Hot Shots

If you look at enough Hotshot photos, sooner or later you'll see something you've never seen before. Debbie Endy took this photo of her daughter, Della, doing a little sledding with her chickens, Blackie and Fancy. And, yes, Debbie says the feathered friends actually stay on the sled for the ride down the hill.

Hope Casterline took this photo of a squirrel eating seed out of the propane lantern on her back deck in Washington.

Stephen Ezarik took this photo of a winter sunset from the hills overlooking Scenery Hill.

Beth Kairush of Canonsburg says a recent school closing because of inclement weather gave her daughter a chance to make this snow angel.

Washington County residents woke up to a winter wonderland Saturday morning. The 2 inches of snow didn't deter this couple from an early morning jog past the Ebenezer Bridge in Mingo Park.

Carol Brunetti took this photo of the sky and clouds reflecting off the windows of the Mylan headquarters building in Southpointe.

Erica Jestat-Garrison took this photo of her cat, Beja, who was more than willing to brave a 15-degree temperature in order to soak up some rays at the family's home in Washington.

Marian Campbell took this photo of a colorful visitor to her villa when she was vacationing on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Beth Signorini spotted this barred owl in Cecil on her way home from work.

Karen Sprowls took this photo at Reyes Point Light House at Reyes Point National Seashore near San Francisco. There are 308 steps down the cliff to see the lighthouse, which is built low to be seen below the fog.

Bonnie Sodini of North Strabane Township took this photo of a bald eagle that has been spotted frequently at Canonsburg Lake.

Christen Mitchell spotted this squirrel grabbing a bite to eat from her backyard bird feeder.

Edward Yonosik took this photo of a female cardinal waiting her turn near the bird feeder at his home in East Marianna.

This sure looks good right about now. Lori Lauffer took this photo from Latitudes restuarant on Sunset Key in Key West, Fla.

Brook Ward took this photo in the abandoned Larimer Elementary School in Pittsburgh.

While enjoying a rafting trip on the Corobici River in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica, Jeff Filby of Bridgeville took this photo of a baby crocodile sunning itself on a log.

Allan Jack took this photo of a massive stone carving at the Mayan ruins of Kohunlich near Costa Maya, Mexico.

Beth Signorini spotted this possum cleaning his whiskers in Robinson Township, Washington County, near the Montour Trail.

Kathy Fowler took this photo of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Erica Jestat-Garrison took this photo of the sun rising at the home of her parents, Rebecca and Doug Burig, in Washington.

Estelle Woodburn of Independence Township took this photo of the sun rising over West Middletown.

Kerry Pigeon took this photo of a frosted-over wooden bucket hanging from a decorative wishing well in her backyard in Scenery Hill.

A woman reacts as a goatee is superimposed on an image of her face in the Future Mirror at the Panasonic booth during the International CES Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, in Las Vegas. A camera in the mirror allows the Future Mirror to display a moving image of your face with added facial hair or makeup in real time. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A man walks in the snow before members of the newly-elected Pennsylvania Legislature were sworn in Tuesday across the street from the state Capitol in Harrisburg.

Brenda Mahan and her husband visited McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County the day after Christmas and came home with this photo of the gristmill on Slippery Rock Creek, which was re-established after a fire in 1868. Thomas McConnell bought and improved the mill in 1875. It processed corn, oats, wheat and buckwheat for local customers.

Joyce Thornburg took this photo of a "rolling cloud" formation on Christmas Eve near the Taylorstown exit of Interstate 70.

Brook Ward took this photo along Foul Bay in Barbados.

Brook Ward took this photo of injured Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu on the sidelines during the team's next-to-last regular season game, against the Kansas City Chiefs. Many think this will be the last season in the illustrious career of the now gray-bearded Polamalu.

Brook Ward took this photo inside Washington County Courthouse.

Linda Porter said these five surprise visitors showed up at her front-yard bird feeder one recent cold winter morning. She said where they came from is anyone's guess.

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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