I really was struggling to come up with a subject for a photo today. I walked out to the front sidewalk to see if any flowers were starting to pop through the snow. Instead I found oak leaves melting into the snow.
Sometimes the picture comes to you. After spending a few hours doing chores and shooting some photos, Daniel and I headed home for the afternoon. Around 4:30 we heard noise out in the neighbor's field. They were picking the corn... in March!
I heard the #5342 come through today during lunch, so I ran downtown to catch it switching on the main. Interestingly, the covered hopper cars on the left were picked up at Moyer & Son on Reliance Road. The brick building to the left was the former Moyer & Son Feed Mill building before they moved to their present location.
I decided to drive home a different way today from work. As I cut through the new development off of Allentown Road, My I spotted an old tree stand still standing in the midst of all of the construction. It's a reminder of a once prime spot to hunt deer just down the road from our house.
Daniel and I decided to head east this afternoon to try and find some new locations to photograph. We ended up at Lake Nockamixon. In my 48 years, I have never seen it frozen over. Quite a site. One of the ice fishermen told us the ice is 10" thick! Very cool.
Having had an appointment up in Perkasie this afternoon, I thought I would head down to the tracks to see what's what. There is a nice straight away heading down to Sellersville. I can just picture a Reading Railroad fast freight flying by back in the day.
As the kids get older, it becomes harder to find opportunity to spend quality time with them. I was thankful that I could spend the morning with my son Sean working on his ATV. Today, we installed an exhaust, carburetor jets and a K&N filter. Good times!
Today was very strange. The temperature got into the 50's, with thunderstorms in the afternoon. Around 4:00, the clouds started to break. With all of the snow still on the ground, a fog started to form along the creeks.
Today I heard the Pennsylvania Northeastern local coming up from Souderton. During the fall and winter months, I can see the train crossing Reliance Road through the trees. Today, it was the ex-CN SD40-2W #5315, still in the former road's paint scheme. They were still working the interchange with the East Penn Railroad in town when I got there. With all of the snow, it's hard to tell where this was shot.
Okay, so I was getting a little bored with all of the snow shots, so I thought I would work on a new technique. This was my first attempt at a self portrait with off camera flash. It was actually taken while there was still some light out.
Our black lab, Onyx, just loves the snow. It was hard even getting her to stop to let me take a shot of her. If I wasn't holding something in my left hand, looking like I was going to throw it, she'd still be running!
Sean out snow blowing this morning to keep up with the snow. The reason for this photo; I have never seen snow so heavy in my life. It felt like small snowballs hitting you in the head. The news said that at some points snow was coming down at 3-4 inches and hour. Winter storm Pax packed quite a punch!
Daniel and I headed to Allentown today in hopes of catching something out of the ordinary. There was talk of the CNJ heritage unit coming through on 18N, but that never happened. We did catch another BNSF unit for the 2nd week in a row, this time on the RoadRailer train the terminates in Bethlehem, PA.
The ice from Tuesday's snow was still hanging around quite nicely in town, so I quickly ate my lunch and walked out into the Souderton Community Park across the alley. The sun made the tall oaks shimmer. What a gorgeous sight.
Today our 9th snow storm of the winter hit us with 8-10 inches of snow. I decided to take a snow day, as Danken was pretty much shut down. Daniel and I headed out for a drive around 11:00 am, and found this young man out for a walk.
I make no apologies for my love of sunrises, sunsets and farms. I guess having grown up with farms surrounding us, it reminds me of home. This morning I looked out the window @ 7:05 and the sunrise was incredible. By the time I got down to Barndt Road, this was what was left. Still pretty stunning.
I am thankful that I am able to practice photography to some degree at work. Today, I got to go to one of our customer's houses and photograph their completed bathroom. This was a bathroom that I designed with the customer, and our company, Danken Corp., installed.
In keeping with the idea of trying to shoot the ordinary, today I tried of get a shot of our knick knacks in our living room. These are just trinkets that we pick up when we are on vacations along the way.
I decided to take a walk for my lunch break in the Souderton Community Park today. This is a shot looking down Wile Ave. toward Reliance Road. I love the mottled bark on these trees. There used to be Sycamore trees on both Wile Ave. and Reliance Road, but now, these are all that remain.
I thought I would try a little flash photography tonight. I am trying to force myself to take photos of ordinary things, whether it be places, things, etc. This is the coat rack in our kitchen. Something we use every day. Something worth capturing. It is where our friend's and family's coats go when they stop by to visit. A place to park our shoes. It is a part of our lives.
Today I had every intention of working on a photo of my wife's knick-knacks that she has on an old printing press drawer. An the way home though, my eyes were drawn to an incredible sky. I quickly grabbed my camera at home and ran down the road to catch what I could before it was gone. How can anyone deny there is a God after seeing the beauty of His creation?
Daniel wanted to head up to Allentown, PA to check out the train action. We had heard that one of Norfolk Southern's heritage units might be around, so we took a chance. Unfortunately, the heritage unit had gone through overnight. We did hit pay dirt in the form of four different BNSF units though. This particular unit was sitting in the River Yard in Bethlehem, PA.
Simply put, I decided to go out this morning and try my hand at taking a shot of the moon. I had lost my remote the other night while shooting the old shed, so I had to set the camera up for self timer mode, trying to reduce shake as much as possible.
Today's shot is just a snapshot from my workplace, looking out from my desk. I shot it at break time, as two snowplows were doing there best to keep up with the snow. What was called a clipper 4 days ago is turning into a good winter storm, which may end up dumping up to a foot of snow by morning. I love winter!