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
The holiday season is coming and 2020 has been a challenging year for almost everyone. Give yourself a break and shop my online gift shop where you will find great gifts for everyone on your list!
My jigsaw puzzles are great unique gift ideas for: friends, mom, men, birthdays, Christmas, girls, and co-workers.
Delight someone with jigsaw puzzles from my Flower Photography Collection This collection features macro and landscape images where the primary subjects are flowers in all their stages and sometimes with representatives from the wonderful world of pollinators.
Inspire someone with a jigsaw puzzle gift from my Landscape Photography Collection I have images from California, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York in winter, spring, summer, and fall. This collection can take them to the oceans, the mountains, the valleys, and our beautiful American rivers.
New York will be revisiting it's ban on plastic bags soon. According to news from NY1
Enforcement of the ban on single-use plastic bags will take effect statewide on October 19. The legislation took effect March 1 but hasn't been enforced, in part because of the pandemic and worries about re-usable bags, and also because of a lawsuit from plastic bag manufacturers.
No worries! Grab yourself an environmentally friendly and stylish tote from one of my collections.
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.
Shop for bridge themed products in my Gift Shop under Collections - Bridges.
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No kitchen renovation or restaurant dining room is complete without some food related decor. Choose from a variety of wall art, or, create harmony with food related coffee mugs.
Restaurants, diners, and bars who need food related photos can browse my Fine Art America Food Photography Collection, or, check out my stock photography - links below:
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American Rivers announces their 2020 River of the Year and one of my favorite photographic subjects - the Lovely Delaware River - wins it!
How amazing is that!??!
From their website: American Rivers is a national organization that was founded in 1973 and is dedicated the protection of rivers. Here is what the American Rivers CEO had to say:
“The Delaware River is a national success story,” said Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers. “The River of the Year honor recognizes the hard work of many local advocates who understand that a healthy Delaware River is vital to the health of millions of people.” - https://www.americanrivers.org/2020/04/river-of-the-year-for-2020-the-delaware-river/
Some fun facts: The Delaware River is the East Coast’s longest free-flowing river and part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System which preserves certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. I'm glad for that designation and for the two national parks that I have in my area: Delaware Water Gap and Upper Delaware Scenic
I've spent a lot of years exploring this river system and photographing both the landscapes around the river with the bridges that run over it. Check out some of panoramic photos here:
More recently I've gotten interested in the underwater world of this river and started shooting more underwater photography. Check out my blog posts on that Underwater Photography here:
I had intended on doing some SCUBA classes this spring to improve my underwater photography work but the classes were canceled due to COVID-19 so that will be delayed a bit. The summer of 2020 will likely still be more shallow underwater photography, however, I have quite a bit of new gear so it'll be new and creative work!
One thing I've admired, but not photographed much, is the abundant wildlife that has been repopulating the river basin. The bald eagles have made a tremendous return and beavers - like the one in the image below - are making their homes along the banks again.
I pulled this image out of my gift shop because it is a great example of the results of the work that has been done to restore this river. The image also speaks to the importance of the work and why we need to protect and conserve.
I thought maybe someone might enjoy it as much as I do :)
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I have a curated selection of my best: Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Macro Photography, Fine Art Photography, Wildlife Photography, and Underwater Photography on my Fine Art America portfolio.
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The collection is continually changing so check the gift shop often for new images.
Most of the photography is shot in the NY, NJ, PA tri-state area. I do currently have some travel photography from places like Maine, California, and North Carolina.
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Creating abstract photos is something I enjoy quite a bit. One method that I like to use is to use my macro lens and play with mixing oils with water.
The soft and subtle natural oil hues create very simple monotone images.
More colorful abstract art is created using: colored lights, food coloring, or using patterns in a way that they get reflected on the oils. You never really know what is going to happen and the same thing never happens twice which is something I enjoy immensely about this technique.
Natural and artificial lighting can really play some fun games bouncing off the oils. I find it helpful to not play by any rules when creating abstract designs so it is one of those elements of photography that I just enjoy.
If you like these fun abstract images, shop my Abstract Art Collection at my Gift Shop!
Exploring photography has been a life long passion.