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    I'm supposed to write something about myself here...which I'm not good at! I'm Diane, a lifestyle portrait photographer in the Palmyra, PA area. I first really got into photography so that I could stop taking my kids to the "box" studios for their images...and I wanted good action shots. As I started learning some of the basics of how to use my camera and the light around me, I really became intrigued...and here I am today, creating what I hope are images of a lifetime for my clients. Some of my favorite sessions are seniors and babies and I enjoy making people look good in intimate sessions as well (these are featured on a separate blog).

Toolman and the bees {Summer 2013 Adventures}

My poor little buddy is afraid of bees. As in, PETRIFIED of them. He will stop whatever he’s doing, stand there, hardly breathe and try hard not to hyperventilate. I’m not sure why, but it makes me sad for him. That kind of fear is no fun, especially when there’s no distinct cause of the fear. He’s never even been stung that we remember.

Thanks to a dear friend, he’s now a little less afraid of them. We had the awesome opportunity to visit my “other dad’s” local hives (his daughters and I have been friends for decades). It was so neat to learn what all can happen in a hive, but I really think the kids were most excited about the “special hats.” Little stinkers!

Getting fixed up with the "special hat."

Blondie was pretty excited about this part, too.

The little white "worms" in the cells are larvae. The cells with tops are capped and developing into the pupal stage

A hive is a busy place!

Did you know that the workers are all female? They kill off the drones (males) for winter.

Blondie's "friend."

Seeing just how busy a hive can be

Clear, beautiful comb

Filled with scrumptious honey!

So now, after having a bee land on Blondie and being able to taste “bee glue” and fresh honeycomb, and laughing at Mom “licking her paw like a big ol’ bear,” Toolman is slightly less afraid of bees. He has asked to go back to watch them another time. YAY! Other parents can appreciate how big of an accomplishment that is!

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Meet the team! {Hershey/Palmyra Senior Photography}

This year’s street team rocks.

I say that every year. Every year, I mean it. This year isn’t any different, but they rock differently every year.

So.

Kenzie - Hershey High School

Kenzie is from Hershey High. Didn’t figure that out, did you? She cheers on two squads, loves hanging with her friends and is dear friends with……

Katie - Palmyra High School

Kenzie is friends with Katie.

Katie also cheers on two squads, represents Palmyra High School (go, Cougars!) and is also absolutely hilarious to hang around. She makes the same expressions as her Mom. Hopefully at some point, I’ll catch the two of them making faces at each other.

Last, and you’ve seen her featured on the blog a couple of times already, mostly with her family….

Sarandon. She does not [officially] cheer, but runs competitively, plays guitar, sings, babysits the DB Impressions spawn and has been “adopted” as part of our family. She’s pretty special.

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Warren Lewis {Business Features 2013}

This should include "all-around-nice-guy."

Warren is a Palmyra High School graduate, who had my grandfather as his principal. That means he graduated… just a couple of years ago. While he’s currently the CEO of Klick-Lewis, it sounds like he truly learned the business from the trenches. He worked in the car wash first, and then spent his summer vacations in different departments around the dealership.

Warren and his wife have been married since 1980 and have three children, are both highly-motivated people and both love to study why humans make the decisions that we do. It sounds like the Lewis family enjoys spending time and traveling together, too! Their favorite trip so far is Scotland, although I haven’t gotten a chance to ask WHY that is/was their favorite.

I had the opportunity to meet Warren because of the Palmyra Area Business Association (PABA) about a year ago. Warren is nearly a charter member, joining near the beginning and being a huge supporter of the endeavor. You can tell that he really cares about his hometown.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know Warren Lewis better. And, if you’re a PABA member, take a moment to thank him for having hosted the holiday gathering the past several years! This past year gave me a tiny glimpse of what an undertaking this is, so we’re grateful that he’s willing to host us!

Keep an eye out on the blog and facebook page over the next few months, you just might see some other neat things related to local businesses!

