Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inspirational. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Gull On Winter's Pond ...

“Perfect speed … is being there.”
                 ~from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”
                                                 ~ 1970
                                     ~ by Richard Bach
                                                       ~ born 1936

A Laughing Gull glides along the pond, soaking in winter’s beauty on a February evening at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Peek-A-Blue ...

 “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
               ~ J.M. Barrie
                     ~ 1860-1937
                 from “The Little White Bird”
                           ~ 1902
                 Barrie is the creator of Peter Pan, who first appeared in “The Little White Bird”

A beautiful tree swallow – known for its iridescent blue-green color upper parts – peeks out of its nesting box on a May evening at Lehigh Gap Nature Center.

While there are young or eggs in the nest, adult tree swallows frequently dive bomb intruders, including curious humans, and attempt to drive them from the area – I personally know this to be true, and so does my camera!

In the shadow of the Kittattiny 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 Heritage Corridor Trail (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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dreaming In Summer's Time ...

“Summertime is always the best
 of what might be.”
                           ~ Charles Bowden, journalist
                                     ~ 1945-2014
 Summertime … the pace is a bit slower, the air sweeter, the sunshine warmer and brighter … a perfect time to dream of what might be. 

Summertime’s essence is palpable in this artistic view of a canoe and a pair of sneakers waiting for their owners to explore the waters of Hopewell Lake. I shot this on a beautiful July afternoon at the lake in French Creek State Park, Elverson, Pennsylvania.

The 7,526 acre park straddles northern Chester County and southern Berks County along French Creek and is located in the Hopewell Big Woods.

Set amidst the old, quaint and picturesque farmland of southeast Pennsylvania, French Creek State Park offers two lakes – Hopewell and Scotts Run – extensive forests and almost 40 miles of hiking trails. Adjacent to the park lies Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site that features a cold-blast furnace restored to its 1830s appearance.

French Creek State Park was chosen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and its Bureau of State Parks as one of “25 Must-See Pennsylvania State Parks.”