Wednesday, March 25, 2020
“Fancy meeting you here!”
~ an amiable greeting, often when one is surprised to see someone
A white-tailed deer doe and a man bicycling are surprised to be in each other’s paths on a beautiful late June evening along the Ironton Rail Trail, which 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.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
“… I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief …
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”
~ “The Peace of Wild Things”
~ Wendell Berry
~ born 1934
~ American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic & farmer
I spotted the sweetest sight of summer – a beautiful white-tailed deer fawn – in the late afternoon of a sunlit mid-July day as summer shines its beauty throughout Trexler Nature Preserve, Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
Monday, March 2, 2020
“Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart …
Live free and beauty surrounds you ...
Stay free, where no walls divide you ...
Born free, and life is worth living
But only worth living
'Cause you're born free.”
~ “Born Free”
~ title song of the 1966 film
~music by John Barry, lyrics by Don Black
In a winter shorn of snow, a beautiful and free white-tailed deer fawn, born free, is growing by leaps and bounds on her way to becoming a yearling as she seemingly sails through the park on a late January evening in the Leap Year of 2020.