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The Hirundo Rustica
Sunday, 20 July 2014, 2023

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park.

Cain Hollow Road, Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014


part of the Allegany State Park album

My memories of camping at Allegany State Park are some of the fondest that I have from my childhood in Western New York. Not having visited in over twenty-five years, I was quite excited to return for a few nights in the Quaker Area Cain Hollow campground in late June 2014.

Although our stopover was only forty-three hours over three days, we managed to see an amazing amount of wildlife and visit a wide variety of locations within the park. As an added nostalgia bonus, we were camping in a site not far from the one that we frequented in the 1980s.

While returning to Cain Hollow one evening, I saw birds flying around some small support buildings in a field just inside the campground gate. We pulled over to investigate and as we approached on foot, Mom was the first to spot a nest of four barn swallow juveniles atop a light fixture.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

They were relatively motionless as we slowly approached, took a few photographs and then moved away.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

After circling the buildings in search of other nests, we moved further away to see if the parents would come by with food. They did not, but we did watch other birds flying around and feeding in the insect-rich field.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

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Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July
Photo Credit: David July


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The Contrasts of Simulacrum
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 1948

Photo Credit: David July --- Lightning Racer (2000) wooden roller coaster and East Coast Waterworks (2007) water playground plus the twin smokestacks (1903) and cocoa bean silos (1950) of the original Hershey factory as seen from the Ferris Wheel (1997) at Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania: 01 July 2014

Lightning Racer (2000) wooden roller coaster and East Coast Waterworks (2007) water playground plus the twin smokestacks (1903) and cocoa bean silos (1950) of the original Hershey factory as seen from the Ferris Wheel (1997) at Hersheypark.

100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania: 01 July 2014


part of the Hersheypark album

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The Irrelevancy of Shadows
Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 0139

Photo Credit: David July --- A groundhog (Marmota monax) pauses eating white clover (Trifolium repens) to stand up at the Flagg trailhead just outside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 26 June 2014

A groundhog (Marmota monax) pauses eating white clover (Trifolium repens) to stand up at the Flagg trailhead just outside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park.

Cain Hollow Road, Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 26 June 2014


part of the Allegany State Park album

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The One That Got Away
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2311

Photo Credit: David July --- Large groups of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) frenziedly feeding on bread in the bowl of the Pymatuning Spillway where Pymatuning Reservoir's Sanctuary Lake flows via dam to the Middle Basin, Linesville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Large groups of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) frenziedly feeding on bread in the bowl of the Pymatuning Spillway where Pymatuning Reservoir's Sanctuary Lake flows via dam to the Middle Basin.

12318 Linesville-Hartstown Road, Pymatuning State Park, Linesville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014


part of the Pymatuning State Park album

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The Quieter Side of Things
Monday, 14 July 2014, 2101

Photo Credit: David July --- Stairs along the footpath north of the Rainbow Bridge adjacent to what was part of the Robert Moses State Parkway in Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, New York: 29 June 2014

Stairs along the footpath north of the Rainbow Bridge adjacent to what was part of the Robert Moses State Parkway in Niagara Falls State Park.

Near Main Street at Rainbow Bridge, Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls, New York: 29 June 2014


part of the Niagara Falls album

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The Wechachochapohka
Monday, 14 July 2014, 1424

Photo Credit: David July --- Boulders in Slippery Rock Creek just north of the dam and historic mill of McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania: 23 June 2014

Boulders in Slippery Rock Creek just north of the dam and historic mill of McConnells Mill State Park.

Near McConnells Mill Road, McConnells Mill State Park, Portersville, Pennsylvania: 23 June 2014


part of the McConnells Mill State Park album

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The Valley of Change
Monday, 14 July 2014, 0202

Photo Credit: David July --- Large belt inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Large belt inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934).

202 Museum Lane, Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014


part of the Drake Well Museum album

Photo Credit: David July --- Web-covered roller chain and sprocket inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Rope inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934), Titusville, Pennsylvania: 24 June 2014

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The Glimpse of the Past
Monday, 14 July 2014, 0048

Photo Credit: David July --- Eastern train platforms at Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) now owned by CSX and Amtrak seen through a broken window in the terminal's main floor ticket receivers room, Buffalo, New York: 28 June 2014

Eastern train platforms at Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) now owned by CSX and Amtrak seen through a broken window in the terminal's main floor ticket receivers room.

