136: Presque Isle Lighthouse

(Presque Isle Lighthouse.)

As I was going through the photos from Monday morning’s jaunt around Presque Isle, it occurs to me that the sky was almost perfect.  I like the way the clouds almost match the snow and ice, with hints of blue showing between them.

I had planned to walk over to the lighthouse when we finished on the beach and ice dunes.  I wanted to be closer for some of the photos.  But it was so cold out there.  The wind was harsh and my face was starting to hurt so I ended up making a dash for the warmth of the car instead of getting more pictures.

We left Presque Isle, stopping at one or two more beaches along the way to look at more ice dunes.  Then we made our way to Oil Creek State Park which is about an hour’s drive south of Erie.

(Near the visitor’s center.  Oil Creek State Park.  Pennsylvania.)

The Oil Creek Valley in Pennsylvania is the site of the world’s first commercial oil well.  The state park has a variety of interpretive exhibits where you can learn about the early oil industry, oil boomtowns, oil wells, and transportation.  The park also has a lot of hiking trails some of which, in the winter, are used for cross-country skiing.

(The warming hut.  Oil Creek State Park.)

M and I had been to Oil Creek State Park several years ago.  We went in the fall to do some hiking.  I think that may have been before I got a digital camera as I can’t locate the photos on my computer.

I did not take photos of the skiing trails since I wasn’t sure what we would encounter along the way.  It’s a good thing I left the camera behind as I had a pretty good spill at the beginning.  Before we’d had a chance to warm up, we were going downhill and around a curve, something I wasn’t ready for so down I went.  It was my one and only fall on this outing.  We did the beginner’s loop first and then gave one of the intermediate trails a try.  All in all, we were out there for about an hour.

When we finished skiing we drove over to one of the park’s railway stations so we could make our way along the tracks to see the ice control dam.  I’ll be back with photos of that (and a miniature version of the Blue Wall) tomorrow.

Another blue-sky day, followed by another gray-sky day

The sun was with us once again yesterday.  It was nice to have two sunny days in a row.  We’ve had a weird combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain today.  Messy.

(Yesterday’s view of the creek.)

While out walking yesterday I very much wished for a pair of snowshoes.  The trek through the crusty snow, very deep in spots, was difficult and it took me twice as long as usual to walk to the creek and back.

(Sun and shadows in the woods.)

Little things caught my attention yesterday.  A feather sitting on top of the snow:

And ice sculptures.  There were little ice sculptures everywhere.

(Wrapped in a leaf.)

(A small wave.)

(Ice bubbles.)

There were also some very cool icicles hanging about on the shed.

(An inside look.)

I took the camera with me today but didn’t get much in the way of nature shots since I ended up standing under the barn extension for a good deal of the time I was out there.  The snow, sleet, rain mixture was all rain until shortly after I came back inside when it turned to all snow.

(Waiting for spring.)

I got tired of watching the gray and the rain so I turned the camera on some of the objects sitting or hanging around under the extension to the barn.

(Sunshiny sledgehammer.)

And that, folks, is about it from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting!


25 Comments on “136: Presque Isle Lighthouse”

  1. Beautiful photos as always! I love the icicles.

  2. So jealous! These pictures made me want to be there 😦

    -MTO

  3. Mike Moruzi says:

    I like the baseball shot!

  4. Robin, these are all wonderful, which one do I comment on. The icicles offer interesting reflections and the tree shadows are my favorite from your posts. Glad you are ok and didn’t fall with your camera. I look forward to your posts. 😉

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Martina. 🙂

      I like the tree shadows the best, too. I was actually kind of surprised by it when I saw it after uploading to the computer. Almost as if that wasn’t the same photo I took.

  5. Bo Mackison says:

    Ohhhhh. All that shiny, shimmery ice! Looks pretty and pretty cold, too. I totally understand rushing to the car to get out of the wind and cold!

    • Robin says:

      I’m sure you do, Bo.

      And bet you will be totally enjoying some lovely warm and sunny weather soon. 🙂

      (The Packers haven’t won it yet!)

  6. I was so happy to come here and see more snow photos! We got 6 inches yesterday, and today it’s almost all melted away.
    I noticed the sky in the first one right away, and how it matched the landscape so nicely.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Michaela. You and my friends from Down Under seem to be the only folks appreciating the snow and ice photos. It’s nice to be able to send winter to other places (even if it means living with it).

  7. I love lighthouses, Robin, and it is very unusual for me to see one with snow all around it! We have three lighthouses, all within 45 minutes drive of our home and we would have Buckley’s chance of seeing any snow here!!

    The ice sculptures are gorgeous. To think people pay to have ice sculpted and here you have nature doing it for you for free! 🙂

    • Robin says:

      I love lighthouses too, Joanne. My oldest son inherited that love from me and he looks for them wherever he goes. I can’t imagine have three lighthouses within 45 minutes drive! I’ve always wanted to live near the beach… just didn’t realize it would be cold beaches. 🙂

  8. The sky in the first couple of shots are great. I like how they mimic the snow so well. The ice sculptures are great too! I dont think I have ever seen that in real life. Thank you for taking me on your journeys :).

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Morgan. 🙂

      I’m not sure I ever really noticed or appreciated the small and large works of art that Mother Nature gifts us with as much as I have this year with the outdoor commitment.

  9. lynnekovan says:

    Fabulous, wonderful shots! I’ve got SO MUCH to learn. I shall keep visiting your blog for inspiration!

  10. penpusherpen says:

    love the ice sculptures, Robin, isn’t Mother Nature talented? I love that sunshiny sledgehammer, does it work? bring the sunshine I mean? 😉 xPenx

  11. patbean says:

    I love your observation of the little things, like the fallen feather. It’s these things that tell the story of life. Thanks for sharing

    Pat Bean
    http://patbean.wordpress.com

  12. milkayphoto says:

    You ahd quite a day! My favorite image… the one that made me go ‘ooooh’…is the shadows of the tree trunks on the snow. Lovely!


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