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BRENT PENNINGTON Moonlight shots of Chittenden Dam, merged in HDR and Tone Mapped to show stars, yet details in the landscape as well.

That time I went shooting at midnight in Vermont…

I’m feeling nostalgic today, so I’m going to tell you a story. I made the photo above many years ago, back in 2007, when I was in Vermont…

BRENT PENNINGTON An adult Red-tailed Hawk perches, almost posing for photos, at the Sevensky home in Clarks Summit, PA, on the afternoon of 16 July 2015. This hawk is one of three, a mated pair and a juvenile, that has frequented the Sevenskys for several weeks.

Red-tailed Hawk Adventures: part 2

In my last post, I discussed the framework for my encounter with the Red-tailed Hawks at Paul’s house, their unusual behavior and our theories regarding it.  Today I’m…

BRENT PENNINGTON An adult Red-tailed Hawk perches, almost posing for photos, at the Sevensky home in Clarks Summit, PA, on the afternoon of 16 July 2015. This hawk is one of three, a mated pair and a juvenile, that has frequented the Sevenskys for several weeks.

Red-tailed Hawk Adventures: part 1

You know when you have an experience that is so great – that’s just so frigging amazing – that you can’t put it into words?  That’s what’s happened…

BRENT PENNINGTON Orion and its neighbors hang in velvet above Tobyhanna Lake, as seen from the north shore prior to sunrise on the morning of 19 September 2015.

Adventures (and failures) in camping

We went camping two weekends ago, for the very first time.  Technically I went camping once before, when I was about five years old.  It rained the whole…

BRENT PENNINGTON View down to Little Pine Lake from the hillside at Little Pine State Park, on the afternoon of 29 August 2015.

Little Pine State Park: I should’ve brought the boat!

The final stop on my State Park Blitz was Little Pine State Park, which sits north of the town of Waterville, tucked partway up the mountains on the…

BRENT PENNINGTON Upper Pine Bottom Run defines Upper Pine Bottom State Park, near Waterville, PA, photographed on the afternoon of 29 August 2015.

Upper Pine Bottom State Park: the postage stamp park

Pulling into the parking lot at Upper Pine Bottom State Park, I’ll be honest and admit that I said, out loud, “This is it?” followed by some speculation…

BRENT PENNINGTON Rauchtown Run tumbles through the vibrant green forest in Ravensburg State Park on the afternoon of 29 August 2015.

Ravensburg State Park: shades of green

From RB Winter, it’s a half-hour drive to Ravensburg State Park, which sits only nine miles away, as the crow flies.  By road it’s a less direct route,…

BRENT PENNINGTON Handlaid sandstone dam holding back Halfway Lake at Raymond B Winter State Park on the afternoon of 29 August 2015.

Raymond B. Winter State Park: a heck of a nice place

In my original plan, Raymond B. Winter State Park was my stopping point for the day.  I’d drive out, check out the other parks on the way, and…

BRENT PENNINGTON Rapid Run spills over the tiny, geometric dam at Sand Bridge State Park on the afternoon of 29 August 2015. Photographed during the State Park Blitz.

Sand Bridge State Park: a good place for a picnic

As I mentioned in a previous post, in my mind state parks are always big.  The few that Vermont has are always good sized; some of New York’s…

BRENT PENNINGTON Milton State Park, situated in the midst of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Milton, PA. Photographed during the State Park Blitz on the morning of 29 August 2015.

Milton State Park: an island in the stream

Saturday morning and I was on the road by seven, heading south to I-80 and then west, towards the center of Pennsylvania, that region that looks so empty…

BRENT PENNINGTON The surface of Beltzville Lake is a mirror, reflecting a sky just clearing of fog. Beltzville State Park, the morning of 28 August 2015.

Beltzville State Park: on the big waters

Beltzville State Park lies an hour’s drive south of Scranton, down the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  On the map, it’s a brilliant splash of blue amid…

BRENT PENNINGTON Fog clings to the evergreen forest around Wild Creek, just upstream from Wild Creek Cove on Beltzville Lake, in Beltzville State Park, on the morning of 28 August 2015.

State Park Blitz: a Central PA Adventure

For the last weekend in August, I decided that I needed to do something special to celebrate the last weekend of summer.  As I’ve mentioned before, one of…