WordPress App Blog

Test blog. I haven’t used the WordPress app to post a blog in years, but I decided to give it a try again with my new iPad Air 4. I am discovering new bells and whistles on the app. I like the app and plan to start using it on a regular basis to post blogs.

Bushkill Creek at Jacobsburg State Park.

Christmas Scenes in Easton, PA

Unfortunately, we did not have a White Christmas this year, but we came close. We had had our first big snowstorm of winter on December 16th, and that snow lasted until December 23rd, and then we had a rise in temperature to the 50’s along with a rain storm that started on Christmas Eve and lasted until Christmas morning. The rain pretty much washed away most of the remaining snow. However, the snow from December, 16th, lasted long enough to to capture a few good classic winter images.

Easton Peace Candle at Centre Square, Christmas Night
3rd Street, Dec 16th, 2020
Spring Garden Street, Dec 12th, 2020
Easton Centre Square Dec 16 Night vs Dec 22 Day

Fall Scenes in the Lehigh Valley – 2020

Here are my favorite ten pictures taken during Fall this year in and around my home city of Easton, PA.

First group are pictures that I shot in Forks Township, in George Gollub Park. Forks Township is immediately north of Easton and the park offers some beautiful views, particularly in fall.

Upper Left. View south, Delaware River. Approx 3 miles north of downtown Easton. Lower Left: View east toward Warren County, New Jersey.

Gingko Tree at the Sayre Mansion Inn, Fountain Hill, Bethlehem.

I took the pictures below in Easton. Upper left: View north from the Toll Bridge. Middle Left: View south from Bridge on 3rd St. Lower Left: Foot Bridge at the Karl Stirner Art Trail. Right: Porter Street, College Hill.

Visit to the High Line-New York City 09/16/2020

Here are some pictures and a video I shot on the High Line in Manhattan during my visit to NYC. on Wednesday, 09/16/2020. I have always enjoyed walks along the High Line. I have been a fan of the elevated park since it opened in 2009.

I initially did not post the video below because my narration of the video while I was walking from the South end of the HL to the north end was not easy to understand due to the fact that I was wearing a mask. Subsequently, I edited the video and added some music as a soundtrack. I think the video turned out better with music.

Visit to The Edge at Hudson Yard, New York City

On Wednesday, September 16th, I visited The Edge at Hudson Yards, which is New York’s newest high altitude observation deck. The Edge opened back March, but it only remained open for a couple of weeks before it was closed when Covid-19 forced the entire city to shut down. I came very close to going to The Edge back in early March, but I postponed my trip because news of C-19 rapidly spreading The Edge is located on the 99th and 100th floors of 30 Hudson Yards, the tallest building in the Hudson Yards development. The Hudson Yards complex is located on the Westside of Manhattan, between 30th St. and 10th Avenue and 34th St. and 10th Avenue.

Here is a short video I made on the outdoor portion of the Observation Deck. It was a little windy up there, which I guess you have expect at that height. And I have to make a correction to something I said in the video regarding height. The Edge is 1,100 ft. in the air, not 1,000 ft., which I stated in video. The outdoor deck is 7,500 square feet and the glass walls on the deck are 9 ft. tall. The deck is comprised of 15 sections that were lifted by two cranes and bolted together.

View of Hudson Yards from the HighLine
Hudson Yards view from 34th St. and 9th Ave. The Outdoor observation deck is positioned on the North and East sides on 30 Hudson Yards.
The view East from the Indoor observation deck. Notable buildings you can see from this angle include the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the new One Vanderbilt, 432 Park Ave and 53W53.
View East from Indoor Deck
The view South from the Outdoor Observation deck. The Hudson River is to the right and One World Trade Center is straight ahead.
The view of the Outdoor Observation deck. There is glass triangle on the left that allows visitors to see straight down, On the right there bar that sells a variety of beverages, including soft drinks, beer , wine and champagne. I had a Brooklyn Beer. You have to sit on steps that like bleachers that rise above the deck while you have your drink. An Edge employee directs you to a location where you can sit so that proper social distancing is maintained.
View East toward Midtown Manhattan.
View of Westside, Central Park and Midtown.

My Favorite Photos of 2019 – NYC Group

I took quite a few photos in New York City last year. Here are my ten favorites.

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The Dakota on Central Park West
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View of Lower Manhattan from Outlook Hill on Governors Island
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View of sun rays shining on the Statue of Liberty from Outlook Hill, Governors Island.
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View of Hudson Yards and the Empire State Building from Hoboken
View of Hudson Yards from Tribeca
View of the East Side of Manhattan from Roosevelt Island
Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
Jane Street Garden, West Village
View of Central Park South Skyscrapers from the Central Park Reservoir
View of Manhattan from One World Observatory

My Favorite Photos from 2019 – PA Group

Every year I post what I think the best photos that I took from the previous year. I normally post my selections soon after the year ends. Clearly, I did not do that this year, but here they are.

I divided my 2019 pictures into two groups: Pennsylvania and New York/NewJersey

First, the Pennsylvania group, which is comprised of photos that I took in Easton and Bethlehem, which are both located in the Lehigh Valley.

Delaware River Ice
Ice on the Delaware – Feb 2019

Easton 2nd St Snow
The Beauty of Winter – Historic Downtown Easton

Forks of the Delaware
The View North at the Forks of the Delaware in Easton

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The Karl Stirner Nature Trail

Easton Sunset
The View of Easton at Sunset from Phillipsburg, NJ

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Centre Square – Easton, PA

BaconFest
Northampton St. during PA BaconFest – Easton

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Martin Tower’s last Night

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Martin Tower – Demolition Day

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Martin Tower – View from St. Michael’s Cemetery

First Post of 2020

I regret that I waited until June to start posting again on this blog. That certainly was not due to a lack of topics to blog about. I have been extremely busy all year and that was certainly a major reason for my inactivity on this blog. But, I am happy to report that I have been working all year, but like many people I had to shift my place of work to my home.

Glad to be back. More to come……

Fall in Easton, Pennsylvania-2019

Centre Square, Easton, PA. October 2019

Here is a collection of photos I shot and a video I shot this fall here in my home of Easton, PA.

Bushkill Creek
Riverside Park
Route 611 North and the Delaware River
I shot this short video during a recent walk in Easton near the Forks of the Delaware, where the Delaware River and Lehigh River meet .
Video taken with iPhone XR and DJI Osmo Mobile 3
Kart Stirner Nature Trail
Nevin Park
Scott Park and the Delaware River