Little geek humor there.
Today I went to the only remaining laboratory of Nikola Tesla in the world. I had a “I can’t believe I’m here!” moment a few times. I had a really tough time taking proper photos with my broken speedlite but just walking those buildings was enough for me.
Lately I am really feeling monotone/black and white photos. Sometimes it’s a pop of color that pulls me back to full color but I really love the simplicity and focus of a nice sepia or black and white. It’s good to be the boss of me.
Little side note this happened to my phone while I was there. Only time I’ve ever thought it was really cool for my phone to break.
My camera and I decided to take a mental (sensor?) health day and cruise out to Asbury Park for some photos. This neat little beach town is half abandoned, half not with relics in stasis or slowly being renovated. It was a lovely stroll and I stopped at a local pub which turned out to be a NJ landmark – the Stone Pony. Apparently that is where Bruce Springsteen was discovered. Had I known I would’ve taken a shot for posterity… oh well.
Ordinarily I try to keep my photo sets pretty cohesive when it comes to editing but today I just kind of did what I felt for each photo. My blog, my shots, my rules!
This is the old casino
Coolest pantomime ever, the clockwork man
The old carousel building
Not on purpose but I think it looks pretty neato
Some random things from the boardwalk
Some feathered friends
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This is part two of my journey to explore the pine barrens. This time I went to see the ruins of an old paper mill of the once thriving community.
As I was leaving I found a bonus cactus!
Next was the preserved town of Batsto. It was a scorching day but I nonetheless enjoyed the relaxing walk through this historic town.
I found this weird bug – any idea why this thing is?!
Last but not least, a quick stop by an old cemetary
My recent jaunt into Eastern State Pen to celebrate Obscura Day was noticed, and featured on the Atlas Obscura blog! As an urban explorer this is one of my favorite blogs. It showcases some of the most interesting places all over the globe.
Dawn Haggerty just added an entry for the April mcs and the POD is from her as well! Standard decay greatness, keep it up!
April 28th is an international celebration of all things weird, wonderful, and off the beaten path. There were a few places locally that participated in Obscura Day 2012, but when I saw Eastern State Penitentiary was offering an off limits tour I knew I had to go. It’s one of my very favorite places, and as a bonus it’s only 15 minutes from home!
We had a terrific tour guide, putting up with with the small group of us with tripods and other such equipment trailing behind to get our shots sans bodies. Funny thing is, one of the tripod gang I was able to recognize as one of the members of an online urbex group of which I belong – one whom I had wanted to meet!
The tour when on to the guard tower, cellblock 12 (the creepy one from Ghost Hunters where they found the ghost) and we were *supposed* to go to the hospital block but that didn’t happen. My new ESP BFF, her family and myself got in a quick tour following the first one. We were only able to go into the operating room, which looked nothing like it did the last time I was in there. It was all cleaned up (relatively speaking, of course) and I got the pics I wasn’t happy with last time.
To see the first trip to ESP go here
To see the hard hat tour of the hospital wing go here
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A whole lotta years ago my husband and I loved to play the original Call of Duty on the computer. I somehow contorted one of the canned German exclamations from the game into what I now call “girflanken”… also known as what I call my husbands hobby; known officially as re-enacting. Yea… I’ll admit… I joined a couple times. It’s like playing guns when you were a kid, except you have real guns (contrariwise, just as when we were kids, some refused to take their hits).
This reenactment took place at Ft. Mifflin, one of my very favorite places. It was a good opportunity to get some practice with fast motion photography.
My handsome hubby
One of my favorites
My favorite action photo