Looking at You
A white-tail deer stops took a look back while we were walking one of the trails at Blue Spruce Park.
Traveling to our four covered bridges will take you scenic country roads. This scene was taken near the Harmon Covered Bridge.
Fall Starts Here
In Indiana County the Fall season starts in the far northeast corner of the county at Hemlock Lake. Over the next couple of weeks our parks in more southern areas will display their colors also.
The Pond at Pine Lodge
A Touch of Fall
On October 3, 2019 the trees at Blue Spruce Park begin to show a touch of color.
Heading to the Falls
This path at Buttermilk Falls leads to the observation deck and the steps and platforms that take you to the lower falls area.
Buttrmilk Falls Pathway
Happy Birthday Mr. Wehrle
October 1st is the birthday of R.W. Wehrle, Indiana County's foremost naturalist and namesake of the Wehrle's Salamander. Mr. Wehrle was born in Indiana, PA on October 1, 1852.
First Sunset of Fall 2019
A brief rainstorm and a late day sunset at Blue Spruce Park on the first day of Fall 2019.
Path to the Pavilion #1
Walk the Labyrinth at Blue Spruce Park
Although not a summer or year-round resident the Double-Crested Cormorant migrates through our area and from time to time and stops at Blue Spruce Lake.
The Great Map at Vintondale
Based on a 1923 Sanborn Co. Insurance Company map the great map is a tile replica of the town as it existed in its heyday.
Extension to Revloc on the GTT
Cambria County added a two mile extension of the Ghost Town Trail which now connects the town of Revloc to the trail.
Pre-shed Garter Snake
Prior to shedding their skin the eyes of snakes will often turn milky or blue. The color is caused by fluid that accumulates between the old and new skin. In this stage the snakes are nearly blind.
Evening at Harmon Covered Bridge
Two Northern Dusky Salamanders share a nesting area.
Tending the Nest
A Northern Dusky Salamander tends her nest of eggs.
Taking a Break at Eliza Station
Fishing with the Grandkids
Buck in Velvert
Tiger Lillies at Blue Spruce Park
Native Plants Program
Waterlillies in BLoom at Hemlock Lake
Bee Balm in Bloom
Kayaking the Conemaugh River
Tunnelview Historic Site contains a kayak launch area that is very popular with several private rental companies.
Evening in the Garden
We had a fun time with the members of the Penn State Master Gardener's group at our June 28th Evening in the Garden.
Blue Spruce Lodge - Established 1985
R.W. Wehrle Marker at Waterworks Conservation Area
Two Lick Creek at Waterworks Conservation Area
Armerford Bridge on the Ghost Town Trail
It's not an optical illusion, the Armerford Bridge is a hump back bridge that has three humps that you ride across as you travel the bridge.
Mountain Laurel in Bloom
Kayaking on the Conemaugh River
Nature Palooza 2019