Crooked-Mouthed Man's Dwelling Place

May 03, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

"The name Pymatuning is of Iroquois Indian origin and means 'Crooked-mouthed man's dwelling place,' the term 'crooked-mouthed' referring to an ancient Red Man who was not famous for truth telling." The photo below is on Ford Island which is part of the Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area offering many opportunities to observe wildlife.

Pymatuning State Park

Ford Island at Pymatuning State Park (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 2.8L, f/9 @ 47mm, 1/320, ISO 100)

 

Part of the attraction to Pymatuning is the Spillway.  This area, known as "where the ducks walk on the fish", attracts thousands of people to feed the carp, ducks, geese, gulls, etc.

Elena feeding the Carp (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 2.8L, f/9 @ 42mm, 1/320, ISO 100)

 

Pymatuning State Park

Carp (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 2.8L, f/9 @ 70mm, 1/200, ISO 100)

 

This Ring-billed Gull was flying in close to snatch some bread out of the sky.

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70 2.8L, f/9 @ 26mm, 1/500, ISO 100)

 

The treetops on Ford Island were filled with Yellow-rumped Warblers searching for insects. The Yellow-rumped Warbler is a migratory bird passing through this area on its way to Canada.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/500, ISO 200)

 

If I ever see a photo contest focusing on reflections I might consider entering the following image of this female Red-winged Blackbird on a log in the water.  I really like the mirror image of the entire scene. 

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

Female Red-Winged Blackbird (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4.5 @ 420mm, 1/1250, ISO 200)

 

The Eastern Towhee is a summer resident of Western PA. Although you are supposed to most likely see them hopping back and forth on the ground looking for food, the only ones I've seen have been high in trees. I was lucky enough for this singing Eastern Towhee to come down to about 12 feet and I didn't have to photograph it from an "underneath" perspective.

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4 @ 420mm, 1/320, ISO 200)

 

The Tree Swallow is another summer resident of PA.  They are often seen flying back and forth over fields and water feeding on insects.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallows (Canon EOS 7D, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 1.4X EF Extender III, f/4.5 @ 420mm, 1/2000, ISO 200)

 

If you can make a trip to Pymatuning State Park it is well worth it.  There are many attractions within 30 miles in any direction that will make everyone in your family glad you came.

Thanks for looking,

Dan


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