I shot these two pictures with my iPhone SE on Sunday, July 22, 2018, while walking over the Fahy Bridge in Bethlehem, PA. The bridge crosses the Lehigh River and connects Historic Bethlehem with South Bethlehem.
In the distance you can the old Bethlehem Steel plant on the right side of the river.
I modified both photos with the HDR Blue Sky filter on the Tonality App.
Here are my favorite photos from 2017. I initially selected just ten photos a couple of weeks ago that I was going present as my favorites of last year, but after multiple reviews of my 2017 photos I wasn’t totally sure I wanted to narrow down my number of favorites to ten. I ended up with sixteen after my final review.
I’ll start with my Pennsylvania Photos
My remaining favorites were taken in New York City and Montclair, NJ.
Well, we have finally emerged from the Deep Freeze of 2017/2018 here in Easton, PA and elsewhere in the Northeast. The now famous “Bomb Cyclone” hit us here in the Lehigh Valley, with Arctic like temperatures, but only a few inches of snow.
I did not have the time or inclination to venture outside of this area during the Deep Freeze that took place during the last week of December and first week of January, but I tried to capture in photos and video some of the beautiful images that the Deep Freeze produced in this area.
First off, here is another video I recorded on the Delaware Canal towpath on Jan 7th, the same place I recorded a video on New Year’s Day.
And here are some of my favorite pictures from the Deep Freeze
I set out on my first walk of the new year this afternoon and decided to take a walk down Delaware Canal Towpath. It was certainly a beautiful day, with the sun shining bright. It was very cold today as well, with high temperature only reaching 18 degrees. I really didn’t mind it. This is my third winter in PA since I moved back East from Southern California and I have finally built up my collection of cold weather gear to the point where I feel well prepared for extended period of extreme cold. For this winter a added a pair of Merrell FST Moab Ice+Thermo hiking boots and a Polartec Balaclava. I did not need the Balaclava today, but I carry with me at all times in case I have break it out.
Here is a short video I made on the Towpath, along with a few still shots I took while I was on the trail.
Another stop I made in Manhattan last Sunday was at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. The park looked great on this nearly perfect summer day. Whenever I visit this park these days and can’t help but admire how much it has been been improved in last ten years or so. I’m old enough to remember what this park was like back to late 70’s and 80’s when it dirty and and dangerous and not a welcoming place.
I made a trip in to New York this past Sunday, with stops a various spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Good trip, the weather was beautiful and the pace of the city seemed leisurely slow that day. Late in the afternoon I decided to take a load off my feet in the shaded Liz Christy Garden on the the corner of Houston and the Bowery. It is a small park, but it is a remarkably secluded island of calm surrounded by vast urban ocean.
I took the pictures below with my iPhone SE and modified them to the Tonality app.
I made a trip up to Boston last weekend. It was my first trip to Boston in over 5 years. I don’t remember the exact time I was up there last, but I know it was at least 5 or 6 years ago. I went up there by train from NY early Saturday morning and came back Sunday on the Acela, which was my first time on the fastest train in the U.S. As a train buff I really enjoyed my ride on the Acela. I would definitely like to see more trains like the Acela put in to service in different parts of the USA, where it makes sense.
I really enjoyed seeing seeing some my favorite spots in and around the city. I stayed at a small hotel in Back Bay and I was able get around pretty easily on the T (Boston’s Light Rail & Subway). One of the highlights of the trip was go to see the Boston Bruins play the NJ Devils at TD Garden with a few relatives. That was my first visit to the “new” Boston Garden and I was very impressed by the building.It is a great venue. I would love to see a Celtics game up there one of these days, especially since the C’s are good again. I’m sure the atmosphere at a Celtics game would be electric.
It was very cold (sub 20 degree temp’s) and windy last weekend in Boston (real winter weather, finally!) so I did not spend as much time walking around the city as I might have in a little bit warmer temp’s. But I did have an opportunity to walk around Back Bay and Boston Common. I also took the T out to Brighton, where I lived for a few years. I always find trips back to places where I have previously lived interesting just to see what has changed. I did notice a few new buildings in downtown Boston, but no radical change, unlike, say, New York City, where the skyline seems to be changing about every 6 months.
Here are a few pictures I took during my 24 hrs in Boston…