Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label snow. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Sugared Trail ...

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees …”
                ~ John Muir
                      ~ 1838-1914
The peace of a beautiful winter afternoon is palpable on a January day along the snow sugared trail of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail) that hugs the Kittatinny Ridge at Lehigh Gap.

In the shadow of the Kittatinny 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 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, November 28, 2018

Little Parson Brown ...

“… In the meadow we can build a snowman
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say, are you married?
We’ll say, no man
But you can do the job
When you’re in town …”
                ~ “Winter Wonderland”
        ~ music by Felix Bernard,
              lyrics by Richard B. Smith
                             ~ 1934
“Winter Wonderland” is a winter song, popularly regarded as a Christmas song. Through the decades it has been recorded by over 200 different artists.

Just like a Little Parson Brown, this miniature snowman that I saw a little boy make sits in front of the Springhouse on one of the stone bridges at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 17, 2018, two days after the season’s first snowfall. The pre-Thanksgiving snowfall blanketed the region with eight inches of snow.

This log cabin was part of Springhouse, the summer home of General Harry C. Trexler (1854-1933) an American industrialist who built a business empire in Allentown. The park is his namesake.

I presented the image in sepia to enhance the nostalgic feel.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Falling Into Winter ...

“November comes And November goes
With the last red berries and the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth to sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
        ~ “November Comes and November Goes”
            ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth
                 ~ 1893-1986
           ~ Winner of the Newberry Medal, 1931

Autumn meets winter as fall foliage reflects in the path wetted by melted snow on the afternoon of November 16, 2018 – a day after the season’s first snowfall – at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania. The pre-Thanksgiving snowfall blanketed the region with eight inches of snow.