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04-20-2015 - Renaissance Festival - Queen       Link to Photo  Without Frame   
I love the red-bellied woodpeckers!
April 20, 2015  Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg PA  Strasburg Rail Road Yesterday Founded in 1832, the Strasburg Rail Road celebrated the 175th Anniversary of its railroad charter in 2007. Precisely when the railroad first turned a wheel is still a matter of patient research, but the earliest timetable found to date indicates Strasburg trains were scheduled as of December 1851.  On February 22, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln made a stop at Leaman Place on his inaugural train ride, en route to Lancaster. His four-minute visit brought nearly 5,000 people out to cheer for the President and Mrs. Lincoln.  To prepare for the President’s visit, Strasburg Rail Road had purchased their first passenger car, which ran on a special train to transport people to and from Leaman Place.  First used for passenger and freight transportation, the railroad’s main purpose became a freight interchange with the Pennsylvania Railroad. Following World War II, improved highway transportation decreased the need for the railroad. By the mid 1950s, the Strasburg Rail Road was nearing the end of its usefulness. In 1957, destruction of the tracks caused by a series of storms placed an immediate embargo on the carload freight. The owners were unwilling to invest in the necessary repairs.   A second chance.  While petitions for abandonment were being considered, Henry K. Long, an industrialist and railfan from nearby Lancaster, along with Donald E. L. Hallock, another enthusiastic railfan with a vision, formed a group of interested individuals to save the railroad. With perseverance and a creative idea, the Strasburg Rail Road was saved.  After repairing the worst spots on the four-and-a-half mile track, the owners began acquiring an inventory of historic locomotives and passenger cars from all across North America. Using the old feed mill as a station, the ambitious band of “rail barons” opened the railroad to visitors in 1958. 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of Strasburg Rail Road as a tourist railroad.  Today, as we look back at their labor of love, the Strasburg Rail Road is one of Lancaster County’s most popular tourist attractions – and recognized as one of America’s most significant examples of early 20th century railroading.  For more information visit:  http://www.strasburgrailroad.com
Beached Boat in Semiahmoo, WA.  I love the Jpegs that come out of my Fuji X100s.   Very minor adjustments and the colors just pop on this subject that I love to photograph.
Piling leading the eye to the end of the pier on the point
4-20-15
Hepatica is another early blooming woodland wildflower.  These are round-lobed hepatica (the lobe shape referring to the leaves).  They come in a range of color, from palest lilac, virtually indistinguishable at a distance from white, to the deep purple seen here.  DP110-2015  Posted Monday, April 20. For the unfiltered version, see here:  http://smu.gs/1P5MH9H To produce this filtered version, I applied a layer of Topaz Labs Impressions Impasto filter (brush #4, no canvas texture), and on top of that added one of Filter Forges Watercolor frames.  I tweaked the stroke length and width in the Impasto filter, and added a touch of vignette.  Taken April 19, Crooked Lake, Washtenaw County, Michigan  Title:  Hepatica - Mixing Art and Nature - Impasto Impressions
Purple, purple , ya ya ya ooooooooo   I love purple!!! 20/04/15
Firing a flintlock rifle    Ethnic Miao tribesman firing his gun, Basha village, Guizhou Province, China.  The smoke is from the black powder used to prime the rifle.    Other photos from the Basha village can be seen here:    20/04/15 www.allenfotowild.com
Tree of Life  Apr 20 Though the use of topaz glow, we can see the energy of this tree spreading out  and enveloping the surrounding plants!
April 20 2015 For the math challenged  I actually liked algebra but I guess there are a lot of days when I don't use it. :-)
Sunrise in Fairmount Park - Philadelphia
Red Hibiscus Bud in White Chocolate 4 20 2015
One more shot of this Painted Lady...  I almost didn't post this shot due poor focus...my shutter speed/ISO were waaay to slow : (   Thank you for your views and comments! Critiques always welcome...  April 20, 2015
Western Scrubjay - near Olympia, Wa
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