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Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

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The latest weather report is calling for about 4 inches of snow!  I’ve learned to embrace snow the last couple of years, living in the Northeast, what choice do you have?  Today’s photo is from Valley Forge last winter.

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November 26th, 2014 at 8:00 am

National Memorial Arch in Valley Forge

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“Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery” – George Washington.  Today’s photo is dedicated to my fellow vets that paid the ultimate price in defending our nation.

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May 26th, 2014 at 8:48 am

The Fast And Furious

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Two Geese taking off on the Schuylkill River this past winter in Valley Forge, PA.

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April 3rd, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Broad-Winged Hawk

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Get Social

I finally decided to join a group of fellow photographers for a photo walk this past weekend.  Not that I’m opposed or look down upon such things, it’s just that the thought never occurred to me that I should do such a thing.  It was a great experience, and if you have not done so I encourage you to join some sort of photo no matter what your experience level may be.  It is a great opportunity to help your skills grow.  The group I joint this past weekend allowed for me to get a chance to have one-on-one time with a more experienced professional photographer who helped me with my compositions.  Getting out in the snow and cold was well worth it.

Photo Of The Day – Red Tailed Hawk

A small, stocky raptor with black-and-white bands on the tail, the Red Tailed Hawk is a bird of the forest interior and can be hard to see during the nesting season.  The Red Taild is normally very hard to get close to; however, I managed to get about 10 feet  from this guy with my 75-300mm len in Valley Forge National Park.  I was afraid to get any closer for fear that he may attack me and claw my eyes out.

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January 20th, 2014 at 8:00 am

The Desert of Valley Forge

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Why Snowshoeing Rocks!

I took up a new hobby this winter, snowshoeing.  I made the commitment not to be a hibernating  hermit this winter, but to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Getting out when there’s snow on the ground can be a bit difficult, that’s where the snowshoes come in.  They’re also great for photographers in the never ending quest to get a unique shot.  Here’s my list of how snowshoeing is awesome:
  • A great way to get to spots that you could not normally get to – When trails or fields are covered with snow and not accessible, strap on your snowshoes and voila, your an all-terrain machine.  You can get to those inaccessible shots and have fun doing it.
  • Great exercise – When you snowshoe, you can burn up to 45 percent more calories than walking or running at the same speed.  Enough said.
  • Gets you outdoors when it’s snowy and cold – Lets face it, being stuck indoors or going to the mall to get out of the house is a drag.  Either you spend all day indoors and let your personal hygiene go by the wayside, or you spend yourself silly at the mall.  A better alternative is to get out to a park covered in snow and enjoy what God has made for you for free.
  • You feel like a 4×4 – Terrain that I would normally not attempt to cross in spring and summer is a snap with snowshoes.  With a wider footing, you can stomp on snow covered thorn bushes like your on a quad bike.
 It’s easy to get into snowshoeing, all you need are snowshoes, trekking poles for balance, and a few inches of snow and your good to go.  The benefit over skiing is, you can snowshoe anywhere.
My Gear:
Snowshoes: Tubbs Flex TRK
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond

Daily Photo – Valley Forge National Park

Christina (my wife) and I escaped the house and made it to Valley Forge National Park for a little adventure.  The park was  covered in about a foot of snow, perfect for snowshoeing.  So we strapped in and hit a trail that only we could get access that cut across a huge field.  It was amazing how the snow looked like a desert instead of an open field covered by thorn bushes.

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January 12th, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Until Tomorrow

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I’ve made the commitment to embrace winter this year and to get out and photograph instead of sitting inside hibernating until spring. What I have learned is that the light and sunsets this time of year is superb for the Golden Hour. Here’s to embracing Jack Frost!

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January 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am

What Are You Looking At?

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I happened to come across these guys standing in the middle of field while driving to Pawling’s Farm in Valley Forge National Historic Park.  They stood around long enough for me to switch to my 100-300mm lens.; which never happens.  Most of the time, they would have run off by the time I had switched lenses.

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January 6th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Valley Forge

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January 3rd, 2014 at 8:00 am

Happy New Year

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January 1st, 2014 at 8:00 am

Happy New Year

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Thanks everyone for following my photography over this past year.  Today’s photo was taken a couple of hours ago on a snowy Tuesday afternoon.  I hope you have a great New Year in 2014!

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December 31st, 2013 at 3:52 pm