Wednesday, September 19, 2018
“Look at me
I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I’m clinging to a cloud
I can’t understand
I get misty just holding your hand
Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear
I get misty the moment you’re near….”
~ “Misty” is a jazz standard written in 1954 by pianist Erroll Garner, and lyrics by Johnny Burke were added later. It became the signature song of Johnny Mathis, appearing on his 1959 album “Heavenly.” Artists recording versions include Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn.
“Misty” was part of the soundtrack of the 1971 film “Play Misty For Me,” starring and directed by the wonderful Clint Eastwood in his directorial debut.
The mist rolls through a hillside after a summer rain shower on a steamy early September evening at Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
Monday, September 17, 2018
“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”
~ Henry Beston
The historic Harry Rickert House reflects in the Lehigh Canal on a beautiful autumn afternoon in early November along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail), Weissport, Pennsylvania, where the trail is positioned between the Lehigh River and Lehigh Canal.
Weissport flourished as a Lehigh Canal town until 1942. Diverse goods, coal and people moved along the waterway. Boatyards and a mercantile center in the Harry Rickert House anchored business activity here.
The house itself was built just after the canal was dug and built in 1828. Jacob K. Rickert came to Weissport in the 1850s, and through his son Hiram and grandson Harry, the Rickert’s business continued to operate until the 1950s. Today the stately building is owned by Rod and Jennifer Mann. The house is their home plus a guest house known as “The Canal Side Guest House.”
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Monday, September 10, 2018
“Let us cross over the river, and rest in the shade of the trees.”
~ Stonewall Jackson
~ 1824-1863The last words of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, who served as a Confederate general (1861-1863) during the Civil War, and became arguably the best-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee. Jackson played a prominent role in nearly all military engagements in the Eastern Theater of the war until his death, and had an important part in winning many significant battles.
A lone fisherman crosses the Delaware River in this high contrast monochrome shot I captured on a late summer afternoon overlooking the river that straddles New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
This view was from the Riverton-Belvidere Toll Supported Bridge, my vantage point
on this sunny early September day.
The bridge, which opened in 1904, links Belvidere, New Jersey and Riverton, Pennsylvania.
Belvidere, one of my very favorite places, was established April 7, 1845 and is a charming Victorian town located on the banks of the Pequest and Delaware Rivers. The town’s name means “beautiful to see” in Italian.
Riverton is part of Pennsylvania’s Slate Belt.