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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Tiny forest are essentially miniature landscapes that can be found almost anywhere if you have a lens that sees them. In this case I was exploring some old wooden fence post tops with a Canon 100mm Macro Lens
These little natural fungi and moss forest have quite an array of: colors (especially for February), shapes, and plant life. Here are some top down images of the tops of the posts.
Some side view images. The narrow depth of field is helpful to highlight one particular plant in the forest.
This subject is something I look forward to photographing more in the future. As the seasons change the variety of plant life must change with it so it will be interesting to go back to these same posts and see how they change.
The river bottom of the Upper Delaware River is an ever changing and diverse landscape. The general beauty of the underwater river world is that it is rarely the same but largely familiar. Small things tend to hustle along with the flow of the minor currents and large things tend to stay put unless the river really decides to force the point.
In the little shallow areas the fall landscape is scenic as it changes moment to moment. Things float into the frame and things float out. It's beautiful in how it is a moving natural collage.
The leaf litter introduced to the Delaware River from the trees along the banks, and it's tributaries, is a noticeable change from the more plant dominated summer riverbed. The fall foliage adds quite a bit of diverse colors and shapes as it moves along the river bottom.
The leaves collect and decompose as they are buried under the silt and broken down by the water and ice. As they are breaking down the leaf litter is releasing nutrients that is washing downstream and nourishing those areas.
High water in the Spring churns up the riverbed collage - taking things away and adding new things.
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Exploring photography has been a life long passion.