George Sheldon Photography Blog

Welcome to  George Sheldon’s Photography Blog,. George is  a freelance photographer based in the heart of the picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch Country in his home town of Lancaster, PA, and serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and beyond.

 Lancaster :: York :: Harrisburg :: Lebanon :: Gettysburg :: Hershey
Dauphin – Cumberland – Berks – Adams Counties

Available for travel.

George’s main photography site – including his portfolio, stock images, fine art, and portfolio – is now located at www.georgesheldonphotography.com.

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Early American Holiday Window is the Image of the Day

An Early merican holiday window setting.

An Early American holiday window setting.

Here’s a simple holiday decoration on a rustic Early American window sill. It’s the Image of the Day.

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City of York Firefighters at the Fire Scene is the Image of the Day

City of York PA on  FIRE SCENE.

City of York PA firefighters at scene.

While on assignment in York PA, the city’s firefighters were called to a fire. Being close by, I was able to get this photo. It’s the Image of the Day.

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Conestoga Indian Town Historic Marker is the Image of the Day

Conestoga Indian Town Historic Marker

Conestoga Indian Town Historic Marker

Today’s Image is the Conestoga Indian Town Historic Marker in Manor Township, Lancaster County, PA

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Christmas Town USA Main Street is Image of the Day

Bethlehem Main Street  week before Christmas

Bethlehem Main Street week before Christmas

The City of Bethlehem Pennsylvania Main Street is busy with strolling shoppers the week before Christmas. This street scene is the Image of the Day.

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Charlie Brown Christmas Tree is Image of the Day

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

The scrawny tree in downtown Reading PA has just one red ball – just like Charlie Brown’s tree.

The City of Reading’s holiday tree has been dubbed a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” this year. It’s the Image of the Day.

 

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Amish Children in Buggy is the Image of Day

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Amish Children in Buggy in Lancaster County, PA

This is one my favorite images from my home town – these Amish Children were spotted on a county road with these delightful looks on their faces. It’s the Image of the Day.

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Bloody Rock is the Image of the Day

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The Bloody Rock where Queen Esther massacred early Pennsylvanians.

Located on Susquehanna Avenue, a quiet residential street in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Queen Esther’s Bloody Rock.

Named for Queen Esther Montour Quebec (a decendant of “mixed” Native American and European heritage), the memorial marks the spot where Queen Esther murdered a minimum of 14 captured colonists. They were gathered around the rock following the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Wyoming in 1778. In retaliation over the recent death of her son, she smashed the head of each of the colonists against the rock with her axe.

Today a steel “cage” protects the artifact from theft and vandalism.

The Bloody Rock is the Image of the Day.

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Mennonite Horse & Buggies is the Image of the Day

Three horse hitched to buggies are tied to a light pole in a parking lot.

Three horse hitched to buggies are tied to a light pole in a parking lot.

Today;s image was createdin Lancaster County. I spotted these three horses in a parking lot. Tied to a light pole, the horses are hithed to Mennonite – nd not Amish – buggies. Although created in Lancaster County, the buggies are not the typical gray and black, but rather solid black.

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Coal Breaker is the Image of the Day

A coal breaker at Eckley miner's Village

A coal breaker at Eckley Miner’s Village

Today’s Image is the Coal Breaker, which was built as a movie prop/set for The Molly Maguires. It is located in Waverly PA, in the Eckley Miners Village

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Belsnickel is the Image of the Day

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The appearance of the Belsnichel is a sure sign that Christmas is coming soon.

It’s clearly a sign of the season! The Belsnickel  was spotted (and photographed) in Lancaster County this past weekend.

Belsnickel (which is also sometimes spelled Belschnickel, Belznickle, or Belznickel, Pelznikel, Pelznickel) is German for “to wallop or to drub.” Mixed with Saint Nicholas, a Belsnickel is a Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of the Palatinate region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine. The figure is in Pennsylvania Dutch communities, as what you will find in Lancaster County.

George Sheldon Photography - A Belsnichel

The Belsnichel is in Lancaster County.

The Belsnickel shows up at houses 1–2 weeks before Christmas and often creates fright because he always knew exactly which of the children misbehaved throughout the year. He is typically very ragged and mean looking. He wears torn, tattered, and dirty clothes, and he carries a switch in his hand with which to beat bad children. The children always escape unharmed, but they are scared into being good so that Santa will bring them presents on Christmas.

This Belsnichel was spotted at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, in Manheim Township, Lancaster County. The Belsnichel is the Image of the Day here on the George Sheldon Photo Blog.

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Primitive Window Decoration is the Image of the Day

 

 

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Early American primitive decorations is the subject of today’s image. I justr happened to spot these while on another assignment, but how I could resist not photographing this little moment and adding it to this photo blog?

 

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Flags on Display is the Image of the Day

In honor of the Pearl Harbor Remembrance this day, our image of the day is a simple composition of numerous American

US Flags by George Sheldon

US Flags on disp;ay,

flags on display.

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Story Book Princess is the Image of the Day

Erikarose in full costume at dutch Wonderland

Erikarose in full costume at Dutch Wonderland

The image of the day is a head shot of a local actor in full costume. Erikarose is the story book princess at Dutch Wonderland, located on Route 30 just east of Lancaster City. Erikarose posed during a recent dress rehearsal for this image. To see more of Erikarose (and more images from this on location shoot), check out her Facebook page here.  Better yet, take the kids to Dutch Wonderland and meet her in person!

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Freight Cart is the Image of the Day

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Today;s image is an old freight cart I spotted east of Strasburg, along the train tracks.

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Progress Fire Truck is Image of the Day

Harrisburg Holiday Parade

Today;s Image is one created during the Harrisburg Holiday Parade. The Progress Fire Company’s truck was on display during the parade. Friendly hand waves from the firefighters to the crowd, and the crowd waves back to the volunteer firefighters.

I salute all firefighters for doing their best to protect life and property.

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