495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, New York: 28 June 2014


part of the Buffalo Central Terminal album

The opportunity to tour Buffalo Central Terminal a few weeks ago, offered by the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, was one of the highlights of my recent family road trip through the northeast.

Buffalo Central Terminal is one of those fondly remembered things from my childhood. After years of being disused, stripped of its fixtures and damaged by trespassers, it is nice to see work being done to restore the building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — to its former glory.

Although this was my first return to Buffalo in about fifteen years, I know that I will tour Buffalo Central Terminal again when next in town. In the meantime, I am looking forward to processing the best of the 377 shots I took as well as writing a proper article about the entire experience.

Photo Credit: David July --- Belt Subdivision railroad lines now owned by CSX next to Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) seen through a broken window in the terminal's main floor ticket receivers room, Buffalo, New York: 28 June 2014

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The Eleocharis of Mount Vernon
Sunday, 13 July 2014, 2203

Photo Credit: David July --- Spike rush (Eleocharis R. Br.) growing in the southern section of the Pioneer Farm at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014

Spike rush (Eleocharis R. Br.) growing in the southern section of the Pioneer Farm at Mount Vernon.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia: 04 July 2014


part of the Mount Vernon album

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The Peaceful Brook Shore
Saturday, 12 July 2014, 2029

Photo Credit: David July --- Red House Brook flowing under the Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge (1989) just east of Red House Lake in Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014

Red House Brook flowing under the Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge (1989) just east of Red House Lake in Allegany State Park.

Near Park Road (ASP Route 2A), Allegany State Park, Salamanca, New York: 27 June 2014


part of the Allegany State Park album

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Four barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyFour barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyFour barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyFour barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyFour barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) juveniles in their nest on a storage building light fixture just inside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyLightning Racer (2000) wooden roller coaster and East Coast Waterworks (2007) water playground plus the twin smokestacks (1903) and cocoa bean silos (1950) of the original Hershey factory as seen from the Ferris Wheel (1997) at Hersheypark. — photograph by David JulyA groundhog (Marmota monax) pauses eating white clover (Trifolium repens) to stand up at the Flagg trailhead just outside the Cain Hollow campground in the Quaker Area of Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyLarge groups of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) frenziedly feeding on bread in the bowl of the Pymatuning Spillway where Pymatuning Reservoir's Sanctuary Lake flows via dam to the Middle Basin. — photograph by David JulyStairs along the footpath north of the Rainbow Bridge adjacent to what was part of the Robert Moses State Parkway in Niagara Falls State Park. — photograph by David JulyBoulders in Slippery Rock Creek just north of the dam and historic mill of McConnells Mill State Park. — photograph by David JulyRope inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934). — photograph by David JulyWeb-covered roller chain and sprocket inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934). — photograph by David JulyLarge belt inside the semi-portable Standard Steel Drilling Rig (1920) on display near the picnic area at Drake Well Museum (1934). — photograph by David JulyBelt Subdivision railroad lines now owned by CSX next to Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) seen through a broken window in the terminal's main floor ticket receivers room. — photograph by David JulyEastern train platforms at Buffalo Central Terminal (1929) now owned by CSX and Amtrak seen through a broken window in the terminal's main floor ticket receivers room. — photograph by David JulySpike rush (Eleocharis R. Br.) growing in the southern section of the Pioneer Farm at Mount Vernon. — photograph by David JulyRed House Brook flowing under the Thomas L. Kelly Covered Bridge (1989) just east of Red House Lake in Allegany State Park. — photograph by David JulyGlass blocks facing west from inside the stairway between the first and second floors of the Beaver Valley Bowl building (1946) in Rochester. — photograph by David JulyUnited States Air Force Reserve 403d Wing 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron "Hurricane Hunters" WC-130J Hercules 75304 taking off on Tallahassee Regional Airport Runway 36. — photograph by David JulyWaffle House food truck at the State Emergency Operations Center after serving lunch to the State Emergency Response Team during day two of the 2014 Statewide Hurricane Exercise. — photograph by David July
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