I had big plans a couple of weeks back to spend an evening kayaking on Lake Jean, down at Rickets Glen State Park. It was going to be my first time on Lake Jean – prior to this I’ve only ever hiked the waterfall trail in the glen itself.
Fortunately, someone pointed out that the lake is currently fully drawn down while the dam is being repaired, saving me a half-hour drive out to the park for naught. So instead, I stopped by Frances Slocum State Park an hour or so before sunset and managed to paddle the entire U-shaped lake, and grab a few good shots in the process.
Late summer evenings are some of the best – the light is warm and good, and down in the Pennsylvania hills it moves in bands between clouds and the mountaintops. But mainly it was a nice chance to stretch out on the water.
Oh, and here’s a portrait of John the Heron in this lovely, soft twilight light. This looks to me like a juvenile Great Blue, perhaps in his first year. I didn’t think I’d get the shot, as I had left the 70-300mm at home and brought the 35-100mm instead. But with the kayak drifting in the general direction of his log, he simply stared me down as I closed the distance and came away with one good, sharp photo.