Monday, January 31, 2011

Cold Turkey!

To borrow some words from John Lennon, "Cold turkey has got me on the run!"  But, in my case it was for a very different reason.  I tried to casually sidle up to this gang of wild turkeys to take some pictures, but they would not let me get close and kept steadily moving away.  So, I just went charging after them only to be left in their snow dust as they scampered through the trees.  

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Free Winter Decorations!

Free winter home decorations are provided by Mother Nature in the Pocono mountains in the form of long needle-like icicles.  These icicles at the Bear Creek Cafe look like they could be deadly!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Train in Vain Station

The lack of passenger trains can be explained away, but the heartache's in this station 'till this day.  Unlike the subject of the Clash song "Train in Vain", who sang about being alone and keeping the wolves at bay, this abandoned station could not keep the vandals away.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mount Pocono Train Station

Freight trains still rumble down this track which leads to Hoboken, New Jersey.  A plan to have passenger trains travel here from Steamtown in Scranton had built up a head of steam, but somewhere along the way got derailed.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Electric Sunset

I think this sunset photo has a nice watercolor look to it and might make a good pop photo painting subject.  I have never tried photo painting, but some examples I have seen of photos turned into paintings showed terrific results.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cold Morning Moon

The past few days we have been waking up to temperatures below 0 degrees (fahrenheit) here in the Pocono Mountains.  The air has a sharp and cold look on mornings like this.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Statue of the Blessed Virgin at Marywood University Entrance

This statue of the Blessed Virgin is set atop the entrance arch to Marywood University.  It was erected in 1925.  The lighted halo of stars creates a striking visual impact.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Marywood University Entrance

 Marywood originally opened in 1915 as the first college for women in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  It was also the first Catholic college for women in Pennsylvania.  Today the coed university has an enrollment of approximately 3,400 students, and its mission and policies maintain a Catholic identity.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Winter Road at Sunset

Twilight in the bitter cold January air of the Poconos of Northeast Pennsylvania has a very distinctive  tone and beauty.  It's especially enjoyable from inside a heated car.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winter in the Valley

Looking south across the Lackawanna Valley toward downtown Scranton, another snow storm begins to move in.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Wall Mural Art With a Heart

This wall art is in a back alley behind the Catholic Social Services building in neighboring Wilkes-Barre.  It certainly demands attention when you pass by.  The challenging and the provocative are often elements of good art, with subjects and form that shout rather than whisper.  I think this wall mural succeeds on that level.  Obviously, it is art with a heart!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pocono Mountains Sunset

It was a beautiful winter sunset yesterday as I was driving through the Pocono Mountains, but there was no safe place to pull over and take a picture.  So, I lowered my window, held the camera up, and took the picture at sixty miles an hour.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Snowmobiling in the Poconos

Here they come.....

.....and there they go!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snowmobiles at Mount Airy Resort

A golf course isn't much good for golfing in January in the Pocono Mountains.  However, the wide and snow covered fairways do make an excellent snowmobile course. 

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Market Street Bridge

The Market Street Bridge crosses the Susquehanna River and connects Wilkes-Barre and Kingston.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Susquehanna River Bend

This is a view looking south along the Susquehanna River in neighboring Wilkes-Barre.  A classic winter day in NEPA.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Winter Thrill Ride

I admit it.  I have secretly always wanted to see a runaway truck go blasting up a runaway truck ramp.  But, since these runaway ramps never seem to get any truck action, I think they could be pretty entertaining if opened up for downhill sledding and snowboarding for winter sports enthusiasts.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shoppes at Montage Banner

Scranton is a city that is crazy for banners.    I think the banners for the Shoppes at Montage look quite good paired with the old fashioned lanterns.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jenny's Inn Ladies Entrance

Ladies, want to have a night out without  having to subject yourself to the horrors of passing through the crude debauchery of a bar to get to the dining room?  Then Jenny's Inn in Scranton is the place for you! 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Subaru Lunch Truck

They don't make lunch trucks like this anymore.  And that's probably a good thing judging by the organic parking brakes.  The emblem with six stars below the windshield indentifies this little old-timer as a Subaru.  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Evening Colors

This view caught my eye as I walked down the street just after sunset.  The view is looking south down toward the University of Scranton.  It was a hand held shot at just 1/6 second and ISO 1600, so it is not a tack sharp photo, but it did capture the beautiful color and lighting.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Taylor Borough Mural

It is always a pleasant surprise to stumble upon another street mural depicting life in the Scranton area.  I spotted this one in a store parking lot in the borough of Taylor on the west side of Scranton.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Joseph Fellows Memorial

The Joseph Fellows Memorial is located in the Hyde Park borough of West Scranton.  

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Marcellus Shale Trail

Northeastern Pennsylvania marks the northeastern border of a huge area of Marcellus shale that extends to the west and south into Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.  A huge amount of natural gas is obtainable, but there is substantial risk to waterways and wells, and a huge battle is raging between supporters and opponents of drilling.  More information and maps providing details can be viewed at