Kayaking Season Has Begun!

A few weeks ago I got out to do a little paddling at nearby Prompton State Park, it was windy and we got a late start. This past Friday I was able to get out for a longer paddle at the Sholoha Marsh Reservoir in Pike County PA. The last time I kayaked here I saw a black bear swimming across the lake, this trip there was no bear but we did see, what at first, appeared to be fog rising off of a small island…. upon closer inspection it was a massive swarm of bugs.

Clever Little Spider

Look closely at the following photo. At first glance it looks like nothing more than a bee on a flower. That’s what I thought when I snapped the shot. But, after getting home and looking at it on a larger screen I noticed something…

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That bee is in some big trouble!!! This appears to be a Goldenrod Crab Spider (or Flower Spider) and it has caught this small bee by surprise.

What Are You Looking At?

Caterpiller

Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans! Instead of posting cook-out or firework photos I give you a caterpillar. Why? Because today is about freedom and independence… I am free to post what I please… plus, I don’t have any cook-out or firework photos and I saw this little guy while on a hike this morning. So, enjoy! Time for burgers, hot dogs and a couple cold beers.

Day Off at Tobyhanna State Park

Boats at the Lake

Shot with Canon T3i and a Bower 8mm Fisheye Lens

 

So, this week I only got one day off, so I headed out to Tobyhanna State Park for a little while. I wanted to give my new Bower 8mm Fisheye lens a test… the above shot was taken with it. Weather-wise it was pretty dismal… windy, cool and rain storms rolling around. I was able to get a few shots and here Continue reading

The Lesser of Two Weevils

Captured with a Canon T3i and a Canon EF 40mm lens with +10 and +4 macro filters.

Captured with a Canon T3i and a Canon EF 40mm lens with +10 and +4 macro filters.

 

OK, I know it’s a horrible pun… but seriously, how often can you use a line like that? Anyway, I was out in the backyard today and found what appear to be Boll Weevils in the trees. This is surprising because Boll Weevils are usually found around cotton and that’s not something you find growing in north east Pennsylvania. It is also possible that these were Rose Weevils, but as the name suggests they are usually red in color. Regardless, Weevils are fairly destructive and although they are cool to see, I wouldn’t be too upset to see them leave (no pun intended).

The Fight for Life

Fight for Life

 

While preparing to play around with a new toy, an infrared filter, I noticed this fight for life taking place right in front of me. Even though, the combatants are tiny, the stakes are just as high as they would be anywhere in the wild. When I come across situations like these tend to let things play out naturally… in this case, the earthworm didn’t stand a chance and was fighting a multi-front war.

A Butterfly in Flight

With today being my only day off this week, I decided to go out to Ayelsworth Park in Jermyn, Pa. I hadn’t been there in quite a few years, in fact when I was last there the park was still largely unfinished. Now, there are hiking trails and picnic areas, a little beach and a playground being built. I snapped lots of photos… here is one of my favorites.

Butterfly in Flight

Captured with my Canon T31 using my Canon 55-250mm lens

Lackawanna State Park

Yesterday I spent the day at the Lackawanna State Park. It wasn’t a particularly nice day, weather-wise, it rained a little and was mostly overcast but still… how bad can a day be when you spend it at a state park? For a little information about the park, I grabbed this right from the park web site:

The 1,445-acre Lackawanna State Park is in northeastern Pennsylvania, ten miles north of Scranton. The centerpiece of the park, the 198-acre Lackawanna Lake, is surrounded by picnic areas and multi-use trails winding through forest. Boating, camping, fishing, biking and swimming are popular recreation activities. From http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/lackawanna/ Continue reading

Inch Worm

Well, I wasn’t planning on taking any photos today, but sometimes the opportunity picks you. Not much to say about these photos, this little guy landed on me while I was just sitting outside relaxing… so I got him a stick to crawl on, snapped a few pics and then sent him on his way. Shot with Canon T3i with a UV filter and stacked macro lenses +1, +2, +4 and +10.

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Reservoir #1

I took a short hike today along the 1.5 mile trail that circles the Dunmore Reservoir #1. Located near the intersection of Tigue St and Dunham Dr in Dunmore Pa, the trail is mostly wooded except for the area near the falls/spillway and pump house. Spring is just breaking in the area so wildlife is just starting to stir. I was able to capture a few photos that I liked, thought I’d share them here.

Captured these fern fiddleheads sprouting next to a small bridge along the trail.

Captured these fern fiddleheads sprouting next to a small bridge along the trail.

Near the pump house along the shore of the reservoir.

Near the pump house along the shore of the reservoir.

Caught this little guy soaking up the sun along the back side of the trail.

Caught this little guy soaking up the sun along the back side of the trail.