Thursday, October 19, 2017
“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”
~ Helen Hunt Jackson (H.H. Jackson)
Autumn leaves, the late afternoon September sunlight and silky long exposure waters form a fall mosaic in the swirl of it all 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.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware Rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
A late September evening marked the first time I spotted a turtle along the Ironton Rail Trail, taking its own sweet time moseying toward the creek.
The Ironton Rail Trail loops more than nine miles through Whitehall Township, the Borough of Coplay and North Whitehall Township in Pennsylvania.
The Ironton Railroad was a shortline railroad in Lehigh County. Originally built in 1861 to haul iron ore and limestone to blast furnaces along the Lehigh River, traffic later shifted to carrying Portland Cement when local iron mining declined in the early 20th century. Much of the railroad had already been abandoned when it became part of Conrail in 1976, and the last of its trackage was removed in 1984.
In 1996, Whitehall Township purchased 9.2 miles of the right-of-way from Conrail, transforming it into the Ironton Rail Trail.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”
~ Luther Standing Bear
A Great Blue Heron seems to pose for a portrait while perched at Wehr’s Dam as it peers into the waters of the Jordan Creek on a late September afternoon.
The dam, built in 1904, is next to Wehr’s Covered Bridge, which dates back to 1841, at Covered Bridge Park, Orefield, Pennsylvania.