Showing posts with label Ironton Rail Trail. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ironton Rail Trail. Show all posts

Monday, August 7, 2017

Autumn Momento Video ...




"More" by the wonderful Bobby Darin sets the cool tone to swing into autumn's splendor showcased in my original photos.

My greatest joy as a photographer is harmonizing my favorite original photos to music to create a lingering snapshot of the season. Enjoy!
Also on my You Tube channel at
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_FbOH89K0




Monday, July 31, 2017

Art Of The Rails ...





“Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Train I ride, sixteen coaches long
Well that long black train got my baby and gone

Train train, comin’  'round, 'round the bend
Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again
No, not again

Train train, comin’ down, down the line
Train train, comin’ down, down the line
Well it’s bringin’ my baby, 'cause she’s mine all, all mine
She’s mine, all, all mine

Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Train train, comin’ 'round, 'round the bend
Well it took my baby, but it never will again
Never will again
Ooh, woah”
                          ~ “Mystery Train”
                       ~ written & recorded by
         American blues musician Junior Parker
                                     ~ 1953
          ~ recorded by the great Elvis Presley
                                  ~ 1955
       ~ Produced by Sam Phillips at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee it features Elvis Presley on vocals & rhythm guitar, Scotty Moore on lead guitar & Bill Black on bass. Mystery Train is now considered to be an “enduring classic.” It was the first recording to make Elvis Presley a nationally known country music star.

I captured my artistic depiction of this wonderful tribute to the Ironton Railroad on an early October evening along the Ironton Rail Trail.

It was an Eagle Scout project of Samuel L. Raub II, Troop 57, in 2012.

The Ironton Rail Trail loops more than nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania.

The Ironton Railroad was a shortline railroad in Lehigh County. Originally built in 1861 to haul iron ore and limestone to blast furnaces along the Lehigh River, traffic later shifted to carrying Portland Cement when local iron mining declined in the early 20th century. Much of the railroad had already been abandoned when it became part of Conrail in 1976, and the last of its trackage was removed in 1984.

In 1996, Whitehall Township purchased 9.2 miles of the right-of-way from Conrail, transforming it into the Ironton Rail Trail.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Turkey Vultures And The Big Blue Sky ...



“Better have as king a vulture advised by swans
Than a swan advised by vultures.”
                                   ~ Panchatantra

A pair of turkey vultures in their treetop perch are seen against the bright blue spring sky as an April sunset approaches along the Ironton Rail Trail.

 I often see many groups of perched turkey vultures in the same group of trees along the trail near sundown.

The trail loops more than nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Dance ...



"Ballet in the air ...
twin butterflies
until, twice white
they meet, they
mate."
                        ~ Matsuo Basho
                                      ~ 1644-1694
                                                    ~ Japanese Haiku

Mating white butterflies seem to do a delicate dance
alighted on a leaf along the Ironton Rail Trail,
Whitehall, Pennsylvania on a June evening.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Simple Peace ...


"I found the poems in the field
and only wrote them down."
                             ~ John Clare
                                          ~ 1793-1864

The words of the English poet John Clare came to life
to me when I photographed this scene just before sunset. It
was a waning summer evening just off the Ironton Rail Trail, 
Whitehall, Pennsylvania, with the chirp of crickets and the 
soft coo of a mourning dove the only sounds filling the air ...
a simple peace and a beautiful reminder to me of why
I love nature photography. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Innocence of Youth ...


Beautiful white-tailed deer fawn poses on a summer evening
just off the Ironton Rail Trail, North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Portrait Of A Summer Doe ...


Beautiful white-tailed deer doe pauses while grazing
on a summer evening just off the Ironton Rail Trail,
North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Here We Come ...


"Here we come ... we're the young generation,
and we've got something to say ..."
                          ~ "Theme from The Monkees"
                                                         ~1966

A whimsical view of two adorable white-tailed deer
fawns as they ran out of the thicket to greet a June
sunset just off the Ironton Rail Trail, North Whitehall
Township, Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Age Of Innocence ...


Sweet and beautiful white-tailed deer fawn poses 
in a field just off the Ironton Rail Trail, North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania
at sunset in June.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday In The Country ...


"Do not let Sunday be taken from you. 
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes
an orphan."
                        ~ Albert Schweitzer
                                                    1875-1965

I saw this rural scene on an early summer Sunday
afternoon from the Ironton Rail Trail, which loops more than
nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and
North Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania.
The corridor was originally home to the
Ironton Railroad 1860-1984.