Saturday, July 31, 2010

Hay Creek - Tiger Swallowtail

tiger swallowtail, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.

A near-perfect weather morning was all the encouragement I needed to get out for a photo walk with Max.

A little too late for sunrise and morning mist, but just right for the morning magic hour lighting.

Max and I walked the mile to Birdsboro Reservoir and lapped it. Still waters with vivid reflections were at every angle.

After the reservoir we headed down to the little dam on Hay Creek for some potential stream subject matter.

Joe-pye weeds (as pictured) align Hay Creek Road which is a favorite of butterflies and insects, but in the morning the road is shaded by the hills so not the best for photography. However, along the canal and by the stream were lots of sun lit joe-pyes loaded with butterflies.

Two hours flew by with just a little over 2 miles covered.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Teasel - Angelica Creek Park

Teasel, originally uploaded by Berks_Awhile.
Angelica Creek Park is small and subtle, but it packs in so much natural diversity.

Wildflowers, insects, birds are thriving here. Trails parallel the stream the length of the park and offer great subject matter for nature lovers.
Max and I visited on a mild temp (rare this summer) and breezy evening making macro photography especially challenging, but the ample lighting allowed for faster shutter speeds helping me get many good shots anyway.
We walked up and down both sides of the creek covering about a half mile in our short visit ending about 7:00PM.