Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Roaming Conowingo In Search of Eagles

This week I had a little time out from life with my stepsister Tina escorting me all around Conowingo, Maryland.  Our prime objective was to scout some bald eagles to photograph as this is the prime season in their migration to hover at Conowingo Dam a spell and fuel up on the fish also hotly contested by area fishermen.  As you can see by this series of photos, we covered a lot of territory on a truly awesome hike.  The weather flip-flopped from foggy and cold to sunny and warm, but as the Boomers like to say, it's all about the journey, man.  A journey we had and it fed my soul like few activities do outside of writing, reading and music.  We found our eagles, a patch of woods where someone's taking good care of a gaggle of feral cats, and even a showoff vulture, who all but demanded the attention of my lens as he squawked and spread his feathers and coat for me.  The dam itself was stuffed with photographers, as you'll see at the tail end.  Too bad they wasted their time in one spot!  So much more to see off the beaten path, sheesh...


Photos (c) Ray Van Horn, Jr.

                      Listenin' to:  Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

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