Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Reflections On The Santa Fe ...

“I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.”
                        ~ Garry Winogrand
                            ~ 1928-1984
       ~ American street photographer from the Bronx, New York, known for his portrayal of U.S. life and its social issues, in the mid-20th century. Though he photographed in California, Texas and elsewhere, Winogrand was essentially a New York photographer.

Images from Main Street in Northampton, Pennsylvania reflect in the window of the Santa Fe Taco Company on a beautiful late summer afternoon in September.
My red car can be seen at left, though when I snapped the shot I didn’t realize my car would be part of the scene!

Food at the Santa Fe is influenced by New Mexico and the Southwest – their green chillies are native to New Mexico and they have them shipped to the restaurant weekly. Their menu includes an eclectic selection of tacos, from shrimp, BLT, Greek, scallop and cheesesteak tacos and more, very worthy of sampling!

The Santa Fe is located just down the street from the historic Roxy Theatre.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Touched By The Morning Dew ...

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”
                    ~ Bradley Millar
A Woolly Bear caterpillar – larvae of the Isabella Tiger Moth – is touched with the morning dew on a beautiful late October day at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

In describing the legend of the Woolly Bear caterpillar predicting the severity of the coming winter, The Old Farmer’s Almanac states the Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 distinct segments of either rusty brown or black. The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Strolling On The Bridge ...

“It is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all.”
           ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
             ~ 1867-1957
A couple begins a stroll across The Riegelsville Toll-Supported Bridge (Riegelsville Roebling Bridge) on a beautiful August day in Riegelsville, Pennsylvania, a sweet and simple way for people in love to spend a summer afternoon.

Spanning the Delaware River, the bridge connects the Borough of Riegelsville in Pennsylvania with Pohatcong Township in New Jersey.

The original bridge, a covered wooden structure, was constructed in 1835. It remained in service until the entire superstructure was swept away by the flood of October 10, 1903.

The existing bridge, constructed in 1904 by John A. Roebling’s Sons Company of New York, is a three-span suspension structure with a total length of 577 feet. The open-grid steel deck provides a roadway width of 16 feet between steel rubrails. A timber-plank sidewalk is supported by a king post floor beam system, cantilevered on both ends of the bridge. The sidewalk railing is actually a double-warren truss, assisting in strengthening the bridge roadway.

The substructure, masonry piers originally built in 1835, were raised and built up in 1904. The pier nearest the Pennsylvania approach was almost completely demolished in the flood of 1936 and was subsequently rebuilt using reinforced concrete.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 2010 and dedicated in 2011. It is owned by the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, and is currently posted for a three-ton weight limit and a 15 MPH speed limit.

Riegelsville is a Route 611 river town along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail). The trail is positioned between the Delaware River and Delaware Canal, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1978. The site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.

Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.