Showing posts with label mountains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label mountains. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Kittatinny Winter ...


“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.”
                       ~ John Muir
                               ~ 1838-1914

The view from the Bobolink Trail, just off the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) at Lehigh Gap delivers a beautiful vista of both sides of the snow dusted Kittatiny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, on a winter afternoon.

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.

The Bobolink Trail connects the D&L Trail with the Lehigh and New England (LNE) Trail about 1.2 miles north and west of the Osprey House at Lehigh Gap Nature Center. The Bobolink Trail is named for the Bobolink, a representative of the migrant grassland bird species that the Lehigh Gap Nature Center hopes to attract to the refuge’s re-vegetated prairie grasslands.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Leave Nothing But Footprints ...




“Bring nothing but silence
Show nothing but grace
Seek nothing but shelter
From the great human race
Take nothing but pictures
Kill nothing but time
Leave nothing but footprints
To show you came by.”
                                    
            ~ “Nothing But”
               ~ words & music by John Kay

A portion of the Kittattiny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain, seamlessly slopes into the landscape on a serene summer evening at Lehigh Gap in this high contrast monochrome shot.

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.

The Lehigh Gap Bridge, slightly seen at right, was built in 1930 and rehabilitated in 1984, and spans the Lehigh River.

This scene echoes the beautiful chorus of the John Kay song “Nothing But.” The words “Leave Nothing But Footprints” are often seen placed on hiking trails, and in fact can be seen along the Walnutport Canal Towpath Trail a few miles to the south.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Brisk Beauty ...


"The leaves fall, the wind blows,
and the farm country slowly changes 
from the summer cottons into
its winter wools."
                                       ~ Henry Beston
                                                        ~ 1888-1968

Chilly November winds whip the waters this weekend
at Leaser Lake, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, but that doesn't
detract from the beauty of this autumn day
at the lake in the shadow of the northern Blue Mountain Ridge.

Leaser Lake's namesake is Frederick Leaser, who in September 1777
with his farm team hauled The Liberty Bell from Philadelphia
to Allentown where it was concealed in Zion Reformed Church.
His homestead is located one mile north of the lake.