Located in the southern central region of Pennsylvania Gettysburg PA is an easy drive from areas like Philadephia, New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Pittsburg.
It's chief attractions include Gettysburg National Military Park and Soldiers' National Cemetery. Both parks and the surrounding town are a rich blend of historical preservation and inspiring works of art.
Artists of any kind have got to make this a bucket list trip. The art here is the type of art that can only be born from such an epic clash of opposing wills. It's inspiring and unique like nothing you've ever seen before.
Gettysburg was a simple farming town when it accidentally became the epicenter of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee had marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania in late June of 1863 with his sights set on winning the war. General George G. Meade and the Union's Army of the Potomac met Lee at the crossroads town of Gettysburg and the three-day Battle of Gettysburg began, July 1, 1863.
In that three day period the Confererate and Union armies amassed a casualty toll of over 45,000.
"The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion", Gettysburg was the Civil War's bloodiest battle and was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address"." - Excerpt from the NPS website.
In 1864, a group of concerned citizens established the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association to preserve portions of the battlefield as a memorial. They transferred their land holdings to the Federal government in 1895 and that same year Gettysburg National Military Park was established.
Originally a federally-appointed commission of Civil War veterans oversaw the park's development as a memorial to both armies by identifying and marking the lines of battle. Then in 1933 administration of the park was transferred to the Department of the Interior's National Park Service who maintains it to this day.
Bring good shoes and give yourself plenty of time to explore because there is plenty to see on 6,000 acres of land with more than 1,300 monuments, 400 cannons, 31 miles of historic avenues, and 147 historic buildings.
Find more photography from this trip in my Gettysburg Collection at the Gift Shop
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Learn more about the history of this park on their National Park Service Website
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Pike County Pennsylvania has a rich history with the Delaware River and hosts some of the most pristine land in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
This access area is a great spot for fishing but the primary purpose is as a boat launch and picnic area. It's pretty, it's easy to get to, and it's easily accessible. It is also a really nice area to access the McDade Trail for a day hike.
Check for COVID-19 restrictions before you plan to visit and follow this park on Facebook to get daily COVID-19 closures: https://www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS
Delaware Water Gap map: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/maps.htm
McDade Trail information: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/mcdade-recreational-trail.htm
I wander over, and under, a lot of small bridges. In part this is because I wander the Delaware River a lot and have a need to cross it rather often. It is also true that I simply enjoy the unobstructed views that bridges provide. In a land of thick forests, a treeless view is a wonderful photographic opportunity.
In a lot of photos, and how I prefer to photograph them, the image is more about the landscape and the bridge accentuates that. Then there are times when I am simply enjoying the immense structure and I run with that feeling to make the images more along the lines of architectural photography.
The above image is an old train bridge photographed while I was on the Zane Gray Bridge. Both are in in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania and span the Lackawaxen River. This area attracts a lot of photographers looking to photograph bald eagles so if you enjoy that Lackawaxen is a nice place to wander.
Below are all images from my Bridges collection on Fine Art America.
The first two are Delaware River bridges: Roebling Aqueduct Bridge (connecting Lackawaxen PA and Minisink NY) and the Milford Bridge (connecting Montague NJ and Milford PA).
Below is a mix of my favorite DSLR and cell iPhone images of local bridges.
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