Au natural

July 01, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

"Oh, look at the pretty peacock."

"Snake! Snake!"

These photographs submitted by our readers will definitely elicit reactions. Perhaps even cringes.

Esther Walck's family estimates the black snake that crashed their family gathering May 27 along the Conococheague Creek was approximately 5 feet long.

They were building a fire on the ground to roast hot dogs when her husband, John Walck, noticed the snake slither by and up the tree where it disappeared from their sight for about 30 minutes.

Esther Walck, 72, of Greencastle, Pa., said her brother-in-law didn't believe them when he arrived late. That is, until the snake slithered back down and across the street.


We're not suggesting our readers hunt down snakes to photograph, but we are hoping Tri-State-area amateur photographers will share their "wow" shots with Herald-Mail readers.

Quality is key - image and content.

The photo doesn't have to be shocking. It could be a spontaneous and beautiful moment between a parent and child or a captivating exposure of the moon. We'll take a look at it.

We do not have space for family portraits, posed scenes or news photos that are published elsewhere in the newspaper. This is something altogether different.

To submit a photo for The Herald-Mail's Gallery page, send it to The Herald-Mail with your name, a daytime phone number and a brief description or story behind the photo. Drop it off at The Herald-Mail office at 100 Summit Ave. in Hagerstown; mail it to The Herald-Mail Co., c/o Lifestyle, P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741; or send it via e-mail to with "submitted photo" in the subject line. Digital photos must be at least 6 inches wide with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Files should be in JPEG or TIF formats and sent as e-mail attachments.

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