Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Only in Bucks County: Frozen Flea Market Trip

Love retro antiques and collectibles?
         Don't be too jealous that The Golden Nugget Flea Market is exactly 10 miles from my house!

Today was a cold but sunny day in Newtown and I decided to take a ride to The Golden Nugget in Lambertville, NJ in search of some color and a change of scenery. I knew that even if I didn't find a little something special there to bring home, I'd pass through Washington Crossing State Park, still cloaked in white from a recent snowfall, which is always a treat. Actually, crossing the exceptionally narrow bridge from Yardley, PA into New Jersey without scraping mirrors with an opposing car is a treat in itself. It's one of those bridges that you need to pop your mirrors in before passing other vehicles. It doesn't scare me, I just go REAL   S - L - O - W...
Here are some photos from my visit!

 Pennsylvania side of Washington Crossing State Park.
 Frozen Canal Path in Titusville, NJ.

Flea Market finds. 
I collect old tins. I should have purchased this!

Who likes old postcards? Do you like them for the photos, or what they say?

Real glass ornaments, probably from the 50's.
                         I adore vintage ornaments. This photo will certainly be a holiday card next year!

    I kind of adore vintage Martini Shakers too :)

The Golden Nugget Market came to be in the 1970's.

I think we had these lamps in my childhood- ha ha!

I often wonder why I'm so attracted to the fabulous 50's?

Though there's clothing, furniture, artwork and jewelry, I gravitate towards housewares.

                                                                                      Tiki Party, anyone?
These are the only things I bought!
 I love retro cookbooks, and to read anything about Entertaining, Etiquette, or Manners.

Found this sad letter from 1892.

 More vintage ornaments.
 I'd LOVE to try this camera for a day.


I'd love to have this WHOLE collection!

                          Antique Sled in great condition.
 Old Bicycle, also in great shape.

Icy Canal in Titusville, NJ.
Probably my favorite photo of the day!
I also collect old Salt and Pepper shakers --
but I didn't find any that jumped out at me today...
Maybe next time...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Only In Bucks County: Light and Texture at Tyler

Having been a photographer for thirty (yes, that's THREE-O) years, I know I have color and composition down. I've noticed that the high school kids who take photography classes today quicky learn about "The Rule of Thirds," and I think that comes naturally for me too.
My weakest area is capturing beautiful or interesting light, which is really what photography is all about.
Most of the time my shots lack texture too. And black and whites? I haven't shot in black and white since my college days!
So I challenged myself to work on these things by heading over to Tyler State Park on an unseasonably warm, yet colorless and foggy day this past weekend.
Here's what I came up with.
What do you think?



Corgi in the park!

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.”
-Henri Cartier Bresson

Self Portrait, 2008.
An absolute favorite due to the light.