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 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Some More Snow

We had 3 or 4 inches of some very wet snow on Saturday morning that melted down to patches pretty quickly. Then last night we had a slow-moving Alberta Clipper move in, along with temperatures that dropped quickly into the low 20s (around -5º C) and gave us some fine, powdery snow overnight and this morning. I can't tell exactly how much we got because a stiff breeze has been blowing it around; my best guess is around 2 or 3 inches. I'm off today and tomorrow (and back to walking normally), but I was running a tad late with my errands today, so I got just a few shots on the way to the grocery store. I'll go farther afield tomorrow. Meanwhile, here are some snowy Shippensburg shots from today.

Branch Creek at King St.
The in-town farm on Hockersmith Ave.
A snowy side yard along Queen St.
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snow-Covered Rocks

We got a couple of inches of snow from another Alberta Clipper yesterday, but I couldn't get out to play in it. I did something to my right knee Tuesday and yesterday that knee was swollen and hot and I could only manage a lurching hobble in the apartment. I spent the day on the couch with Ibuprofen and an ice pack, and today it's way better, so I ventured out to do errands. I didn't want to push it with a hike through the park and the meadow (it's still somewhat stiff and I limp just a bit) so I went via the back alleys to the grocery store. And found these snow-covered rocks in an open-space public area at the corner of Ridge Ave. and Walnut St. Very Zen! 

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Whee! A Train!

Today I took a different route to the grocery store. Oh, I still visited the Dykeman Spring Nature Park, but this time instead of going up to the meadow I decided to climb up to the railroad tracks that run elevated through the park and follow them up to Baltimore Rd. And I was rewarded; a train actually came through when I was just at the right spot for good pictures. So I got shots of the engine approaching, the train passing under the Baltimore Rd. overpass, and a shot of the tracks under the overpass where all the go-no go lights and switches are. Enjoy!

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wait! What?

These scenes made me do a double take while out running errands today.

Have a seat; the wait shouldn't be too long.
I guess somebody thought they were cold.
Guardian gnomes, posted to prevent dish theft, perhaps?
© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger 

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A Foggy Sunday Morning

My first photo walk of the new year just happened to coincide with a really foggy morning; a prime photogenic setting to start the year off! I went walking through the Dykeman Spring Nature Park to check out the sights. I discovered that it was much foggier up on the meadow than down in the wetland. Still, that air of mystery that fog spreads over the landscape prevailed over all and set a mood for this year's first photo shoot. Enjoy!

© 2015 by A. Roy Hilbinger