BRENT PENNINGTON Sunset light casts long shadows in the forest along Lackawanna Lake on the evening of 23 July 2013.

This past week was another hot one.  I headed up to Lackawanna State Park on Tuesday evening, thinking that there might be some relief by the water, maybe a cool breeze.  Wishful thinking – instead, the air was dense and swampy with humidity, so thick that you could see it in the sunbeams that cut through the forest.  I felt like I should have been somewhere in the Deep South.

But aside from leaving me drenched and disgusting, it made for some great images.  Like the one above, which is the trail leading to a small point that juts out into the lake.  Every time I hike out here I shoot this scene, the trail leading through the hemlocks to the shore.  Somehow I’m never quite satisfied with the results, although this time comes pretty close.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunset light casts long shadows in the forest along Lackawanna Lake on the evening of 23 July 2013. BRENT PENNINGTON Clouds reflect in Lackawanna Lake at sunset on the evening of 23 July 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Ferns blanket the forest floor along Lackawanna Lake on the evening of 23 July 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunset warms the sky over Lackawanna Lake on the evening of 23 July 2013.

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunset warms the sky over Lackawanna Lake on the evening of 23 July 2013.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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