Well and Window by Dave Hileman

Walking the small village that remains from the early 1800’s in rural Pennsylvania I found this neat scene. I like the colors and textures of the photo. This would have been a hub of the village as people gathered here to get water. This social activity would be familiar to people from thousands of years ago. Here technology allowed them to pump instead of wind or haul a bucket. Conveniences!

Hopewell Furnace NHS

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Not Far Away by Dave Hileman

Since this morning is to be the coldest of our season, I thought a reminder that we roll through the seasons and that Spring is only 60 days away. We get to walk the trails in this great space, really a nice place.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC

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Outstanding by Dave Hileman

These Birch trees are the result of a fire in the 1940’s. It was the difficult circumstances that enabled them to thrive and create the beautiful backdrop to many trails and scenes in Acadia National Park. How do we allow the challenges in our lives to shape us and enable us to be what we are designed to achieve. These two are growing for their season from a small niche in the massive rock wall.

“Be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1 NLT

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Bird Week VI: Eye to Eye by Dave Hileman

On my own in a box canyon north of Las Vegas I found this Spotted Towhee who was more curious about me than I was about him. It kept dipping down into the foliage and then popping back up to look at me and then the cycle would repeat. Pretty bird, nice song.

Near Las Vegas @ Red Rock Canyon

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Bird Week VI: Eye to Eye by Dave Hileman

Roaming across most of the marshes of the Southeast US you might find an example of the Tricolored Heron. They prefer salt water ponds and marshes but you can find them spotted across the country. About half the size of the more familiar Great Blue this guy prefers to work solo snaring fish in shallow water.

Florida - Canaveral National Seashore

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Bird Week VI: Eye to Eye by Dave Hileman

A Greater Yellowlegs stalking prey in the shallows of a salt water marsh. The more successful I think my bird photos are the more likely I am to be eye level with the bird. Hard to do usually. That’s why I suspect really good wildlife photographers wade into the water and sit in blinds. Maybe I need some boots.

Florida - Canaveral National Seashore

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Bird Week VI: Eye to Eye by Dave Hileman

This is one of my favorite photos of this bird, the Yellow-Rump Warbler. I find this bird nearly everywhere I go in the US and see a small warbler - all of whom are difficult to identify, and by the time I get to ID it - another YR Warbler. Not that they are not neat but like Robins, you get tired of seeing the same type of bird over and over. And, unlike the Robin, this one always gets your hopes up that it is a more rare warbler and then, no, you are crushed. Until you see something else flit bye and off you go to discover what may well be another one. I had great hopes here in this Louisiana swamp that I might see a more exotic bird. Saw three or four dozen of these but at least I got a shot.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Barataria Preserve unit

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Bird Week VI: Eye to Eye by Dave Hileman

The stare - I think bird photos are most effective if you are eye to eye with them. This is an American Coot who may be saying “Get off of my pond.” Welcome to Bird Week VI. You can almost hear the cheers ringing out across the land. Almost.

Florida - Canaveral National Seashore

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Zero Fear by Dave Hileman

The serenity of this shot belies the great power and strength of the animal. The beauty of these tigers is a delight to behold. The creation is awash with intricate details designed for us to appreciate the Master Designer.

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” Proverbs 31:25 NLT

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Official and Unofficial by Dave Hileman

Change of Command Ceremony at the Navel Shipyard with the official photographer and my less official one. A very neat experience to witness the formality of the handing of the command of the ship from one officer to another.

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Challenge (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

This is a portion of the way to visit one of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. You have to negotiate two ladders, scores of stairs, crawl through a rock tunnel and wind your way through this rock crevice all the while being reminded that the natives that created this had none of your advantages and children as young as three did it on their own. Impressive feat. And totally worth the effort today to get into this complex of rooms and kivas and realize it was abandoned nearly 1000 years ago. Easy to see why T Roosevelt named this a National Park in 1906.

Mesa Verde National Park

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To get here!

To get here!

Number Two (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

This is the second of two buildings to occupy this spot, the first one, long gone, is where George Washington took the oath of office to become our first President. All that is left of the structure is a slab of the balcony that he stood on. The museum also houses the bible he used and was used by several other Presidents. The current building built before the Civil War is impressive with a large rotunda and marble columns.

Federal Hall National Memorial

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Timeless by Dave Hileman

When Thomas Edison died this chemistry lab - where he often worked along with several chemists, was sealed and not opened for years until acquired by the NPS. So it is a time capsule of what was the finest chemistry laboratory in the world. At Edison’s death, he was working on trying to develop a different plant based rubber. The building was really interesting. President Hoover was here in 1928 to tour the operation. There is a lab coat hanging on a hook in the back that might have been Edisons there were only a few men working in here. Edison also had a private lab next to his office but usually worked here. Just an amazing man who developed the whole idea of a complex research laboratory here in West Orange, NJ.

Thomas Edison National Historic Park

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Culinary Apogee (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

This is the Culinary Institute of American located on the banks of the Hudson River in Hyde Park, NY. There are multiple restaurants you can enjoy from casual to “oh my goodness” and all of them (or at least the four we have tried) are wonderful. Seriously a delight. The school has a lot of students and you can see many of them at work in restaurants across the globe after graduation. There are two primary tracks, baking & pastry arts and culinary arts. They do offer other professional degrees as well as a master’s program. We have taken tours of the school and it is a treat to do so and learn from the perspective of a current student. Plus it is a beautiful campus in a jewel like setting. In town are the Vanderbilt and Roosevelt homes that you can tour. And quaint shops to roam through.

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You have to smile at the student crossing signs.

You have to smile at the student crossing signs.

Endure by Dave Hileman

This little flower in the intense heat and sparse moisture still blooms and delights people passing on the trail.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

1 Coriinthians 13:7 NLT

Colorado National Monument

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Waiting by Dave Hileman

Sitting on a pylon at the dock of the Jamestown - Scotland ferry on the James River. The Great Blue Heron was waiting on the Jamestown side of the river.

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Two If By Land (2 photos) by Dave Hileman

This is the interior of the Old North Church in Boston. It was from this church’s steeple that the lantern was hung to alert the patriots of the movement of the British troops and sent Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott on the night ride. Revere was made famous by the Longfellow poem. The church is just remarkable. I love the brass chandeliers that were hung here in 1775 and have been in place ever since.

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Purple Shades by Dave Hileman

The colors of this arid landscape are beautiful and ever changing as the sun traverses the sky. The park is found in the extreme western edge of Colorado just a few miles from Utah. We never even heard of this place but the trek to all parks led us here for an afternoon. We ought to have stayed longer but we could not this trip. I had no idea it would be as interesting or have so many hikes. Points out why you need a bit of research before you arrive. We are doing our homework on Alaska - or so we think.

Colorada National Monument

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