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 is famous for its excellent wreck diving, catering to divers of all levels. Sunken vessels range from tugboats to cargo ships, and even plane fuselages.
Coral reefs lace the island’s leeward shore. Some of the best reef dive sites include Skalahein Reef, Plonco Reef, Barcadera Reef, De Palm Reef, and Mas Bango Reef, which is also excellent for snorkeling.
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..