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

November 4, 2012

Devil’s Den

General Warren Surveys the Field from Little Round Top

In all the times I’ve been to Gettysburg, I’ve never been to Devil’s Den. Saturday was a perfect day to go – chilly and bleak, but no haze to speak of.  I won’t go into the history of Little Round Top or Devil’s Den here, but if you want to read about it, here’s a good quick read. All you really need to set the scene with these images is that the first one is General Warren surveying the battle field from Little Round Top, and the second is what he saw (without the road, of course). Devil’s Den is the distant rock outcropping to the left of the two prominent pine trees near the center of the scene.  (You might want to click the little icon at the lower right corner to view in full screen.)

The next image is from the road looking back up at Little Round Top, and the remaining images are at Devil’s Den.  The first of these (image 4), is of historical interest in that it is the site of Alexander Gardner’s famous but controversial shot of a Confederate sharpshooter.  You can read about it here, and you will see that it looks much the same today (without the sharpshooter, of course).

Yes, they are black and white.  My friend Phil says, “If color isn’t the subject, then the image should be black and white.”  I don’t usually agree with him, but in this case it seemed to fit.

July 9, 2011

Taking Flight

Taking Off

I had the rare opportunity to trade a photo-shoot of the Briggs Farm Blues Festival for some free flight time over some of my favorite territory in Northeastern PA – including locations which I customarily shoot at ground level (literally).  In this brief show, you’ll see the half-demolished 8th Street Bridge, the Berwick nuclear power plant, the Briggs Farm Festival, Campbell’s Ledge (from down river somewhere around Plymouth), and of course, Harveys Lake and The Lands at Hillside Farms.

Thanks to pilot Lou for holding her steady!

September 23, 2010

Campbell’s Ledge Redux

Filed under: Campbell's Ledge,Nature — Tags: — Frank Burnside @ 9:42 pm

SONY DSC Wilkes-Barre RiverFest 2010 (Frank Burnside/www.burnsidephotographic.com)For those not familiar with Campbell’s Ledge, it is, perhaps, the most prominent natural landmark in Wyoming Valley. It is popularly named after an early settler (Campbell) who, finding himself pursued by Indians, encountered the ledge and chose to ride over it to his (and his horse’s) certain death rather than be captured. This is the stuff of legends. What is slightly more certain is that the Indians referred to it as “Dial Rock,” because the changing shadow of the ledge marked the passage of time and the seasons.

Ever since I was a young man, I have wanted to get to the top of it, and a few years ago, a little research gave me the necessary information to make an attempt. My first ascent was significant in many ways, and I have since been back twice, most recently earlier this week, along with my son, Michael. The resulting slide show is not so much about the view from the top, which is probably the best land-based view of the Valley in existence, but rather the wonders to be seen along the way. Rest assured that there IS one shot from the top, but as a wise man said (I think), “It’s not the destination, but the journey.”

The slide show starts with a view of our destination from across the Susquehanna, taken last spring, and ends with a graffiti-filled rock outcropping near the base of the ledge, about a three mile trek from the summit.


Campbell’s Ledge Redux – Images by Frank Burnside

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