TWO BLOCKS FROM CIVILIZATION

JULY 16, 2014

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It was only 70 degrees with puffy clouds and low humidity. What is one to DO on such a Wednesday in

western Pennsylvania, I ask you, but walk alongside a creek through dappled sunlight, camera in hand?

So I took these pictures this morning on a trail in Duff Park, which parallels Highway 22 two blocks to

its south.  22 is the main drag of Murrysville, a suburban town east of Pittsburgh, and is the modern

name of the Forbes Road, one of the two main routes in Colonial times between the more populated

areas on the eastern seaboard and the Forks of the Ohio (aka Pittsburgh).  What's nice is that despite

how close I was to 22, civilization was nowhere in sight. That I like!

This is the path I was following, with the stream to the right and a steep, rocky slope to the left.

I simply took my time, noticing every little thing, all the patterns the roots made on the bluff, for instance.

In this one I liked the dark green oak leaves and the still reflection of the trees in the water.

Here is where for a while sky-reflected stillness gave way to ruffled current.

I took this because, well, it was just so...green, a nice bright midsummer green, not yet gone into the wear of late August.

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