Hot Shots

Norma Ealy took this photo of a full moon in early February, just before clouds blocked the view.

While visiting Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, Jeff Filby of Bridgeville took this photo of the fort and the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico that surround it.

So close, yet so far away. Robert and Brenda Mahan sent us this photo of their cat, Baxter, keeping a very close eye on the visitors just on the other side of the glass.

Beth Signorini took this scenic photo after a big snow in Robinson Township, Washington County.

Carol Brunetti took this photo of sea foam created by high winds and rough waves along the beach in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She said it reminded her of the seafoam candy her mother made when she was a child.

Steven Adams said he and his daughter Kali were delivering flowers on Valentine's Day when a winter storm broke out. He couldn't see the road, so they pulled over at North Buffalo Church, and his daughter wanted a photo to remember the day.

Kerry Pigeon spotted this deer coming through the brush along Johnston Road in Bentleyville.

Karen Duke took this photo of a "pirate ship" while enjoying a beautiful sunset near Grand Cayman Island.

Jeff Filby of Bridgeville get up close and personal with this curious meerkat at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Allan Jack took this photo of a ringneck pheasant.

Jeff Filby of Bridgeville spotted this colorful rooster while strolling in the gardens at the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Fla.

Stanley Steer, "son" of Cathy and Hank Zuback of Dog-Gone Cattle Co. in Amity, is going all out to celebrate Presidents Day this year.

Beth Signorini spotted this tiny yellow-crowned kinglet along the Montour Trail. The birds are year-round residents of our area, but they are difficult to see when leaves are on the trees.

Belinda Brova took this photo from an ancient Roman villa in Ravella, Italy, while on a hiking tour of the Amalfi coast.

Bob Sten sent us this photo of a sign that once hung in a pool hall called My Buddy's Place on North Main Street in Washington. The hall was owned by Johnnie Sliman, who traveled and hustled pool under the name Johnny Midnight. The poolroom opened in the mid-1950s and closed in the mid-1970s.

Estelle Woodburn took this photo while out for a morning walk in Independence Township.

Sandy Thomas took this photo of a wood duck on the pond in Washington Cemetery.

Erica Jestat-Garrison spotted this masked bandit, who got too greedy and became stuck in a bird feeder. She says she helped the raccoon get out by carefully removing the roof of the feeder. The "intruder" let her snap a couple of photos before moving on.

Edward Yonosik took this sunset photo from a pier extending into the ocean at Venice Beach in California.

Joseph DeWitt took this photo of Hughes Bridge in Amity.

Hope Casterline caught this cardinal in midflight as it approached the feeder on the back deck of her home in Washington.

It might seem far off, but it won't be that long before we'll be seeing scenes like this one again. Brad DeBusk took this photo of two lambs relaxing in the sun last fall on a farm in Amwell Township.

Tom Gourley III took this photo at No. 4 Dam on a crisp, cold winter's afternoon.

Tina Lasko took this photo of a frozen Ten Mile Creek in Marianna.

Mark Heselbarth took this photo of a red newt in the Yough Lake area below Ohiopyle.

Estelle Woodburn of Independence Township took this photo while walking her dog after a recent snowstorm.

We want your photos!

And you could win a $25 gift card! Here's how it works: Submit a photo (original work only, please), and we will publish it in our online Hot Shot gallery. The very best will earn the daily Hot Shot spot on the Quick Read page in the print edition. Then, every month, the editorial staff will vote for the best Hot Shot, and the winner will receive a gift card. Click to submit your photo Or, if you prefer, mail them to: Hot Shot Photos Observer-Reporter 122 S. Main St., Washington, PA, 15301. Please include your name, phone number and some information about your picture. Start snapping!

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