Monday, April 20, 2015

April Showers, April Flowers

We've been having some fairly warm weather lately, and last night into early this morning we had some serious rain, so things are really blooming in Central PA. I went wandering the streets of Shippensburg this morning taking in the Spring colors. Enjoy!

McLean House is taking on some seasonal color
And next door, Branch Creek is starting to look festive, too
Cleveland Flowering Pear trees on Neff Ave. brighten up a cloudy morning
A bright splash on Queen St.
Looking out Baltimore Rd. to South Mountain
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is It Spring Yet?

Well, well! Spring finally looks like it's creeping in around here. The temperatures are definitely warmer and Spring colors are starting to show. Not to mention some critters are appearing who either migrate or hibernate in the colder months. Yes, it's finally starting to look like Spring around here. I took pictures yesterday and today in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park to document the progress. Enjoy!

My first sighting of a Painted Turtle for the year, sunning on a fallen branch in the wetland
The woods along the wetland are definitely greening
The creek is getting festive, too
Corn Speedwell growing along the Upland Trail near the meadow
The forest floor along the Upland Trail
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, April 10, 2015


It's been pretty damp here in Central PA for the last three days - off and on showers and drizzle. Combined with temperatures above freezing, this has gotten the green started in coloring the landscape. I went through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park on the way to the grocery store this morning and got some nice, wet photos. Enjoy!

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, April 05, 2015


Spring is advancing, and the Earth is stirring. Green has begun to emerge from the brown and gray, the earliest flowers have begun to bloom, and buds begin to swell into leaves on the trees. Mama Gaia is waking up after her long Winter sleep.

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, April 03, 2015


I bought a Finch sock last weekend. For any of you who may not be familiar with it, a Finch sock is a coarse nylon bag filled with Nyjer seed, which Finches love. I put it up on Saturday, but they didn't discover it until yesterday. Both House Finches (the red heads) and Goldfinches have always seemed to like the Black Oil Sunflower seeds I keep in the flat feeder, and now with the Finch sock and the warmer weather the Finches are coming to visit in greater numbers. Wheeeee! The Goldfinches have really taken to the sock, but so far I haven't seen any House Finches checking it out, although I'm told they do like to feed from them. Maybe soon. Here are some shots from Wednesday and Thursday.

And an extra added attraction! It's raining today, and when I looked out the window I saw a busy scene - Mr. and Mrs. Red joining some Goldfinches at the flat feeder. Yup, Spring traffic is definitely picking up.

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Saturday, March 28, 2015


It's Spring-Not Spring time. By the calendar it's after the Vernal Equinox, but the temperature when I was out this morning was around 25º F (-4º C), and even colder with the wind, and there were occasional snowflakes drifting here and there from time to time. It's officially Spring, but the woods in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park are a tangle of bare branches and vines, with not a leaf or a bloom in sight. The predominant colors are gray, brown, and tan; it's only the touches of red from the bridges and the benches, and also from the brambles, that add some vibrant color to the scenery. It was these reds that decided me to keep the photos in color rather than black & white, because those few touches of color emphasize the bleakness of the general scene.

What's ironic is that it sounds like Spring. The air was full of the songs of Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Goldfinches, and surely they mean Spring. I guess it's a hopeful sign that Spring is just around the corner, these Spring migrants singing their hearts out in the cold, cold air amidst a bleak landscape.

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Walking in Spring Hill Cemetery

While checking my overnight email and catching up on all things Internet this morning I decided that I hadn't been over to Spring Hill Cemetery in a while. And since we don't have any Spring color yet and today was looking overcast and gloomy, I decided to stay in yesterday's black & white mode. So after all was done. I put on my boots and my coat and hat and headed out the door.

And got a surprise. It seems we got a dusting of snow overnight, and there were still some drifting flakes in the air. When I'd gone into the kitchen to get breakfast together it had still been dark, and I hadn't been near an uncovered window since then, so I'd had no clue. But not to worry, it just added to the mood that made b&w perfect for today's shoot.

I focused on general shots rather than on individual gravestones, plus views of the mountains from the cemetery, both Blue Mountain to the north (the second shot below) and South Mountain (the other two mountain shots). All in all I'm pleased with today's shoot; it captures the mood of the day perfectly. Enjoy!

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger