Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's Almost Autumn

It's starting to feel like Fall, even though the Autumnal Equinox is still a week away. The temperature got down to 46ºF (7.8ºC) last night, and it was in the 50s (10º - 15ºC) the whole time I was on my hike this morning. And a beautiful hike it was, walking all the trails in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park and taking note of all the signs of approaching Autumn. The Fall flowers - like the Boneset, Goldenrod, and Calico Asters pictured below - are starting to bloom, birds I'm used to seeing/hearing seem to have gotten scarce or disappeared altogether, the hawks are migrating (there were two Redtails circling above the upland meadow and there was a pair of Cooper's Hawks being harassed by Crows down by the Little League fields), and there's just a general feel of Fall in the air. So of course I'm in heaven! Here are the best shots taken during that walk. Enjoy!

Boneset growing along the Dykeman Walking Trail
A Bumblebee visiting some Goldenrod along the Dykeman Walking Trail
The hillside stairs on the Upland Trail
The view of the upland meadow from the western end
The Calico Asters are starting to bloom along the Meadow Trail
On the Meadow Trail, looking north across the meadow to Blue Mountain
Bridges across the creek as it flows between the Little League fields
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Serenity

Today was overcast but still seasonably cool, and I decided to visit some of the more serene spots in town, those places that are oases of calm and quiet set in the midst of traffic and residential areas. The little farm on Hockersmith Avenue came to mind, as did the wetland areas of the Dykeman Spring Nature Park. And I found a surprise waiting by the north duck pond in the park - a visiting Double-crested Cormorant. I'm used to seeing them around salt water rather than fresh, and they were abundant around Newport, so I choose to see this as an old friend come to see how I'm doing.






© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Monday, September 08, 2014

These Caught My Eye

Off today and tomorrow, which makes today errands day. As usual I walked to the grocery store via the Dykeman Spring Nature Park. These were the sights that caught my eye and translated to photo well. Enjoy!

A Martin house in the middle of the marsh in the Dykeman Spring wetlands
Spotted Knapweed growing along a chain link fence
A scene on the forest floor along the Upland Trail
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Along the Rail Trail

I took a leisurely stroll along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail today. At the height of Summer the rail trail is kind of boring, at least at the Shippensburg end; there are so many trees and so much foliage that scenery is blocked. But there are some clear spaces, and I got some shots there, plus two scenes amongst the greenery along the trail as well. Enjoy!

A farm along the Rail Trail
A farm road off the Rail Trail, with a very hazy Blue Mountain in the background
A sign of approaching Autumn - a fallen Sumac leaf amidst the greenery
Unknown flower growing along the Rail Trail
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Cutting Across the Meadow Again

Another single day off, and it's a cool, clear, dry day, so while running my usual single day off errands I cut across the upland meadow in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park because I knew there'd be an unusually clear view of Blue Mountain up there in this weather. I wasn't wrong. And the meadow itself was looking good, too. Enjoy!

The hay road in the meadow winding its way up the hill
A view of Blue Mountain from the meadow
A view of Blue Mountain from the meadow
Rolling hills - a view of the meadow and beyond
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Colorful Sunday Morning Walk

A Sunday off, just a single, and lots of things to do on it, so only a few pictures caught going to and from the grocery store. It's been so wet this summer, and especially during this last week, that when the sun finally comes out - as it did today - everything is so lush and colorful. Enjoy!

Still haying on the upland meadow. It was so wet this week that today was the first day he's been able to continue.
A view of the meadow and the tractor path from the east end of the meadow
A sunflower on Orange St.
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Damp Sunday Morning Stroll

As I was sipping my morning mug of chai masala while reading through the overnight entries on the blogs I follow and Facebook and doing some morning email, I heard the rain start to fall. Bummer! As this is my second day off of two, and usually dedicated to hikes with the camera, this was not good news. Well, it was a gentle rain and not steady but intermittent and I decided to hoist the umbrella and take a brief stroll through the wetlands area of the Dykeman Spring Nature Park. Here are the best shots from that stroll.

Orange Jewelweed dotted with raindrops
One of the swamp boardwalks in the wetlands
My pew in church, the bench along the north duck pond where I often sit in silence and meditation
A Monarch butterfly in a pause between showers
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger