Today’s photo du jour is from one of trails in the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary The sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Founded in 1934, the 2,600-acre mountaintop preserve offers incredible scenic overlooks, eight miles of trail that wind around the mountain, connecting to the world famous Appalachian Trail near Hamburg, PA. After you visit the sanctuary, spend a small fortune at Cabella’s (not because they are overpriced, but because they have so much cool stuff for the outdoor enthusiast). Hawk Mountain is worth the trip (about 2 hours from Philadelphia), and small fee to enter. Bring a good pair of binoculars (available for rent at the visitors center) to see the spectacular views, and of course many of the birds a prey that congregate in this area.
I havn’t blogged in a while, and I have been quick lazy creatively. My only excuse has been that winter lasted entirely too long, and brown twigs are not good things to take picture of. Well the warmth of spring in upon us, and everything is in bloom. I recently went camping with my sons on Boy Scout trip and I really had a great time getting back to the great outdoors. Camping, hiking and just sitting by the campfire. A friend of mine was on the trip who is a fellow blogger, his blog focuses on leadership and stretching yourself to new limits. If you get a chance, check out Jon Stolpe and his Stretched blog at http://www.jonstolpe.com. Jon is a prolific blogger, and encouraged me that weekend to get back to keeping my blog up to date. So, to get back in the swing of things, enjoy this long exposure B&W photo of sunrise from that weekend.
I have been under the weather lately, but found some time to look back through some old photos that I never processed. It’s been a long winter, but things are starting to warm up and hopefully bloom.
I felt like posting something different today, I’ve noticed that I have posted a lot birds lately. I can’t remember where I took this photo, but I loved the reflection on the water and ripples in the water. It reminded me of an impressionist painting; I always loved how they were able to capture the beauty in nature without trying to recreate in their paintings.
The mountains have been on my mind lately. I miss the hikes, the views, and my children complaining about dragging them into the great outdoors. This is an older photo I took a couple of years ago from atop Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in the US this side of the Mississippi river.