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Simple Clicks – Susquehanna Evening

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I spent time this past week out on the Susquehanna River, putting the Tarpon in at Falls and paddling upstream in my usual pattern, to the islands that finally block my progress about three miles up.  Instead of challenging the current, I crossed the river and paddled up into the mud islands, exploring the channels between them and seeing how they had changed.  The water was lower on this trip than on any of my previous visits, so there was a lot more shoreline exposed, and the mud islands were both larger and more numerous.  Some of the channels between them had even dried out. Read more »

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Simple Clicks – foggy creek

140820_LSP04South Branch of Tunkhannock Creek at sunrise this past week.  If you look closely, you’ll see that it’s there – those first signs of autumn.  The final waves of wildflowers, the slight turning of the grasses, the first tinge of color on the shoreline.  Summer is fleeting now.

 

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Simple Clicks – moonset

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From the morning of 10 August, while I was on my way to Fords Pond for some sunrise kayaking.  I was passing Abington Area Community Park, almost to the pond, when I saw the moon over the far hill and knew I had to get a photo, and quick.  I pulled into the field across from the park with the idea that using the cornfield as a foreground might work.  Turns out it wasn’t quite right, but this field filled with Queen Anne’s Lace was perfect. Read more »

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Simple Clicks – on the hunt

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Okay, so maybe it’s a bit of a butt shot, but it was too visually interesting for me to toss it.  And in my defense, you can see this heron’s face, so that’s something.  But what mainly attracts me are two things:  first, the intensity of the pose.  This guy didn’t care that I was there – not at all.  All his attention is on the hunt, and some little fish is about to have a very bad morning because of it.  Second, the light; he stepped into this brighter spot as I took the photo and it totally works, especially with the darker shaded area behind him.

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Simple Clicks – River Killdeer

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Nope, not some rare subset of the species, you won’t find a “River Killdeer” in any birding books.  This is just a Killdeer who happens to live on the Susquehanna.  Or was stopping over, or visiting grandma, or whatever it is Killdeer do besides eat, sleep, and the other thing.  This photo is from June, on a morning paddle up the river from Falls, PA.  It’s my usual track, up from the launch to to the mud islands and, if I’m feeling masochistic, up the side of the first mid-channel island, against a miserable current that I always have to give in to. Read more »

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Spotted Sandpiper

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Meet the Spotted Sandpiper, a more frequent citizen of inland Pennsylvania than you might imagine.  If you’re like me, then sandpipers are a kind of generic group of birds, pretty much anything you see at the beach with long legs that runs around in the tidal area.  Well, it turns out that it’s a little more complicated than that (big surprise; what isn’t?).  Belonging to a different family than the Killdeer I shared photos of in my last post, the two birds nevertheless look a lot alike, both physically and in terms of their behavior.  Which makes sense, seeing as they share similar habitats, the Spotted Sandpiper actually appearing all across North America. Read more »

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Killdeer at Prompton

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Found this guy up at Prompton Lake last week during a sunset paddle.  I drove up in hopes that the cloud-studded sky would last through sunset and produce some great drama over the lake.  That was a flop – the clouds all evaporated just before sunset.  But as I was launching the kayak I was surprised the by amount of plover activity along the shore right near the boat launch.  Of course, my activity getting out on the water flushed them all, but I paddled to the opposite shore, which was still in the sun, and found that there were still plenty of little birds there. Read more »

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Simple Clicks – Prompton sunset

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunset over Prompton Lake on the evening of 08 August 2014.

Another evening spent on the water and I’m the better for it.  Aside from coming home refreshed, with a good workout and clear mind, I came home with some great photos as well, including some nice plover action that I’ll share soon.  The second half of my paddle was just a paddle, no wildlife, but I stopped a few times for some sunset photos along the way.   Read more »

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Simple Clicks – Red-tailed Hawk

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While helping Paul with some computer issues last Friday I had the chance to get a look at the friendly neighborhood hawk.  Actually, one of the hawks – there’s a mated pair living in the area.  We think their nest is back up the hill a little, behind the development, but they not only circle the area, but frequently land in the trees in Paul’s yard, and in his neighbors’.  They’ve got a good habitat in their area – plenty of small rodents and Paul’s birdfeeders, which are like a buffet to a hawk.

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Frances Walter Dam

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Headed out to the Frances Walter Dam one evening a few weeks back with the idea that I’d be on the water through sunset and could grab some really great shots.  The geology around the dam is unique in this area, a lot of rocky bluffs and boulders, a much more rugged appearance than the usual.  I figured that the rocky shore, some warm sunset light, hopefully some good cloud formations, and I’d come home with photos I’d be happy with.

Guess again…

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