Wednesday, February 28, 2007

A Hike on the Perkiomen Trail near Schwenksville

Yesterday afternoon I went hiking on the Perkiomen Trail near Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania going towards Graterford. These are a few scenes from that hike. It was a warm but mostly cloudy afternoon. The trails were wet at many places with all the melting snow.

A melting snow pond

A muddy side creek feeding the Perkiomen Creek

A forest scene

Lichen on a tree trunk

Monday, February 26, 2007

Piano Recital Family Gathering

This past Saturday afternoon my second oldest niece had a piano recital in her home. She played very well something like a dozen pieces all from memory.

This is my niece who performed the piano recital. Her piano teacher is behind her. No flash pictures were allowed during the recital by request of the teacher.

This was the cake made by her mom for the celebration after the recital.

Cutting the cake

Some of my nieces and nephews playing

A drawing of me by one of my nieces

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Transformation of a snowy night


This morning I woke up before my alarm clock went off. And I was rewarded with a beautiful sunrise view from my apartment window in Souderton, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. It was a worshipful way to begin a Sunday morning. Our creator is an awesome God.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

An Early Morning Hike at Peace Valley Park

This morning between about 6:00 and 8:00 a.m. I went for a hike at Peace Valley Park near Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It was cold; I could barely take my hands out of my pockets to take pictures. But it was a good time of enjoying the outdoors and peaceful solitude.

Part of Lake Galena at Peace Valley Park

A section of the North Branch of the Neshaminy Creek
that feeds into Lake Galena

A snow and ice covered trail

Another Section of the North Branch
of the Neshaminy Creek

And another Section of the North Branch
of the Neshaminy Creek

A frozen snow and ice covered trail going back

Frozen footprints close up

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

East Branch, Perkiomen Creek, No. 2

These are some more pictures from my Monday hike along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek at the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy grounds.

An ice scene along a rocky bluff

More ice scenes along the rocky bluff

An iced-over creek

Snow drifts

A creek bank ice display

Greenery in Winter

A close-up view from the underside

The trail out

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

My Fiancée and I

This picture was actually taken before engagement and before Christmas when I was introducing my now fiancée to my family for the first time at my parent's home. We have not at this time had an engagement photo taken. Murf, you sometime back asked for a picture of my hiking shoes. In this photo you can see a hiking shoe I use. ;)

Monday, February 19, 2007

East Branch, Perkiomen Creek, No. 1

This afternoon I went hiking along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek on the grounds of the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy near Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Last Tuesday into Wednesday, we had some snow, sleet, and freezing rain and some cold temperatures since then. In the next post, I will show some ice pictures along the banks of the creek.

A section of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek

Another section of the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek

A weather-beatened stump along the creek

The trunk of a gigantic tree near the creek

A creek view

Another creek view

View of a grass field near the creek

Some tall brown grasses near the field

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentine's Day Adventure :) :) :)

Last night began a new stage of life for me and my girlfriend. I presented her with the diamond engagement ring and she said, "Yes!!!" We are planning a September wedding. Both she and I are very excited and happy! :) :) :)

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Frost on My Apartment Window

We have been having a number of days of freezing weather. I have been enjoying watching the frost on one of the windows of my apartment. Again I love the patterns. :)

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


All these keleidoscopes came from the same original photo. Patterns can be intriguing. Many of these patterns I could imagine being on ceilings in museums.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

More Ice at Ringing Rocks

This is the last of three posts of my hike at Ringing Rocks County Park near Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The ice formations were fantastic. You almost have to be there to fully appreciate them.