Barbados Scuba Diving

Trunkfish

Trunkfish, Lobster Reef, Bridgetown, , Barbados, © 2017 Bob Hahn

Barbados is a small island located in the lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It was part of Great Britain and is now an independent nation.

I found it a good destination for scuba diving in the Caribbean.  With his visibility of 50 to 75 feet and warm calm water.  Below is a series of photographs taken on my recent trip.  I dove with the ECO Dive located at House of Pillars, Cavens Lane, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados. (www.ecodivebarbados.com Tel. (246) 243-5816 – Email: dive@ecodivebarbados.com)

We went on four dive sites over two days for first was as Asta Reef in the second was Carlysle Bay Marine Park, this was my favorite diver site on the island with calm waters and 6 shipwrecks in close proximity. We were able see three on the dive. The second day we went to  Shark Reef and Lobster Reef, current was strong on Shark Reef  but otherwise a good dive.

ECO Dive’s boat holds six people which makes it a great place to get personal attention. Andrew Western, Instructor/Manager and Michael Waltress, Divemaster and captain of the boat did a great job showing me where to find good subjects for photography. I highly recommend that if you’re going to Barbados contact them, their service was excellent and Andrew’s knowledge of diving and photography very helpful to great photographs.

Thank you Andrew and Michael.

Olympus OM-D/EM1 Mark II in a was PT-EP14 Underwater Housing and PPO-E04 Dome Lens Port use for the photographs. Lighting was two Fantasea Radiant 1600 Video Lights.

 

 

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Columcille Megalith Park

While I was searching for a place to photograph fall foliage I cam access this wonderful park located near Bangor, PA.

A land of myth and mystery located in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. The park rooted in Celtic spirituality and inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. It’s an outdoor sanctuary open to the public as a sacred space for quiet meditation.

St. Oran Bell Tower

St. Oran Bell Tower

 

Thor's Gate, Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, Pennsylvania, United States, © 2017 Bob Hahn

Thor’s Gate

St. Columba Chapel , Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, Pennsylvania, United States, © 2017 Bob Hahn

St. Columba Chapel

Megaliths, Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, Pennsylvania, United States, © 2017 Bob Hahn

Megaliths

Bell, Columcille Megalith Park, Bangor, Pennsylvania, United States, © 2017 Bob Hahn

Bell

 

 

Glens Natural Area

Glens Natural Area at Ricketts Glen State Park in Pennsylvania is a National Natural Landmark.

The Falls Trail allows you to explore the glens, which has wild, free-flowing waterfalls cascading through rock-strewn clefts. It has 22 named waterfalls and has diverse wildlife.

 

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Hoover Mason Trestle Re-visited

The Hoover Mason Trestle in the evening.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle at Sunset

Moon rise at the Trestle

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Hoover Mason Trestle

The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum,  community recreation resource and attraction.  The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.

 

The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.

The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.

The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.

Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Olympus Demo at Dutch Springs Expo Weekend

Challenger 600 Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn, Olympus OMD/E-M1 OLYMPUS M.7-14mm F2.8 at 7 mm, ISO 800 Exposure: 1/60@f/5

Challenger 600 Dutch Springs, Bethlehem, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn, Olympus OMD/E-M1 OLYMPUS M.7-14mm F2.8 at 7 mm, ISO 800 Exposure: 1/60@f/5

Dutch Springs is holding it’s 1st Annual Expo Weekend  June 3-4, 2017.

Join us to demo the latest Olympus Cameras and housings. I will be doing seminars on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by our booth to register for a door prize.

Many leading manufacturers in the Dive Industry will demo their dive gear.

Dutch Spring’s dive safety seminar series will kick off this weekend.

Dutch Springs, located in Bethlehem, PA, is a 50-acre lake, with attractions at depths up to 100 feet. The lake is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. Explore underwater platforms, submerged vehicles, aircraft and other unusual sites. Enjoy a variety of interesting fish and aquatic life, including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Palomino Trout, Koi, Yellow Perch and Goldfish. Visit their website www.dutchsprings.com for more information.

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Cornwall Furnace

Cornwall Furnace is indeed a unique survivor of the early American iron industry. Originally built by Peter Grubb in 1742, the furnace underwent extensive renovations in 1856-57 under its subsequent owners, the Coleman family, and closed in 1883. It is this mid-19th century iron making complex which survives today. At Cornwall, furnace, blast equipment, and related buildings still stand as they did over a century ago. Here visitors can explore the rambling Gothic Revival buildings where cannons, stoves, and pig iron were cast, and where men labored day and night to satisfy the furnace’s appetite for charcoal, limestone, and iron ore.

Cornwall Iron Furnace is part of a National Historic Landmark District by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It has also been designated a National Historical Landmark by the American Society of Metals, and a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, citing Cornwall Furnace as “the only one of America’s hundreds of 19th century charcoal fueled blast furnaces to survive fully intact.”

Photos taken with a Olympus E-M1 Mark II with Olympus M.7-14mm F2.8 and M.12-100mm F4.0 Lens. Photos were shot in camera raw and made into high dynamic range (HDR) images using Google Nik Collection HDR Efex Pro 2.

Dingmans Falls & Silverthread Falls

Fall Foliage

Dingmans Falls, Dingmans Ferry, PA, © 2016 Bob Hahn

Dingmans Falls is second highest water fall in Pennsylvania, 130 feet. Located in Dingmans Ferry in Delaware Township, Pike County, northeastern Pennsylvania.

This easy to traverse flat boardwalk trail meanders gently through a pristine hemlock ravine. Almost immediately after starting the trail, Silverthread Falls drops 80 feet in a thin ribbon of water through a narrow geometric chute. The boardwalk winds through dense rhododendron shrubs, past tall hemlock with dense canopy, and the sound of a powerful waterfall just around the corner. The boardwalk ends at the base of Dingmans Falls. The final tenth of a mile is a staircase that leads to a birds-eye view from the upper falls.

One can’t help but notice the cool breeze and mist coming from these beautiful falls. There is a benches along way to sit and enjoy the beauty.

St. Michael’s Cemetery

St. Michael’s Cemetery, located at 4th & State Sts in South Bethlehem, PA is the resting place for immigrants who came to America in the 19th & 20th centuries, many of whom worked at Bethlehem Steel & other local industries. The land for the cemetery was donated by Asa Packer in 1867 to create the first burial place in Bethlehem consecrated for the interment of Catholics. St. Michael’s is an excellent representation of the diverse cultures that built our community – more than 25 nationalities are buried at St. Michael’s.

Friends of Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Bethlehem, PA

 

 

Grand Central Terminal

Indoor Architectural Photography from a tour of Grand Central Terminal. The tour was led and curated by Danny Bruckner of Metro North Railroad. This was an event in conjunction with Lehigh Valley Photography Club and Frank Smith, Olympus Trailblazer.

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