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Appalachian Trail - Delaware Water Gap, Jan 2011

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 19 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

Over the next 4 or 5 posts, I will feature a series of images that I captured 2 weeks ago on a solo "snow hike" on a short portion of the Appalachian Trail (also known, simply, as "The A.T.") Don't be confused by the word "Delaware... We are standing in New Jersey here. The "Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area" (N.R.A.)runs along that portion of the Delaware River which includes Northwestern New Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The part of the trail that we will see skirts along a small tributary named Dunnfield Creek. From this point, we will turn around and move in a northerly direction. In this view, we are less than 200 meters north of Interstate 80 (to the right and out of the picture) which roars, rumbles, squawks, and groans on it's noisy 3,000 mile path from New York City to San Francisco. However, once a person starts walking up this particular trail, it does not take very long at all to completely lose any sense of the famous (or infamous) highway's existence. One quickly becomes lost in the beauty of the surroundings and hears nothing other than the sound of the nearby creek. Thousands of visitors enjoy this portion of the trail - in all seasons - exactly for the reasons I explained above! Park your car, get out, start walking and, in less than 5 minutes, you hear nothing other than the sounds of Mother Earth.

In this view, we are looking in a southeasterly direction toward the rising sun. The ridge on the upper left through the trees is "Mt Tamany." Named after the Lenni Lenape chief Tamanend, Mt Tamany is a towering, ear splitting, nose bleeding, breathtaking elevation of..... 1,526 feet!!

In the next few days, as we move up the trail , most of the images you will see will feature exclusively water, ice, and snow. A few images will include trees. I will explain why this is as we go along our little journey. For now, however, just put on your parka, light a fire and start a cup of hot tea.

OLYMPUS E-510

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510

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