BRENT PENNINGTON Sunrise over the now drained Beaver Pond near Pico Mtn, VT, on the morning of 16 June 2013.

Thoughts on our access to the outdoors, and the threats facing it

We take access to the outdoors, and especially to wild areas, for granted.  It’s always been available to us throughout out lifetimes, in the form of state and…

BRENT PENNINGTON A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeds from flowers in Paul Sevensky's garden on the afternoon of 22 July 2015.

Simple Clicks – Hummingbirds

Just a couple of shots of a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird we spotted in Paul’s garden last week.  We were following up on our epic afternoon of hawk-watching and…

BRENT PENNINGTON A Great Blue Heron perches in a tree above Fords Pond on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Simple Clicks – portraits of John

It’s been a good summer for John the Heron – I’ve seen him, and his relatives, all over the place.  And especially up at Fords Pond, where on…

BRENT PENNINGTON Twilight on the beach at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on the evening of 09 May 2015.

Time on the sand

It’s been a few weeks since my Chincoteague NWR adventure in Virginia, and the deluge of posts that followed, and I realized that I still had a handful…

BRENT PENNINGTON A female Red-winged Blackbird hunts insects in the marsh at Fords Pond on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Simple Clicks – female Red-winged Blackbird

Just a quick portrait of a female Red-winged Blackbird who emerged from the safety of the reeds long enough to snatch an insect and pose for a photo…

BRENT PENNINGTON Cedar Waxwings feed in the trees lining Fords Pond on the morning of 16 July 2015.

Waxwings in silence

Cedar Waxwings, which I associate with the end of summer, and back at Fords Pond.  This year they’ve been there since spring; I first encountered the flock while…

BRENT PENNINGTON A Wolf Spider carries its egg sack across the grass in a lawn in Rutland, VT, 14 June 2015.

Wolf Spider

Despite my fascination with nature and science, and my fondness or critters in general, when it comes to the creepy, crawly varieties, there isn’t much love.  This is especially…

BRENT PENNINGTON Duckweed coats the surface of Fords Pond in the far northern bay on the morning of 12 July 2015.

Simple Clicks – duckweed

Duckweed.  It’s a generic term that covers a wide range of free-floating aquatic plants that appear midsummer to blanket the surface of still waters, forming a rippling green mat…

BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking on Lackawanna Lake during a cold summer rain on the afternoon of 27 June 2015.

Simple Clicks – rain on the lake

Just a few shots from my paddle in the rain, taken just before I returned to shore.  I held the TG-3 down as low to the surface of…

BRENT PENNINGTON A full golden moon rises in the east, as seen from atop the Connell Garage in downtown Scranton following First Friday on the evening of 03 July 2015.

Simple Clicks – moonrise

We lingered atop the garage after Friday night’s fireworks, waiting for the traffic to clear from the square below.  It wasn’t long after the man-made display that nature…

BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking on Lackawanna Lake during a cold summer rain on the afternoon of 27 June 2015.

Kayaking in the rain

I headed out a while back on a rainy Sunday afternoon with the little red Impulse on the roof rack and put in at Bullhead Bay, up at…

BRENT PENNINGTON Independence Day fireworks as seen from atop the Connell Garage in downtown Scranton following First Friday on the evening of 03 July 2015.

Independence Day Fireworks

Scranton put on it’s Independence Day fireworks show on Friday, as part of this month’s First Friday – after an evening covering a performance by the New Vintage…