Glens Natural Area

Glens Natural Area at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania is a National Natural Landmark.

The Falls Trail allows you to explore the glens, which has wild, free-flowing waterfalls cascading through rock-strewn clefts. It has 22 named waterfalls and has diverse wildlife.

 

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Hoover Mason Trestle Re-visited

The Hoover Mason Trestle in the evening.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle at Sunset

Moon rise at the Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hoover Mason Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum,  community recreation resource and attraction.  The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.

The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Olympus Demo at Dutch Springs Expo Weekend

Challenger 600 Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn, Olympus OMD/E-M1 OLYMPUS M.7-14mm F2.8 at 7 mm, ISO 800 Exposure: 1/60@f/5

Challenger 600 Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn, Olympus OMD/E-M1 OLYMPUS M.7-14mm F2.8 at 7 mm, ISO 800 Exposure: 1/60@f/5

Dutch Springs is holding it’s 1st Annual Expo Weekend  June 3-4, 2017.

Join us to demo the latest Olympus Cameras and housings. I will be doing seminars on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by our booth to register for a door prize.

Many leading manufacturers in the Dive Industry will demo their dive gear.

Dutch Spring’s dive safety seminar series will kick off this weekend.

Dutch Springs, located in Bethlehem, PA, is a 50-acre lake, with attractions at depths up to 100 feet. The lake is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. Explore underwater platforms, submerged vehicles, aircraft and other unusual sites. Enjoy a variety of interesting fish and aquatic life, including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Palomino Trout, Koi, Yellow Perch and Goldfish. Visit their website www.dutchsprings.com for more information.

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Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Furnace is indeed a unique survivor of the early American iron industry. Originally built by Peter Grubb in 1742, the furnace underwent extensive renovations in 1856-57 under its subsequent owners, the Coleman family, and closed in 1883. It is this mid-19th century iron making complex which survives today. At Cornwall, furnace, blast equipment, and related buildings still stand as they did over a century ago. Here visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men labored day and night to satisfy the furnace’s appetite for charcoal, limestone, and iron ore.

Cornwall Iron Furnace is part of a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It has also been designated a National Historical Landmark by the American Society of Metals, and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, citing Cornwall Furnace as “the only one of America’s hundreds of 19th century charcoal fueled blast furnaces to survive fully intact.”

Photos taken with a Olympus E-M1 Mark II with Olympus M.7-14mm F2.8 and M.12-100mm F4.0 Lens. Photos were shot in camera raw and made into high dynamic range (HDR) images using Google Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2.

Blue Heron Bridge Underwater Photography Class

Two days of photography at the famous Blue Heron Bridge, Riviera Beach, FL. It’s known for the diversity of macro photo subjects. It is a shore dive in calm water. The beach is smooth, gently sloping sand, easy entry, great for all levels of Divers.

The class includes the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Course Level 2 Certification.

Cost for the class $150.00
Local hotels run between $100.00 to $200.00 per night
Transportation from West Palm Beach Airport will be provide on Tuesday April 25.
Tanks and other rental equipment are available form Blue Heron Bridge Scuba located near the bridge.

Contact Bob Hahn at bob@ScubaPhotos.org

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Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. After a long history of military history it is now a National Monument and  a National Historic District.

Fort Jay and Castle Williams and the area that surrounds them is Governors Island National Monument. North of Division Road is designated as a National Historic District.

The island is accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

 

Dingmans Falls & Silverthread Falls

Fall Foliage

Dingmans Falls, Dingmans Ferry, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn

Dingmans Falls is second highest water fall in Pennsylvania, 130 feet. Located in Dingmans Ferry in Delaware Township, Pike County, northeastern Pennsylvania.

This easy to traverse flat boardwalk trail meanders gently through a pristine hemlock ravine. Almost immediately after starting the trail, Silverthread Falls drops 80 feet in a thin ribbon of water through a narrow geometric chute. The boardwalk winds through dense rhododendron shrubs, past tall hemlock with dense canopy, and the sound of a powerful waterfall just around the corner. The boardwalk ends at the base of Dingmans Falls. The final tenth of a mile is a staircase that leads to a birds-eye view from the upper falls.

One can’t help but notice the cool breeze and mist coming from these beautiful falls. There is a benches along way to sit and enjoy the beauty.

Elisha Packer Wilbur Mansion

Elisha P. Wilbur – Born circa 1833 he was the son of a sea captain and his mother was the sister of Asa Packer.

Wilbur chose to build his brick mansion on Wyandotte Street, probably because of the proximity to the Railroad line.

The tower on the mansion’s north side was built to permit Elisha to keep an eye on the passing trains of the Lehigh Valley were Railroad and to be sure they were on time.

Artists came from Italy to hand carve the teakwood in the library and dining room. Marble was purchase to build a fireplace for the living room and enough furniture for 18 really big rooms, including seven bedrooms and seven baths.

No records are available to learn how much money was spent to build the mansion, however the Masonic Society (then called the Masonic Building Corporation) bought the property in 1924 for $70,000.  The purchase was a real bargain.

One of the great mysteries of the mansion is who is buried in the old cemetery, now covered by the paved parking lot behind the mansion. Some say soldiers of the Continental Army.  Some say no, they are buried beneath the nearby spur route.  This is one mystery that may never be solved without an earthquake.

 

St. Michael’s Cemetery

St. Michael’s Cemetery, located at 4th & State Sts in South Bethlehem, PA is the resting place for immigrants who came to America in the 19th & 20th centuries, many of whom worked at Bethlehem Steel & other local industries. The land for the cemetery was donated by Asa Packer in 1867 to create the first burial place in Bethlehem consecrated for the interment of Catholics. St. Michael’s is an excellent representation of the diverse cultures that built our community – more than 25 nationalities are buried at St. Michael’s.

Friends of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA