Archive for September, 2012

The Bugles of Fall

Posted in Bugle, Bugling Bull, Bull, Pennsylvania Elk, Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience, Wildlife Photography, Winslow Hill on September 30, 2012 by bobshank

If you ever heard a bull elk bugle in the fall, then these photographs will hopefully illustrate these exciting sounds! The bugle of an eager bull in the rut is an undistinguishable and sometimes ear-piercing sound. Some people drive many miles just to hear this musical sound of the fall in elk country.

A bull will bugle for several reasons. First, he will try to show dominance and intimidate competing bulls for the cows that are ready to be bred. Bulls will answer each other even from hills some distance away just to be heard and remind other bulls that there is already a big bull to contend with on this hill. These competing bugles can be quite a chorus! A second reason a bull will bugle is out of sheer frustration. A bull will follow a cow, hoping for her to be ready, but then be sadly disappointed. As the cow moves away, the bull will bugle in frustration.

Bugles can be heard any time of day or night. It can be pretty cool, and even a little eerie, to be out on a full moon night and these shrilling sounds! Careful observation and close listening skills can reveal the variety and unique bugles of different bulls. Some are deeper and some are more high-pitched. Still other bugles can be long and drawn out, while others are more short-lived and concise. Each one has an important message!

Bugles and bulls come in all sorts and sizes. The next time you are out in elk country, listen carefully and listen hard. These unique sounds are sure to bring a smile to your face and perhaps a bit of warmth to your heart. The sound of the bugle indicates the bulls are healthy and active. They have one thing on their mind during the fall season and they are making their presence known–all with the shrilling sound of their bugle!

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PV Baseball Champions!!!

Posted in Baseball, Champions, Delaware, Pleasant Valley, Sports at the Beach on September 28, 2012 by bobshank

The Pleasant Valley Baseball team traveled to Sports at the Beach, near Rehoboth, Delaware to play in the Seaside Storm Tournament on September 22-23.

Saturday was a gorgeous day for baseball. The sun was shining brightly and this September day felt more like one of the dog days of summer.

PV lost the first game in a close battle  that went extra innings, but won the second game to position themselves in seventh place in the Championship bracket.

The first game on Sunday was a nail-biter. Superb pitching from Howie Stevens and an incredible defensive double-play by James Shank and Travis Van Houten proved to be the difference in a 1-0 game!

The team kept rolling and every player contributed to the cause as the second game on Sunday was declared a victory to place PV in the Championship game!

The Championship game wasn’t even close as the PV Bears won the game in four innings as they captured the championship! Way to go PV Bears Baseball team! You all worked hard and came out champions!

View more photographs here.

Photo Walk Announced!

Posted in Photo Walk, Photography, Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk, Social Event, Stroudsburg on September 21, 2012 by bobshank

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk is scheduled for October 13. You can join us in Stoudsburg for an evening of night photography as we walk around Stoudsburg trying to get that perfect shot with our cameras.

You do not need a fancy camera, but if you have one that’s cool. Some creative photos can be captured even with cell phones these days! So bring your favorite camera and join us for a fun night of photography! Bring a friend and enjoy the time together.

We will meet in Ann Street Park, which is located at 550 Ann Street, Stoudsburg, PA 18360. The Photo Walk will begin promptly at 7pm and conclude at 9pm. Those who want to hang around and share our photos and experiences will be invited to a restaurant to be announced closer to the date.

Click here for more details and to sign up for the Photo Walk.

Ball State Field Hockey

Posted in Ball State University, Field Hockey, Lehigh University with tags , , on September 6, 2012 by bobshank

Ball State University traveled to the Lehigh Valley to take on Lehigh University. The game started with Ball State getting out to an early 2-0 lead. Lehigh University struck back, tied up the game, and then went ahead 3-0. The women of Ball State rallied late to the tie the game and send it into sudden death overtime. The Cardinals kept the pressure on the Lehigh end of the field and connected on a corner penalty shot to secure the victory in overtime!

I was even lucky enough to capture the winning goal!

Here are some photos of the exciting game. The full game gallery can be viewed here.