Recently we visited the Bethlehem Steel plant which is now known as Steel Stacks. They have converted buildings into other venues for entertainment and a museum. Many of the former buildings are still standing and we were fortunate enough to take a tour on the big Steel Stacks themselves with a former Rigger for the Company; it lasted 2 1/2 hours! I was able to capture many images from our day trip and want to share some of them here with you. If you have the opportunity to visit Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, make sure to take a day for visiting the former grounds of Bethlehem Steel and the National Museum of Industrial History which is located there. It is very sad to me about how important this company was to the world and how it now has become only part of history.
When you see advertisements or other signage for the company this is the one you will see the most.
Bethlehem Steel Flywheel from above
“How can I soar like an Eagle when I have to work like a Turkey” is written on this door
The last Covered Bridge of our County standing in its original location. It was constructed about 1880 and reconstructed in 2003 after a fire. The bridge has a Burr arch truss as its structural support system.
I work in a former hospital building which has been converted to office spaces.
It’s a very old building with lots of nooks and crannies and many undiscovered places. Sometimes I walk around the outside of the building. Between two of the buildings is a secluded area where some smokers hide to smoke in private. I keep on walking through…
As you can tell from this image the Power Company has taken some of this Amish Farmer’s land to run electricity through the area.
In our Bank Barn there are several of these yet today. They were the old gas lights once used.
We have a lot of antique farm equipment due to my husband’s hobby. We have some drag harrows and this is looking through the teeth to the other side. I love to get images like this. Such great perspectives!!
This little blossom is just waiting to show off her very best. That is the reason she is waiting for all the others to finish.
Photography has been a
hobby passion of mine since I was a young girl. I had dreamed of working and traveling the world for National Geographic. That hasn’t come to fruition but I still enjoy documenting things in my life through the lens. For the past few years I’ve set the camera aside to take up some new hobbies: knitting and crochet. You can read all about it here: Hook and Needle Story. I had decided that it was time to stop pressuring myself for the best images and just enjoy the moments. So that is what I live by now.
Last year I had a short-lived photography series titled A Glimpse of a Rural Life. Below is my explanation of what my expectations were for that series of images.
Life in Rural America is a very special kind of living. There’s more open space to enjoy, the air is cleaner and the sounds are so much better than city life (at least in my opinion).
Beginning May 4th, I will share a weekly image from what I am calling “A Glimpse of a Rural Life Series.” I will share images from my rural property and the rural areas which surround me. Views which I see everyday and are a very important part of my life. I hope to preserve those glimpses in a way that allows you to better understand the importance of rural areas throughout our country.
There will be images showing you many things which may seem insignificant but truly are critical to the rural way of life. There are many things people take for granted and may soon disappear if Rural America is abandoned and developed by ‘big business.’ Many of the rural family-owned farms, small businesses and factories have already shuttered due to big corporations and companies which have taken over America.
I am appalled and saddened when farmland is inherited by a generation of children who don’t see and appreciate its true value and sell it for developmental purposes. So much of America’s farmland is lost this way. So much of America’s heritage is disappearing. There is a program with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture dedicated to Farmland Preservation and their mission is very important. And I hope through viewing my images of life in the country that you will better understand the importance of preserving this way of life and advocate for preservation of Rural Areas where you live so that it may be saved for future generations before it is something only found in history books.
Because not only do farmers feed their families, they also help to feed the world. It is critical that their land and rich soil are preserved and saved from future home and business development so that they can continue their vital contributions.
I really would like to bring this back to my readers and try to show you more of my environment.
I won’t put pressure on myself though and say that I will definitely have images each week.
What I will do though is tag them with my category titled Glimpse of Rural Life so that you will know those images represent what I have explained above and to bring awareness to the rapid loss of rural areas throughout our country.
When I got up close to this tree bud I noticed a little ladybug so snug up in there.
Such a great spot to enjoy Mother Nature’s rain.
Happy Earth Day!
We had some rain overnight so I took my camera for a walk this morning.
After loading my images to the computer and saw this one I immediately thought ‘Purple Rain.’
How appropriate since yesterday was the one year anniversary of the death of Prince.
My tribute to him…
Life is too short.
Just way too short…
…to waste days and years working
…to not enjoy various flavors of tea and coffee
…to not travel
…to not walk in the rain or snow
…to not bake home-made goodies from scratch with lots of butter
…to waste weekends doing the laundry
…to not enjoy some hobbies