Poland Day Fourteen: Warsaw. A Meandering Morning Walk To The Vistula River.

It was a cool and sunny morning when I awoke my first day in Warsaw. After a cup of coffee, I was off exploring the streets of the city. Warsaw morning walk -4

I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going,  like I often do on my travels, I just wanted to get acquainted with the city. I had a general ideal where the Vistula River was and decided to walk in that direction.Warsaw morning walk -6

 So I  meandered  the busy morning streets,  blending in with the many commuters heading to work and school, some stopping for a bite to eat at the many small pastry and breakfast sandwich shops along the way. Warsaw morning walk -3

I came upon, what,  I would learn later, is a famous square in Warsaw,  Plac Trzech Krzyzy or Three Crosses Square. I briefly stopped in the church as they were celebrating the morning Mass.Warsaw morning walk -20

I continued toward the direction of the river and found myself in a upscale residential neighborhood. Warsaw morning walk -29

The neighborhood was next to a park neat the river and I enjoyed strolling under the ancient trees. Most of the historic and other buildings in Warsaw  were destroyed by the Germans in World War II. Thankfully, it seems,  they let many of the parks alone.  Warsaw morning walk -28

I found this small pond in the park.Warsaw morning walk -32

And I heard, and saw  some of the many birds that make the park their home.Warsaw morning walk -38

I found my way to the Vistula River and walked up a bridge to get a view. It was good to see this river again, now a few hundred miles north of where I last saw it flowing through the middle of Krakow. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk to the river. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Fourteen-Warsaw-morning-walk-April-21-2017Warsaw morning walk -49

I decided it was time to head back to the hotel and made my way along the edge of the park and busy Jerozolimskie Street, which was elevated above the park.Warsaw morning walk -54

I eventually had to climb stairs to reach the street near The National Museum in Warsaw. Warsaw morning walk -58

I walked the busy street in morning rush hour traffic and enjoyed watching the hustle and bustle of the passing people, cars, trams and buses. Warsaw morning walk -71

And observing the many businesses and other buildings on the way. Warsaw morning walk -75

I arrived at the hotel, located near the central train station in Warsaw, with just enough time to shower and enjoy a quick breakfast with my sister and niece before we set out on a day long walking tour of the main sites of the city. Here is a link to some more photographs of my morning walk.. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Fourteen-Warsaw-morning-walk-April-21-2017Warsaw morning walk -79

“A city isn’t so unlike a person. They both have the marks to show they have many stories to tell. They see many faces. They tear things down and make new again.” Rasmenia Massoud

 

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Poland Day Eight: Saturday April 15 : A Morning Walk Through Not So Boring Czestochowa.

I awoke refreshed this morning , having had another good night sleep.  It took me a few days too adjust to the time change but looks like I have done it. It was overcast and cool when I left my hotel next to the  Monastery for a hike to  again explore the maligned city of Czestochowa. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-3

I say this because all of the tour books I had purchased before  my trip indicated that, besides the Monastery at Jasna Gora, the location of  the portrait of Our Lady of Czestochowa or the Black Madonna,  there was little to do here.  Before my visit I imagined it would be a small factory and farming village. How wrong they were, as my walks yesterday and today have shown me.  Like yesterday, I again proceeded down the main avenue, which, because of the early hour was mostly deserted. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-2

I just love roaming the streets of different cities. I enjoy looking at the storefronts, the restaurant menus, the offices and even the advertisements on the billboards. They teach you so much about a country and it’s people. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-9

I walked beyond the town square, where I ended my walk  yesterday  and, as usual in Poland, found more churches,Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-23

and other building of interest, including this modern cinema. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-12

I walked on over the active railroad line, both passenger and cargo. . It was this railroad right of way,  built in the early 1800’s,  that connected Vienna with Warsaw that helped start to develop Czestochowa from  a sleepy medieval  village  into the modern city of a quarter million people it is today . 

