Rock Run Waterfall (monochrome)

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , on 02/05/2013 by Hermit Dude

Annual Trek Countdown

This monochrome photo of a waterfall was taken near the small town of Emporium, Pennsylvania March 26th of 2010. I am looking forward to my annual trek so I can photograph this waterfall again, which requires a fairly rugged hike to access.

This nice looking waterfall is located just off the Bucktail Path which is a 34-mile hiking trail between Emporium and Sinnemahoning, Pa.; normally I try to visit this area between mid-March and mid-April, since before the middle of March the steep trail descending to the waterfall is snow covered and quite slippery, and after about the middle of April rattlesnakes can be encountered. Since I usually have a dog with me I try to avoid rattler encounters.


Summer Train

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , , on 07/26/2012 by Hermit Dude

Scene captured near the small town of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Photo enhanced with Photoscape using a water-painting effect. Image

Monochrome Mood

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , on 07/22/2012 by Hermit Dude

Experimental photo taken with an aging Kodak z612 digital camera.Image

Full Moon conversing with Photographer

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , , , on 05/06/2012 by Hermit Dude

I figured 30 million other people posted the same photo from the evening of May 5th, but it took me the better part of a half-hour to get this photo, so I am posting it anyway. It sure was a nice evening for photography, and viewing this full moon was quite rewarding. This shot was taken about eight miles north of Emporium, Pennsylvania. Image

Train in The Rain

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 04/25/2012 by Hermit Dude

Living next to railroad tracks does have benefits. During a hard rain I heard the train approaching and grabbed my Olympus 850 pocket camera. I stood under an awning to take the photo from my back door. Thinking up a title for the resulting photo was quite easy. Life in north-central Pennsylvania is replete with photo opportunitiesImage.

Top of The World

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , , on 04/24/2012 by Hermit Dude

Normally I create posts sequentially, but decided to make an exception. The photos shown are from an area the locals refer to as “Top of The World”. The sign near this scenic spot merely says Scenic Overlook. It is near the small town of Driftwood, Pennsylvania. I describe my photography as “hit or miss”. Hopefully at least one of the included photos will be to your liking. Enjoy the views I captured of the Allegheny Mountains in north-central Pennsylvania.


Evening Gazing

Posted in Outdoor Activities with tags , , , , , , on 04/23/2012 by Hermit Dude

ImageNot far from the small town of Driftwood, Pa. is a Scenic Overlook. The locals refer to it as “Top of The World” and it does indeed command a good view of the surrounding area. The bumpy and narrow road to this overlook can be accessed by following route 555 out of Driftwood a couple of miles and on the right look for a sign that says Fred Woods Trail. There will also be a road sign for Mason Hill road. They are both the same; make a right at the top of the hill and after a short drive the parking area will be reached.

ImageMy party and I arrived just before the sun touched the distant hills.

ImageThe sunset seemed to be secondary though. Most of the other visitors were waiting for the moon to rise.

ImageA canoe/kayak race was scheduled for the following day, April 7th 2012. One of the race participants was enjoying the evening scenery.

ImageWhile waiting for the moon to rise I snapped a few shots from different angles.



ImageWhile waiting for the moon to rise three whitetail doe fed across a field. I could have switched to a “wildlife lens” and obtained a better shot, but it was quite cold and windy so I went with the Canon 18-135mm lens attached to my DSLR, thus keeping my hands a little warmer.

ImageInstead of “Waiting for The Sun” as the late Jim Morrison sang about decades ago, all present were waiting for the moon to rise.




ImageTwo visitors dressed for the rather chilly April weather gaze at the small orb. The wind was howling and the air quickly became colder after the sun set, but the adventure was worth the price of admission. Thank You for viewing this post.