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Peachick Update

This critter visited the funny farm tonight!

The littlest peafowl are settling in quite nicely…I think. There isn’t actually any way to tell until they can be left outside the pen during the day. Princess hangs out on the fence a LOT near them, but when I tried to introduce everyone, she went after the little ones as if to drive them away. So who knows. Guess they’ll figure the pecking order out on their own.

We’ve determined that more than likely, all three chicks are peacocks. Not a hen in the bunch. So, they’ll be sold at some point, but I want to make sure they’ve had all their worm medicine and all that jazz first, so that a newer owner wouldn’t have to worry about doing that.

They’re funny little guys. They watch Princess through the fence a LOT, as if they want to join her. Again, we’ll see what happens when they’re offered freedom during the day. Another week of being penned up, learning where their food is found should do the trick.

We also had a viable Peabody/Princess egg in the incubator. Unfortunately, it won’t be hatching. Don’t know what happened, but movement ceased a couple of days ago and it should have “pipped” by now, well on its way to hatching, and just isn’t. So it’ll be in the incubator another day or two, but then it’ll have to be disposed of. I’m disappointed, wanted to let the kiddos see an egg hatching, but at the same time, I’m told that it can be tough to hatch peafowl eggs. So, its part of the adventure that just isn’t going to work out the way we hoped. If we’re lucky, Princess will decide on her own brood next spring. She was supposed to have had a successful brood last year, so again, we’ll see. Can’t do much more than shrug your shoulders and hope for the best.

Here are some more pictures of the little ones! They really are awfully cute, and they seem to think that peanuts make for a fabulous treat. Maybe that’s like ice cream to some of us??

Can you find Peabody's head? It took Blondie quite a while!

Crest feathers will molt and become colorful over time

Peanuts make great peafowl treats!

Checking each other out

Pickle - he's the most striped and the smallest, for now.

This image really shows the size difference even though all were hatched within a day of each other.

Wondering what's up with the crazy human.

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In which we acquired peachicks…

I’ve been perusing the United Peafowl Association’s website a lot lately. There’s a lot that I didn’t know that I didn’t know and MAN have they been helpful! (if the site appears too large for your screen, just Command and – till it fits, they’re making some changes).

The bad part of this? I’ve learned a LOT. Made some great connections, and voila…had someone contact me because they knew we were looking for chicks. They wanted to re-home a few, because they have too many and want to keep a certain number, but wanted to make sure they were going somewhere with someone who wasn’t going to just ignore them. Basically, I think they pegged me a sucker, and they were SO right! The previous family  are incredibly nice people, I’m not being mean at all.:)

So on Wednesday after a trip to the National Zoo in DC (GO, it ROCKS!), our friend Grace and the kids and I went a few minutes out of our way to pick the chicks up. We debated names nearly the whole way home, opened it to facebook, laughed like crazy at a few of the suggestions and chose 3.

Pickle – I’ve been up to my ears in pickling cucumbers this week. The kids felt it was a logical choice.:)

Penguin – We were at the zoo the day we picked them up.

Pepper – Goes well with “Penguin?” At least that’s what I’m being told.

You’re waiting for more pictures, aren’t you? Hang on, I’m getting there!

Princess was penned that day, because I knew they were coming home with us. I wanted to see if she would be a surrogate mom. She wasn’t….that day. Now they’re getting used to each other, and she’s been watching them intently, so she may actually end up adopting them. I’m hoping that she’ll adopt Pip, who has yet to hatch. More on that later.

So…we’ve been watching Pickle, Pepper and Penguin since Wednesday and they seem to be settling in nicely. They fly WELL already, but were hatched mid-May from what the previous owner told us. So they’re about 2 months old, rambunctious and pretty timid. They know where their food and water is, thank goodness, and seem to feed themselves rather well. Princess shows them a few things through the wire though.

So, here are our newest friends….

Want even more? You can see their gallery here (hover and click).

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