Dahlia shot while out plant shopping in Indiana County, PA.
Early blooming Rhododendrun in our small garden.
The Female Pileated Woodpecker has finally learned how to land on the suet feeder and decimate it in no time at all.
Taking its lead from the female pileated this crow has also become a daily visitor to the suet feeder until it was recently demolished by a bear.
Two Male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks getting into a squabble about who was on the feeder first.
The first three photos were shot along Railroad Street in Cresson Township as the train deadheaded into Altoona.
Male Pileated Woodpecker keeps a wary eye out as it digs for bugs in an old log.
Hooded Warbler taking a break on our side deck.
May Apple Flower
A Bear Story
For several nights we had a problem with this mangy bear getting into our bird feeders, our garbage and finally my seed locker. Knowing that something was wrong with the bear (mange) we called the Pennsylvania State Game Commission to inform them of the condition of the bear and asked if it could be trapped and gotten some medical help.
The local conservation officer brought out a bear trap and set it up in our yard next to the tree line.
After baiting the trap with a whole bunch of baked goods like layer cakes and cupcakes he set the trap and all we had to do was sit back and wait.
Unfortunately, all we managed to trap was this raccoon.
Which took off and headed across the yard when the game warden opened the door.
30 seconds later all we could see was the rear end of the raccoon as it headed up one of the trails that leads from our yard into the woods.
Sunday, 19 May 2013
The daily passenger train to Philadelphia via Harrisburg pulls out of the Altoona train station just prior to the arrival of the Nickle Plate 765.
The steam engine heads to the Altoona train station after pulling out of the Norfolk Southern Juniata Works in Altoona.
Letting off steam
Easing into the station.
Norfolk Southern engine 8102 which was part of the railroad tour pulls the passenger cars and the steam engine back into Altoona so it would be ready for a second tour to Cresson and back into Altoona later in the afternoon. This engine is one of the Norfolk Southern 30th anniversary heritage locomotives that was painted in the original road colors and bearing the original company heralds. The engine is a GE ES-43AC It rolled off the line at the Juniata works in July of 2012.