Adventure16: Spring's late arrival

April 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Our first planned camping trip of the season had us pushing winter out, and ushering spring in.  We had not anticipated leaving for our trip in the snow!  And while that wasn't ideal, it did make the drive kind of pretty.  

Even the ice buildup on the rear view mirror was kind of pretty (?).

We lost the snow about an hour before we arrived in central Pennsylvania.  And after setting up, getting some dinner and a good nights sleep, we woke up to spring.  Finally.  Only a month late.  Over the years, I have realized that one thing that draws me in when taking photographs is color. And I love spring color (in reality, these actually have me thinking summer!)

While I am out taking photos, my other half enjoys fly fishing.  The photo above and all of the remaining photographs were taken at Spring Creek (Bellefonte PA) in an area called Fisherman's Paradise.  I don't fish, but I do love this paradise.  (And lucky for us, we were able to meet up with our son on this trip!) 

While waiting for the anglers to wrap up their evening of fishing, I played with some long exposure photographs of the stream.  The longer exposure gives me a feel for the 'flow' of the water.  While the water was high and fast, the long exposure gave me the feel of tranquility on the stream.  (I have another little trip planned in the next week, and this long exposure exercise is a little practice for what's to come, stay tuned!)

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I also checked in on some of the birds I've have found in recent years in the area to see if they were back.  I found the momma eagle sitting on the nest (indicating little ones either recently hatched or ready to hatch) - the distance to the nest is a bit far for decent photos though.  And last year I located some wood ducks, and they are there again this year.  Unfortunately this year, there was signage preventing me to get close to the water, but I had my little zoom scouting camera with me so was able to capture a few photos.  Such a lovely couple!

And while I find tree swallows 'easy' to photograph (they don't seem to spook as easily as most other birds), I still love their iridescent color and can't resist taking a photograph.

And any time I see a bluebird, I have to take a picture.

All photographs were taken with a Canon 5Dm2, 6D or SX60HS and lenses used were a Canon EF 24-70mm 2.8L USM and a Sigma 105mm 2.8 DG Macro HSM.

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