Take a Hike
I was feeling antsy so I headed to the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve with my camera. Because it was an overcast day I knew I wouldn’t get any dramatic light and shadow photos. I decided to concentrate on patterns and textures. I was especially drawn to tree trunk patterns.
Do you see a face in the top knob?
A bark beetle made this pattern.
These horizontal marks identify this trunk from a cherry tree.
I love the texture of this pattern.
And this one.
Tell your friends to “take a hike” with art prints, home decor, tees, and more.
Nature was calling and even in 90+ degree heat I answered. I grabbed my camera and several bottles of water and headed to the Falmouth Boat Ramp parking area.
I found a shady, breezy area along the Susquehanna river to sit and read for a while. This was my view:
I really like the river and need to spend more time near it. When it got closer to evening and the temperature went down a few degrees, I set off on the Northwest River Trail.
I was the most interested in checking out the Falmouth Forest Garden in the Conoy Wetlands Nature Preserve. All the new plantings are behind fencing to protect them from deer. Here is a photo taken through the fence of Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on Purple Cone Flowers.
I also saw Zebra Swallowtails. (and yes, you have been seeing lots of photos of cone flowers on the blog lately, they seem to be a favorite photo subject this summer).
I found this rusted metal bridge along the trail and loved the orange color against the green of the foliage.
I’ll be adding more photos from my hike on my Instagram, @bethbaxterstudio
I took a short camping trip to Bald Eagle State Park last week. I woke up Monday to rain and a forecast of showers for the rest of the day. I decided to take my own advice and shoot after the rain, only this time and would take it one step further and hike during the rain.
I put on my raincoat, grabbed my camera, and set off on the footbridge trail over part of the lake.
A view from the footbridge.
I love how these leaves are glistening.
Daisies always manage to look cheerful, even on a rainy day.
This stick on the leaf looks like it was perfectly set up for a photo shoot.
Grass seed heads swaying in the breeze in front of a cloud-topped Bald Eagle Mountain.
Virginia Spiderwort blooming in the butterfly meadow.
Hint: if you take a hike in the rain protect your camera. I kept mine tucked under my raincoat, and only brought it out to take photos between the rain showers.