December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013

Times Square NYC
The place to be for many tonight.
Not me!
Don't get me wrong I like to walk through Times Square but not to linger and definitely not
tonight with literally millions. 
This was recently taken around midnight in late November. 

May God's blessings abound in 2013 for you all!

December 29, 2012

Empire State Building

No matter what angle or what avenue you are in relationship to the Empire State Building
it's always a sight to behold.

Not from an avenue but yet another angle....
It's easy to forget that The Empire State Building is a work in progress at all times.
This portrays the broadcasting aspect and the well known light shows.

December 28, 2012

Dickinson Township Bridge


The old Dickinson Township bridge on Burnthouse has had better days but served well.


The new bridge is ready for traffic and years of tales.

December 27, 2012

Daisy - Christmas 2012

Our new source of entertainment!
Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

December 14, 2012

Macy's NYC Christmas

I wonder if Macy's would've built today if all these beautiful windows would've been included?

The World's Largest Store!

Those Macy's windows! 

A close up reveals that 'R.H. Macy Co.' has been sealed in concrete or is it marble...

December 13, 2012

NYC Macy's Christmas

After a short hour wait you too can tell Santa your Christmas wish list.
After trekking eight floors up the oldest esclators in New York City we decided the hour
wait to see Santa was just too much and interfered with the days schedule. 
He already knows what's on my list anyways!

Shoppers paradise.

I believe -- Do you?

December 10, 2012

Empire Fog

Enjoying the fog and the city from atop of The Empire State Building.
Two of my favorite NYC locations became clear.  (Bryant Park and the New York City Library)
Can you spot the ice skaters in the park?

A closer view of  Bryant Park and the NYC Library.
Now can you spot the skaters?

Hail me 'that' Taxi!

November 26, 2012

Indian River Bridge

Early Catch

The new bridge spanning the entry to the Atlantic Ocean from the Indian River Bay in lower Delaware.

November 19, 2012

Elk Neck State Park

Turkey Point Light House
Elk Neck State Park in North East, MD
Sitting on a 100 foot bluff this light house stands at the opening to the Chesapeake Bay.
We visited on a very cold very windy day but it was worth the trek.

The drop off at the top of the bluff was daunting.

Looking out over the Chesapeake Bay where the Turkey Neck Lighthouse stands.

The trail leading to the lighthouse was .8 miles, but worth the views.

November 18, 2012

November 17, 2012

Newville Suburbs

Standing Tall

Bringing in the Sheaves

The Hills are alive!

November 16, 2012

Newville, PA

Many homes in Newville could be terrific Bed and Breakfast Homes.  

Another Victorian Charmer

November 15, 2012

Newville, PA

The Bridges of Madison County have nothing over The Bridges of Newville.

A dam mill.

A quaint little abode on where else --  Log Cabin Rd.

November 14, 2012

Newville, PA - The Red Barn

The country side surrounding Newville, PA is one picturesque moment after another.  
Of course we all take for granite the places we live.  
Look around you and find  a little piece of joy in your hometown.

November 13, 2012

Newville, PA - Big Spring Creek

On a slow windy drive along the Big Spring Creek near Newville, PA.

Egrets, trout and wildlife on land, in the air, and in the water abound.

I caught this fellow taking flight.

I also was stalking a gray egret but every time I tried to capture a shot of him he eluded me. 
It was like he was a ghost and was playing tricks on my eyes.  
I must return to find him!

November 12, 2012

Newville, PA

Newville, PA

A quaint little town between two small mountains.
The fountain sits proudly in the center of town for all to fondly admire.
Each year the Newville Fountain Festival is surrounded with art, crafts, food, and entertainment.
The town is  very patriotic and many ceremonies have been held around the fountain.

I recently have been drawn back to town to run on the rails to trails and had to bring my 
camera along to enjoy some of the beautiful sites around town.

November 11, 2012

Green Ridge Village - Gilliland Manor - Newville, PA

Gilliland Manor
Located along the Big Spring Creek in Newville, PA.
Gilliland Manor sits in The Green Ridge Village Senior Living Community.
The manor sits proudly along the hillside overlooking some of the finest fly fishing 
area in the United States.  
It happens this is where I held my first job in high school.
I worked in the kitchen and helped to serve meals to the residents.
Working in the Manor was like going to high tea at every meal.
Proper table linens, proper tableware, proper serving. 
Working in this kind of setting made you feel worthy going to work each day.

November 10, 2012

Pine Grove Furnace State Park

A favorite local spot to enjoy every season.
Biking, Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Camping
I shouldn't forget to mention Photographing too!

With the trees ablaze you can't help just stop a minute and thank God for the beauty all around.

Every year at the Fall festival there's a pumpkin carving station.
The pumpkins are displayed for all to see and lit at night-fall.
Of course yet again I missed it this year.  Life is too busy!
I did get to enjoy the display the following day and it was still a pretty cool sight to see.

A close-up shot!

November 5, 2012


Our new puppy keeps us busy and entertained.
Although she wasn't my idea, I have to admit I'm smitten with her.
She is more excited to see me come home than anyone else in the family.
She is always ready to play with a tail wag.
She is always ready to go for a walk just to check out the neighborhood.
My new friend since my kids found their own lives!

October 27, 2012

New Orleans Jazz Fest 2012

Jazz Fest 2012 

This is the final post on the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest.
I've wanted to attend this event for some time and was finally
able to align life and show up to enjoy the bands, food, art, and people.
It was hot (understandably so - we were in the South!), and the days 
were long and the choices were over whelming.  BUT!  It was a fun
time I'm so glad to have had.  With every element I've covered there was so
much I either didn't snap pictures of or I just missed or forgot about.  There
were many more bands I wish I had the chance to hear and there were bands
I wish I could've heard more.  We kept moving attempting to experience all we
could.  Just one band could be a days worth of entertainment let alone 10-20!
Would I go back? a heart beat! 

The New Orleans Police Department.
The Crescent and Star symbol covers the Crescent city and the sign for the sheriff department - the star. I thought it a curious sign that reflected their city.

The festival is held at the New Orleans Fairgrounds and Race Track.
Since it's too hot in the Summer for horse racing the infield of the track provides a great
space for a festival.  

Everywhere you looked you couldn't be mistaken where you were.

The airways provided a spot for the usual commercial of where to go and what to do when the day was over.

For an added fee you could drink cold Miller Lite beer with some cool air at the Miller Lite tent.  It also provides a top deck where you can get some impressive view of several bands in different directions.

The festival logos were art in themselves.

Can you distinguish the festival elements in the tree?

A colorful ending.

The Jazz Fest posters have become quite collectable.
This years posters portrayed Shamarr Allen and Trombone Shorty.
The picture above is Shamarr.
Check out  art4now for a view of the posters in the past.
Below is a picture of the other poster of Trombone Shorty. 

New Orleans is a city that can dwell in you.  Sure it's city with some problems but the culture it provides is like no other place.  If you get the opportunity visit New Orleans and better yet make it when Jazz Fest is in town.