Wolf Sanctuary of PA

animals, Photography

Earlier this year we visited the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, which is located in Lititz. It is home to a variety of wolf packs. And an education facility for those looking to tour and learn about wolves. You can take a tour most Saturdays and Sundays, it is just $12 a person. You can also reserve a tour on a Tuesday or a Thursday for $15 a person. Additionally, they offer private tours and full moon tours. You can find out more by visiting their website.

The wolf sanctuary provides refuge to these wolves, since PA is not a natural residence for wolves. They provide food and a land for them and also happily accepts donations. You can sponsor a wolf by visiting their membership page. It can help the sanctuary provide and meet the wolves needs. You can also purchase gift certificates, donate, or purchase merchandise here.

It’s an interesting experience and you’ll learn a lot about the wolf packs. Plus, you’ll get to watch the caretakers feed them and see the unique personalities that each of them have. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever in the area.

ZooAmerica

animals, Photography, Zoo

ZooAmerica is located in Hershey, PA and is associated with Hershey Park Entertainment and Resorts. In fact, it is adjacent to HersheyPark. You can visit the zoo separately or as part of your day at the park.

The zoo is open year around and spans 11 acres. If you want a special, check out $5.50 Fridays, which runs from January 29th-March 18th this year. They also offer an annual community weekend (no charge for tickets). The event took place this past weekend (January 30th-31st).

Learn more about the zoo by visiting their webpage, they offer education programs, behind the scenes tours and information on conservation. ZooAmerica’s page also features a kid’s section (including information on birthday parties). You can also learn how to get involved including employment, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing.

 

Winter Storm Jonas

nature, outdoors, Photography, scenic, woods

Winter Storm Jonas definitely didn’t fall short of expectation. At least not in our area! We got hit with more than 24″ of snow in two days. And most of it fell Saturday.

Our area was actually experiencing a pretty warm winter up until recently. Then it started to get colder and eventually “crap hit the fan,” and winter decided to come all at once…

Saturday felt like a never-ending storm. Snow continued to pile up and the wind was relentless. But Sunday was like “the calm after the storm.” Although the shoveling wasn’t fun, the views were absolutely breathtaking. Here are a few shots from our backyard. Did I ever mention that I love this view?!

Ducks in the Snow

nature, outdoors, Photography, scenic, Winter

I don’t know about you, but where I live, we’re currently experiencing a Ducks in Winterwarm winter. I almost have to remind myself that it’s December. We’ve had highs in the 60’s. So I thought I’d take today to reflect back on past winters. This picture was taken in December of 2012. We had an incredible snowfall and decided it was the perfect excuse to get out the camera. This is one of my favorite shots of the ones we took. How often do you see  ducks in the snow?

Christmas Kitty

animals, holiday, Photography

ShadowThanksgiving has officially passed, which means we’re setting up for Christmas in our household. We set up the tree, hung the stockings, and put out my collection of Nutcrackers. To quote Meredith Wilson, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” And we’re not the only ones enjoying the festiveness. If you’ve seen any cat/Christmas memes or vids, you know all too well, that cats have a “special” relationship with Christmas trees. Luckily for us, our cats don’t knock it over or try to climb it (maybe because it’s artificial?). However, they do love to lay underneath it. And Shadow (the cat pictured here) likes to chew on the fake pine needles (she has an obsession with plastic…). Anyway, this picture was taken with her laying on the arm of the couch with the tree lights in the background. Keep in mind, for your holiday photos, Christmas lights make for great bokeh! Anyway, we hope you had a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the season!

Autumn Leaves

Photography, scenic, Travel

A couple years ago, my husband and I took a trip to the PA Wilds. The area is breathtaking during the fall color change. You can see vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds. It’s really quite remarkable. And now that fall is on its way out, it seems like a good time to remember the beautiful start of the season. So enjoy these awesome warm colors while you can and get ready to bundle up because winter is right around the corner.

 

Sunset in OBX

Photography, Travel

The night crept up on us this evening. We had prepared to ride out in the
boat to a local island. However, the four of us couldn’t all ride in the boat at once, especially with all the gear. So, my stepdad (the captain) had an Sunsetidea to basically ferry us over. My mom awaited at a local marina, as my stepdad drove my husband and I towards the island. On the way, we caught the glimpse of dolphins swimming near by. However, as we got further out from the bay we made the realization that the water was just too choppy. In the end it turned out to be a good thing, because dusk was creeping in quickly.  We turned around and were dropped off at the marina where we had left our car and my mom awaited. My mom and stepdad took the boat back to the shore-house, as my husband and I picked up the car. We beat them home just in time to catch this stunning image of the two of them arriving. Although we may not have made it to the local island, between the dolphins and the sunset, it was definitely worth the short trip!

HMPS Apple Fall Fest 2015

events, Photography, Travel

The end of daylight savings time reminds us that autumn is in full swing Pumpkins 2015and winter is just around the corner. One of the things we love most about the season is the beautiful array of colors from fall leaves to festive gourds.

This photo was taken at the Haldeman Mansion Apple Fall Fest. It’s an annual event that takes place in Bainbridge, PA every October. The mansion is a historical building, birthplace of Samuel Haldeman. The event offers attendees the ability to tour the grounds and enjoy old fashioned fun. And what’s a festival without some delicious eats!? There are a number of tasty menu items including the ever popular apple dumplings. You can learn more about the event by visiting the HMPS website.

Enjoy the fall season and get ready, because winter’s coming! And no, that’s not a Game of Thrones reference.

The Beach Life in Avalon, NJ

Beach, Ocean, Photography, Travel

This past weekend was spent in Avalon, NJ. We had some pretty breathtaking views and beautiful weather.

One of our regular places to visit is the Avalon Marine Center, many of the photos in the gallery are from that location. My husband also enjoys dabbling in occasional astrophotography. He was hoping to get a few star photos this past weekend, but the light pollution and clouds didn’t allow that to happen. Although, he did get a few night shots, one of which is included in the gallery below.

The area is absolutely beautiful. Avalon is located near Cape May, Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor. We actually visited the Cape May Zoo on this trip, which will be featured in next week’s blog. It’s a free zoo, based on donation. And, definitely worth the visit! Come back next Monday to learn more about that.

Do you have any favorite vacation spots or beaches that you visit regularly? Please share in the comments section below.

Living outside of town

nature, Photography, wildlife

I recall thinking that one day I wanted to live just outside of town. A place where you could be in nature, but within minutes of stores. Years later I ended up marrying a man who wanted the exact same thing. And, already owned a place that fit the description. How perfect…

One of the things I love most about living here is the constant wildlife. On a regular occasion we see birds, squirrels and groundhogs. We’ve also seen chipmunks, snakes and deer. But one of the coolest sights was when two turkey hens came wobbling through our yard with about a dozen babies. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any good photos of that on our memory cards. However, I did happen to find these three pictures to share. You’ll see a baby robin on our front porch, a blue jay resting in the backyard and what I believe is a garter snake in the grass.

This lifestyle may not be for everyone. Living outside of town can come with its negatives like not being in walking distance to shops and it also comes with more bugs. However, it does have its perks, such as being closer to nature, having real bonfires in the backyard, less light pollution and seeing various wildlife. It’s the perfect location for a writer/hobbyist photographer.