Showing posts with label Henry James. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Henry James. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Reflections On A Summer Afternoon ...


“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
    ~ Henry James
      ~ 1843-1916
The poetic beauty of an afternoon in summer, my most favorite of seasons, reflects on an August day at Leaser Lake, in the shadow of the northern Blue Mountain Ridge, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania.

Leaser Lake’s namesake is Frederick Leaser, an American patriot who in September 1777 with his farm team hauled The Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown where it was concealed in Zion Reformed Church for protection during the Revolutionary War. His homestead is located one mile north of the lake.

Leaser Lake was built by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for water-oriented recreation and opened for public use in 1971. Lehigh County leases this area from the state and operates and maintains the park. The land north of the lake was purchased by the county in the early 1970s. It is entirely wooded and is used for nature study and as an addition to the State Game Lands No. 217.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Ain't Nothin' Like A Summer Day ...


“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
           ~ Henry James
                 ~ 1843-1916
Under the cool shade of trees in late August, a hammock I saw on a property along the Saucon Rail Trail, Hellertown, Pennsylvania paints a quintessential scene in sepia of a perfect afternoon in summer, my most favorite of seasons.

Ain’t nothin’ like a summer day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Streaming Summer Afternoon ...



“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
               ~ Henry James
                    ~ 1843-1916
The poetic beauty of an afternoon in summer, my most favorite of seasons, streams through an August day in Henry’s Woods at Jacobsburg State Park, which spans between Wind Gap and Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Jacobsburg offers environmental education programs from the preschool environmental awareness programs to high school level environmental problem solving programs, historical programs, teacher workshops and public interpretive programs.

Once the site where the famous Henry Rifle was made, the Jacobsburg National Historic District lies almost entirely within the park. Henry’s Woods offers very scenic hikes and the rest of the center grounds have multi-use trails.

The park surrounds the Bushkill Creek.

The original land for the center was purchased by the Department of Forests and Waters from the City of Easton in 1959. In 1969, additional land was purchased using funds from Project 70. This brought the total land area of the center to its present size of 1,168 acres.