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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #165: Going Wide

A wide angle lens can help you get the shot you want! I had the 18-55mm kit lens on my Canon Rebel T5i when I made the rather treacherous walk down the hill to Leesburg Falls in Grove City, PA, to get this shot a couple of winters ago.

Leesburg/Springfield Falls in Winter, in Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Thanks goes out to P. A. Moed for hosting this week’s LAPC. Take a few minutes to check out her gorgeous wide angle photos here.

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Spring

If I had to choose one season out of the four as my favorite it would be spring. I love the essence of spring, its aroma, its colors. I love the sound of spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), calling out from the pond that lies next to my wife’s herb garden. It’s such a grandiose time, new life is sprouting everywhere. Spring rejuvenates my soul. I’m always amazed by the transformation from the browns and grays of winter, to the sharp contrasting yellows, reds, and whites of spring.

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It might seem depressing when you think about everything that’s going on outside our little slice of real estate; the missing Malaysian jet, Russian aggression, and who knows what else? But the seasons never notice any of it. Trees still leaf out in spring, perennial flowers creep to life, and my grass will keep me busy mowing for the first few weeks of warm weather. And that’s what helps keep me grounded, that and music. I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t plant a flower or pick an old guitar every once in a while.

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If I were a collector of sorts, it’d be hard to choose what I would want to collect most: new and rare flowers or new and rare guitars.

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I’d be okay with either. As long as I can still smell and hear spring!

'Mom's' Forsythia
‘Mom’s’ Forsythia