This past weekend my family and I traveled to Benezette, Pa to observe the wildlife, Elk in particular. We have traveled to Alaska, Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons to view wildlife but for some reason we never went north in our own state to see the Elk. After reading and watching Willard's blog, the Pa Wildlife Photographer I knew I had to make the trip soon.
The trip is just over three and a half hours and 180 miles, not including stops. We did make a stop at PSU on the way there and back. Being huge Notre Dame fans this was a difficult thing to do, but it was well worth it. And yes there will be photographs from PSU in the future. On the way there all the signs pointed to this being a good trip. On Route 322 in Dauphin County we watched a bald eagle flying along the river, then on the same road about 30 miles north of Penn State just before the village of Bigler we seen a black bear standing on the railroad tracks. My reaction was OH S**T!!, hit the brakes and look for a place to turn around without getting hit by another car. We quickly head back with my camera in hand (I travel with it on my lap, just in case) and he is still there, the camera comes up, I hit the shutter button to begin changing my settings (I function on manual mode all the time) and before my finger and thumb can get any changes made he ducks into the brush and out of site. If I only had the camera on auto I could have gotten a shot, not a great one but still a Pa black bear. Oh well, I am just excited to see a bear.
We stayed in Saint Marys while there and since it was a high sun time of day we decided to check into our hotel and grab dinner before exploring. You know you are in the right place when you see the Elk crossing signs. I chose these two photographs for today because the small bull was one of the first Elk's we seen, he along with five or six other Elk's were feeding in peoples yards on Route 555 just before the village of Benezette. The larger bull was with two other big bulls on the Winslow Hill Road past the viewing areas. What a way to start the trip with an awesome Friday.
If I say to much I won't have anything left to say with my other post. I hope you all enjoy wildlife, as you may know that is my number one passion, to view and photograph wildlife and I did just that this past weekend so I have a few weeks worth of wildlife to post.
Thanks Willard for the push I needed to get me there, I will be making the trip numerous times throughout the year from here on out.