Two years ago (although it feels like yesterday) I had already retired from a life time of working in the Mechanical Construction Industry. First as a Heating, Air Conditoning, Refrigeration Journeyman and after a number of years, a Sales Engineer. I was keeping myself busy with the gym, hiking, and road trips. Sadly none of that was working – complete and total BOREDOM. Behold my wife and Guardian Angel suggested Photography…VOILA! Enlightenment…I was saved! Sunshine, White Clouds with Blue Skies. Who knew that I would be embraced passionately in the exposure of Digital Photography while combining it with nature, trail hiking, and road trips.
I’ll get to those stories in future posts. Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite places – John Heinz National Wildlife is America’s First Urban Refuge. It is one out of 560 in the National Wildlife Refuge system. For more information you can contact: John Heinz NWR at Tinicum 8601 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 1215 365-3118. www.fws.gov/Heinz. Each Month is scheduled with events like Bird Walks, Plant Walks, and Photo Walks. The Refuge has multiple trails used for hiking, jogging, biking, and just plain sightseeing. All the trails are close to water and forest and are surrounded by wildlife.
Fishing is permitted along many areas of The Darby Creek and also from a canoe. I enjoy hiking and shooting images of the wildlife. It’s not easy the animals are very elusive so you have to be ready with a fast shutter. The following are some images of the different types of wildlife and Habitat found in the Refuge. I’m looking forward to this seasons Photo Walks and hope to see and photograph many more.