No Swimming Bears, but There Were Eagles!

Seems like an odd title, I know… but I have seem a swimming bear at this week’s destination before. Shohola Marsh Reservoir in Pike County PA is a 595 acre (accessible size … over 1,100 acres if you include the restricted waterfowl propagation areas) man-made lake. I have kayaked here five or six times and every time I see at least one Bald Eagle. Today’s visit was no exception with at least five Eagle sightings. One thing that was a little unexpected was that, even though it’s only August 12th, the trees already appear to be showing some fall color! Not much yet, but this is earlier than I can remember in recent years.

Where is Spring?

A few weeks ago I took a mini-vacation and went down to Florida for a few days. I made sure I packed my camera so I could snap some shots of warm weather… just in case spring doesn’t make it to the north east this year!

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A Pleasant Surprise

Back in May 2013 I uploaded a post called Mushrooms. It was a photo I had shot with my newly purchased Canon T3i in the backyard. It was one of those right place, right time kind of shots. The sun was just about to set and the light was hitting these mushrooms perfectly. I immediately loved the photo. Now, you may or may not know, but I am a great fan of open source software and operating systems… Continue reading

Irony

Irony

Life is beautiful, it is kind, gentle and free

Walking one of the trails in Nay Aug Park this morning, the above saying caught my eye and I thought… how ironic that someone would express their idea of beauty by defacing a tree.

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).

500mm

It’s now been a month since I got my Canon T3i and I’ve been having a blast learning all the in’s and out’s of it… the more I learn the more I realize how much I don’t know! I have been trying to build a collection of lenses to cover a large focal range. The camera came with a 18mm-55mm kit lens, I then bought a Canon 55mm-250mm, then a Canon 40mm pancake lens. Those lenses, plus a set of macro filters give me a pretty good range to work with, but then a couple days ago I came across a deal I just couldn’t pass up. A 500mm Mirror lens made by a company called Rokinon.

The Rokinon 500mm mirror lens with 2x doubler attached to my Canon T3i

The Rokinon 500mm mirror lens with 2x doubler attached to my Canon T3i

I found it online, for $135 and it came with the lens, a 2x doubler (teleconverter pushing it to 1000mm), leather pouch, a set of 3 rear mount filters and a T-Ring adapter. One of the things I liked about this lens, other than the price, was its short length. Without the doubler it’s only about 4″ and is very light. Since I’ll be using it mostly for Continue reading

Mushrooms

Ironic that I hate mushrooms as a food, but find them fascinating to photograph! I just recieved my new Canon EF 40mm lens today and promptly fired up the camera and took some macro shots out in the back yard. With all the rain we had over the weekend, these mushrooms started popping up… figured they were a good starting place for my new lens. What do you think?

Taken with Canon T3i with an EF 40mm lens.

Taken with Canon T3i with an EF 40mm 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

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.