Here are a few HDR shots of the chimney stacks of Three Mile Island (circa 2009), taken from the west side of  the Susquehanna river. Although it’s not clear from the photos, there are 4 chimney stacks, originally servicing 2 reactors. After the famous partial meltdown on the 2nd reactor in 1979, two of the chimney stacks were decommissioned, so steam only rises out of the two stacks still in use. On some days, the steam can be seen for miles.

An airline passenger at Harrisburg International Airport watches steam rise from the chimneys in the distance:

The sign near the entrance of the Nuclear Power Plant reads:

On March 28, 1979, and for several days thereafter — as a result of tehcnical malfunctions and human error — Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 Nuclear Generating Station was the scene of the nations worst commercial nuclear accident. Radiation was released, a part of the nuclear core was damaged, and thousands of residents evacuated the area. Events here would cause basic changes throughout the world’s nuclear power industry.

By the way, Three Mile Island was used as the site for the climax of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Three Mile Island on Wikipedia

This is a photo of a train going over the  Cumberland Valley Railroad Bridge in Harrisburg, PA. I remember the cloud cover being great all week long. In the distance you can see rain falling.

Here is an evening shot of the bridge in the foreground, with the Market Street bridge in the background.

High atop Mount Penn, the Reading Pagoda overlooks Reading from the East. Originally built in 1908 to be a luxury hotel, the Pagoda was never granted a liquor license it needed to attract customers, and ended up being sold to the City of Reading. Now it serves as a tourist attraction (even has a gift shop) — oh, and as a backdrop for scenes in The Last Airbender.

Driving up from Reading, The road up to the Pagoda is steep, through neighborhoods where houses are stacked side-by-side. At the top, Skyline Drive runs next to the Pagoda and along the ridge for several miles, providing great views of the Lehigh Valley.

And just for the heck of it, here is a poster from The Last Airbender that features the Pagoda (click to enlarge):