Monday, March 23, 2020
“Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee,
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull’d by the moonlight have all passed away …”
~ “Beautiful Dreamer”
~parlor song by American songwriter
~published posthumously in March 1864
~ one of Foster’s most memorable ballads & best loved works
~ recorded by Bing Crosby in 1940 & various other artists
~ Foster, known as “the father of American music,” was an American songwriter known primarily for his parlor music. He wrote more than 200 songs, including “Oh! Susanna,” “Hard Times Come Again No More,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks At Home” (“Swanee River”), “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair” and “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many of his compositions remain popular today. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century” and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are sometimes referred to as “childhood songs” because they have been included in the music curriculum of early education. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but editions issued by publishers of his day can be found in various collections.
An April sunset beckons as a beautiful blossom waits for a nearby bud to wake and bloom on my favorite pink magnolia tree at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
“Sacred watcher, wave thy bells!
Fair hill flower and woodland child!
Dear to me in deep green dells –
Dearest on the mountain wild.”
~ Emily Bronte
~ “To The Bluebell”This little girl touches the beguiling bluebells blooming in early April near the banks of the Swabia Creek at Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum, Alburtis, Pennsylvania in this candid capture.
The blooming of the multitude of Lock Ridge bluebells – also called grape hyacinth – is a clarion call of spring in the Lehigh Valley, drawing many people to photograph and glimpse their beauty in the span of the few weeks they bloom.
Lock Ridge Park is a park built around an historic iron ore blast furnace just outside Alburtis, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. The park preserves portions of the former Lock Ridge Iron Works, which dates back to 1868. The 59-acre park was opened in August 1976.
Monday, February 17, 2020
“What a pity flowers can utter no sound! A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle – oh what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!”
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Coral Honeysuckle brings a shot of colorful beauty to a beautiful late May afternoon at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Coral Honeysuckle – also known as trumpet honeysuckle or scarlet honeysuckle – is a species of honeysuckle native to the eastern United States.
It can grow in many areas due to its hardiness, and is most often grown as a plant for wildlife. Ruby-throated hummingbirds use it in their natural range, as well as other birds, butterflies and bees. It is also grown as an ornamental for its attractive flowers, especially as a native alternative to the invasive Japanese Honeysuckle.
Though Coral Honeysuckle doesn’t have the heady perfume of Japanese Honeysuckle that I love, it’s still a beautiful sight on an afternoon in spring!