A lot of great things happen in the woods. After raining all night and most of the morning the woods were filled with fog. As evening approached the setting sun provided the encore.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
I made my annual Conwingo Dam trip on Black Friday. My pictures turned out so-so. Overcast low-light skies and the pumps on the dam weren't running all morning. (When the pump run the eagles and gulls are a lot more active). I still saw 11 bald eagles feeding at once, so the day was great, it's just that the pictures aren't. I'll post more later. Be ready though, the best pictures are not eagles.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
I actually saw a Golden Eagle when I hunted this area six years ago. He was circling around T Meadows. I took some pictures, but they were way off. This year I saw another one. This one was further down the drainage, nearer to were I was hunting. This was around noon on the day before hunting started. Still cool to see a Golden Eagle. I saw my first one probably 32 years ago near the Great Salt Lake Desert in northwestern Utah.
White River National Forest, Flat Tops Wilderness Area, Colorado. October 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Inside panorama. (16 seperate pictures)
Can't go anywhere in central Florida without running onto Mr. Mouse.
This dude was huge. If you look close there's still a Devil Ray on his shoulder.
Tropicana Field, aka the Trop, opened in 1990 and has been home of the Tampa Bay Rays since their inaugural season in 1998. Located in St. Petersburg, Florida it was also known as Florida Suncoast Dome and Thunderdome. The seating is just over 31,000 seats for baseball. There was nowhere near that many when we visited on Labor Day 2016. It worked out well for us, they were playing the Orioles that day (more on the game tomorrow). The Trop marks the 14th Major League stadium I have visited. The 4th (including Camden Yards) that we've seen the O's play. I don't know where 2017 will take me.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, 340 West Union Street, Somerset, Pa. Somerset County Station 601. Around since 1893, Somerset VFD were originally housed at 121 West Union Street, along with the Police and Borough offices. In 1942 the building was expanded for the fire department. I'm unsure when they moved to the 300 block of West Union, but the building at 121 West Union is now gone.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Mother and Calf.
The white triangle in the center of the picture is on the mothers back.
Manatees! We had gone to this area last June but saw none. When I stopped by late morning it was like whale watching, Here the blow and look. I think I saw two that day. The next day we showed up earlier and followed three of them around the shoreline before they headed for deeper water.
Manatees are sometimes called sea cows. They can grow to more than 12 feet long and weigh half a ton. This being in Florida these were West Indian Manatees.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Spent Sunday morning wandering a new-to-me state game lands. I entered from two different points and saw two totally different areas. This one was wide open, the other was thick. These are Larch trees (the yellow ones). Larch are deciduous conifers. In the fall the needles change colors and fall off. Weird, huh?
Monday, November 14, 2016
That's right, a super moon just isn't big enough. Last night was a SUPER-DUPER MOON. Yep, as it cleared the mountain horizon I thought it appeared 7% larger and 16% brighter. The last super-duper moon was in 1948. This year it is actually 30 miles further away than '48. Mark your calendars now for the next one (it'll be 40 miles closer than last night) it's scheduled for November 24, 2034.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Tipton-Antis Volunteer Fire Company, 269 Tipton Road, Tipton, Pa. Blair County Station 21. Formed in 1959 and incorporated January 11, 1960 they covered the northern third of Antis Township. The company was decertified by the township in June of 2016. They are currently out of service.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Two days out of Basic Training
Ricardo Santiago in front of White Hall
White Hall. They were working on it last fall. It's gone now.
Me, Billy Curry and Roger Nicely (a couple of Mountaineers).
It was Billy's last day on base before heading to his first assignment.
This was out in front of the Gold Shield by the movie theater.
What's left of the movie theater.
Our dorm block, then and now.
Happy Veterans Day, fellow veterans. Seemed like a good enough time to post the pictures I took last fall at what is left of Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois. I spent 13 weeks there in late summer and fall of 1983 while attending U. S. Air Force Weather Specialist Training. I didn't take as many picture in those 13 weeks as I did in the couple of hours I spent there the last time.