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As the main avenue ended the city became more commercial , especially after I crossed over the famous Warta River. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-28

I am not positive, but I would guess this plant provides most of the city with it’s electric needs. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-29

I crosses another small river the Kucelinka and found myself in a more modest residential neighborhood. Still, the homes were all well maintained and many had beautiful yards. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-2

I came across this  little church, as I said there seems to be churches are everywhere in Poland. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-7

I was now entering the picturesque Polish countryside that I have, until today, only saw from the windows of a bus. I enjoyed hearing the crowing of the roosters in the distance. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-9

As I saw from my bus rides there seemed to always be a statute, cross or monument strewn with flowers along the way and sure enough I found this cross today.  I was about three miles out from my hotels now and decided it was time to return. Here is a link to some more photographs from the first part of my hike today.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Eight-Czestochowa-Saturday-morning-walk-part-one-April-15-2017-Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning hike to river-19

On my way back I encountered some chickens and one of those roosters I heard on my walk out into the countryside. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -6

I  retraced my steps back to town and  decided to head toward the steeples of this church I saw in the distance. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -2

I walked through some older run down neighborhoods to get here, but it seemed old structures such as these where being torn down and replaced with modern ones. Czestochowa, appeared, to me anyway, to be a growing town with a lot to offer. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -14

And with a lot of history. I was I had more time to learn about these many old buildings that are found throughout the modern city. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -17

I came to the church steeples I saw in the distance and learned it was the Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family. I learned it is a new church, by Polish standards, being built only a hundred years ago. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family -1

I decided to  have a look inside and found  a few worshipers at this early hour. . I learned photographs were allowed, as they are in most churches, although many of the older folks do not appreciate it. However the priests seem very willing to allow the beauty of their churches to be shared. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family -23

The interesting thing about this church was the audio of a bird singing that was being played in the church. I spent a few minutes admiring the statutes, altar and structure. Here is a link to some more photographs of the interior of this beautiful church. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Eight-Czestochowa-Cathedral-Basilica-of-the-Holy-Family-Saturday-April-15-2017-Poland Day Eight Czestochowa Cathedral Basilica of the Holy Family -24

I continued my walk through some mixed residential and commercial neighborhoods.  Like in the States they too, have garbage trucks. As I have found all over the world, folks pretty much live the same way and do the same things, eat, sleep, grow old and die, All of us.   So sad that there is so much hate in the world, mainly because we don’t get to know one another better. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -25

I made my way back to the main avenue and, just as I was thinking how much I enjoy my travels and love of nature, I saw this shop window. How fitting. Globes, maps, nature books and puzzles. All so much a part of my  happy childhood. Thanks dad. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -33

There were many  flowers for sale along the main avenue. My father would always bring my mom a flower, usually a lily or hyacinth on Good Friday. In fact one of my earliest memories was accompanying him to a greenhouse on a warm and sunny Good Friday. It real does feel like I am back home on these streets of Poland. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -30

I again left the main avenue to explore the city and found quaint neighborhoods, which I believe house mainly the elderly. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -38

There were many small markets along the way and I stopped in one to get some photographs of the local grocery items and produce. Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -40

As I roamed these side streets and neighborhoods I wasn’t sure if I was heading in the right direction. Some dark storm clouds were forming and it felt  like the rain they predicted was going to arrive.Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -39

I started walking in the direction I believed my hotel was but i wasn’t quite sure. I tried to make  my way through the meandering streets to the main highway but was starting to doubt myself when, after turning a corner, there I was right behind my hotel! A homing instinct or dumb luck I am not sure.I do know I was glad to be back, although the rain did not arrive until evening, I was tired and very hungry. . I was glad I was able to get this enjoyable walk in through the beautiful streets of Czestochowa.  I love it so much already. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/poland-photographs-april-2017/nggallery/poland-april-2017/Poland-Day-Eight-Czestochowa-return-hike-Saturday-April-15-2017-Poland Day Eight Czestochowa morning return hike -46

 

“There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love for the arriving, but I’m born to leave.”
Charlotte Eriksson

 

 

 

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Enjoying The Spring, And The Critters It Brings.

