Thursday, June 8, 2017
“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.”
~ Georgia O'Keeffe
The popular 1950s catchphrase says “Daisies Don’t Tell,” but this lone wild daisy along the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L Trail), Slatington, Pennsylvania speaks of spring with its sweet and simple beauty on a May afternoon.
Running from Wilkes-Barre to Bristol, the D&L Trail passes through the Lehigh and Delaware rivers and their canals in Pennsylvania.
Slatington, established in 1864, is the designated Blackboard Capital of America.
Background texture by Jai Johnson added for artistic effect.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
“The bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirits care.”
~ “The Bluebell”
~ Emily Bronte
~ published 1846
This little girl walks among the beguiling bluebells blooming in early April near the banks of the Swabia Creek at Lock Ridge Park and Furnace Museum, Alburtis, Pennsylvania in this candid capture.
The blooming of the multitude of Lock Ridge bluebells – also called grape hyacinth – is a clarion call of spring in the Lehigh Valley, drawing many people to photograph and glimpse their beauty in the span of the few weeks they bloom.
Lock Ridge Park is a park built around an historic iron ore blast furnace just outside Alburtis, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley. The park preserves portions of the former Lock Ridge Iron Works, which dates back to 1868. The 59-acre park was opened in August 1976.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy, sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely, sunshine almost always makes me high.
If I had a day that I could give you, I’d give to you the day just like today.
If I had a song that I could sing for you, I’d sing a song to make you feel this way …
If I had a tale that I could tell you, I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile.
If I had a wish that I could wish for you, I’d make a wish for sunshine all the while …
~ “Sunshine On My Shoulders”~ recorded & co-written by John Denver
The summer was waning but its special beauty still shone through on an early September afternoon when I saw this sunflower bloom gently floating and reflecting in the creek at Trexler Memorial Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Two other sunflower blooms were floating nearby, and John Denver's beautiful “Sunshine On My Shoulders” immediately sprang to my thoughts, with its wonderful lyrics – isn’t this what we’d all want to give those we love?
Indeed, sunshine on the water looks so lovely.