Summer Flowers at Jacobsburg State Park

The rolling terrain of Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center is on the northern edge of the Lehigh Valley near the foothills of the Kittatinny Ridge. Habitats range from fields in various stages of successional growth to mature forests dominated by oak trees.

Approximately 2.5 miles of the beautiful Bushkill Creek and its tributary, Sobers Run, wind through the park property.

Photographs taken at the butterfly garden in front of the visitor center and the Native Plant Garden

A Day at the Zoo

Lehigh Valley Zoo located in the heart of the Trexler Nature Preserve, is home to more than 325 animal ambassadors representing over 125 species.

Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Trexler Nature Preserve has played a significant role in saving the North American bison from extinction by providing a place where both bison and elk could roam freely undisturbed. In 1935, the County of Lehigh took ownership of the Preserve and, in 1974, construction began on the Preserve’s 29-acre Zoo. In 2004, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society assumed management of the Zoo, as well as the daily management of the bison and elk herd and the palominos in the 1,100-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.

Christmas Lights along Main St

Bethlehem is located in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania
Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf named a small settlement of Moravian missionaries Bethlehem on Christmas Eve 1741.
Bethlehem was named the “Christmas City” in 1937.

What’s in Bob’s bag?
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
OM-D E-M1 Mark IIl
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro

Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
UV Filters

A trip through the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes a group of eleven long, narrow, roughly north–south lakes in the Finger Lakes region in of New York. The geological term refers to a long, narrow lake in an over deepened glacial valley.

The region is known for producing excellent wine. If also has a number of breweries, distilleries and hard-cider producers.

Outdoors activity’s include hiking, biking, boating and fishing. There are also state parks with scenic trails including a number of waterfalls.

What’s in Bob’s bag?
OM-D E-M1 Mark IIl
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro

Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
UV Filters

Butterflies, Bees & Wildflowers

Photos taken at the Butterfly Garden in front of the Jacobsburg State Park Visitor Center and the Hummingbird area.

What’s in Bob’s bag?
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro

Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
UV Filters

Frogs at Jacobsburg State Park

Located in the Hummingbird area of the park is a small pond with frogs. I went there recently to photograph Hummingbirds, I did not find any birds instead I found frogs.

What’s in Bob’s bag?

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
  • M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
  • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
  • M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
  •  Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
  • Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
  • Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • UV Filters

A morning with the birds

What’s in Bob’s bag?

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
  • M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
  • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
  • M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
  •  Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
  • Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
  • Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • UV Filters

Flowers in the Studio

The photos were take with an Olympus OM-M EM1 Mark II with a M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens. Lighting was done with a small LED flashlight. Images were created using either focus stacking or LiveComp.

Sunsets in Aruba

The Caribbean sun starts to descend late in the evening as the day turn to night. Depending on the color of the sky and how much clouds you get a different type of sunset each night.

What’s in Bob’s bag?

  • OM-D E-M1 Mark II
  • M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 300mm F4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
  • M.Zuiko Digital 2X Teleconverter MC-20
  • M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye Pro
  • M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
  • M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
  • M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
  •  Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head
  • Manfrotto 265CB CF Tripod
  • Manfrotto 290 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • UV Filters