Hawk is signing on for the state symbol challenge. At last, she was able to have a photo shoot with two, yes two,
of Pennsylvania's state symbols.
Yesterday afternoon my friend/coworker rushed in to the library to tell me there is a mountain laurel bush blooming right outside! Hawk got really excited, so I grabbed my camera and off we went.
Mountain laurel, Pennsylvania's state flower, is incredibly dainty but showy at the same time. Once you've seen a bush in bloom, it's hard to forget.
See more photos on Hawk's blog: www.hawkpa.blogspot.com
Hawk was so tickled with the whole experience, she insisted on an up-close shot of her pointing at the blooms.
Later in the day (on my way home from work), we walked back the road to our local dam. I had seen an eastern hemlock (Pennsylvania's state tree) back there a few days ago. Although the light was fading, we managed to get a couple of decent shots.
We couldn't get to the tree itself, but here's a shot of Hawk sitting on the rope railing, next to a utility pole. The hemlock is behind her.
And a zoomed-in closeup showing Hawk's beak with the hemlock needles.