BRENT PENNINGTON A Great Blue Heron hunts in the reeds at Lackawanna State Park on the evening of 23 May 2015.

Saturday evening I drove up to Lackawanna State Park with the little red Impulse, really more interested in paddling for the sake of paddling, but with the camera in the Pelican Case for insurance.  We all know that the one time you go out without the camera, is the time when you see something amazing.  On the other hand, bringing the camera along ensures a mundane outing, which is what I got.

The park was abuzz with visitors for Memorial Day weekend; some group had rented the pavilion on the main shore and had a karaoke machine going, while eastern shore where I launched was lined with fishermen, and the lake itself was filled with boats, including a number of rentals.  Any wildlife had long departed for more secluded quarters, although I have to say that it was pleasing to see so many people enjoying the park and making use of its excellent facilities.

There was a lone Great Blue Heron in some reeds, and I had a few sightings of the usual lake dwellers – Red-winged Blackbirds and some Canada Geese with goslings – but nothing that was camera-worthy.

It was an evening for a good paddle, which is what I got, amid a bevy of folks that I really didn’t mind after the isolation I’d felt at Bradys Lake the day before.

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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