I thought I’d share some of the photograph I took of the critters that visited my yard today, and some I saw on my walk out the railroad tracks near my house. critters April 21  2016-3

I am loving the earlier sunrises and the early morning song of the birds in my backyard. The squirrels are usually the first ones up in my yard but these past few days a turkey hen has been around even before sunrise. She has no problem sharing breakfast with the squirrels. I think, and I am hoping, she has a nest near my house. critters April 21  2016-4

Once the sunrises I have more turkeys show up, and thee usual robins, titmice, nuthatches, doves and sparrows, downy and red bellied woodpeckers, one shown above.  The cowbirds showed up a few weeks ago and my favorites, the goldfinches have been around for a few days. critters April 21  2016-8

It was hard going to work with so many critters at the feeder and with the turkey toms strutting around trying to get the attention of the hens. I could watch these critters all day. critters April 21  2016-6

After work I decided to walk out to the railroad tracks and see what new critters arrived out there.  Most of the same species of birds I saw in the morning were still at my backyard feeder when i got home.  On my way out I  saw this robin in my ginko tree. critters April 21  2016-12

I walked out to the railroad tracks passing some ponds and wetlands on the way,critters April 21  2016-7

I was hoping to sneak up on the pair of mallard ducks that are nesting there but they heard me coming and where in the air before I could get close to them. critters April 21  2016-24

Overhead I saw a few crows and the newly arrived turkey vultures, not the prettiest of our feathered friends. critters April 21  2016-19

There were a few of these noisy rufous sided towhees in the underbrushcritters April 21  2016-15

As well as this elusive birds, I think it is a wood thrush. critters April 21  2016-29

And this one, I think it is a brown thrasher. Please feel free to correct me if I make a wrong identification. critters April 21  2016-31

I walked out to the railroad tracks, one of my favorite walks since I was a child. I love just walking the rails and hoping for a train to come along . Today I  was lucky and got to see one. Here is a link to the video I  took of the train https://youtu.be/Yky6nFzB05ocritters April 21  2016-6

I headed home and ran into this squirrel who was taking his dinner home. I love this time of year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so much to see every day, whether it’s in my backyard, near my home of in the many parks and forests.critters April 21  2016-32

I was hoping to watch the Full Pink moon rise tonight but was disappointed some clouds moved in. It was still a beautiful day in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs I took of the critters I saw in my backyard and on my walk. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/backyard-and-railroad-walks-and-critters-april-21-2016critters April 21  2016-1

“Ah yes, the beauty of nature…once we understand life’s delicateness, then we will surely protect and cherish all of its forms.”
Shannon Leigh Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Australia Day Twenty Two. A Farewell To Melbourne And Australia, And A Long Journey Home.

I was up before the sun on my last morning in Melbourne, and Australia. I wished I had more time to explore this vast and beautiful country but I began my long journey home on a mid morning flight and I only had time for one more walk.  I left the hotel in darkness and walked the commercial area along the highway. I was  looking  for a residential  neighborhood since I really didn’t get to walk much out here in the suburbs.  Melbourne morning february 25 -2

I walked about a quarter mile when I found a road leading from the highway and followed it into a residential development. It appeared from the service trucks and modest cars parked along the townhouses that it was a middle class development. A few of the residents were up and looked like they were to  going to their jobs.  It was like so many residential developments I had seen across  United States. Melbourne morning february 25 -3

I walked through the development  until I  reached a fence and dead end. The development abutted a shopping center along the highway. I headed the other way and found a walkway to a park. As I entered the park the full moon broke through the clouds and I found  a small pond where I  listened to the exotic birds chattering in the early dawn. Melbourne morning february 25 -29

I walked along the homes of the development and noticed that graffiti was just as popular in suburban Melbourne as it is in cities in the United States. Melbourne morning february 25 -20

I continued my walk through the park and crossed a dried up creek to the other side of the pond. I enjoyed watching the birds flying above the water in the full moon light. melbourne morning -5

The sun was rising behind the clouds in the east and I knew I had to get to my room and finish packing.  I reflected on the lives of the folks living in this development, so different, yet so alike my life in the United States, knowing we share that same moon and sun even though we are on opposite sides of our planet. I realized that we do live in a very small world after all.  Here is a link to some more photographs from my last walk in Australia. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twenty-two-melbourne-morning-walk-february-25-2016melbourne morning -4

I walked back to the hotel, showered, packed and rode a shuttle to the airport driven by one of my new friends from the hotel staff. We had a nice chat about living in  the suburbs of Australia. I was dropped off at the international terminal and quickly checked my luggage and made it to my gate, stopping to pick up some last minute souvenirs including these  famous Australian treats tim tams, chocolate covered biscuits.  Melbourne flight home february 25 -32

I had breakfast before I  boarded my plane and settled into my window seat for the fourteen hour flight to Los Angeles. I was a little apprehensive about the long flight on my journey to Australia because of some back and hip problems.Having had,no problems,  I was actually looking forward to the flight so I could reflect on  my adventures and the many beautiful place I saw on my trip.

