Burnside Photographic "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." – Henry David Thoreau

December 11, 2011


The Light in the Forest

Last June I posted the results of a nice walk through the woods and titled it, “The Light in the Forest,” after a book I read in my teen-age years.  Today I had an equally nice walk at two of my favorite places (Ceasetown Dam and Harveys Creek along route 29), and the same thought came to me.  The light was amazing.  Hence the cryptic title of this post – The Light in the Forest-Redux.

I wonder if the light is better as spring turns to summer and autumn to winter?  You can, of course, find good light all year round at the right times of the day – early morning (which I rarely partake of) and late afternoon – but I somehow think that the prospects for the magic light are better pre-winter and pre-summer.

December 4, 2011

Afternoon Light at Hillside

Filed under: Hillside Farms,Nature,Photography,Places,Seeing,Woods — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Frank Burnside @ 9:44 pm

Gate to the Past

On a cold December morning, a certain ennui can set in.  One sure way to cure it is to get out into the world and take some pictures.  But where to go?

Having depleted my supply of breakfast pastries, I decided to go to Hillside, where there are always opportunities for photographs, and usually a supply of sticky buns.  I came up empty on the latter, but was rewarded by the late afternoon light and the company of various beasts, including the usual chicken and sheep, a blue-eyed alpaca, a duck in fancy dress, and my all-time favorite resident, Lulu the one-eyed cat.  No need to feel sorry for Lulu – she is quite agile and loved by everyone she meets.

And the light was magical.

December 3, 2011

The Burnside Plantation

Filed under: Nature,PA,Photography,Places,Seeing — Tags: , , , , , , , — Frank Burnside @ 3:25 am


Over the years a number of people have asked me if I had been to the Burnside Plantation, in Bethlehem.  I knew of it, but had not visited.  Recently, Cousin Rob heard about it, so we took a ride down to see it.  Thankfully, we mostly avoided Route 22 and travelled through some nice countryside.  It was a chilly day, but the light was nice.

The homestead of James Burnside, the Plantation was an integral part of the Moravian farming system. Situated in an idyllic park along the Monocacy Creek, the property includes the 18th and 19th-century farmhouse and summer kitchen, a large garden, two barns, and other outbuildings.

The Plantation bills itself as being the only farm within a city in Pennsylvania, and it truly is in the city!  Just a mile or so off route 22, headed into Bethlehem, there’s a little gravel road leading to the farm.  If you weren’t watching for the sign, you’d miss it.  A few hundred yards down the road, and there you are.  Frankly, it’s not all that impressive until you discover the details.  You are always aware that you are, in fact, not in a rural area.  The headquarters building of Bethlehem Steel rises up above the planting fields behind one of the barns, and just on the other side of a beautiful line of trees painted a deep yellow by the late afternoon sun, you come upon a railroad line leading east from what appears to be a cement plant.

This makes photography a little difficult if you are trying to take a viewer back to the 18th century, but on the other hand, I think it’s pretty nice that some smart folks realized these acres were worth preserving, and they’ve done a nice job.  A lady who seemed to be in charge of what passes for a visitors’ center was more than affable upon being confronted by not one, but two, present-day Burnsides, and she told us to be sure to come down for the Blueberry Festival next summer.  Sounds like a plan!

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