Wild Bird Wednesday – Barn Swallows

Or should I say bridge swallows? On a camera outing last summer, I visited several covered bridges in the Allentown, PA area. As I was enjoying a beautiful evening along a nice stream that ran under one of the bridges I kept noticing swallows flying overhead, and then flying under the bridge. I got brave and headed under the bridge to check it out, and I was treated to a large population of swallows! The nests were over flowing!!! 

 

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Monday Mellow Yellow – Flower Power

I sure am glad I was searching Monday Memes today! I find that Gemma has taken over “yellow Monday” as the originator Drowsey Monkey retired! I did participate every week, but it  was one of my favorites! Thanks Gemma!

Now let’s see what yellow I might have to share today!
These are on the memory card that is currently residing in my laptop. I have not been much of a photography these past months. First the winter weather and then some personal issues at home have kept me from getting out and about with my camera. If not for my IPhone camera, life would be passing me by without any sort of record!

These photos were taken in Allentown, PA in July 2012. I was there for the day while Tara and friends were at a concert. That was such an enjoyable day. Just me and my camera for hours!

The roses were taken at the Malcolm Gross Memorial Rose Garden in Allentown, and the others were taken at one of the several covered bridges I visited that day!

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Covered Bridges of Lehigh Valley

While researching things to do in Allentown this past week, I came across a great document on a Covered Bridge Tour in the Lehigh Valley.

There are over 200 covered bridges remaining in Pennsylvania, and seven of them are in the Lehigh Valley. All were within 10 miles of where I started my journey, but I made it to just three this day. Five of the seven of these bridges are still open to vehicular traffic. Two of the three I visited I was able to drive across!

The first I came to was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge was built in 1841, and after a truck damaged it in 1956 it was closed to traffic. The park area around the bridge is a beautiful place to spend a day. The Little Lehigh which the bridge crosses is one of the areas best places for trout fishing.

Next I traveled down Cedar Crest Blvd and found the Manasses Guth Bridge. This one is still open to traffic The sounds of the car tires driving across the planks is quite a distinctive sound! The original bridge was built in 1858, and partially rebuilt after a fire in 1882. The bridge crosses the Jordan River and is near one of the entrances to Covered Bridge Park.

The last bridge I decided to visit is just a short distance from the Manasses Guth Bridge, on the other side of the Covered Bridge Park. This is the Wehr’s Covered Bridge. This bridge was also built in 1841, and is open to vehicular traffic. 

That concludes my little tour of the bridges. This tour is well marked on the surrounding roads with red covered bridge tour signs. I will head back up there in the near future and find the other four bridges. I have to think they all might be quite beautiful in the fall as well!

Ruby Tuesday 2

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Flowers of Allentown

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. 
Joseph Addison
I took these photos on my photography outing this past week. You can see other pictures here

An added bonus, a YELLOW BUG!

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Critters of Bogart’s Bridge

This past Tuesday, I had the “pleasure” of driving my daughter and two friends to Allentown for a concert. Allentown is about 30ish miles from home, so not so far that I could not have come home after dropping them off and returned when the concert was over 8 HOURS later. I decided however, to enjoy a day on my own with my camera.

I had researched a few things in the area to see/do that were free. I found a great printable walking tour of the downtown area, that pointed out the architecture and history of some of the buildings, as well as a driving tour of Covered Bridges in the area.

As it was quite a warm day, and I really did not feel like hitting the pavement in town, I opted for the covered bridges. There were seven listed, I set out to see what I could see.

My first stop along the way was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge is not in service for vehicles, just foot traffic across the Little Lehigh River. This bridge is the oldest in the Lehigh Valley, and one of the oldest in the country. The bridge is located in a beautiful spot, full of activity – runners, bikers, walkers, and fishermen were seen during my stop!

I also encountered quite a few critters along the way.
This pretty butterfly – I am thinking this is a Gray Comma?
Then along the river, where I found an awesome rock to sit and enjoy the beauty of the area and the sound of the water, I met up with the Mallards.
Once I started walking again, I encountered a snake, who was sunning on a rock, and apparently I startled him before I could get my camera aimed! I was wearing flip flops, and although he was quite a few feet away from me, it kind of freaked me out!
I had seen a Swallowtail butterfly while I was by the stream, but he kept landing on branches too high for me to see him, so I was happy when this one was resting under the bridge.
The highlight of the adventure was the swallows. There were swallows flying everywhere. They are hard to capture, they do not sit very long out in the open. I got brave and went under the bridge to get the shot of the butterfly and realized there were dozens of swallows who had made the bridge there home.

Hungry and chirping like crazy!
Join in the fun of Camera Critters!

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Reflections

Malcolm Gross Rose Gardens
Cedar Creek Park, Allentown, PA
Reflection of the sky and sculpture in Reflecting Pool

I stopped at this rose garden on Tuesday during my “Adventures in Allentown” while my daughter and friends were at a concert. I decided instead of making the 60ish mile round trip twice to take them and pick them up, I would just find things to amuse myself. That is one great thing about photography, you can almost always find something to do!

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I Spy – Fans

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When I saw the theme for I Spy this week was fans…. I did not think immediately of those fans keep us cool, but another kind of fan. You see it was Tuesday morning and I had three FAN girls sleeping in the next room surely dreaming of band members that they love and were going to see later that day. I had hoped to get a picture of the three of them, but 2 of the 3, are anti-camera.
Here is what I came up with

Fan Jeep

I had just dropped the girls off and was in the car figuring out where my adventure would take me in the hours I had to wait, when this jeep pulled up. All sides were decorated proclaiming their love for Abandon All Ships and in particular Martin Broda. They too were just dropping of a concert goer so I didn’t have an opportunity to get out and take pics of all sides. I thought it pretty FAN worthy that  Dad let daughter draw all over the car. (Yes, those markers are washable, but in my experience, not all that easy to remove!)


Line of FANS waiting to get into the concert. Mine were lucky enough to have had early access passes, so they were not in this hot hot line!

For my choice, I am choosing a door I like windows and doors. This door happens to be just out of the frame of the above photo, around the corner of the brick wall on the right.
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