A little help from Mother Nature

January 18, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Sue Lloyd's sunset photo could be a painting. Bill Taylor's moon rising could be a postcard.

When it comes to landscapes and brilliant skies, Mother Nature is the premier artist working on the world's largest canvas.

The Herald-Mail runs readers' best recent photographs taken in the Tri-State area on this page.

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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:


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Bob Carder said his wife, Carolyn, called his attention to the silhouette of the cranes, at the construction site for the new Washington County regional medical center, against the brilliance of the rising sun on Dec. 8. Carder, 65, photographed it from his front lawn on Cornell Avenue with his Panasonic DMC-TZ3.

This cloud formation Margaret Keller saw in October reminded her of a quill pen. It was so large, she needed two photos to capture it. Keller, 75, of the Smithsburg area, used a Nikon 35mm camera to photograph the cloud that was in the northwest sky as she stood in Holiday Acres west of Smithsburg.

Sue Lloyd, of Charles Town, W.Va., was returning home from a trip to Gettysburg, Pa., with her husband, George, and granddaughter, Rylee Carper, when she saw this sunset as they arrived in Sharpsburg and headed to Shepherdstown, W.Va. Lloyd used a Canon PowerShot to take the photo Oct. 21 through the windshield. She calls it "Peace Offering."

Bill Taylor, 46, of Hagerstown, caught this moonrise as he stood near Eastern Elementary School on June 17. Taylor, who works for The Herald-Mail, used a Sony Cyber-shot 1080.

Bill Taylor took several photos of the sun setting over downtown Hagerstown, including this shot Sept. 3 that he took from the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and East Franklin Street. Taylor said he liked the composition with the bright sunset, the clouds and the tall building, which is the Alexander House.

James Miller, 38, of Greencastle, Pa., was fishing at sunset on Aug. 11 below Dam No. 5 south of Clear Spring when a few showers came through. As he was taking the picture, a doe and fawn crossed the Potomac River. Miller used a Kodak 12-megapixel camera.

Brenda L. Sterling, 58, of Williamsport, was standing on an old stone bridge on Poffenberger Road south of Hagerstown when she used a Canon 30D to capture this stream in October. "It's such a gorgeous picture," Sterling said.

Bill Ford captured this beautiful sunrise the day after Christmas from his Halfway home. "The colors lasted only a few minutes and I was lucky enough (to) snap the pictures at just the right time," said Ford, 71, who used a Canon PowerShot A570 IS.

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