Sunday, January 19, 2020
“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold.”
In the shadow of the northern Blue Mountain Ridge, a frosted, frozen and snow covered Leaser Lake glistens with winter’s artistry as a man walks his dog across the frozen water on a sunny February afternoon in New Tripoli, Pennsylvania in this selective color shot.
I really enjoyed being able to actually walk on the lake and take photos!
Leaser Lake’s namesake is Frederick Leaser, an American patriot who in September 1777 with his farm team hauled The Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown where it was concealed in Zion Reformed Church for protection during the Revolutionary War. His homestead is located one mile north of the lake.
Leaser Lake was built by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for water-oriented recreation and opened for public use in 1971. Lehigh County leases this area from the state and operates and maintains the park. The land north of the lake was purchased by the county in the early 1970s. It is entirely wooded and is used for nature study and as an addition to the State Game Lands No. 217.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
“If you are not filled with overflowing love, compassion and goodwill for all creatures living wild in nature, you will never know true happiness.”
~ Paul Oxton
~ founder & director of
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
My favorite white-tailed deer doe enjoys an apple on a beautiful late April evening in the park in this selective color shot.
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.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
“There is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need.”
~ British theologist and Fourth General of
The Salvation Army, 1934-1939,
the first woman to hold the post.Evangeline Booth was the daughter of William and Catherine Booth, who founded The Salvation Army in 1865.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
It is well known for its Red Kettle Campaign at Christmastime.
The Salvation Army and its mission is prominently displayed to early Christmas shoppers in front of the Moravian Book Shop in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in late November.
Reflections from the street, the American Flag, and “Get Downtown Bethlehem Pennsylvania,” the logo of the Downtown Bethlehem Association, can be seen in the left window.
Bethlehem is known as The Christmas City. On Christmas Eve 1741, in a stable, while a small group of Moravians were singing a hymn with the stanza “Not Jerusalem, Lowly Bethlehem” Count Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf christened this little town “Bethlehem.” Since that time Christmas in Bethlehem has been central to the city’s identity. From the first documented decorated Christmas tree in America to the efforts of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to get Bethlehem nicknamed “Christmas City USA” in 1937, to the current time when both sides of the river boast Christmas markets filled with artisan craft, retail and food vendors, Bethlehem is rife with one Christmas celebration after another.
The Moravian Book Shop is America’s oldest book shop, established in 1745.