Thursday, October 24, 2019
“But memory is an autumn leaf that murmurs a while in the wind and then is heard no more.”
~ Kahlil Gibran
A single autumn leaf rests in the cascading waters of Resh Falls, which flows like silk in harmony with autumn along the Kittatinny Ridge, also called Blue Mountain. I shot this long exposure capture on a beautiful October afternoon at Lehigh Gap along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail).
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.
Resh Falls is one of the Five Falls at East Penn along a unique area of the D&L Trail.
Railroading has a rich history in the development of lower Carbon County as three railroads went through the Lehigh Gap.
East Penn Township had two of them on its side of the river as the Lehigh Valley Railroad ran along what is now the D&L Trail. The Lehigh and New England Railroad ran parallel about 75 feet higher on the mountain on what is now the Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Bobolink Trail.
The engineering needed to build these railroads would be a wonder today, but when you consider that they were done a century ago it becomes more impressive. They built pools along the railroad to collect runoff similar to what we now have as detention basins.
These pools still collect water and they discharge the collected water at five waterfalls that can be observed year round when hiking or biking 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, September 18, 2019
“I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.”
~ Garry Winogrand
~ American street photographer from the Bronx, New York, known for his portrayal of U.S. life and its social issues, in the mid-20th century. Though he photographed in California, Texas and elsewhere, Winogrand was essentially a New York photographer.
Images from Main Street in Northampton, Pennsylvania reflect in the window of the Santa Fe Taco Company on a beautiful late summer afternoon in September.
My red car can be seen at left, though when I snapped the shot I didn’t realize my car would be part of the scene!
Food at the Santa Fe is influenced by New Mexico and the Southwest – their green chillies are native to New Mexico and they have them shipped to the restaurant weekly. Their menu includes an eclectic selection of tacos, from shrimp, BLT, Greek, scallop and cheesesteak tacos and more, very worthy of sampling!
The Santa Fe is located just down the street from the historic Roxy Theatre.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
“I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.”
~ Walt Disney
I just love this sign on Manassas Guth Covered Bridge on an early April afternoon, depicting the bridge’s history in a painterly way.
The sign reads: “Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge, Guth’s Bridge, 1858, South Whitehall Township.”
Manassas Guth Covered Bridge crosses the Jordan Creek in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. The historic wooden bridge was constructed in 1858 and rebuilt in 1882. It is a 108-foot long Burr Truss Bridge with vertical siding. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and is part of Covered Bridge Park.