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Welcoming 2018 during a walk along the Delaware River

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.

 

 

Autumn Nights in Easton, PA

I took all the photos below during evening hours hours in Easton, PA during this past October and November. All photos were taken with my Canon G9X Mk II.

3rd St and the Circle

North Third St., Easton, PA

Easton Manhole Cover

Easton, PA manhole cover, at Night.

The Circle

Centre Square, Easton PA at Night

 

 

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The Route 22 Overpass, downtown Easton, PA

Bank St Ally

The Bank St. Alley, Easton, PA

 

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The Fountain at Nevin Park.

Downtown Easton at Night

View of downtown Easton from College Hill

Easton Post Office

The Easton Post Office

Free Bridge at Night

The Free Bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg, NJ

The Holiday Season at the World Trade Center

I took these pictures at the World Trade Center last night. One WTC is in Holiday Season mode. The base the tower changes color from Red to Green and back again. Pretty cool. #NYC, #WTC

 

 

 

Bethlehem Steel at Night

I took these pictures of the enormous blast furnaces at the Bethlehem Steel plant, which shut down in 1995. The former steel plant has been converted to a mixed-use development  called Steel Stacks, which now includes a movie theater, indoor ice, bar, restraunts and a Sands casino.

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Steel Stacks Stairway at Night.jpg

 

 

 

Return to Governors Island

I made a return trip to Governors Island a couple of weeks ago. The Island closed to the public for the year on Oct. 31st and does not re-open until May 1st, 2018, so it was important for me to visit the Island when I made a trip into New York City two weeks ago.

GI Soissons Landing

Governors Island is a former military base in New York harbor that has been a converted to a park and was opened to the general public starting in 2003. Conversion of large sections of the Island started in 2007 and is still a work in progress, but the Island is about 75% redeveloped. It is a great place to spend an afternoon in NYC when the weather is good and you can enjoy the spectacular views. You can easily spend 4 or 5 hours exploring the Island. I was on a tight schedule that day because I had other things I had to do in the city that day, so I was only able to spend about 2 hrs there that day, but it was still well worth the trip.

 

 

One of the best parts of Governors Island is a section of the Island called The Hills, which consists of four man-made Hills located in the Northwest portion of the Island.

I shot a couple of short videos with my iPhone SE on two of the Hills that occupy the Northeast portion of the Island.

The first video is my climb to the top of Outlook Hill, which is the tallest of the Hills, at 70 ft. That may not sound like much, but the 360 degree views of the New York harbor from the top hill are amazing on a clear day.

 

 

My second video was shot on Discovery Hill, right next to Outlook Hill. Discovery Hill is home to, The Cabin, a creation of British artist Rachael Whiteread and one of the permanent pieces of art that scattered around the Island. Like Outlook Hill, Discovery Hill provides outstanding views of lower Manhattan, the harbor and the Statue of Liberty and overlooks Picnic Point at the NW end of the Island.

Pictures below are from were taken in and around The Hills. I shot the pictures with my Canon GX9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Camera, the Canon G9X Mk II

I am very happy to report that I purchased a new camera a couple of weeks ago. I replaced  by venerable Canon S90 with a brand new Canon G9X Mk II. I bought the S90 back in 2009 and it served me very well ever since then, but it was a bit beat up after a lot of heavy use and I needed a new camera. My S90 was still taking great pictures, but a small spot developed in the lower right corner of the image sensor. As a result I my iPhone SE and my iPAD PRO 9.7 for most of photography during the last year. Both devices have the same camera as the iPhone 6 and they take great pictures, but they can’t match a camera the caliber of G9X. So, I will definitely continue to use my iPhone and iPad for photography, but I’m very happy to have a high quality point and shoot camera again. The compact size of the G9X makes it very easy to take it everywhere.

 

G9X MK II

Full model name: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Resolution: 20.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1 inch
(13.2mm x 8.8mm)
Lens: 3.00x zoom
(28-84mm eq.)
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Native ISO: 125 – 12,800
Extended ISO: 125 – 12,800
Shutter: 1/2000 – 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 2.0
Dimensions: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 in.
(98 x 58 x 31 mm)
Weight: 7.3 oz (206 g)
includes batteries
Availability: 02/2017
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon G9X Mark II specifications

 

NFL 2017 Predictions for Regular Season and the Playoffs

Here are my picks for each Division:

AFC East: New England. Hard to seriously consider any other teams in the AFC East as long as Bill Belichick is coaching and Tom Brady is playing QB (This is exactly what I wrote last season. No need to change anything.)

AFC North: Pittsburgh-Choice here between Steelers and the Bengals. Have to go with Big Ben and the Steelers.

AFC South: Tennessee-Houston should be improved, especially with the return of All-World DE JJ Watt, but I think the Titans are the better team and have big edge at the QB position.

AFC West: Kansas City-This division will be a total dog fight. You could make a case for every team in the division winning. I think you could make a case for every team in the division winning it. Oakland has the best QB, but I think Chiefs have the best all around team. I will be pleasantly surprised if the Los Angeles Chargers find a way to win the division. I still find it very hard to call them the “Los Angeles Chargers–As a former San Diegan and loyal Chargers fan. I would love to see Philip Rivers win a Super Bowl before his great career comes to an end.

NFC East: New York- The NFC East will be another total dog fight. The Giants and the Cowboys are the best teams in the division, but the Redskins and the Eagles will competitive as well.

NFC North: Green Bay-The Packers are the best team in the division. Aaron Rodgers is still in his prime

NFC South: Atlanta-After very nearly winning the Super Bowl I think Atlanta may lose a few more games than they did last season, simply because the more teams will be gunning for them as the defending NFC Champs.

NFC West: Seattle-The Seahawks should win this division and will be a serious threat to go all the way to the Super Bowl.

AFC Conference Champion: New England–Very tough choice here. I don’t have a high degree of confidence that the Patriots are going to make it as far as the Super Bowl. Wining the AFC East should be fairly easy for NE, but then things will get much more difficult.

NFC Conference Champion: Green Bay–Toss up pick here. I think there probably at least 3 or 4 other NFC teams that are good enough to make it to the Super Bowl, depending on the breaks. In addition to the Packers, I would include the Seahawks, Cowboys, Giants and the Atlanta Hawks.

Super Bowl Champion: New England–Last year I wrote the following: “Any doubts about Belichick and Brady both being GOAT’s  will be put to rest when the Patriots win Super Bowl LI in Houston.”

Well, I think it is fair to say that doubts about Brady and Belichick being GOATs were indeed put to rest. Will the Patriots win number SB number 6 this season?? I don’t think they will. I can’t point to one specific thing that I think will cause the Patriots to fall short,  but think something or multiple things are going to catch up with them this season.

I think it is very likely that I will have to revise my playoff predictions by the time the playoffs start, but as it stands right now I’ll go with the Packers and Patriots meeting in Minneapolis for Super Bowl L II and I predict that Aaron Rodgers will lead the Packers to victory. 

 

 

 


George M. Fattell.

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