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Winter’s Last Blast in March 2017

Up until the point when the blizzard hit us here in Easton, Pennsylvania last week I was wondering if were going to have a bona fide major snow storm this winter. I wanted at least one before we entered Spring and Mother Nature certainly delivered. Last week’s storm won’t go down as a record setter, but it did shut everything down for about 24 hours when it arrived on the 14th of March. So, it was

I actually did make my way to work that day. I live about a mile from where I work so I just broke out all my cold weather gear and marched through the snow. It was fun.

Here are a few pictures a took during and after the storm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to Boston

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Seasons on the KSAT

I took these four pictures on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail in Easton, PA between October, 2016 and January, 2017, one each month, capturing the change in seasons. All pictures were taken with my iPad Pro 9.7.

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A Walk Along the La Jolla Coast Trail

This weekend the Wall St. Journal published a good article about San Diego and highlighted many places that visitors would enjoy. The article made me consider some of my favorite spots in “America’s Finest City”, a place that I know well as a result of living there from 2003 to 2014. There are so many beautiful, scenic places in San Diego that it is very challenging to choose one spot as the best, but certainly one of my favorite places is the Coastal Trail just north of La Jolla Village where the views over the California Coast and the Pacific Ocean are truly stunning. I have walked along that trail many, many times and took several videos that I think capture the beauty of the area. I took the video posted below on a quiet Monday back in March of 2011.

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Bus Stop on the Silver Strand

I was browsing my photo archives earlier today and came across this picture on the Silver Stand beach near San Diego, which is one of my favorites. I enhanced this photo with the Snapseed HDR filter.

The Silver Strand is a narrow stretch of beach, about 7 miles long that connects Coronado Island to Imperial Beach and the rest of California. The Pacific Ocean is on the west side of the Strand and San Diego Bay is on the  east side. State Highway 75 runs along the the entire length of the Strand and buses from San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) run up and down the Strand (the 901 Bus). There is also a paved biking/running path that runs parallel to the highway. I took this picture during one of my many bike rides from Coronado to Imperial Beach and back. I snapped this picture heading north, on the way back to Coronado.

To the left of the bus shelter you can see Point Loma in the distance. To the right you can see the bike path.This particular stop is roughly in the middle of strand and Silver Strand State Beach is literally right across the highway.

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Visit to Governors Island

 

 

I made a trip to Governors Island in New York City last weekend to take some photos photos of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the NY harbor from the unique vantage point that the island offers. I also took quite a few pictures on the island itself, which is undergoing a remarkable transformation from a former 172 acre military post to a fantastic park.

 

 

I made the video posted above shortly after I arrived on Governors Island. As I approached Outlook Hill, the tallest of the new man-made hills on the island I saw two red chairs on the lawn in front of the hill and it struck me as a good spot to make a short video explaining the purpose  of my visit. See my pictures below.

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I do have to make a correction to something I said in the video. When I was explaining the history of Governors Island and I stated that the history of the island goes back to the Revolutionary War period, when it was under the control of the British Army. In fact, the island was occupied well before that, going back to when the Dutch arrived in 1624.

Here is the timeline of Governors Island:

1524 Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to see the island.

1624 First settlers arrived from the Dutch Republic

1674 The British took control of the island

17883 The American Army takes control of the island as the  British leave the island on Evacuation Day

1966 The U.S. Army leaves the island and the island is converted to U.S Coast Guard base.

1996 The Coast Guard closes it’s base at the island.

2001 Governors Island National Monument created. The monument encompasses 22 acres and includes Fort Jay and Castle Williams

2003 The Federal Government turns over 150 acres of Governors Island to the City of New York.

2007 Redevelopment of the island begins.

 

 

 

Here some more pictures from the northern end of the island…

 

Walking around The Cabin on Discovery Hill…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to Governors Island

 

 

The Twin Towers and the Manhattan Skyline in July 2001

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I took this picture at Eagle Rock Reservation in July, 2001. The reservation is located in Montclair, NJ. I have previously posted a picture of just the WTC Twin Towers and lower Manhattan that I took from the location. Today, on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, I decided post this picture of the entire Manhattan Skyline. I think this picture really illustrates just how prominent the Twin Towers were in relation to all the other skyscrapers in the city.

Photo was taken with my first digital camera, a Kodak DC 290.

 

 


George M. Fattell.

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