I spent the first few hours watching, one last time, the landscapes of Australia pass far below our plane. Soon we were over the Pacific Ocean, and clouds appeared below us  so I did some reading,  watched a few movies and dozed off a few times  on my flight to Los Angeles.  We flew into yesterday as we crossed the international date line near the equator. Melbourne flight home february 25 -12

We were served a nice breakfast as e flew into the rising sun as we neared the United States. Soon , I saw  a few islands off the California coast and then the sprawling city of Los Angeles  spread out below us.   I loved Australia but it was good to be back on the ground in the United States. Unfortunately, another delay.

The American Airlines plane from Philadelphia was again delayed an hour and I knew I would not make my connecting flight to the the Scranton Wilkes Barre flight. Well , I wasn’t happy but traveling means expecting the unexpected. Our plane finally arrived and I was off on another five hour flight to the east coast.  I had a window seat again and enjoyed the barren, desert  landscapes of the American southwest .Melbourne flight home february 25 -6

We passed the sun again and  flew into darkness as we approached my favorite city, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. I did miss my flight to Scranton Wilkes Barre so I had a few hours wait until the next flight.  I found a place to eat and read the local Philadelphia papers, catching up on my favorite sports teams. I finally boarded my last flight on my journey home, a short twenty five minute flight to Avoca. As we flew north I noticed that there was snow on the mountains reminding me it was still Winter in the Northern Hemisphere.Melbourne flight home february 25 -17

I arrived in Avoca around 10 p.m. and met my nephew Charlie  who drove me the last  thirty five mile  leg of my  long journey home, that started almost a full day earlier 11,000 miles away on the other side of the planet.  I was exhausted when I got home, and it was good to sleep in my own bed again, but I was already planning my next trip, the jungles of Africa in October. I  enjoyed sharing my trip and, was glad to have you along, and I hope you enjoyed it too. I can’t wait until we leave for Africa. Here is a link to some more photographs taken on my long journey home. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twenty-two-flight-home-february-25-2016Melbourne flight home february 25 -34

 

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharal Nehru 

 

 

 

 

 

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Australia Day Twelve: A Wonderful Morning In King’s Park And A Late Night Plane Flight

I awoke  just up before dawn  on my last day in Perth and took a taxi to King’s Park to await the rising sun. I was lucky,  it was a clear and cool morning for Perth. A strong southerly wind had broken the heat wave they were having. I took in the Perth skyline, as watched for the sun to rise at the War Memorial.  It  didn’t disappoint me, it never does. I have watched a thousand sunrises and never saw one that didn’t leave me in awe.  It was beautiful . After watching the sunrise I spent some time exploring the park and it’s famous botanical gardens. Here are some more photographs of the beautiful sunrise. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twelve-perth-kings-park-sunrise-february-15-2015Australia Perth King's Park sunrise -6

King’s park is one of the largest parks inside of  the  limits  of any city in  the world, larger  even than New York’s Central Park. So I knew I wasn’t going to see all of it.Australia Perth King's Park and Botanical gardens walk -35

I walked around some of the information centers in the botanical gardens and observed the many new, and strange species of flowers that are native to Australia.seals 27-24

What is more surprising is the lack of flowers. Australia, except in the rain forests in the north is a dry country and many of the plants had small leaves for conserving water.  I love learning about the different plants that are found in different climates all around the world.seals 27-22

And the trees, they are even more special. There were many representatives   of the hundreds of species  eucalyptus trees. I learned about how they shed their bark when I visited the Blues Mountains near Sydney. There were also areas with ponds, grasslands  and area  representing all habitats found in Australia. I even got to see one of my favorite trees, a baobab. I loved these trees since I first learned about them in grade school. Here is a link to some more photographs of the many plants, trees and flowers I saw at the botanical gardens. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twelve-perth-kings-park-botanical-garden-plants-february-15-2016Australia Perth King's Park and Botanical gardens walk -18

I walked down a bush trail,  a large area of the park was never developed and remains as it was when only the aborigines lived here. It was interesting to see what the lands looked like, and again, I noticed how dry all of the leaves and plants were, so unlike the leaves in the Northern Hemisphere.  An added treat to the hike was the many beautiful views of the Swan River and the suburbs that surround Perth.Australia Perth King's Park and Botanical gardens walk -20

