Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Peeks at Downtown

I took a stroll along King St. this morning, noting that Spring has started to appear downtown. Mostly it's flowers in gardens, Forsythia, Flowering Cleveland Pears along the street, and the always early Magnolias. The Ornamental Cherries and other dramatic bloomers are still just budding at this point. Maybe next week. But here's the scene now.

Branch Creek at King St. is starting to green up a little
Part of the garden in the little park next to Widow Piper's Tavern
The clock in front of Orrstown Bank with a Flowering Cleveland Pear
McLean House is starting to get some blooms and leaves
A small Weeping Cherry and the sculpture in the gazebo park across the street
Govardhana Hill, at Morris and King Streets, is starting to bloom
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Greening Up

Spring is finally doing its thing here. Even though we had some unseasonably cold weather last night, and will be below freezing for another night yet, still things are blooming and greening up. I'm off today and tomorrow, which means today was errands day, so as usual I went through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on my way to the grocery store. Aside from the green popping up on the ground and up in the trees, the main theme today was - Swallows. Swallows were zipping all over the surface of the north duck pond; mostly Rough-winged Swallows, but there were some Tree Swallows mixed in as well. When the Barn Swallows join in the fun, then I'll know Spring is here full blast!

Greening up in the wetland area
A Rough-winged Swallow hanging out by the creek
Rough-winged Swallows taking a breather on the outflow dock on the north duck pond
Looking north toward Blue Mountain from the top of the upland meadow
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Peeking In

Spring color is finally popping up around town. I have today off, but it's a single so today was errands day. As usual I walked through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on the way to the grocery store, and I caught these signs of encroaching Spring on the way through.

Chickweed by the ball fields
A male Red-winged Blackbird in the Dykeman Spring wetland
Daffodils along the Dykeman Walking Trail
Here come some April showers to bring more flowers
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A Walk In the Park

There's still no color in the landscape as yet, so I kept the camera set on b&w and ISO 400 as I walked to the grocery store today. Since it was a bright sunny day with a brilliant blue sky, I decided to attach my circular polarizer. That may have been a mistake; it seems to have evened the hues and contrasts out a little too much. I took a lot of shots but only three survived quality control, and they involved reflections in the north duck pond of the Dykeman Spring Nature Park. Ah well, that's what experiments are for - we learn as much from when they don't work as when they do. I have some learning to do!

© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rainy Day

The weather today is atrocious here - rain, sleet, wind, and occasional snow. I tried to go for a walk earlier, but horizontal sleet is painful. So here's a detail shot out my kitchen window: one of the arms of my feeder station a-drip with raindrops.

© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday Morning Ramble

I cut through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on my way to the grocery store this morning. I had the camera set on b&w and ISO 400 and didn't change it, just changing aperture and shutter speed as needed; I was doing an experiment, acting like it was the old, pre-color film days. I took a lot of shots, starting downtown and along the way on the other side of the park, but these three from the park are the only shots that pleased me. Enjoy!

Dykeman Spring wetlands
The creek in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park
Canada Geese on the north pond in the park
© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hand Carved

I went up to the Spring Hill Cemetery with a mission today - to get shots of the older, hand carved gravestones there. As you can see in some of the pictures, it's snowing here again, so it was a cold trip. But I like what I got, and the dim lighting of the day helped to capture the starkness in these black & white shots.

© 2014 by A. Roy Hilbinger