Looking Into the Sky

From time to time we should all take a moment and look up into the sky and think about the vastness of the universe. Many live in cities and towns and never have the chance to see the sky from a truly dark place where you can see so much with the naked eye. But I highly recommend taking the time to go visit an area where you can look into the sky and see the stars. These photos were taken a few nights ago while on a Milky Way walk with some old friends and a few new ones as well.

Go outside and look up….

Stepping Back In Time

If you ha the opportunity to step back in time how far back would you go? Maybe you would choose to visit the 50’s or maybe a little further back, like say the 1800’s? Personally I would like to step back in time just a bit more and visit the 16th century. A time filled with kings, queens, knights, ¬†and jesters. A time when players entertained on the stage with music, song, stories of amazing feats, and manipulation of fire. And for the next few weekends you can do just that at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival.

For those of you that personally know me you know this is one of my favorite festivals of the year. On Sunday I took my first journey into the past for this year and below are some of the players and merchants from the festival. Over the next few weeks I’ll be visiting the festival and posting some of my photos, I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoy taking them. Who knows maybe my photos will inspire you to step back in time and visit the festival.

Until next time I bid thee Good Morrow!

Crusin’ at the Uniontown Shopping Center

For a long period of time hanging out at the Uniontown Shopping Center was the “in thing” for young and old alike. People would spend hours talking to their friends, showing their hot rods off and just riding around the parking lot. But, as with all things, time passed and things changed. The shopping center changed their parking lot so that you could no longer ride in a circle around the lot and the “kids” found new places to go and things to do. A tradition was lost forever.

If you remember the good old days of the shopping center you may want to stop by there on a Friday night and revisit your past. Every Friday through out the summer the rumble of hot rods is in the air once again. The weekly car cruise brings out several cars every week with new ones showing up all the time. I have the pleasure of visiting the cruise quite often and I always see something new every week.

So if you’re in the mood for a little nostalgia or just want to check out some amazing cars I suggest a quick trip down memory lane and a visit to the Uniontown Shopping Center. (located at Walnut Hill Road and Morgantown Road.)

Just a quick thought on the following car photos. I’ve been photographing cars for many years and have grown a little tired of the typical car photo. So these are a little different, I like to focus on the details or show cars from a different perspective. I hope you enjoy my vision of the world of car cruises.

A Quick Trip to Ohio

Recently I took a quick trip to Ohio to visit YM Camera in Boardman. If you haven’t heard of the place or haven’t visited it yet I would highly recommend them. Robbie and the staff are amazing and they really take care of their customers.

So after my visit to YM Camera I visited Lanterman’s Mill Creek Park to photograph Lanterman’s Mill and a covered bridge.

Lanterman’s Mill was built-in 1845-46 and then restored in the early 1980’s. The mill operates today as it did originally grinding corn, wheat, and buckwheat. I was there a little to late in the day to see the mill in operation but I am planning a return visit to tour the inside of the mill.

So here are a few photos of the mill and covered bridge. If your ever in the area I would definitely recommend stopping by both the mill and YM Camera.

Fort Necessity Encampment

July 3, 1754, It’s hot, muggy, and raining on and off. You’re a British soldier entrenched at a fort made out of necessity located in the middle of a great meadow surrounded by trees and French and Indian soldiers. Little do you know the impending skirmish will be the beginning of a World War which will lead to the removal of the French from the colonies and set the direction for the American Revolution. But today you are only concerned with the sounds of the musket balls flying by your ears. The battle will continue throughout the day until about 8pm when the French requested the surrender of the British. At about midnight Colonel George Washington signed the surrender.

Today I’m sharing some of the photos I took at the encampment over the Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you enjoy them.

For more information check out the National Park Service website for Fort Necessity.

Moving the Earth

Today we can take a look at some of the earth movers of times gone by. Yesterday I posted about the Ford Model A at the car show at the National Pike Steam, Gas, & Horse Association show. Today we’ll take a look at some of the machinery that was there for you to enjoy.

As I mentioned yesterday the show is the largest working show and that means you not only get to see this equipment but you get to watch it being used. And you can get up close and personal with the equipment as well. Little ones spend their time playing in the dirt, then they grow up and go to this show to relive their childhood.

If your interested in this show they have 2 every year and the next one is August 11-13, 2017. They are featuring Gravely and International Harvester among others. More information can be found at their website www.nationalpike.com

The Model A Ford

On Saturday I had the chance to visit the National Pike Steam, Gas, & Horse Associations show. Twice yearly people from all over the area gather for the largest working show of antique equipment. Along with the antique equipment they also have an antique car show.

The antique car show typically brings in a few interesting cars but this year there was a Ford Model A club in attendance. And of course I got the chance to photograph this great group of cars and trucks.

Before we see the photos I thought I would tell you a little about the Model A. Ford produced the Model A from 1927 – 1931. It was the replacement to the hugely successful Model T. By the end of the production of the Model A Ford had sold over 4 million cars. The cars cost between $385 and $1400 and were available in different models and colors.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do.