Category: Nature

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Every now and then the ocean calls my name and a beach day is in order.  Winter is my favorite time to visit as there are few people and the solitude is what I love about being at the seashore.  I dream of living closer one day, but for now I will go as often as I can.  The long drive is worth it as I know that the sea is my destination!

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Last week I posted a sunrise image that I shot while on my way to The National Dog Show.  Here’s the link  http://betsydallasphoto.com/WordPressNew/?p=12780
It featured layers of trees and rolling hills shrouded in early morning fog.  The scene above was what I saw when I turned around and looked to where the sun was rising over the farms behind me.  The sky was glowing and there was fog here as well – just settling in behind the trees.  In the foreground there were several different types of grasses which, due to the long lens I was using, are out of focus.  I would love your constructive criticism on this image.  I’m struggling with it a bit.  I think I would prefer if the grass was not in the foreground, however, there was no way to avoid that given my vantage point.  Your thoughts?

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The early bird gets the ….. sunrise photos!  I was on my way to The National Dog Show presented by Purina yesterday and couldn’t resist stopping to photograph the wonderful fog that had settled into the valley overnight.  The sun was rising in the East, but this was facing west and the sky was filled with the first hint of orange.  Pennsylvania’s weather is so unpredictable.  Yesterday afternoon the temperatures were in the upper 60’s and it was a wonderful day.  Overnight, a winter storm arrived, dropped a couple of inches of wet snow, and it’s currently 34 degrees in my back yard.  I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

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I love photographing the beautiful farms and soft rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pa.  My dad loved to paint landscapes.  I remember him telling me as he painted that he had to be sure that the mountains, hills or trees toward the back of his scene were always softer and lighter in color than those in the front.  You can really see how true that is in this image. The foreground trees are crisp and vivid and the farms and hills looking from foreground to background continue to look lighter and less defined.  Fall in Lancaster County, Pa. is one of the prettiest places on earth!

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It’s fun to allow the GPS to search for new and interesting places to visit.  I was driving home from a familiar destination recently and asked the GPS to search for parks near my route.  Lo and behold, within a short driving distance I arrived at this beautiful barn and nearby lake.  It was a great and very unexpected find.  Thank goodness for the GPS, though, or I would have had difficulty finding my way home again!  I was on many a back road and really had no idea where I was!