A River Runs Through It

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The tough sheath of this Skunk Cabbage plant holds flowers that will bloom in March to entice early fly species to their pollen.

I made the picture on January 21, with the thermometer at five degrees.  

Art in a ditch


January 13, 2019

During a hard freeze on Sunday morning, a trickle of water in a ditch had congealed into these squiggles and curliques—like bizarre fossils from a vanished sea. 

And I wondered if even NASA’s powerful computers—loaded with equations and numbers—had the power to analyze it.

Having eyes to see...

January 8, 2019

Driving through Carbondale on Route 6,  about 4 p.m., there was an amazing rainbow. I pulled over and managed to irritate a few drivers to get a few pictures.

All the way to Moosic Mountain and down to Waymart were other rainbows. 

How sad so many drivers speed by,  rushing home in time for the "real" TV news.

'Great wings were there'




*This poem is reprinted from "Journey to Red Hill" by Inez George Ridley, published by CRS OUTLOUDBOOKS.

Since the last week of February, turkey vultures have been soaring above the Delaware River at Narrowsburg, especially at dusk. But a careful look reveals that now, increasing numbers of the big birds we see are eagles.

Convoy on River Road — March 6

Never, on River Road in Damascus Township, have I witnessed a convoy of men and trucks such as the one in my picture.

Not in 35 years of storms, power failures, and a tornado touching down.

This sunny Tuesday, (3/6), with a “Flagger Force” to regulate traffic, the men fanned out until late afternoon.

Milanville Bridge, December 2016

Daniel Skinner, in 1763, steered a raft of white pine logs through this river channel to Philadelphia ship yards - creating a Milanville timber industry that lasted until WWI.

Late in the 19th century, great grandson Milton won legal and political skirmishes to charter the Milanville Bridge Company -  which hired contractors who opened our bridge in 1901. 

Cushetunk - February 2018

This Milanville bottomland abutting the Delaware River also border Calkins Creek, just south (right) of here. Cultivated as meadow and farmland for generations, it brings to mind Connecticut  families who  trekked here in the 1750s and named it “Cushetunk.”



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