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.
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
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
Aruba’s Butterfly Farm is an unforgettable encounter with nature in all its beauty and diversity. Step into a tropical garden teeming with butterflies and birds, the world’s most colorful creatures. The butterfly farm is a rare opportunity for photography and a sure delight for visitors of all ages
The Raymondskill Falls are located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (N41° 17.413? W74° 50.461). The falls are a series of three cascading waterfalls making them the highest falls in Pennsylvania, totaling about 150 feet in height.
There are two viewing areas, one above the top waterfall and one near the bottom of the second drop. The trail between them is short, fairly step and uneven.
There are two parking areas. Following the trail to your right will take you from the upper parking lot to the viewing area showing you a view of the pool and the top of the falls.
From the upper viewing area follow the trail down to the lower viewing area. This viewing area provides a great photo opportunity of the falls. This viewing area is accessed from a trail from the upper falls or from the lower parking lot.
During periods of high water you’ll be able to see another narrow waterfall flowing just to the side of lowest tier.
There are no marked trails to the bottom of the falls. There is a trail that can be seen on the other side of the fence that leads down to the bottom. The trail is narrow and very slippery, use extreme caution.
There are four waterfalls that are further upstream. These range in height from 10 to 25 feet tall, but are powerful when Raymondskill Falls is flowing well. To get to these falls, from the top of the upper waterfalls, go over a small hill. At the top of the hill, you’ll see a path that follows along Raymondskill Creek. The underbrush is very sparse, making it easy to make your own path along the creek. The banks are steep making photographs of these waterfalls difficult.
Another way to view falls up stream you can drive up Raymondskill Road. Turn left out of the parking area and go to the first bridge, the last of the four waterfalls is visible from the bridge. There is a small parking area just past the bridge. Cross the road proceed through the woods on the left side of the creek. The underbrush is very sparse, making it easy to make your own path along the creek.
This was our seventh Aruba Photo Safari. This year we spent more time touring and photographing the island. In the sixteen years I have been visiting Aruba I have never seen the water as rough and currents as strong as this year. Carlos from Mermaid Sport Dives told us it was because of high winds and storms out in the Atlantic.
Olympus OM-D/EM1 Mark II in a was PT-EP14 Underwater Housing and PPO-E04 Dome Lens Port use for the underwater photographs. Lighting was two Fantasea Radiant 1600 Video Lights. OM-D/EM1 Mark II was used for all the land photographs.
What’s in Bob’s Bag:
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
ED Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens
MMF-3 Four Thirds Adapter
EC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
Olympus Tough TG‑4