BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking along the northern shore of Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

The second stop on my Great May Photo Expedition was Tobyhanna State Park, where I launched the kayak for a windy late-morning paddle.  I’m normally a on-the-water-at-dawn sort of guy, but I almost didn’t go out this morning, as the temperatures had plummeted down to the upper 30s overnight.  But by 9am I was heading out from shore into some decent wind-blown waves, and was glad for it.

BRENT PENNINGTON An Eastern Kingbird at Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

The birding was light at Tobyhanna, probably due to a combination of my timing, the temperature, and the wind.  I got a decent shot of the Eastern Kingbird pictured above, but my only other avian subject was the remains below, which I believe are from a Wild Turkey.

BRENT PENNINGTON Remains, likely of a Wild Turkey, rest on a hummock in the marshy western end of Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, PA, on the morning of 22 May 2015. BRENT PENNINGTON Remains, likely of a Wild Turkey, rest on a hummock in the marshy western end of Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, PA, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

A little morbid, perhaps, but it’s part of the natural cycle.

BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking in the western marsh on Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015. BRENT PENNINGTON Kayaking in the northern feeder creek of Tobyhanna Lake, where a beaver dam blocks further progress.  Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

The landscape shots above are taken with the TG-3, as I didn’t really want the E-M5 out in the wind.

BRENT PENNINGTON A mother White-tail Deer and her fawn feed on the water's edge on Tobyhanna Lake, Tobyhanna State Park, on the morning of 22 May 2015.

The final photo is pretty lousy – it really shouldn’t have made the cut, but the subject matter was too good.  A White-tail Deer doe and her fawn stepped out of the lakeside brush for a few minutes.  The doe was feeding on the leaves, while her fawn suckled.  Unfortunately I was across the lake at the time and although I managed to close the distance, I was out in an exposed section of the lake, bucking on the waves while trying to get a photo, and it came out badly.

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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