1967. This building was built in 1888, I believe for or by the American Steam Fire Engine Company (organized in 1884, disbanded in 1892) and later occupied by the RHC. Rescue Hose Company eventually moved to quarters on South Carlisle Street. In 1998 they moved to 842 South Washington Street, their current home. This building currently houses Borough offices and the Police Department.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

City Hook and Ladder No. 4

City Hook and Ladder No. 4, 317 Valley Street, Lewistown, Pa. Mifflin County Station 14. Organized in October of 1904 as the fourth volunteer company in Lewistown. No information was found on when the original station was built or when the addition was added in the left side. An old ghost sign is visible on the old section that reads "H.B. Goss, MFG of fork dipped Chocolates". CH&L currently run a truck, a rescue and a squad for manpower and for transporting their boat.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Council of the Clans

 Council of the Clans

 The Raven Stealing the Moon and Stars

The Raven Stealing the Sun

The Brown Bear

The Eagle

The Eagle and the Giant Clam

The Naa Kaani Pole

The Council of the Clans Totem circle in front of the Cape Fox Lodge in Ketchikan, Alaska, by Lee Wallace a Tlingit carver.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fort Niagara

This is Fort Niagara, which is in the United States, from a park bench in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is in Canada. Originally built in 1678 to protect New France it was rebuilt several times. It saw action in the mid 1700's in the French-Indian Wars. It was captured by the British during the war of 1812. It has been in U.S. control since.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lesser Fritillary

I don't know how someone identifies butterflies. There is such small differences between them. Some are so slight. I think this is a Lesser Fritillary. Could be a Greater Fritillary. Or a Great Spangled Fritillary. Or ....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birds of Glacier Bay, part 2

OK, here is part two of my Birds of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. First an foremost is the bird I most hoped to see in Alaska, the Tufted Puffin. I saw a few of these. Some swimming and some flying. The next is one of a bunch of Pacific Loons we saw. This guy was hell bent on out swimming the ship.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Toad Lily

Meet the newest member of our lily family. The Toad Lily. also known as Tricyrtis. This flower isn't but three quarters of an inch across.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Perdix Fire Company, No. 1

Perdix Fire Company No. 1. 2 Firehouse Road, Duncannon, Pa. Perry County Company 11. Penn Township passed an ordinance in January of 2010 to abolish the fire company. Duncannon Fire Company now provides protection to the entire township.

Friday, August 22, 2014

You Are My Sunshine

Some of the many flowers at Green Grove gardens in Greencastle, Pa.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Intersection of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue

9:30 at night in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The night was just getting started. Clifton Hill, the Niagara Boardwalk, is to the right. The Niagara River is half a block to my left. The hard Rock Cafe is behind me and the Skylon Tower and the Casino are lit up out there in front of me.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Launch Time


This was our third trip to Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, Pa. to watch the hot air balloons launch and glow. The first two two trips it was under the banner of Balloon Fest. This trip it was now Summer Sky Festival. But unlike the last time the window of opportunity presented itself and off they went. It was a little on the breezy side so some of the flights were quicker but farther.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Birds of Glacier Bay

Part one of two of the birds I saw in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.  Granted that I didn't get pictures of all the different birds I saw, these are just some. First there is the Palagic Cormorant. There a little different than the double-crested cormorants we see at the beach or at Conowingo Dam. They're mostly black with the white at the base of their wings. Then of course you'll see the ever present Bald Eagle. We saw them everywhere. We did, by the way, see some Golden Eagles from the bus in Denali. And finally for today, is the Black-legged Kittiwake. Yeah, I though it was just another gull, too.