Delaware River, below Bushkill, September   Leave a comment

“Take, for example, the Delaware River, a wide and slow-moving stream for much of its four hundred miles, stretching from the Catskills to the Delaware Bay and meeting tidewater around Trenton, New Jersey.”

Everything is smooth, rounded, slow-rolling. Hills rise gently from the banks, lifting the eye high to the Pocono tops, thick with hardwood forest, sparsely developed. Vistas are wide & long, reaches of the river running for a mile or so & ending with Appalachian layers. Dark green margins, flecked with occasional illuminated patches of brighter green & yellow. The water itself is clear & calm, revealing an amply cobbled bottom but also mirroring shore & sky, cloud & maple, red canoe & Wood Duck. The current flows as slowly as summer passes to fall.

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Posted April 5, 2011 by the meaning of rivers in Uncategorized

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