Sunday, July 26, 2015


A hot summer day
Nature dozes quietly
to sounds of trickling water

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, July 19, 2015


I was out early for a walk. It was hot and sultry even as early as it was, and I sought shade and a slight breeze on a bench by the duck pond under a large Black Locust tree. I looked up and saw this - a deep, multi-layered, delicate tracery of browns and greens that pulled my gaze up and in. My morning was complete!

Photo © 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, July 17, 2015

An Unexpected Gift

I went across town to Burd Run to chronicle its run from where it passes under Rt. 11 through the Brookside Ave. wetland and into the riparian restoration park off Britton Rd. I got blindsided only halfway through that project; there was a juvenile Great Blue Heron fishing in the collection pond in the wetland, and it actually let me spend close to half an hour with it. Granted, I was across the pond from it and standing very still. But it was aware of my presence; there had been two birds, but the other flew off as soon as it saw me, and the remaining subject of my shoot would pause every now and then to stare at me and make sure I wasn't about to make any threatening moves. I got other pictures in the course of my walk, but they'll have to wait for another day. It's not often I get to visit with a special bird, especially one that is so infrequent in these parts. It was indeed a gift!

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Morning Glories

"A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."
– Walt Whitman

I am one
who eats his breakfast
gazing at morning glories.
– Bashõ 

Photo © 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Worship Service

"Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground."
– Exodus 3:5

And now, the hymn*:

* click the YouTube icon in the lower right of the video frame to see the explanation of the music and the English translation of the lyrics
Photos © 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Leisurely Stroll on the Rail Trail

Today was a knock-yer-eyes-out gorgeous day - sunny, warm, and low humidity. And I hadn't walked up the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail in a while. So since I'm on vacation, it seemed like a good idea today to get on up there. I had an ulterior motive to walking up there, too: Sensenig Farm, right next to the Rail Trail on Duncan Road, has a produce stand, and I had a hankering for fresh veggies. So on the Trail I went.

Unfortunately, it's still too early for veggies. I keep forgetting it's only the first half of July; we had such an unseasonably warm May that my internal calendar was sure things were well into the growing season two months and lots of hot and wet and humid days since. Not true, alas! Oh well, at least there was lots to look at, and a gorgeous breeze out of the northwest as well, so the walk was good. And look here, I've brought back some things for you to look at. Enjoy!

The Raspberries along the trail are ripe! I gorged all the way up and back.
A look north from the trail over the Cumberland Valley farms to the mountains beyond
Another view to the north
Looks like it's "No Vacancy" at this Purple Martin house on the Sensenig's farm
Hmmmm... Whoever was driving this tractor must have gone home to lunch!
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, July 10, 2015

A Visit To Conodoguinet Creek

I decided to take a long hike out to Conodoguinet Creek, north of here and basically running up the middle of the Cumberland Valley to the Susquehanna River; our local Branch Creek/Middle Spring Creek runs into it, and I've always wanted to get out there. Today was a great day for it, although still a bit warm, so I made sure to bring a bottle of homemade iced tea along. It turned out to be a 14 mile (22.5 kilometer) hike on the loop out and back that I chose. Needless to say, the first thing I did when I came back was take a long nap! Here are the shots I took on this particular photo safari. Enjoy!

The view towards Blue Mountain from the top of Orrstown Rd. on the hike out to the creek
The first contact with Conodoguinet Creek, along Hickory Run Rd., looking upstream
The same spot, looking downstream
The local swimming hole on Hickory Run Rd.; note the rope swing used to get out over the deepest part of the creek
Looking upstream from the Roxbury Rd. bridge in Mongul, PA
And looking downstream from the bridge
Looking northwest across the Cumberland Valley from the top of Mongul Hill Rd. on the way back home
Another view across the valley from the top of Mongul Hill Rd.
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger