Sunday, March 01, 2015

Winter Is Still Here

It's snowing again. It's not Boston, and we haven't really gotten a lot of snow for this area this Winter, but there was still patchy snow on the ground (and some of those patches were 5 or more inches deep, depending on how much shade or sunlight affected the spot) and today's snow is evening things out some and making things look pretty again. It won't last long, though; the forecast is for it to change to a mix of sleet and freezing rain this afternoon and then all the way to rain later tonight. Oh well... At least for now it looks pretty again. I decided I needed to walk through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park at the height of the snowfall, so here are some scenes from the walk. Enjoy!

A Northern Flicker up in a tree along the Dykeman Walking Trail by the ball fields
A stream winds its way through the snow in the wetlands
Up on the upland meadow looking from the western end
Looking across the wetlands as the snow comes down harder
The wetlands with the Purple Martin house
A stretch of the Dykeman Walking Trail
Branch Creek between the ball fields with its "bridges"
And finally back home, looking across the street at the gazebo
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Here and There

Today was errands day, and I kept my eye out for interesting things while I was out running them. Tomorrow I'll have some more Nature shots as I'll have the day free and it'll be snowing again. I love taking shots in the snow!

I've been meaning to get a shot of this shed window on Lutz Ave. for a while. I finally got around to it.

This car on Fort Rd. obviously hasn't been moved in a while

This window on Burd St. is still decorated for Winter

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

From This Morning's Walk

On the way to the grocery store again this morning; here are the things that caught my attention as I walked through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park.

A Carolina Wren was foraging in the wetlands
Br'er Fox passed this way earlier in the morning
A hole melted in the snow reveals the fractal basis of the white stuff
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Out For a Walk

It was a very cold day today; I even needed earmuffs! So today's walk to the grocery store was a brisk one, but I did manage to get a few shots that caught my eye on the way. Enjoy!

Branch Creek and its "bridges" between the ball fields
Mallards on the creek in the Dykeman Spring wetlands
I walked down the tracks from the nature park and found a train heading for Harrisburg
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

On the Tracks Again

The railroad tracks going through Shippensburg follow two routes that merge (or split, depending on which way you're heading) at the Queen St./Baltimore Rd. overpass. I'm pretty sure the tracks that run about two blocks behind my house aren't used any more; I've never seen a train on them. It's these tracks that I follow out into the country to the Mennonite bulk foods store on Rowe Rd., and it's these that I followed in the opposite direction today to head for my regular grocery store. As you can see from the photos, we still have some snow hanging around. And alas, no train passed this time.

The tracks just a couple of blocks behind my house
The trestle over Earl St.
The railroad crossing at Penn St.
Approaching the Queen St./Baltimore Rd. overpass
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

On the Way to the Grocery Store...

... I walked through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park to get more photos of the park adorned in its cloak of snow. It was a bright and cold day, and shadows and reflections played a large part in the things that caught my eye on the walk. Enjoy!

Bird tracks and plant shadows etch designs on the snow in the wetland area
Canada geese (and two Mallard ducks) swim in the reflection of the Hatch House
Windswept snow and meadow grass on the upland meadow
A view of Blue Mountain from the upland meadow. As you can see from the tracks in the snow, the upland meadow is a popular sledding site.
Battleground! Two opposing snow forts just outside the east end of the meadow.
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Snowy Nature Park

We got some more snow after I got home yesterday, plus some more last night and this morning. Not a lot, just a few more inches, but it brought the total up to around 6 inches, and that's a nice, scenic cover. So I went for a walk in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park this morning; here's what I saw.

The Dykeman Walking Trail in snow
The view south from the railroad underpass, Dykeman Walking Trail
Picnic area, Dykeman Spring Nature Park
A panoramic view of the Dykeman Spring wetlands
The bridge over the creek in the Dykeman Spring Nature Park
The view north from the railroad underpass, Dykeman Walking Trail
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger