Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nurturing Nature ...


Sweet white-tailed deer doe nurses her fawn, now a button buck,
on an October evening in the park. Of all the deer photos I've
snapped, this is the first time I've witnessed nursing.

I've been blessed to photograph this doe and her fawns for
two and a half years, and it's a joy to me personally and
as a photographer !

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Mist Of The Autumn Morn ...


"I saw old autumn in
the misty morn
stand, shadowless like silence,
listening to silence."
                     ~ Thomas Hood
                                  ~ 1799-1845

There is something so very special about the early morning, the
serenity, the quiet beauty. This feeling of a fresh new day is palpable
as the mist rises just after sunrise on a beautiful, chilly October
morning at Wehr's Dam, Orefield, Pennsylvania.

The historic dam, awash with the waters of the Jordan Creek, was built in 1904 
and is the perfect complement  next to Wehr's Covered Bridge, built in 1841. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let Love Shine ...



"Bless the beasts and the children ...
give them love, let it shine 
all around them."
                               ~ "Bless The Beasts and The Children"
                                                            ~ 1971

I feel so blessed personally and as a photographer
to have witnessed this tender, precious moment as
this beautiful white-tailed deer doe nuzzles her sweet fawn
on an October afternoon on the Saucon Rail Trail, 
Hellertown, Pennsylvania. 

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Early Morning Postcard ...


"An early morning walk is a blessing
for the whole day."
                            ~ Henry David Thoreau
                                              ~ 1817-1862

The words of Thoreau seem to fill the air
just after sunrise on a chilly October morning at the historic
Wehr's Covered Bridge, Orefield, Pennsylvania.
The Jordan Creek spills over Wehr's Dam, built in 1904, to flow beneath
the covered bridge, creating a picturesque autumn postcard. 

Wehr's Covered Bridge is a wooden covered bridge in South Whitehall Township.
It is a three span, 117-foot-long Burr Truss bridge, constructed in 1841. It has
horizontal siding and a gable roof. It crosses the Jordan Creek and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Indian Summerset ...


"There is a harmony in autumn,
and a luster in its sky."
                                  ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley
                                                   ~ 1792-1822

I love Indian Summer and its harmony
of warmth and crispness. On this warm
October evening, God paints the sky
with a lustrous sunset at
Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nostalgic Harvest ...


The sun-dappled porch of Wanamaker's General Store, 
Kempton, Pennsylvania says "Wilkum" (welcome) to
customers on an October afternoon.

The quaint Wanamaker's is an authentic, family owned
general store nestled in the heart of 
Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Wanamaker's has been welcoming friends, neighbors
and passersby since the late 1800's. 

The classic Pennsylvania Dutch Wilkum Home hex sign is
often seen on porches and other entry ways, extending a warm
and friendly welcome.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tenderly ...


Beautiful white-tailed deer doe shares a tender moment
with her button buck on an October evening in the park.
I've been blessed to photograph this doe and her fawns
for two and a half years, and it's truly a joy to me
personally and as a photographer!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Red-Tailed Morning ...


Regal Red-Tailed Hawk surveys the landscape from a high perch
on an October morning at Trexler Memorial Park,
Allentown, Pennsylvania. This bird of prey is the most common
hawk in North America.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

X's & O's ...


"Life without love is like
a tree without blossoms or fruit."
                            ~ Khalil Gibran
                                                 1883-1931

I saw these X's and O's - symbols of hugs and kisses -
etched on a tree on an autumn afternoon at
Lehigh Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 
just in time for Sweetest Day! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Little Red Fox ...


"If you tame me, it would be as if 
the sun came to shine on my life."
                  ~ "The Little Prince"
                                ~ 1943
             Antoine de Saint-Exupery
                            ~ 1900-1944  
                          
Beautiful red fox pup peers out from behind the high grass on an October evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Red October ...


"All good things are wild and free."
                      ~ Henry David Thoreau
                                           ~ 1817-1862

A wild, free and beautiful red fox pup
peers out into an October evening
at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Art Of Oktoberfest ...


A colorful and artistic view at this year's Oktoberfest
on Nineteenth Street in the quaint West End Theatre District,
Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

On The Delaware ...


"Wrinkles should merely indicate
where smiles have been."
                               ~ Mark Twain
                                                ~ 1835-1910

When I saw this man fishing on 
the Delaware River in Phillipsburg, New Jersey
on an early September evening, I wondered from his
expression what thoughts and memories were
crossing his mind. The man was fishing near
the historic Northampton Street Bridge,
commonly called The Free Bridge, which spans the 
Delaware River between Phillipsburg, New Jersey
and Easton, Pennsylvania. The Free Bridge was completed in 1896 
and survived the damage from massive flooding from
Hurricane Diane in 1955. It undersent a thorough
restoration in 1990. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Perched At Wehr's Dam ...


This Great Blue Heron may well be contemplating how fast the summer flew by while perched at the historic Wehr's Dam on a late September afternoon.

The dam, built in 1904, is next to Wehr's Covered Bridge, which dates back to 1841, at Covered Bridge Park, Orefield, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Hint Of Shangri-La ...

"Your kisses take me to
Shangri-la ...
A land of bluebirds and fountains ...
For anywhere you are is Shangri-La."
                                    ~ "Shangri-La"
                                           ~ Carl Sigman, Matty Malneck and Robert Maxwell
                                                                   1946 
            


With the Jordan Creek gently flowing under a sparkling 
September sun, it seems like Shangri-La on a late summer
afternoon at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
The historic Schlicher Covered Bridge is in the background.
It is a wooden, 108-foot-long Burr Truss Bridge constructed in 1882.
It has vertical plank siding and a gable roof. It recently reopened
after needed restorations.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Great Blue Sunset ...


Great Blue Heron high in the trees
is awash in the glow of a summer sunset
at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Summer Wanes ...


"The summer knows ...
one last caress
it's time to dress for fall ..."
      ~ "The Summer Knows,"
           Theme from "Summer of '42"
                ~ Michael Legrand, 1971

Bright pails, a melancholy mood ...
A few autumn leaves scatter around pails
left behind by children catching tadpoles
in the Jordan Creek at Trexler Nature Preserve,
Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
On this September afternoon it reminded me
the waning summer will soon give way to fall.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bridging Twilight ...


"Twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star."
            ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery
                   ~ 1874-1942                                                              
Twilight begins to steal across the waning summer sky like a painter of dreams over Easton, Pennsylvania as viewed from across
the Delaware River in Phillipsburg, New Jersey next to the historic Northampton Street Bridge, commonly called The Free Bridge.

The bridge that spans the states was completed in 1896 and survived damage from massive flooding from Hurricane Diane in 1955. It underwent a thorough restoration in 1990, and is one of my very favorite places to photograph.
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sweet Dreams Of Youth ...

 

"Dream no small dreams ..."
                                     ~ Victor Hugo
                                                          ~ 1802-1885

This sweet white-tailed deer fawn will grow to be
a proud buck one day. But on this August evening
grazing in the park he had only to dream of what will be.

I've been blessed to photograph this fawn's mother doe
and her fawns for more than two years, and it's a true joy
for me personally and as a photographer.