Sunday, September 27, 2015

Moon Over the Park

Spent a bit over an hour trying to get a few good shots of the super blood moon and the eclipse this evening.
A few minutes before the start of the eclipse as the early clouds lifted
Clouds made it tough at times as the moon appeared and disappeared a few times.
Just coming up over the horizon near the Castle
But what a nice evening in the park, great weather and nothing but he sounds of the park.
Nice start to the eclipse 
Nearly full
Town of Guernsey
Almost complete eclipse and a little of the Blood Moon look
We did see three other cars out and about in the park, hope they were enjoying it as much as we did.
Moon over the Gatehouse

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Black Canyon

Saturday we spent some time in and around Black Canyon Cove and the Black Canyon Trail which is across Lakeshore Drive just east of the cove. I never fail to find something new, even after being in some of these areas dozens of times. The sun was warm and it was a beautiful morning. We didn't walk too much, my wife's step counter said a bit over 3,000 steps.
This is a great time of the year to experience the park, not too hot, not a lot of people and a good chance to get out and do something.

Hollow rock
View from the cove
Taken from up on top east of Black Canyon Cove - I like this one
Red twine on the shoreline
The trail less taken - the start of Black Canyon Trail
With much of the smoke cleared away the Peak once again looks spectacular
Forested area on the trail
Died of old age?
Cottonwoods are starting to show fall colors

Still some nice color in the park
Playing fetch - Yellow Lab with a giant stick
The Cove at Black Canyon - Relaxing
This is also the area I am using for my blog photo at the top of this page

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Civilian Conservation Corps at Guernsey State Park

The time of the Civilian Conservation Corps CCC seems to be lost, or almost so, in history, Want to find out more? Take a look at my new book - The CCC and the Building of Guernsey State Park. The book contains nearly 200 photos, both new and historical from the 1930s. It is also full of information about the Corps with many stories about the park, some in print for the first time.

Click this link to take a look, and thanks.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal was a file cabinet full of programs with one common goal; pull America out of the Great Depression. The programs were designed to produce economic growth through job creation, relief through government jobs, and reform with new regulations for transportation, banking, and Wall Street.  Unquestionably, the centerpiece of all the New Deal programs was Social Security and its long reaching benefits to the nation’s retired citizens.

What follows is a brief excerpt from the book, chapter 1, page 3. 

The North Bluff Castle built by the CCC

But the Civilian Conservation Corps and the jobs it would create was, indisputably, FDR’s favorite of the programs created within the framework of the New Deal. He was excited to have a program fitting the two things he held most dear, tremendous environmental benefits with the preservation of many of our nation's natural resources. It also helped put together a jobs program, the human resource element, so needed in a depression locked America.
Walking up to the CCC Museum from the north steps in the lower lot.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Lake Shore Drive - Flags Flying

Interesting view high atop Lakeshore Drive

View without the zoom

Zoomed in view
On the red cliffs

Someone went to a lot of trouble to plant two new flags high atop the cliffs along Lakeshore Drive. I am never a fan of people leaving things in the park, but these are pretty cool. Not sure when they were placed, but I know they have been flying for several weeks now. I don't have the legs to go up and check them out so settled for these shots from the curve in the area of the diving board on Lakeshore.