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Dry Creek Bed Photos

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Yesterday I went out to shoot pictures for the first time in about a year. I’ve been so dedicated to training this year that I didn’t do many of the other things I enjoy. I really had fun yesterday and will make more of an effort to get out with the camera again while it’s still nice out.

Anyway, while running yesterday I crossed over this creek that was all dried up and cracking from the lack of rain we’ve had this year. Later in the day I drove back with my camera and shot some pictures, it was pretty cool.

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I’ll note, and you’ll probably notice, that the sky is really washed out in all of these. That’s my bad with the camera… mix of being out of practice and lazy.

I went up the creek a little in the other direction and came upon a really neat setting.

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There was a house to the left here and I’m pretty sure this was someone’s property. There was sort of a dam in the creek here and it would have made a nice pond. Still cool looking without the water.

When I first came here I made some noise, and a bird popped up.

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I’m no birder, but am pretty sure that’s a blue heron. There were also a few geese floating in the small pool but they left much more quickly and I only got blurry shots of them.

Surrounded the pool were tons of dead crayfish. I’m not sure whether they died from lack of water or the birds feeding on them, but there were a lot there.

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Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed.
Happy shooting!


Written by Jim

September 26, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Speedwell Forge Lake

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Speedwell Forge Lake was a man made lake in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, just a bit north of the town of Lititz. A few years ago the dam that retains the water for the lake was damaged and the lake was drained due to safety concerns. Here’s an article from when it was originally drained, if you’re interested. (Some websites apparently didn’t get the message and still advertise it as existing) There are plans to fix the dam and flood the area again, but until then, it makes for a pretty unique piece of nature. I went last weekend with a friend to take photos. I had actually never heard of it before, it was his idea, and I’m glad we went. It felt like we were trespassing while we were there, but the area was very accessible and I didn’t see any posted signs at the entrance.

It was a 106 acre lake, so the photos don’t do the size justice. All of this used to be under water…


There’s a bit of a dam made from loosely laid stones that creates a small pond, I assume for the wildlife. The following two pictures were taken standing on the dam, first up stream where the lake used to be, then downstream.



The original dam is still there, too. Apparently the original water path has been diverted.



Nice water at the bottom…


We did see a Blue Heron, a Crane and some ducks, though I wasn’t able to get very good pictures.





It’s a really neat area and fun to explore. If you’re in the area I’d recommend checking it out before they flood it again. The following are just a few random pictures from around the lake.




Thanks for reading, and happy shooting!

Written by Jim

September 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm