I am going to be posting images that I may have posted before with a candidate # thereby collecting a list of what I feel would be likely candidates to print for a gallery show of new images of only digital photography. Right now I am reviewing images that are scenicor from nature. This is a blend of two images taken in the pocono mountains and merged in Photoshop.
Every year people flock to our state to see the beautiful Autumn foliage. If you don’t live in Pennsylvania you will be awed and happy you made the visit. However observing this every year makes some people, especially photographers obnoxious and cynical critics. Different weather factors impact the color. The temperature, humidity, rain fall and wind all impact how colorful and widespread the foliage panorama will appear.
2012 was the perfect storm for fall color in The Northeast. Of course it is a regional thing, one year the color may be better in Maine than Pennsylvania or New Hampshire may be the best. However, in 2012 it was prefect throughout the region. This is a 2012 flashback taken in October 2012 in the Pocono Mountains.
I took this picture of a fawn in 2002 at the end of our first summer living on the mountain. People that lived there full time like us said wait a year and you will start to think of them as vermin. It never quite got to that level for me because the next year our community voted for a deer cull in a heated political battle between the “full timers” and “weekenders”. The herd grew at a rapid rate in our community because no hunting was allowed. Deer are not dumb and they began to migrate into our community. DCNR noticed that some deer had wasting disease and fawns that were born were small and struggled to survive. The amount of deer/auto accidents increased dramatically.
The size of the herd was unhealthy according to DCNR and our local environmental experts. After the first two years of deer culls the herd reduced to a more normal size. We began to see fawns again and the herd was restored to health. This deer has all but lost the markings fo a fawn as it munched in my back yard waiting for its first summer to end.
The beautiful day lilies in our back garden continue to bloom. Most people think of day lilies as being orange like the ones we see along roadways in the Northeast and mid atlantic states. However, like roses they come in a variety of colors and shapes. These are our yellow day lilies and I specifically like the ruffled edges on the petals.
Last winter almost killed our “butterfly bushes” and we lost some lilies and other perennials but the Day Lilies seem to have liked it. This is the most buds we have ever had on this day Lilly plant in ten years.
This is our first day Lilly of the season. I like this close up the best even though it is not cropped quite right. I like it because of the little bug feasting on one of the flower’s stamens. You can see the weight of the bug actually causing the stamen to bend. I expect the weight which has to be less than a tenth of an ounce which proves once again that all things are relative..
My season as a baseball spectator pretty much ended last night with the Pittsburgh Pirate’s loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. I have always loved Baseball even though at age 8 I was thoroughly humiliated in Little league when I took the field at 3rd base standing on the wrong side! I got better though and played Outfield and 1st base and occasional a relief catcher. My big moment came in hitting a three run home run over a fence just like this one.
Yesterday I was mulching our garden and staging it for our open house this weekend. We have three gardens in our Pocono Mountain home. I don’t know if potential buyers realize the significance of having any garden in a terrain this rough. When we bought this house it was new and hardscaped, not landscaped. I personally moved four tons of top soil into the gardens and after ten years of mulching and composting it actually looks pretty good. I wish the day lilies were open this weekend because they are magnificent but potential buyers should like the blooming daffodils, tulips and periwinkle. You can see other floral images or buy a print of this one at my commercial gallery.
No, I am not talking about “Game of Thrones”. In the Pocono mountains winter comes early though, just like it does for the Starks. Last year we had our biggest snowfall in October. The leaves were not completely off the trees when we got our surprise snowfall last year and it made a colossal mess. I am hoping for even less snow this year, I hate winter! You can buy a print of this image on my commercial gallery by clicking here.
There is nothing that pleases a dog more on a hot day than being at the lake with his buds. This is Shadow, Miss B and Tilly at a Pocono mountain lake.
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