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A window to wildlife

September 07, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Baby birds and adults birds were among the animals Tri-State-area photographers have caught with their cameras, often by using a telephoto lens to zoom in from a distance so their subjects wouldn't run off.

We invite readers to submit their best recent photographs taken in the Tri-State area. This is a chance for amateur photographers to share their best images.

Quality is key. Sharp, large, color images look best. Close-up photos show detail better. If the subject is small, get close or use a telephoto lens to make the subject appear large in the photo. Digital photos must be sharp, at least 6 inches wide, and 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.

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


There are three ways to submit a 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.

E-mail it to with "submitted photo" in the subject line.

With the photo, give us your name, a daytime phone number and a brief description of the story behind the photo. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you mail your photo and want it returned.


Ron McAllister Jr. was trimming trees around his Williamsport-area home when he spotted these fledgling blue jays taking refuge in the pile of tree limbs he'd pruned. He took this photograph June 1 with a Canon PowerShot A630 from about five feet away, as close as the birds' parents would allow him.

"A spider set up her home in a planter on our patio and I noticed the interesting eggs she (was) laying which appear to be lined up all in a row. At first I thought something had dropped and got caught up in her web but then I noticed as days passed, she kept adding another and another until she had an entire row of eggs," said Elaine L. Cox, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., by e-mail. Cox took the photo in early August from about three feet away with a Kodak digital camera.

When Hagerstown resident Lori Hubbell let her dog out the morning of July 20, she thought she saw a piece of paper blowing around. It turned out to be a luna moth with a wingspan of about 5 inches. That afternoon by the pool, her husband, Dave, spotted this moth, a smaller one with a 3 1/2-inch wingspan. Lori Hubbell, 46, photographed it with a Kodak EasyShare C330.

Joanne Hale can see the birdbath in her Hagerstown backyard from where she sits at her computer downstairs. When she saw these robins bathing, she grabbed her Olympus 740 digital camera.

Karen Swan, of Williamsport, caught this chipmunk enjoying the family's leftover corn during a camping trip at Raystown Lake, Pa. She used a Fujifilm 3800 FinePix to zoom in on the critter, which was about 10 feet away. "My cocker spaniel and I were sitting in the tent watching it eat for quite some time until I pulled my camera out," Swan wrote.

Sasha Lucas, 23, of Orlando, was visiting her mom, Kelly Townsend, at her Williamsport home when she photographed "BabyBlue" in early August with a Fujifilm FinePix A900. Lucas, who grew up in Hagerstown, wrote, "He fell out of the tree in the backyard and couldn't fly to get back into the nest. I couldn't believe how many adult blue jays came to help look out for him."

Sherrie Henson photographed a mother robin bringing worms to her babies, as well as this image of the nest in the rosebush beside the deck, with her new digital Canon in July. "We enjoyed watching the routine of the mother every day and following the growth of the babies until finally leaving the nest," Henson wrote. The mother would return from the wooded area and make long stops at the shed, beside the pool, and on the concrete walkway to make sure the coast was clear before bringing worms to her babies, said Henson, of Hagerstown.

Deer, especially fawns, have been common near Sherie Adams' Marlowe, W.Va., home recently. Adams' husband, Jack, photographed this fawn, which was 15 yards away, in late afternoon with a Canon Sure Shot through the dining room window.

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