Friday, November 19, 2010

16 Point Buck That Got Away

I promise this is a true story. I was walking through the tall weeds along a stream at the John Heinz Nature Preserve. As I was walking, I heard a large animal in the brush, so I stopped dead in my tracks. Then through the brush I saw the eye of a pretty doe. I took her picture and then heard more noise. Another deer was in the brush. I readied my camera and a huge (let me exaggerate here) 16 point buck at least - charged past me chasing the little doe who had taken off a few seconds before. I didn't have a chance at a shot. But I promise there were a lot of points on that rack. I got back on the trail and ran ahead where I thought they may be. I waited a long time crouching behind a tree, but they were not gonna let me get another good look. Oh, what could have been.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Chance to See the Great Blue Heron Fish

I got back to the John Heinz Nature Preserve this morning and there again was my Great Blue Heron close to the shore line. He let me get up pretty close and while watching he caught and ate two fish. Then rinsed his mouth, looked up in the sky and flew away. If you go to you can see a slide show of this happening before your very eyes. I had a similar slide show a few days ago, but this one is a tad better. Go ahead, check it out. What do you have to loose?
But hurry, it will only be up there for a day.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Separate Conversations

Saturday night party at the Mumbaursville Gun Club. From Left: Scott Ducellier, Peter Riley, Pam Kelly, Billy Bryan, Charlie Hafler and Cathy Kramer. This one's for you Billy.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Heron and Fish at

Ohhhhh, if I just had that 400mm lens this photograph would be that much more interesting. But, in the mean time - go to to see a slide show of what preceded this photo and what happened afterwards. Now go ahead - If you don't go now, the little slide show won't be there tomorrow. Have fun.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Centipede in the Powder Room

Well, I guess I knew it would come to this. It's gotten very cold here in St. Davids. We had our first frost and all the lovely bugs have gone into hibernation. I'd been having a terrible case of withdrawal until this morning when I walked into the powder room and there to my wandering eyes was a beautiful little centipede waiting for me under the sink. I told him to stay there until I could retrieve a little plastic container from the kitchen. I ran back to the powder room and he was still there, probably getting a little excited about the prospect of having his picture taken. I scooped him up in the container, put the lid on and we took a trip down into the basement where I have a little portrait studio. I turned on the portrait lights, attached my macro lens to my camera and took his picture. He stood still long enough to get a few shots. Take a good look at those little black eyes and all those legs. If you click on him you can see him even better.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Larry and Sharon Cox Came to Visit

We had a wonderful weekend with Ken's old friends from Atlanta - Larry and Sharon Cox. We took them to Valley Forge Yesterday to see where all the bugs reside. The light was beautiful. Sharon took the first photo of the cannons and the field.