Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Time to take a break

Take Care

Over and Over and Over

Enjoyed watching this training exercise from afar.


   

 

Always Polite

We just love these perky little 
Chippy Sparrows


Occasionally they light on the feeder where
more often than not
they are dive bombed by the larger birds.

But not to worry.
They simply and politely turn the other cheek
and move along to the grass.

Where they know the bigger birds
will have knocked lots of seed to the ground. 

A nice view of his crown.


Mother Nature Never Ceases to Amaze

McConnells Mill State Park
McConnells Mill State Park is a 2,546 acres Pennsylvania state park in the United States. The park features a deep scenic gorge accessible by a roadway that winds between large, room-sized boulders on the hillside. McConnells Mill State Park is along the Slippery Rock Creek.
McConnells Mill State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".

Flowing north or south?
Depends on whether you were here in the Ice Age or Today.
Hemlock Trees (the PA state tree) abound in this area.


Geology
The geology of the park was also heavily influenced by the glacial effects of the ice age: a large glacial lake (water that was held in place by a glacier), broke about 140,000 years ago. This break in the glacial dam caused a dramatic change in the flow of the water. The lake that had previously drained in a northward direction was now draining to the south. The drastic change in direction and very high volume of water flow created Slippery Rock Creek Gorge.
 
The bedrock was formed over 300,000,000 years ago as layers of peat, mud and sand were compressed. This part of Pennsylvania was a coastal area at the time. 

The layers of bedrock were built into mountains as the continental plates shifted. The layers of bedrock had different strengths. Some of the layers eroded quickly and others eroded at a much slower pace. The various erosion rates account for the variety of geologic features at McConnells Mill State Park




 Environment
McConnells Mill State Park lies within the Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests ecoregion.


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and
Outdoor Wednesday

One of Twenty-Five


McConnells Mill State Park
McConnells Mill State Park is a 2,546 acres Pennsylvania state park in the United States. The park features a deep scenic gorge with the restored watermill and a covered bridge at the bottom, accessible by a roadway that winds between large, room-sized boulders on the hillside. McConnells Mill State Park is along the Slippery Rock Creek.
McConnells Mill State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of Parks as one of "25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks".

History
Daniel Kennedy opened a gristmill on Slippery Rock Creek in 1852. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1868 and was quickly rebuilt. Ownership of the mill was transferred to the park's namesake, Thomas McConnell in 1875. He replaced the waterwheel with water turbines and the grindstones with rolling mills. This made McConnell's Mill one of the first rolling mills in the country. The mill processed oats, corn, buckwheat and wheat until it was closed in 1928. 

Covered bridge
The McConnell's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1874. The bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 It is a Howe truss bridge. 



Just for fun (I didn't take this photo)
My paternal grandparents are in this photo circa 1900
at the mill for a picnic with friends. 


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