Yesterday morning, my wife and I headed out to the Delaware Canal State Park below Upper Black Eddy, Pa. (I just love that name!) The Delaware Canal State Park is a real spaghetti noodle of a state park running some 60 miles in length and only about 50 feet wide (the width a the canal bed and the towpath). Unfortunately much of this park was devastated by floods from Hurricanes Francis and Ivan, a couple of years back. The state is working on rebuilding most of it and it is expected to take another year or two to be completed. The part we were on was spared because it is the one stretch where the canal deviates from following the river and moves inland – far enough to not be destroyed by the flooding. For most of its length the towpath and canal are bordered by private property – some more private than others. Once again my wife was on the lookout for birds (best finds of the day were Orchard Orioles and a Louisiana Waterthrush) while I had my mind set on photographing some bridges that I knew were there.
One bridge that I really wanted to photograph was the Uhlerstown Covered Bridge. Unfortunately the property adjoining the bridge is owned by one of those folks who take privacy very seriously. Orange cones line the edge of the towpath and her property line and yellow police line tape surounds a flower bed that runs along one side of the bridge. As I stood there surveying the situation, she came out and chatted for a moment. I commented that I wanted to photograph the bridge and was trying to figure out what to do about the cones and tape. She made it very clear that I wasn’t going to move them. I wasn’t suggesting that I would. What I meant was what I would do compositionally to work around the cones and tape.
This is what I came up with. It is an HDR composite image of a small portion of the bridge. I liked the way the shadows fell along the side. And I liked the way I could see through the openings – sort of “in one window and out the other”.
In addition to the covered bridge, there were several open wooden bridges over the canal bed (which is dried up in many areas). I particularly like this one. This is another HDR composite image which just makes the color explode of the page/screen in my estimation. Looking at this image, you can see the entire width of the park. But doesn’t it look like a wonderful place for a walk?