Green Pond Marsh, a small wetland (about 20 acres) in Bethlehem Township, PA is an Audubon Society IBA (Important Bird Area) where over 180 species of birds have been sighted.
The flooded fields of Green Pond Marsh is located on Green Pond Road in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County is one of the best areas for wetland birds in the Lehigh Valley. This area has been attracting birds since the 1970’s. Wet areas such as this provide important resting and feeding stops for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other species.
Green Pond Marsh has attracted over 20 species of migratory waterfowl.
Jacobsburg State Park is a park located in in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania near Bethlehem and Easton Pennsylvania. It consists of a little over 1100 acres, the park has many trails most of which are multi use for horses, bicycles and for walking. There is one trail that is dedicated to hiking only, the photographs here are taking along that trail that follows the Bushkill Creek.
We started hiking the Henry’s Woods Trail, 1.9 miles long, from the parking area B6. The trail starts steep and rocky after a short distance it levels out and is an easy hike. The trail leads to the historic area and returns to the to the parking area.
The Henry’s Woods section of the park is a largely virgin forest.
The Jacobsburg National Historic District
The Jacobsburg National Historic District lies within the park and gives visitors insight into a colonial gun manufacturer. The Henry Rifle was once made here.
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 is the first in a series for backyard bird photography.
The first part of this blog is about how to attract birds to your backyard. First thing is to build or purchase a bird feeders. I’m going to show you how to build feeders branches from your trees. This will give you a natural setting to place you feed.
To be successful with bird photography you need to some advanced planning. To start you need a feeder to attract the birds. I build my own feeders using natural materials.
Plan your feeder to make it look natural. I build them out of drop off wood from my trees.
When you place your feeder keep in mind the angle of the sun and other elements that could cause shadows. Also watch your background, be sure you are not seeing your neighbors house or car.
I have several anchor so I can move the feeders depending on the time of the year.
My anchors are made of one inch black pipe set in cement three feet long placed into the ground 2 feet.
I use Olympus Micro Four Thirds system and the Four Thirds system,, mostly the OM-D EM-1, EM-5 Mark II and now the newest model the OM-D EM-1 Mark II..
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
Barbados is a small island located in the lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It was part of Great Britain and is now an independent nation.
I found it a good destination for scuba diving in the Caribbean. With his visibility of 50 to 75 feet and warm calm water. Below is a series of photographs taken on my recent trip. I dove with the ECO Dive located at House of Pillars, Cavens Lane, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados. (www.ecodivebarbados.com Tel. (246) 243-5816 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We went on four dive sites over two days for first was as Asta Reef in the second was Carlysle Bay Marine Park, this was my favorite diver site on the island with calm waters and 6 shipwrecks in close proximity. We were able see three on the dive. The second day we went to Shark Reef and Lobster Reef, current was strong on Shark Reef but otherwise a good dive.
ECO Dive’s boat holds six people which makes it a great place to get personal attention. Andrew Western, Instructor/Manager and Michael Waltress, Divemaster and captain of the boat did a great job showing me where to find good subjects for photography. I highly recommend that if you’re going to Barbados contact them, their service was excellent and Andrew’s knowledge of diving and photography very helpful to great photographs.
While I was searching for a place to photograph fall foliage I cam access this wonderful park located near Bangor, PA.
A land of myth and mystery located in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. The park rooted in Celtic spirituality and inspired by the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland. It’s an outdoor sanctuary open to the public as a sacred space for quiet meditation.
The Hoover Mason Trestle, at the former Bethlehem Steel Plant, used as a narrow gauge railroad to carry the coke, limestone and iron ore to make the iron from the ore yards to the blast furnaces. Now a public walkway designed to be a museum, community recreation resource and attraction. The trestle stands 46 feet tall and 2,000 feet long. Opened on June 25, the Hoover Mason Trestle located along the blast furnaces with one entrance at the Visitor Center and another at either end of the Gas Blowing Engine House providing access from the Sands parking lot or PBS 39 end of the campus.
The Hoover-Mason Trestle was completed in 1907 and named after the Chicago-based engineers who designed it. For over 80 years, cars delivered raw materials including limestone, iron ore, and coke to the blast furnaces. Men worked around the clock, in three shifts, emptying carloads of materials into storage bins below.
The blast furnaces operated continuously and required constant feeding of materials. Tons of limestone, iron ore or pellets, and coke would be loaded into the furnace in layers. Hot air was blown in near the bottom to fuel the reaction.
The Blower House generated the “wind” for the blast furnaces. Inside this building, rows of giant gas-powered engines pumped pressurized air out to the stoves. The stoves heated the air before it was forced into the furnace. This hot pressurized air reacted with the coke (fuel), producing intense heat and carbon monoxide.
Location: SteelStacks, 711 First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015