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February 21, 2018

Hayes Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

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Hayes Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Hayes Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

When Built: 1882

Builders: Not known

Description: This fairly plain bridge is found in a quiet setting. It still carries one lane of vehicle traffic.

This is part of a series on Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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February 19, 2018

Austin, Texas at sunset

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Austin, Texas at sunset

Austin, Texas at sunset

The last rays of the sun turn downtown office buildings to gold

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February 18, 2018

Cardinal Creek Falls: Ontario Waterfalls

Filed under: Ontario,Waterfalls — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Cardinal Creek Falls

Cardinal Creek Falls

Description: The falls was dry when I visited in early fall.

GPS Location: N 45° 29.132 W 75° 28.081

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Warning: It can be dangerous to view and photograph waterfalls. The footing can be wet and slippery, and an accidental fall can result in serious injury or death. Note also that many sections of waterfalls are on private property. Please respect these rights.

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February 16, 2018

February 14, 2018

Pine Bank Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

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Pine Bank Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Pine Bank Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

When Built: 1870

Builders: Not known

Description: The bridge originally crossed Toms Run in Greene County but was moved to its present location in  Meadowcroft Museum of Rural Life in 1962.

Pine Bank Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

Pine Bank Covered Bridge, Pennsylvania

This is part of a series on Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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February 12, 2018

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France

Filed under: France,Landscape — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Famous for it’s wine, the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area is typical of the southern France countryside, long rolling vista, vineyards, and colored tile roofs. Very relaxing to wander about. The area was developed by the french popes of Avignon who promoted wine making in the region.

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February 11, 2018

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

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Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

 When Built: 1887

Builders: August Borneman

Description: Bypassed in 1990, it is a great looking bridge with open sides. Also known as Johnston Mill or Terry Mill Covered Bridge.

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

Johnston Covered Bridge, Ohio

This is part of a series on Ohio’s Covered Bridges. You can find an index here.

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February 10, 2018

Newfoundland-Witless Bay

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Newfoundland — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

I looked down through the clear still water and the great eye of the Humpback Whale looked back at me. He and a companion had drifted slowly under our small silent Zodiac, huge animals curious to have a look at us for a moment.The slightest flick of a tail would swamp our little craft but they moved with deliberate care, rising slowly and breaking the surface with a blast of air. They stayed for a moment, satisfying their curiosity, and then moved on.

There were many groups of whales, both Humpbacks and Minke, in Witless Bay that morning, attracted by schools of small Capelin to feed on. Occasionally they would give tail flips and wave their white pectoral fins.

Gull and Green Islands in Witless Bay are home to huge numbers of breeding birds that also come here because of the supply of Capelin

Common Murre

Common Murre

Thousands of Common Murres crowd the ledges of the islands’ steep cliffs and set up a constant murmur that gives them their name. Huge rafts of them could be seen on the water, and on this mid-July day, many of their young chicks as well, giving high pitched squeaks.

Taking up ledge space lower down from the Murres is another member of the Auk family, and another study in black and white plumage, the Black Guillemot. Known by local fishermen as the Sea Pigeon, they have bright red feet, and when they cry, you can see that it matches their throat lining as well.They tend to be in smaller groups than the Murres, both in nesting and feeding on the sea.

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Another member of the Auk family lives on the top of the cliffs, a colorful clown, the Atlantic Puffin.Their brightly colored bills are often seen lined with catches of Capelin. They prefer the hilltops because they need soft soil to dig out their nesting burrows.

Black-legged Kittiwakes also nest in the thousands each on its own precarious cliffs edge nest. As the young hatch and mature, these become even more crowded. The have one or two young per year.Other gulls are predators in these bird cities, the American Herring Gull and the huge Greater Black-backed Gulls, always on the lookout for an unguarded egg or chick.
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