I hiked back up to the War Memorial taking in all of the exotic plants, trees and flowers. I also saw quite a few birds in the park, many eluding my camera but I was able to capture a few. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my walk. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twelve-perth-kings-park-february-15-2016birds 2-1

I left the park, through a long line of beautiful eucalyptus trees planted by a woman’s group on September 29 1929, a week after my mom was born. I than walked back through downtown Perth, through bustling Monday morning traffic and back to my hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs of my walk through the park and back to my hotel. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-perth-day-twelve-kings-park-botanical-garden-walk-february-15-2016Australia Perth King's Park and Botanical gardens walk -42

At my hotel ran into a little, well a major problem, with my lap top. It wouldn’t hold a charge. I was in a panic and spent a few hours with the warranty company. I was surprised they would cover a repair even in Australia  but was told it would take a day for them to send someone to look at it. Not good. I found a repair shop that worked on Lenovo lap tops and took a taxi to it’s location.  The lobby of the store had a replica of the lost In Space  robot,  I loved this show as a kid and should have headed the robot’s warning . Danger, danger! The young lady there was very helpful but told me she thought the battery or charger was probably damaged by a surge and there would be nothing she could do. Not what I wanted to hear. No more blogs or photographs sent home. Que sera sera. I took a taxi back to the hotel, checked out and decided to walk to the Perth Art Gallery to spend my afternoon. King;s park to hotel walk-14

It was very hot again, near 100 degrees, as I walked through the busy streets of midtown Perth. I took a few side streets to take in the local scenery and pasts some homes, businesses and a hospital along the way. Perth Art Museum walk -5

I got a little off path but was finally  directed to the Art Gallery. Once again time was my enemy. I found so many interesting paintings, sculptures exhibits I knew I couldn’t take all in. Perth Art Museum 020

I like to sit, reflect and enjoy the various works of art in a gallery. I try  to imagine that the artists was thinking and trying to say when they produced their works of art. I was glad the museum allowed me to take photographs. I have not watermarked them since they are not mine but the artists who produced them. I can’t identify all the artists I saw and photographed but please check out the museums’s website to assist you with any identification.  I am privileged  to be able to share the talent of the artists, since it was created to be shared.  Here is a link to some more photographs I took in the museum.http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twelve-pert-art-museum-february-15-2016Perth Art Museum 075

There was so much to see in such a short time I had to rush through many rooms of exhibits since the museum was closing. .  So many works caught my eye and could only give them a fleeting glance. Here are some more photographs  of the many wonderful works of art I saw at the museum.http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-day-twelve-pert-art-museum-february-15-2016

I walked back, stopping at the Natural museum only to find it closing too. It was still hot and a long walk back and   I was so was able to shower at the hotel pool when I got back.  Here is a link to some photographs I took on my walk to and from the Art Gallery. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/australia/nggallery/australia/australia-pert-day-12-walk-to-art-museum-february-15-2016Perth Art Museum walk -17

I still had a few hours to kill, since my flight didn’t leave until midnight and I sat down, plugged my lap top in and it started to re-boot and recharge.. I was delighted and spent the next few hours editing photographs. I left the beautiful city of Perth as the sun set in the west. I was only here for a few days but I feel in love with this isolated town near the shores of the Indian Ocean.IMG_5382

 

“Alone of all the races on earth, they seem to be free from the ‘Grass is Greener on the other side of the fence’ syndrome, and roundly proclaim that Australia is, in fact, the other side of that fence.”
Douglas Adams

 

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A Walk Through Green Ridge After A Snowstorm.

