Showing posts with label Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lehigh Gap Nature Center. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Easy, Breezy Butterfly ...



“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
                  ~ Confucius
                        ~ 551 BC-479 BC
A sweet white butterfly alights on a flower during a breezy, beautiful late September afternoon along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) at Lehigh Gap.

In the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, the Lehigh Gap in Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the D&L Trail. 

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

River Color ...



“Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.”
               ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
                      ~ 1803-1882
Autumn colors reflect and dance in the Lehigh River on a beautiful October afternoon at Lehigh Gap.

I captured this shot near the Lehigh Gap Bridge, which spans the river in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain.

The Lehigh Gap in Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail).

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.

The Lehigh Gap Bridge was built in 1930 and rehabilitated in 1984.

Monday, October 30, 2017

I Hear The Cottonwoods ...




“I hear the cottonwoods whisperin’ above
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love
The old hootie owl hootie-hoo’s to the dove
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love
Does my lover feel what I feel
When he comes near?
My heart beats so joyfully
You’d think he could hear
Wish I knew if he knew what I’m dreaming of
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love.

Whippoorwill, whippoorwill, you and I know
Tammy, Tammy, can’t let him go
The breeze from the bayou keeps murmuring low
Tammy, Tammy, you love him so
When the night is warm, soft and warm
I long for his charms
I’d sing like a violin
If I were in his arms
Wish I knew if he knew what I’m dreaming of
Tammy, Tammy, Tammy’s in love."
            ~    “Tammy”
    ~ recorded by Debbie Reynolds
 for the 1957 film “Tammy and the Bachelor”
   ~ music by Jay Livingston, lyrics by Ray Evans

I heard the cottonwoods whisperin’ above as a soft late October breeze and golden hour sunlight whisper through the balls of cotton-like fluff and seeds of an Eastern Cottonwood Tree as sunset approaches along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) at Lehigh Gap.

And, of course, it reminded me of the “Tammy” song!

The Eastern Cottonwood, also called a necklace poplar, is a cottonwood poplar native to North America.

In the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, the Lehigh Gap in Slatington, Pennsylvania, is a crossroads where the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s trails connect two historic trails – the Appalachian Trail and the D&L Trail. 

The Appalachian Trail, a foot path, follows the ridge on both sides of the Lehigh Gap, running 1,245 miles south to Georgia and 930 miles north to Maine. Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.