Hot Shots

Tom Gazvoda of Canonsburg took this photo of a bald eagle named Challenger at the opening of the Field & Stream store in South Strabane Township.

While vacationing in Yellowstone National Park, Walt and Debbie Mills encountered this huge bison walking slowly down the center of the road, causing a major traffic jam behind him.

Brad DeBusk took this photo of a garden spider in her web one recent morning at Mingo Creek County Park. Brad said he did some research and found that the female, non-venomous spider is known as a "argiope aurantia."

Betsy Day of West Finley thought those tomatoes from her garden made a cute "couple."

The sunlight was coming from just the right angle when Tina Lasko took this photo on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh.

Christine Bitz took this photo as Daniel Bitz added the finishing touches to a bell tower in preparation for putting up the "liberty bell" in the barn he built with the help of cousin Matthew Myzak and other family members and friends. The barn is along Old Hickory Ridge Road.

Malisa Silassy took this photo of the recent harvest moon rising over McMurray from a vantage point at Canonsburg Lake.

Jennifer Lantzer Novak took this photo of a chrysalis on a solar light.

Brook Ward took this photo of the University of Pittsburgh's Honors College stairs on the 36th floor of the Cathedral of Learning.

Bracken Burns took this photo of a butterfly that was in attendance at the Wine, Jazz & Pops Festival in North Strabane Park.

While visiting the Mayan ruins at Tulum, Mexico, Jeff Filby of Bridgeville took this photo of El Castillo, the largest and most prominent structure at Tulum.

Amanda Durbin took this photo of a Monarch caterpillar crawling around on and eating a milkweed plant. She hopes to see it again after it turns into a beautiful butterfly.

Allan Jack took this photo of a very active bald-faced hornets' nest in a tree near his home.

Christan Mitchell took this photo of the sun setting over Washington Mall from across Murtland Avenue at Washington Chevrolet.

Staff Sgt. Derek Jeffers spotted this striking cloud formation outside the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. Jeffers, from Washington, is on active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

Kerry Pigeon of Scenery Hill took this photo of a black-crowned night heron at Brookgreen Gardens Zoo in South Carolina.

Patience and a lot of camera clicks paid off when Angela Porter of Washington got this close-up of a hummingbird at a feeder in her backyard.

Cathy Mohney took this photo of a lotus flower in one of the ponds on her property in North Franklin Township. She said the flower is about six inches across and is a Mrs. Perry Slocum variety.

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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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