My dad was an artist. He loved oil, acrylic and watercolor painting and spent many hours creating art that now hangs in my home. We used to take day trips on weekends and when he saw something that he might like to paint, I would photograph the scene and he would use the image as a basis for creating his art, always adding special touches to make it his own. When I saw this woman painting the dogwood trees on location at the park, it reminded me of my dad. He would have loved this spot and in my mind he was there with his easel and paints, creatively capturing the colors of Spring on his canvas.
I haven’t had a “Whoa Stop!” moment in a while! A “Whoa Stop!” moment is one that occurs when I’m driving along and see a scene that just HAS to be photographed! This scene caught my eye as I was enroute to another location the other day. I made a mental note that on the way home I needed to stop and take a few photos to capture the glory of Spring color. No matter which direction I pointed my camera, the frame was filled with pink Cherry Blossom trees! I felt that I needed an anchor element and this giant tree with the sprawling branches was my choice. It was especially appealing because the large tree does not yet have any leaves and I like the contrast between that and the pinks and greens in the rest of the landscape. Today was a very damp and dreary day in Eastern Pennsylvania and this image is just what I needed to get the week off to a cheerful start!
Here’s one more image from the lake during yesterday’s fog. I’m not sure how thick the ice is, but I didn’t see any signs where folks had been ice fishing or ice skating. Sometimes people even ride snowmobiles across the frozen lake. I think I’ll stay on shore with my camera, thank you!
The lifeguard chair sits idle on the beach all winter long … just waiting for the warmth of summer when the swimmers come back to the lake. You can barely even see the lake in this image as it’s coated with a thick layer of fog on this gloomy, yet mild, winter day.
There were so many different elements going on at the lake today. It was extremely foggy and mild, with temperatures in the mid to upper 50′s. Crazy for January in Pennsylvania! The fog was moving quickly, weaving in and out of the trees and over the frozen lake. Cracks in the ice made some interesting patterns close to the shore line and oak leaves were frozen in time, just beneath the surface of the ice. Every few minutes the landscape would change as more or less fog enveloped the landscape. The warm and cool tones of this scene perfectly depict the day.
Historic Moravian Bethlehem, Pa. is proud to have two national historic landmarks. One is the 1762 Waterworks located in the Colonial Industrial Quarter. The Waterworks is America’s first pumped municipal water system. The Industrial Quarter is situated alongside the Monocacy Creek and was at one time home to a tannery, blacksmith, dye house, mill, and springhouse. Tours are offered by appointment but the grounds are open for visitors to view the historic architecture and imagine what life was like back when hard work was conducted in these buildings by the Moravians to support the growing community.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year from snowy Pennsylvania!
I was having fun on a cold, sunny, snow-flurrying day in Jim Thorpe, Pa. with the Lensbaby fisheye optic. Catching my shadow in the image was an unexpected surprise!
Many of us have had a tough time in 2011 and are looking forward to the start of a new year. It’s a chance to begin fresh, with an optimistic outlook, and high hopes for good things to come. I’m thinking that the sunbeams I saw today are an indication that we are being blessed with light and hope as we end one year and begin a new one. Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
I’m not much for getting up super early to go out and photograph the sunrise. I’m not much for getting up super early to go out and photograph anything for that matter! Just ask me how many times I’ve made it to a dog show in time to hear the National Anthem at the start of the day! Not very often! [Oh and I LOVE hearing the dogs howl to the National Anthem, too!] Well, today I was up bright and early before sunrise and saw that it was a bit foggy/misty so for whatever reason, I was inspired to drive over to the lake to see if there were any images to be made. I ended up spending over an hour there, photographing sunrise, mist, dew on leaves, water reflections, etc. It turned out to be a fun, albeit chilly, early morning adventure. Here’s one image of the shoreline with a rowboat, some mist on the water, and the last of Fall color in the leaves.