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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Elk On The Winter Range ...

“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.”
                ~ Theodore Roosevelt
                      ~ 1858-1919
                    ~ Naturalist & Conservationist
~ 26th President of The United States of America
                                  ~ 1901-1909
Elk on the winter range enjoy a rare warm February evening at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, where elk live as a herd on the hillsides of the 1,100-acre preserve’s Central Range.

When the late General Harry C. Trexler established the preserve in the early 1900s, he did it to save the American bison, elk and white-tailed deer from extinction and assure the species’ survival.

A conservationist along the lines of Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir, General Trexler understood the importance of nature and preserving wildlife in its natural habitat.

A successful businessman who amassed a fortune in the timber and cement industries and founded the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, General Trexler began purchasing small farms in the low hills of Lehigh County in 1906. By 1913, he had transported eight bison and 20 Virginia white-tailed deer to the preserve. The elk followed soon after.

When General Trexler died in 1933, he bequeathed the property to the residents of Lehigh County. Today, the Trexler Nature Preserve is open to the public for passive recreation and nature watching.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Hawk's Winter Watch ...

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
                ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
                      ~ 1803-1882 
Regal Red-Tailed Hawk peers from a high perch, gazing over the winter landscape in search of prey as sunset beckons on a February evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

This bird of prey is the most common hawk in North America.

Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Winter Red ...

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.”
                         ~ e e cummings
                             ~ 1894-1962
Beautiful North American Male Cardinal brings a pop of red to a gray January evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.