Delaware River Sojourn 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

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