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2018 Philadelphia Flower Show

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The Philadelphia Flower Show is the longest-running and largest horticulture showcase in the world. The 2018 theme was “Wonders of Water,” which emphasized the life-sustaining role that water plays in tropical, temperate, and arid landscapes. The image above was a very large exhibit in the entrance foyer by Subaru, who was a major sponsor. There were many small Subaru exhibits throughout the flower show in addition to this one. I remember attending the Philadelphia Flower Show…

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees

Layers Upon Layers

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This photo of crumbling rock layers was taken in Letchworth State Park in New York. It is near where Wolf Creek flows into the Genesee River toward the southern end of the park, but north of the three water falls.

Categories: Geological, National/State Park

Upper Falls – Letchworth State Park

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The Upper Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park is framed by a railroad bridge just upstream of the falls (more about the bridge below). (Please see Letchworth State Park for an overview of the park.) The Upper Falls is J-shaped, 70 feet high, roughly 300 feet wide, and faces east to northeast. A substantial portion of the falls is nearly vertical. There is a walkway along the western side of the falls that provides…

Categories: Geological, National/State Park, Rainbow, Wildlife

Middle Falls – Letchworth State Park

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The Middle Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park is easily the largest and most spectacular of the three falls. (Please see Letchworth State Park for an overview of the park.) The Middle Falls is 107 feet high, about 285 feet wide, and faces the northeast. The water falls uninterrupted at the right side of the picture, while the remainder is nearly vertical or very steeply terraced. There is a walkway along the north…

Categories: Geological, National/State Park, Panorama, Rainbow

Letchworth State Park

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Early in May this year, we visited some of Beverly's family in New York. While we were there, Beverly and I visited Letchworth State Park with her brother and his wife. This photo shows a typical view of the Genesee River gorge in the park. Letchworth State Park in western New York, known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," is a scenically magnificent park. The park is roughly 17 miles long, from Portageville at the…

Categories: Geological, National/State Park, Panorama

Done Travelin’

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Recently, I have been interested in photographing objects I identify as 'Distressed' (as in abandoned or forlorn - see Lonely Schoolhouse and Luxury Vacation Cabin, as examples) and this also fits that description. Early in May this year, we visited some of Beverly's family in New York. While we were there, we saw this abandoned trailer in the woods. As I enjoy doing, we stopped and I took several photos. Our timing was fortunate as…

Categories: Distressed

Penns Creek from Penns View

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By Laurie Some time ago, while sorting through a box of old photos, I found a photo of a mountain vista my father had taken. My mother had identified it on the back as "Penns Creek from Penns View - 8/5/39". I have a list of vistas in Pennsylvania that I would like to see sometime, but this wasn't one I had ever heard of. I did some research and based on other photos I…

Categories: Panorama, Scenes And Vistas

Sunflowers

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By Beverly I enjoy gardening and especially, growing flowers.  I planted sunflower seeds in one of our garden beds and I was delighted with the results. Not only did we get to watch them grow and enjoy seeing all the pollinators they attracted, the flowers were very photogenic.  They slowly follow the movement of the sun through the day and raise their heads toward the sun. On an overcast day they keep their heads tilted…

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees, Note Card

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

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This is a close-up of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly in our back yard.

Categories: Note Card, Wildlife

Raindrops on Lily Pads

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In May 2017, Beverly called me outside immediately after a rainstorm to see the water lilies on our fishpond. When I saw the raindrops on the lily pads, I began taking pictures.  As I moved around the pond taking pictures, I realized that in some directions, the rain drops were highlighted by the afternoon sun and this one is the best of those photos. Because of the interest in this photo, we have had note…

Categories: Flowers, Plants, Trees, Note Card

Straining to Escape

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This Painted Turtle in our pond was trying to climb out over the river rocks surrounding the pond.

Categories: Wildlife

Kinzua Bridge

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The Kinzua Bridge was constructed in 1882 to transport local coal, oil and lumber across the Kinzua Gorge to their markets. Rebuilt in 1900, it remained in commercial service until 1959, and for recreational use until 2002.

Categories: Architectural, Railroad
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Lonely Schoolhouse

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This 100-year-old frame schoolhouse which sits in the middle of a cow pasture in Sevier County, TN, has not seen students since 1949.

Categories: Architectural, Distressed

Sideling Hill

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More than 800 feet of tightly folded rock strata are exposed where Interstate 68 cuts through Sideling Hill, about 7 miles west of Hancock, MD.

Categories: Geological

Squirrel Condominium

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Two squirrels playfully appear in different locations in this hollow tree in Amherst County, Virginia.

Categories: Wildlife

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