Nature's natural beauty

October 13, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Nathan Nardi was on a motorcycle ride when he came across an open-wide scene of hay bales along a field.

Sarah Harmon was bicycling along the C&O Canal with husband Greg when they came across a path lined with bluebells.

Returning from a fishing trip on the Potomac River, Carolyn Campbell was sitting in front of the boat while husband Larry controlled the motor, when Carolyn was struck by the sight of the bow cutting through the water.

You never know when you're going to happen upon a beautiful vista or striking image. These Tri-State-area residents had their cameras handy to capture the scene. Maybe you've captured a memorable scene with your camera, too.

If you've got something to show us, whether it's the beauty of nature, an unusual look at something manmade, or a spontaneous shot of people experiencing life, we'd like to see it.


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

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From one position, Nathan Nardi, 34, of Greencastle, Pa., used a Canon EOS XTI to take five photos of this rural scene in western Antrim Township. Using Adobe Photoshop, he electronically stitched the five shots together to create this panoramic view. Then he used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to adjust the color. "This shot reminds me of the hard work the summer brings and what this time of year means for the local farmer," wrote Nardi, who manages Miller-Bowersox Funeral Home in Greencastle. "... Also the blessing (that) working outside on a day like that day would be. Coming from someone that spends his days at a desk, I envy the man that works the earth sometimes."

"This is a photo of the Potomac River facing downstream toward Dam No. 4. A good fishing morning on a beautiful river," wrote Carolyn Campbell, 61, who lives east of Hagerstown. Campbell took this photo around 9 a.m. on a June day as she and her husband, Larry, were returning from fishing for catfish.

"After the recent rain we had in Boonsboro, a large stream formed in my backyard. I thought it was a beautiful picture," wrote Elizabeth Cline. Cline, 18, who lives near Boonsboro, took this photo on April 28 with her Canon Digital Rebel XTi.

"This picture was taken after a picnic on a recent summer day," wrote Diane McCleaf, 52. "Living in Hagerstown all my life, I have been to City Park many times but never really looked at it from the entrance arch that frames the backdrop of the lake, museum and welcoming scenery that makes this park special."

"My husband Greg and I were riding along the canal when we rounded the bend. We saw this gorgeous view of bluebells carpeting both side of the path," wrote Sarah Harmon, 46, who lives near Greencastle, Pa. "... The beauty really enhanced the ride."

Joyce Snurr, 72, of Leitersburg, decided to take this shot while on a June 22 picnic at Pen Mar Park. "It was a beautiful, clear day in June," wrote Snurr, who used a Kodak EasyShare camera to capture this image.

James Albright photographed this winter sundown from his former third-floor apartment on South Potomac Street looking up Sycamore Drive toward Fairview Mountain. Albright, 57, used a Kodak Ansco that uses 110 film with a flash to take the photo during a recent winter.

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