It's only natural ...

January 27, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Bears! There's bears!

Relax. Waynesboro, Pa., resident Glen O. Moats was inside when he photographed the three black bears snacking outside his camper.

Some Tri-State-area residents expressed a different kind of courage, braving the cold, to capture the images shown.

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Justine Logsdon of Hagerstown captured the static electricity effect that jumping on a trampoline had on her daughter and nephew last May. Brittany Logsdon, then 21, and Ethan Koch, then 3, had just finished when Brittany picked up Ethan, her godchild.

Teri Eyler, 50, of Waynesboro, Pa., used a Canon PowerShot SD750 to take this shot on Bloomery Road near Charles Town, W.Va., during Thanksgiving weekend 2007. "I drove around a bend in the road and saw this beautiful sunset over the Shenandoah River. I had to stop and back up the middle of the street to get the photo!" Eyler wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

These black bears, a mama and two cubs, were attracted to the birdseed that Waynesboro, Pa., resident Glen O. Moats set out near his camper in Cameron County, Pa., last August. Moats, 68, shot the scene through a window at around 10 p.m. with a Sony digital camera. In addition to his flash, there was a light on the camper.

Richard E. Clem, 68, who lives south of Hagerstown, took this photo of the Codori Farm in June 2007 during an outing with his brother, Don, at Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Clem said he first noticed the flowers at the base of the wooden rail fence. He chose this angle to shoot with a Kodak Advantix C700 because he liked how the farm in the background blended in.

St. James Village North resident Janelle Cataldo, 28, took this picture at Rocky Gap State Park during a morning hike in September 2007 after a cold night. "A brave, lone kayaker was enjoying the frosty lake and a blistering cold morning (for a September morning, anyway)," Cataldo wrote in an e-mail to The Herald-Mail.

Leigh Fox, 29, a social worker with Hospice of Washington County, was on her way to visit a patient when she saw this "gorgeous" foggy winter scene on Beaver Creek Road. She used her T-Mobile Sidekick LX to take the photo Jan. 18 and sent it to her brother and sister-in-law in Los Angeles. They recently moved to a home by the ocean and had sent her a picture of the ocean.

Mike Shelbert, 66, said every once in a while family members will set his grandchildren, Foster Shelbert and Melissa Shelbert, up on the piano bench. This past Christmas, the duo climbed up there themselves and started playing, said their grandfather, who lives east of Hagerstown. Foster was 1 1/2 at the time and Melissa is slightly older.

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