At the cusp of Autumn, and beyond (shudder), I thought it might be nice to share some photos taken over the years of one of Johnstown’s true hidden treasures: Sam’s Run flowing through Lorain Boro and Stonycreek Township
I made a quick run to Yoder Falls this morning, hoping I could catch some snow scenes. No such luck.
The promise of a bit of sunlight and the time to experience it sent me scurrying last week back to Gallitzin State Forest to capture the images I had visualized on my earlier scouting trip.
wandering around the Clear Shade Wild Area of Gallitzin State Forest’s Babcock Division, desperately seeking a composition, a wash of light, a compelling subject
Without a doubt, the best way to enjoy the scenic views of the Stonycreek Canyon is by boat: kayak, canoe or raft,
The Steeples Project continues to make progress in the preservation of the three Cambria City church structures under their care: The Grand Halle on Broad Street (former Immaculate Conception), SS. Casimir & Emerich’s, and St. Columba’s. It’s been my privelege to help support the Project through my photography, and to explore these monuments of Johnstown’s heritage in that pursuit.
Next up on our list of the Best Scenic Views of the Southern Highlands is my favorite vista anywhere. Nothing I’ve seen has come close to watching the sun set fire to the hills surrounding the Conemaugh Viaduct. Best part is, it’s only 10 miles and a twenty minute walk from my back door. In my opinion, it’s the best view around Johnstown.
The character of Yoder Falls changes with the weather from day to day and season to season, but always offers stunning views. And it’s not just the falls. Views include vistas from Carpenter’s Park Road, the Stonycreek River valley and the McNally Bridge, the highest bridge in Cambria and Somerset Counties.
The heart of Johnstown glows as the lights of the historic Stone Bridge rise at dusk and continue their mesmerizing display for three hours each night reflecting off the surface of the Conemaugh River.
“What a delightful prospect it must have afforded…when the morning sun
first touched with its rays the summit of the Allegheny, and in its setting,
flooded the heights of the Laurel Hill with a sea of gold, and bathed
the whole intervening country with its soft and mellow light.” -Hon. Wm. H. Koontz, 1895