Showing posts with label february. Show all posts
Showing posts with label february. Show all posts

Monday, July 22, 2019

Stand By Me ...

“When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we’ll see
No, I won’t be afraid
Oh, I won’t be afraid
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

So darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand my me
Oh stand, stand by me
Stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won’t cry, I won’t cry
No, I won’t shed a tear
Just as long as you stand
Stand by me

And darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me

Darlin’, darlin’
Stand by me, oh, stand by me
Oh, stand now, stand by me
Stand by me
Whenever you’re in trouble, won’t you stand by me?
Oh, stand by me
Won’t you stand now?
Oh, stand, stand by me”
       ~ “Stand by Me”
      ~ originally performed by Ben E. King
                            ~ 1938-2015
                 ~ released April 1961
      ~ written by Ben. E. King,
             Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

According to Ben E. King, the title is derived from, and was inspired by, a spiritual written by Sam Cooke and J.W. Alexander called “Stand by Me Father,” recorded by The Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. The third line of the second verse of the former work derives from Psalm 46:2-3.

There have been more than 400 recorded versions of the song, performed by many artists. It was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film “Stand by Me.”

A majestic four point white-tailed deer buck and beautiful doe stand side by side as a peaceful hush sweeps across the field just before a midwinter snowfall begins to tumble from the sky in this high contrast monochrome shot I captured in the park in the late afternoon of a February day.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Whitetail Winterlude ...

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
              ~ Gary Snyder
              ~ born 1930
         ~ Pulitzer Prize winner for Poetry, 1975
My favorite white-tailed deer doe, at right, and her fawn – now almost a yearling – pose for a mother-daughter winter portrait on a February evening at home in the park.

I’ve been blessed to photograph this doe and her fawns since 2012, and it’s a true joy to me personally and as a photographer.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Driving Through Sugar ...

 “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
                ~ John Muir
                  ~ 1838-1914
A vehicle drives on Pennsylvania Route 248 West through the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge, sugar dusted by a recent snowfall, on an early February afternoon at Lehigh Gap.

I shot this high contrast monochrome capture from my vantage point at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail.)

In the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, the Lehigh Gap in Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware and Lehigh Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail).

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.