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We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Vibrant Colors in the Wild

Recently we were sitting for hours watching an Eagles nest but got little cooperation from the Eagles.  There was one Eaglet in the nest and one mature keeping an eye on us but after a couple hours it seemed apparent that we wouldn't be getting any good pictures this day.  Sitting along the beautiful stream was quite relaxing so the fact that the Eagles weren't in the mood for picture taking really didn't bother us.  Any time in the arms of nature are golden to us.  After enough time had passed without any real activity we began to discuss pulling out and heading back to the truck.  Moments later we caught a bit of color and movement to our left and watched carefully to see what caused this flash of brilliant color. Sure enough, two Baltimore Orioles were dancing from limb to limb on a nearby Maple tree.  As we watched through the 600mm and the binoculars it became more apparent why they were so attracted to this tree.   As everyone knows, the seedlings on a maple tree resemble  clusters of little helicopter like spinners.  Apparently the Baltimore Orioles are quite aware that these little helicopter clusters have loads of tiny green worms that must be quite tasty.  Suddenly the Eagles weren't quite so important and the Baltimore Orioles took center stage.  One of these photos show this vibrantly colored Oriole stretching for all he was worth and upside down while trying to reach an especially delicious looking worm.  By the way, he got it!


Wonders in Nature

Nature is simply overflowing with amazing sights and sounds and recently this was once again confirmed.   We had the opportunity of photographing a newborn fawn but not just your normal everyday run of the mill brown fawn.  Now don't get me wrong. any fawn is a sight to behold but a white fawn is over the top.  I might add that that it gets even better because there wasn't just one, there were actually two.  We had an awesome evening photographing this wonder of nature.  Early in the evening the fawn was very wary of us.  We tried to give it enough space so as to not feel threatened but as the night went on it seemed to realize that we weren't going to do it any harm and it was quite calm and allowed us to capture many memorable images.
This was so amazing for us because this would be the second pair of albino fawns that we have photographed within three years.  I might point out that albino fawns are quite rare but if a mother gives birth to a pair of fawns and one is white it's almost a sure thing that both will be Albino.  While these two had the pink ears, nose and hooves they did not have the pink eyes.  Their eyes were blue which is common for a fawn.  The eyes will darken as they age.  Also take note in some of the pictures that the spots are still evident although not as obvious as on a normal fawn.
Our evening with the Albino fawns was a night we won't soon forget.