NEW CASTLE COUNTY
Bicycling back from lunch, the weather warm, the sun shining, I rode over the bridges in Harvey Mill Park. One bridge was over Naaman’s Creek, the other over one of its small tributaries.
The ride made me remember how, sixty years ago, I got to know land and water by touching them with my fingers, with my eyes inches away. That is how I explored the nooks and crannies, with the smells of the mud and vegetation making the moment memorable.
So an hour later I went back to Harvey Mill County Park with my camera, not expecting to do anything more than to get close again to land and water.
While I have adjusted the contrasts and colors of these images, all are as they came out of the camera. In that sense they are documentary images, some taken at 1/3 of a second, a slow shutter speed that blurs the image when the camera is not held steady.
To my surprise, the concrete sewer casements caught my attention. They appeared monumental even though they rose just three feet above the flood plain. Someone had tagged them with blue spray paint, as though a bit of sky had gotten mixed up in the concrete.
I hope these images make you want to visit a park soon. I hope you are not satisfied just seeing images on a screen.
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