The snow ended late yesterday leaving us here in the Green Ridge section  of Hazle Township in Northeast Pennsylvania  with almost twenty inches of snow on the ground. It was clear and a frigid 9 degrees when I left for my daily two mile morning  hike.Green Ridge snowstorm  (2 of 58)

The roads were plowed and passable as I walked under the crystal clear, deep blue skies. There were a lot of folks out shoveling and snow throwing the deep powdery snow.Green Ridge snowstorm  (7 of 58)

The section of Hazle Township called  Green Ridge actually refers not only to my area in Hazle Township but also to the western portion of West Hazleton. I walked by  my parent’s house and up to North Street, and passed  the homes of middle class folks, and also  the historic Pulaski Club, established by Polish coal miners in 1915.  This area was once almost all of Slavic , and mainly Polish heritage , but is now home to a mixture of nationalities.Green Ridge snowstorm  (18 of 58)

I usually crawl through a fence in the Mountain View Cemetery and walk through this peaceful tree lined place to visit my dad’s grave.  Not today, the hole in the fence was covered with snow so I walked along the cemetery and into West Hazleton.Green Ridge snowstorm  (19 of 58)

Again I ran into a lot of folks digging out from the snow as I walked the streets of this quiet town. I headed east along Ridge Ave, observing the beauty of the snow drifts created by the storm.Green Ridge snowstorm  (14 of 58)

I walked to Broad Street, the border of the Green Ridge section and headed back west walking past my church, formerly known as Transfiguration. Lot of memories on these streets.Green Ridge snowstorm  (41 of 58)

I walked back to the entrance of the Mountain View Cemetery and trudged through the heavy snow and into a winter wonderland. The gravestones and bare trees  contrasted with the deep blue skies and the pure white snow.Mountain View Cemetery  (11 of 20)

I made my way to my dad’s grave and spent a few moments reflecting on the many good times we enjoyed together during the many snow storms we shared over the years. I find much peace out here. This is a link to some more photographs from my visit to the cemetery  Mountain View Cemetery  (12 of 20)

I trudged back through the deep snow and back to the streets of West Hazleton.  I walked past my old alma mater, West Hazleton High School, now used as an elementary school. I walked the streets back to my home. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk through the streets of Green Ridge, Green Ridge snowstorm  (46 of 58)

After warming up, and  a  few cup of coffee, I headed back out to the woods on my property behind my house. It wasn’t easy going but the deep blue skies and white snow once again made for a Winter wonderland . And of course I had to built a fire to keep warm. There is something so comforting about a fire crackling in the snow on a frigid January day.  After warming up by the fire I trudged my way back home. I am not a snow or Winter fan but I will have to admit it was a pleasant morning, even with almost two feet of snow on the ground.  Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike in the woods. Green Ridge hike  (10 of 15)

When snow falls, nature listens – Antoinette van KleeffGreen Ridge hike  (12 of 15)

 

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Leaves And Other Fall Stuff.

It was a sunny an unseasonably warm day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Perfect for walking but unfortunately I had to work and only got out for  an hour before the sun sets around 5 p.m. It was enough time to capture some on the remaining color in the leaves. Fall walk (23 of 29)

Some of the trees are naked now, having lost all of their leaves, while others have only a few remaining. Some, however, like the oaks and some maples still are arrayed in their peak fall colors. Fall walk (5 of 29)

Most of the plants have died now and all that remains are their fruits or seeds. The milkweed pods are mainly empty although a few still  filled with their fluffy white seeds. Fall walk (4 of 29)

And there are still some berries hanging on the dead pokeweed plants that never survive the first hard frost. Fall walk (2 of 29)

I was surprised to see a tansy plant still in bloom and more surprised to find this insect which looks like a mosquito feeding on it. Fall walk mosquito (1 of 1)

Although  a lot of color remains on the trees, and should survive a bit longer with the warm temperatures,  it won’t be long until all is brown and dead as Winter takes hold.Fall walk (27 of 29)

At least my bird feeders and backyard will still have some Winter residents, such as this squirrel and his friends. Fall walk squirrel 09 (1 of 1)

And the bird feeders will be visited by the finches, tit mouses, nuthatches, chickadees and other birds that are not as smart as their cousins who fly south for the warmer weather. Fall walk birds house finch - (1 of 1)

Wish I could have enjoyed more of it but it was still a wonderful Fall day in Northeastern PA. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/late-afternoon-fall-walk-november-3-2015

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“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
–   Elizabeth Lawrence

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Not As Exciting As Bears But Bees And Wasp Are Cool Too.

