Archive for June, 2017

Delaware River Sojourn 2017

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Nothing is quite like spending seven days on the Delaware River in the annual Delaware River Sojourn.  Being on the water in a kayak gives me a sense of peace and well being.  It brings a feeling of slow living into the ever faster pace of society today. The Sojourn brought together up to 130 people daily from young to old, creating a community of old friends and new enjoying the wonders of nature on the longest undammed River east of the Mississippi.   While experiencing the Lehigh Canal and camping three days at the National Canal Museum in Easton, Pennsylvania,  I recognized how the area is rich in history. The canals provided a way for anthracite coal to be transported, helping  the industrial revolution in the US to begin with iron and then steel manufacturing and the first cement plant in the country.  As I rode in the canal boat on the Lehigh Canal or sat in an operating lock, I recognized that the slow two mph speed of the mule-powered boat actually was an important part of the birth of our fast paced society today.   At the same time I enjoyed the wonders of the natural world from the power of thunderstorms to the beauty of a drop of water on a lily pad in Island Pond on the Lehigh.   Being in a natural setting with the beauty of the mountains and the clean water of the Delaware renews my spirit. As a nature photographer my mission is to bring people in touch with the beauty of the natural world where they live. Since I live in the Delaware River watershed, I  enjoy bringing the wonders of this region to others who live here.  The small selection of images below is representative of the larger selection on my website available at

http://www.andysmithphotography.com/Galleries/
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Pileated Woodpeckers

Monday, June 5th, 2017

These images of Pileated Woodepeckers are more than simple images to which I received an overwhelming response to one posted yesterday on Facebook.  They are part of the story I want to tell with my photography.   I had the opportunity to return yesterday for a couple of hours to observe and photograph these birds again.  What a difference it makes to spend time listening and watching in a natural setting, immersing  myself in what is such a contrast to the lives most of us lead in a human constructed world.   I could feel the intelligence of these beautiful birds going about their life.   The two young ones kept popping out of the hole in expectation of the arrival of their Mother. One of them particularly looked at me standing there watching.   The Mother was off in the woods gathering food which appeared to be entirely grubs found from her pecking in dead trees.  She only returned once or twice each hour, every time with a beak full of grubs that she deposited in the open mouths of her young.   In this natural setting less than ten minutes from my house, McKaig Nature Education Center,  I felt surrounded by the sea of intelligence  present, knowing that everything there had its own way of being, of sensing what it was and was not and knowing how to fit in and survive or alter its course.  I knew that the woods, primarily large tulip poplars, was a community that shared the wealth of food, water and minerals through an underground network of fungi.  As I left I walked beside the clear clean waters of Crowe Creek which begins at the top of the hill and flows through theses woods, its watershed.   It eventually enters the Schuylkill River which then flows into the Delaware River, so is a small part of the Delaware River Watershed, where I do much of my photography.  I rejoiced as I recognized that a small piece of this much larger watershed was preserved and doing what it was supposed to be doing to maintain a clean natural environment.

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