Adventure 35: Black Moshannon

March 03, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

We have experienced very little snow this winter - at least at our house.  This past Saturday, I took a daytrip to Black Moshannon State Park.  As I climbed up the mountain to get to the park, I was tickled pink to see some white on the ground.  And I hadn't paid any attention to the forecast, but intermittent snow was expected (yay!)  This first image was of some geese by an opening in the ice across the lake.  It was snowing, and the effect the snow had on the trees on the other side was just beautiful.  The geese were quite a ways out, and my goal with this shot was just to try to identify what was sitting out on the lake.  Once I got home, I fell in love with the image.  

 

A while later, and in a different location, the snow squall intensified.  I love capturing the falling snow in pictures.  Over the years, for me I have found setting a fast shutter speed works best - I typically set mine at 1/800 if I'm using the 70-200mm lens.  It also helps to be focused on something dark to pick up the contrast.  Although I have wonderful falling snow pictures that break these rules too.

There is an old school house in the park.  I was on a photo walk in the morning, and the naturalist let us go inside the school house.  I visited the exterior at 3 different times during the day and the pictures I like best were from my last visit with snow falling.  

The interior of the school house has been renovated so it can be used, but in keeping with the original design.

I have a thing for windows, and loved the crack in the glass pane.

Ink well cover on the wooden desktop

Carvings in the desktop

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many structures in the 1930's including cabins and pavilions.  I found these structures beautiful - many of the cabins can still be rented - they are no frills, but clearly a nod to days gone by.

There were 12 cabins lined up in this section, this is a view of the front porches.  Early in morning we almost had some sunny skies.

And this is a view down the backsides of the cabins with the chimneys (one of my favorite photos from the day)

This building is now being used for concessions

One of the pavilions built by the CCC among the tall trees.

And I'm always on the lookout for a good icicle!

Although it was a cold, snowy day I wasn't the only one out enjoying the park.  This brave soul was doing something like cross country skiing, except with shorter skis and across the ice on the lake. 

And there were a few people out ice fishing as well.  The lake wasn't completely covered in ice - I opted not to venture out to test it.

An old foundation with the chimney being the only standing remains in the woods.

And I spent a little time working on some long exposure tree shots - a technique I've been intermittently working on for a few years.  The snow and pines add some nice wintry color to these pictures.

Down the road from the park we found this stone building, it says its the Hutton Run Club, 1923.  I have always like the stacked stone look.

In the area we found the fireplace remains, we found the Star Mill Club, 1923 building.  I'm wondering if this was a 'sister' club to the Hutton Run club.  I haven't found much information on these buildings as of yet.

 

And one last look at the lake after the morning snow squalls.  My car doesn't do well in bad weather.  I had no issues driving around the lake area, but it was a bit of an adventure coming down off the mountain.  Time for a new ride.

Photographs were taken with a Canon 6D with Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS II USM with Extender EF 2x III or a Canon 6DM2 with Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM  

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