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Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

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I havn’t blogged in a while, and I have been quick lazy creatively.  My only excuse has been that winter lasted entirely too long, and brown twigs are not good things to take picture of.  Well the warmth of spring in upon us, and everything is in bloom.  I recently went camping with my sons on Boy Scout trip and I really had a great time getting back to the great outdoors.  Camping, hiking and just sitting by the campfire.  A friend of mine was on the trip who is a fellow blogger, his blog focuses on leadership and stretching yourself to new limits.  If you get a chance, check out Jon Stolpe and his Stretched blog at http://www.jonstolpe.com.  Jon is a prolific blogger, and encouraged me that weekend to get back to keeping my blog up to date.  So, to get back in the swing of things, enjoy this long exposure B&W photo of sunrise from that weekend.

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May 2nd, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Today’s Escape

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I had to get away today after suffering through black Friday Shopping.  We went to a store with what had to be over a hundred crazy high school girls.  Myself and the other fathers kept to the side walls for our own safety.  Once I got home, I grabbed by camera back and headed to the Perkiomin Trail near my house.  I wound up going off trail and wandered the wetland around Perkionmen Creek.  I saw this tree sticking out the creek.  31 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 16mm.

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November 28th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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The latest weather report is calling for about 4 inches of snow!  I’ve learned to embrace snow the last couple of years, living in the Northeast, what choice do you have?  Today’s photo is from Valley Forge last winter.

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November 26th, 2014 at 8:00 am

National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge

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“Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery” – George Washington.  Today’s photo is dedicated to my fellow vets that paid the ultimate price in defending our nation.

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May 26th, 2014 at 8:48 am

Longwood Gardens

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May 24th, 2014 at 10:18 am

Chasing Days End – Reflections of End of Day

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May 20th, 2014 at 3:33 pm

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Out Of Office Notification

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Dear Mailer,

I will be out of office on my annual Florida trip.  I may or may not return considering the east coast of the United States is still locked in an ice age.  In the mean time, I will not be posting as often.  However, I should have a fresh batch of Florida pics upon my return.  If you require my immediate attention, please don’t call, write, or any other form of communication because I’ll be very busy on the beach sunning myself :)  In the meantime please enjoy this long exposure of Philly and Schuylkill River.

Best Regards,

Chris

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April 14th, 2014 at 9:32 am

The Fast And Furious

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Two Geese taking off on the Schuylkill River this past winter in Valley Forge, PA.

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April 3rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Philadelphia Without Us

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For those of you who know Philly, you know that this section of Interstate 76 that runs through the city is never without cars.  It’s a highway that never shuts down and is a vital artery into the city.   I was a workshop this morning in city center and arrived a little early and walked to the Spring Garden overpass to play with my new Lee Big Stopper filter.  This was about a 2 minute exposure just after sunrise which allowed for the passing cars to “disappear” giving an overall sinister look.  However, if you look closely, you can see some light trails from cars.

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March 23rd, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Through The Window

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Warmer Times

With about a foot of snow still on the ground this Presidents Day weekend in February, I have warmer times on the brain.  I thought I would share a quote from the former Black Flag front man instead of lamenting.  “We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins

Through The Window

I took this photo last summer while touring Fricks Lock, which is an abandoned ghost town on the Schuylkill river in southeast Pennsylvania.  The town had historical significance as a lock town along the Schuylkill river canal system that allowed goods to flow along the river valley into Philadelphia.  The town went into a slow decline when the railroads moved in the mid 20th century and was finally abandoned in the lat 1980’s when the Philadelphia Electric Company completed the purchase of the remaining land when the Limerick Nuclear path came on-line just on the other side of the river.  The photo below is from the inside the lock tenders house that was built in 1817.  Unfortunately, the building caught fire and all that remains are the stone walls.  Occasionally, tours are held that allow visitors to walk through the restored village.

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February 17th, 2014 at 7:00 am