Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Collective Barn 031316

North Shore presumably refers to 
the north shore of Pymatuning Lake.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Saturday's Critters 031216

More and more Alpaca farms here and there.
And often shops to sell their wares.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Friday's Willy Nilly Favourite Hunt 031216

Friday's Hunt: 'K', 'Favorite' & 'Flower'

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'Kitchen Fun With My 3 sons.

My Favourite this week is this pair of skating geese.
click here for my video version of 'Waterfowl Ice Capades' 

The RG tried forcing dogwood blossoms for the first time. For awhile we didn't think it was going to happen. But they are now lovely.

Plus 2 more for Willy Nilly Friday w/Tonya

Advertisement or Statement? ;)

We recently watched a program about glass harmonicas. I had never heard of them and was surprised they pre-date pianos.
Benjamin Franklin was the inventor (PBS link). Leave it to Ben.

Just Another Fence 031016

Along the way

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

signs, signs: Branding 030916

The foundation of a business's branding begins with the logo.

Welcome to the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania
and advertising branding -
'Mr. Spiket' for a plumbing contractor.

Stump Thumpers' for tree service

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Maple Syrup Time 030916

And the Tapping begins.

With an abundance of maple trees in western PA. 
tapping them for syrup is a common site.
And festivals pop up throughout the area.

I took these photos near Pymatuning State Park;
and believe it is a commercial endeavor.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Birds on Ice 030916

Gulls and Canada Geese at our lakes
are as common as Robins and Sparrows in the backyard.
But their antics on the ice at Pymatuning State Park 
this past Sunday was something to behold.

I was especially taken by them ice skating.

Pair Skating at the Ice Capades 

but late winter ice can cause embarrassment.


Winter Tree Beauty 030816

Spied these white birch on our Sunday drive 
to Pymatuning State Park.
Really like the contrast of the birch against the evergreens.

This one is below the dam and somewhat submerged due to the lake being drained down for major work at the breastworks.

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Treasured Buck Saw 030816

Just the act of taking the photos of this buck saw brought back memories of following my maternal grandfather here and there; watching his many activities.
He worked a 3 to 11 shift which meant he was home during the day working in his gardens or carpenter shop.

I included the following close-ups to show the varied coloring of the wood and the principle of how it worked.

A bucksaw is a crosscut saw: it is designed to cut across the grain. The width of the blade is constant from the teeth to the back. It is meant to cut wood fibers that are in tension, and is thick so that it is more difficult to bend on the push stroke. Coopers often use bucksaws in their work.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Frozen Twigs Reflected in Water


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A spring like day atMuldoon
including emerging spring buds.

"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud; and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth . . ."

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Mosaic Monday w/Judith

Remembering Sally, Blue Monday 030716

It's Monday and in planning my day, Sally's "Blue Monday" meme came to mind. In reflecting on her gracious comments to my posts over time, this scripture came to mind. I have a heart feeling that she applied it to all she met.

Hebrews 13:1-2   Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

She also came immediately to my mind yesterday when we passed this 'blue' barn. I'm sure it won't be the last time something brings this lovely lady to my thoughts; and that's a good thing.

For you Sally

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Fresh Off the Camera 030616

Off we went earlier today for a Sunday Drive to Pymatuning Lake and snapping along the way.

An unusual color for a barn in this area.

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The Barn Collective w/Tom