Here is a scene from one of the many small pond areas located in the Delaware Water Gap N.R,A. ("N.R.A." stands for "National Recreational Area"). The Park is about 40 miles long and about 15 miles wide. It includes a lengthy stretch of the Delaware River, which serves as the border between New Jersey to the east and Pennsylvania to the west.
Referred-to simply as "The Water Gap," by locals, this is a very heavily visited area. Yet, it does not enjoy full "National Park" status. The Water Gap's proximity to New York City, Newark, Northern New Jersey and Western Pennsylvania (where I live) makes it one of the most visited National Recreational Areas anywhere (the 19th most visited National Park or Area, as a matter of fact). Someone living in Manhattan can actually be on a trail, in the silence of nature, within 90 minutes (quick by US Standards ;-) and sometimes even less)!
There are scores of trails, streams, waterfalls, and marshes throughout the area, as well as the beautiful Delaware River, of course, which is a protected river. Additionally, a 25 mile segment of the famous Appalachian Trail passes through the Water Gap on its approximately 1,100 mile journey stretching from Georgia to Maine.
In the fall, the visitation numbers grow exponentially, it seems. This year with the dramatic fluctuation in temperatures, excessive rain, forocious winds, two tropical storms, and one hurricane that we have received, many of the trees, here, have simply lost their leaves. Nevertheless, there still are some "pockets" of colour, making them all the more precious upon discovery.
This is what we love about Nature: ever changing, ever dynamic, and always giving.... We simply have to do our share by protecting it....:-)
** 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