Showing posts with label wildlife portrait. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wildlife portrait. Show all posts

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Savoring In Springtime ...

              “Carpe Diem !”
                  ~ Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day,” taken from book one of the Roman poet Horace’s work “Odes” (23 BC)

It’s carpe diem for this squirrel as it seizes the day and savors a springtime evening in early June at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Elk On The Spring Range ...

“The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.”
                   ~ Theodore Roosevelt
                              ~ 1858-1919
                 ~26th President of 
                  The United States of America
                                  ~ 1901-1909

A herd of elk soak in the beauty of a warm May afternoon on a hillside dotted with wild yellow mustard 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shimmer Of Blue ...

“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild …”
           ~ Stephen King
                         ~ born 1947

A beautiful tree swallow – known for its iridescent blue-green color upper parts – comes out of of its nesting box in early June at Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

While there are young or eggs in the nest, adult tree swallows frequently dive bomb intruders, including curious humans, and attempt to drive them from the area – I personally know this to be true, and so does my camera!