Hot Shots

Brook Ward took this silhouette of Ben Roethlisberger just before the Steelers' quarterback took the field for the Dec. 21 game against Kansas City at Heinz Field.

Jim McNutt/Observer-Reporter Sunny skies and temperatures climbing toward the 50s had these three youngsters out at 8th Ward playground in Washington on Monday. Niyah Yater, 6, right, helps Armoni Dudley, 4, onto the swing as Armoni's brother, Nyjka Dudley, 5, spreads his jacket to cool off. The children were at the playground with their babysitter, Faith Duchi.

Stephen Ezarik took this photo of deer lined up neatly to share some corn from a feeder in Scenery Hill.

Mary Stevens of Washington took this early morning photo of the "Super Glow Show" at the Reno (Nev.) Balloon Festival.

Many of us remember our mothers or grandmothers telling us to keep our elbows off the table. We can only imagine what they'd say to these bold turkeys at the home of Bob Wilinski.

Landon Angle, 3, and his brother, Roman, 2, take a walk in the woods at their grandparents' house on an exceptionally warm November day. The boys are sons of Mark and Bethany Angle of Dormont and grandsons of George and Karen Mucho of Washington.

Ralph Taylor took this photo near No. 4 dam at sunrise.

Jeff Filby of Bridgeville took this photo of a large iguana while visiting the Mayan ruins at El Rey in Cancun, Mexico.

John Benko feeds about a dozen squirrels, along with raccoons, rabbits and other wildlife. Several of the squirrels will eat right from his hand, and John thinks they'd come inside the house if he'd let them.

Kerry Pigeon of Scenery Hill took this photo of Christmas lights around the lagoon at Kennywood Park.

Jodi Derrow took this photo at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., while on a South Strabane Township bus trip.

Robin Seeber took this photo of a tufted titmouse awaiting sunflower chips on her farm in West Alexander.

Kerry Pigeon took this photo of a black-capped chickadee perched in a Bradford pear tree in her backyard in Scenery Hill.

Doug Corwin of East Washington took this photo of the bones of a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex during a recent visit to the Carnegie Museum.

On a recent rainy, warmer-than-usual day, Tom Guckert of Eighty Four spotted this rainbow from his front yard.

Beth Signorini took this photo of migrating snow geese that made a stop in Robinson Township.

Doug Smith sent us this photo by Cory McAfee of the Archer No. 1 Schoolhouse, home of Morris Township Historical Society. Both Doug and Cory are from Prosperity.

Gary Freeland and Ryan Dates spotted this owl near Arden Road in Washington.

Brenda Mahan captured this snowy, scenic view when she and her husband took a trip to Coopers Rock State Forest in West Virginia on Thanksgiving.

Jonathan Flickinger and his 10-week-old daughter, Lydia Rose, enjoyed "light-up night" at the family's South Fayette home.

Kerry Pigeon of Scenery Hill took this photo on snowy Thanksgiving Eve in Mingo Creek County Park.

You surely don't want to cross the center line here. Albert Hall of Canonsburg took this photo of a train traveling down the middle of Main Street in West Brownsville.

Tammy Perkins took this photo of a red-bellied woodpecker that her family calls "Fred." She says the feathered friend has been visiting their place for the past two years.

Ann Newman of Waynesburg sent us this close-up photo of a turkey.

Christan Mitchell took this photo of the sun rising over Southpointe.

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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