It was another perfect late Summer day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Cloudless deep blue skies and warm temperature. Still no rain so I didn’t even bother to go out looking for mushrooms. Instead, I took a short hike in the woods near my home with my macro lens. hike sumac (1 of 1)

I love walking in the woods and looking for just about anything and the macro lens has let me enter a whole new world.  I found a few spiders again but not as many as in the deeper woods I hiked the past two days. hike spider (1 of 1)

And there were a lot of bees and wasp on the few late blooming flowers. But they seems to have lost a lot of their energy as they are finding it harder to find flowers in bloom. hike wasp 034 (1 of 1)

The grapes are now ripe and I found many wild along the trails and paths near my house. hike (2 of 16)

And many of the plants that flowered in Spring and early Summer now are setting fruit or going to seed, including the milkweed and poke weed.

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I walked out to one of the more interesting trees on my land, an osage orange tree, which are not usually found this far north or at this elevations. It may haves sprouted from an osage orange fruit I found while in college and brought home. It has  an extremely hard  and insect resistant wood and was used to make fences. It was also used to make bows and it appears someone, many years ago, cut a limb for a bow. It is one of my favorite trees. Didn’t find any fruits yet but will try and post a photograph in another blog post.  hike (4 of 16) - Copy

I didn’t go far, and no exotic or large critters like the bear that visited my yard, but still an nice day to walk in the woods. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike today. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/macro-walk-september-17-2015hike (13 of 16)

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon

 

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Day Three: Scandinavian Adventure. A Walking Tour Of Malmo

I had planned on either renting a car or taking a train to see some more of the Swedish countryside today, but overcast skies, light rain  and little sleep kept me in the city of Malmo.  And I am glad I stayed put. Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (40 of 50)

I wasn’t going to let the weather keep me inside so I put on my rain gear and went walking through the cobblestone and flowered lined streets of Malmo. the skies were just overcast when I left and walked east along Kungparken, the park I visited yesterday.

The residential streets were quiet, wide and lined with trees and flowers.  Walking was easy and the traffic lights and crossing lanes were all pedestrian friendly. There were modern building but also some beautiful old ones like the library  All properties were well maintained. Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (3 of 50)

Shortly after walking past the soccer stadium I came to another park, Pildammsparken. with it’s  trees, flower gardens and a large lake active with water fowl. Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (11 of 50)

 

After walking a few more blocks east i headed south through a more residential neighborhood. There was a bit more traffic but still no problems walking the busy streets. i walked past small grocery shops, coffee shops,  and other small businesses common in a local community and i stopped and had a cup of coffee in one of them. As usual the folks spoke fairly good English and were very friendly. Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (19 of 50)

I roamed the streets of this neighborhood in a light rain until I came to a large cemetery. I later learned it was the cemetery for St. Paul’s Church. The well maintained graves were mainly from the last 50 years although I found a few dating back to the 1860’s. I love visiting cemeteries.Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (28 of 50)

 

 

I then came upon St. Paul Church, an impressive and beautiful structure. I learned it was a stop on an ancient pilgrimage route dating back  to the middle ages. Unfortunately the church was closed for renovations. This is a link to more photos of this beautiful church.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-sankt-pauli-kyrka-july-28-2015 Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (32 of 50)

I then walked along the waterway that surrounds old town Malmo  and came upon the railroad tracks and the train station. Took a break and had another cup of coffee amid the hustle and bustle of the train station. Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (33 of 50)

I then saw a lighthouse and had to get to it. I explored the beautiful harbor of Malmo. and realized there is a lot more to this city then at first glance. It is more than history and old building.  I love ports and roamed around this one. Was surprised to see all the upscale housing in the many new housing complexes along the water. The sun was peeking through some dark clouds to the east and made for some spectacular scenery.  Here is a link to some more photographs of the harbor. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-waterfront-july-28-2015Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (44 of 50)

i then spied the unique Turning Torso building, the highest in Scandinavia. It looked like a storm approached but I had to see this building. And  it was impressive, even more so up close. i wanted to ride to the top, but reservations were required. Here is a link to some more photographs of this unique building. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/turning-torso-malmo-sweden-july-28-2015

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Disappointed, I took the long walk back past the fish markets, Malmohus Castle, the windmill and gardens I visited yesterday. I was exhausted, it was a long four hike but I sure did enjoyed myself and learned so much about the wonderful city of  Malmo, where the old and new meet. Here is a link to some more photos i took on my hike today. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-morning-walk-july-28-2015Malmo Sweden morning walk l   July 28  2015 (49 of 50)

 

 

 

“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open” Charles Baudelaire

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