"The Nature of Things" features photos from Anna Applegate, who is a lifelong resident of Pinegrove Township, Venango County. She is a graduate of Cranberry High School and Clarion University. After a 15-year career at the The Derrick newspaper in Oil City, she made a change and now works at a steel finishing plant in Sandycreek Township.
She is an avid lover of animals and nature, and a gifted photographer. Over the years, she has posted her explorations of the natural world for with others to see in a blog and on social media.
Applegate will now share her wonderful observations as a contributor to Eight & 322. We are excited to have her on the team.
Welcome to "The Nature of Things." I am hoping time allows me to share with you the tales and photos of my "wilderness" walks through the backyard and beyond.
I started daily walks as an escape and decided that I could take the dogs along for exercise. Then, I added the goats, too.
My posse consists of a St. Bernard named Sherman, a Newfoundland named Sadie, a bloodhound named Clem, an Alpine goat named Kyle and a Alpine Nubian cross named Kennedy.
Sometimes on our treks, I am able get a few shots in and occasionally some of them are pretty good. However, it is hard to get nice wildlife photos when I am constantly yelling "Get back here." or "Stop eating poop." So I began the hobby of trail camera watching, which provides me with some more natural shots of wildlife when we are in the woods making things a little more wild.
However, I still am surprised by the things I see, find and am able to photograph. This year so far I have had some first sights and photographs. I found a patch of lady slipper orchids and a bald eagle soaring over our yard. I was also able to get my first shot of a live Baltimore checkerspot butterfly.
I also saw a viceroy butterfly and lined up the perfect shot, then one of my crazed critters came stomping through. No more butterfly sitting pretty, but that's the nature of things 'round here.