Raymondskill Falls

The Raymondskill Falls are located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (N41° 17.413? W74° 50.461). The falls are a series of three cascading waterfalls making them the highest falls in Pennsylvania, totaling about 150 feet in height.

 

There are two viewing areas, one above the top waterfall and one near the bottom of the second drop. The trail between them is short, fairly step and uneven.

 

There are two parking areas. Following the trail to your right will take you from the upper parking lot to the viewing area showing you a view of the pool and the top of the falls.

From the upper viewing area follow the trail down to the lower viewing area. This viewing area provides a great photo opportunity of the falls. This viewing area is accessed from a trail from the upper falls or from the lower parking lot.

During periods of high water you’ll be able to see another narrow waterfall flowing just to the side of lowest tier.#BobHahnPhoto #GetOlympus #Nature #PAStateGamelands110

There are no marked trails to the bottom of the falls. There is a trail that can be seen on the other side of the fence that leads down to the bottom. The trail is narrow and very slippery, use extreme caution.

 

There are four waterfalls that are further upstream. These range in height from 10 to 25 feet tall, but are powerful when Raymondskill Falls is flowing well. To get to these falls, from the top of the upper waterfalls, go over a small hill. At the top of the hill, you’ll see a path that follows along Raymondskill Creek. The underbrush is very sparse, making it easy to make your own path along the creek. The banks are steep making photographs of these waterfalls difficult.

Another way to view falls up stream you can drive up Raymondskill Road. Turn left out of the parking area and go to the first bridge, the last of the four waterfalls is visible from the bridge. There is a small parking area just past the bridge. Cross the road proceed through the woods on the left side of the creek. The underbrush is very sparse, making it easy to make your own path along the creek.

Aruba Underwater Photo Safari 2018

This was our seventh Aruba Photo Safari. This year we spent more time touring and photographing the island. In the sixteen years I have been visiting Aruba I have never seen the water as rough and currents as strong as this year. Carlos from Mermaid Sport Dives told us it was because of high winds and storms out in the Atlantic.

Barcadera Reef

Barcadera Reef

Dantchi’s Delight Reef

Photos Around The Island

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

What’s in Bob’s Bag:

OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
ED Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens
MMF-3 Four Thirds Adapter
EC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
Olympus Tough TG4
Pen E-PL7

For more information Aruba Underwater Photo Safari 2019 visit our website
www.underwaterphotoclasses.com/workshops.html

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.

 

#GetOlympus #BobHahnPhoto #Waterfalls #GlensNaturalArea #RickettsGlenStatePark

Hoover Mason Trestle Re-visited

The Hoover Mason Trestle in the evening.

The Hoover-Mason Trestle at Sunset

Moon rise at the Trestle

Hoover-Mason Trestle

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

Hoover Mason Trestle

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.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

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.

Hoover-Mason Trestle

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

Governors Island

Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. After a long history of military history it is now a National Monument and  a National Historic District.

Fort Jay and Castle Williams and the area that surrounds them is Governors Island National Monument. North of Division Road is designated as a National Historic District.

The island is accessed by ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan.

 

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