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The Warm Brandywine Creeks… It is HOT!

Looking Down Brandywine Creek - Glenmoore
Looking Down Brandywine Creek – Glenmoore

Continued from Previous Post

After packing up, and driving further West along Creek road in Glenmoore, I found my next little parking cove, and pulled in.

The breeze from the drive helped, but it too was warm.

From the rear of my car, I gathered my gear, and started to walk back down the road, to find a path down to the creek.

After a 100 feet or so, I climbed over the guard rail, down a small embankment, and stopped at the water’s edge to view my options.

From where I was standing, it was a near perfect 90 degree bend in the creek, so I waded into the warm water and headed up.

As I walked through the shallow water, I could easily see the creek bed rocks.

I continued to walk further and further, until I finally reached a series of trees that had fallen over the creek, resting on the banks.

In my heart, I wanted to continue. I could see deep shade on the other side, but it was too hot to be climbing over any trees today.

Trail Head - West Glenmoore 01 HDR
Trail Head – West Glenmoore 01 HDR

Heading back down the creek, to near where I started, I exited the water and entered into the woods, seeing a potential short-cut to get further down the creek.

As I walked in through the woods, I kept my eye on the creek, looking for my next shot.

I finally found an interesting area, and setup. I took several captures before taking the one at the top of the page, and it was the sun penetrating the water, revealing the details of the creek bed that I wanted to emphasis.

After a few more clicks on the camera shutter, I looked at my watch, and started back to the car.

There was one last place I wanted to try before  calling it a day.

At the car, I put my gear in the back, jumped in and headed further west to the spot that I had stopped and visited the night before.

This time, there was an actual parking lot!

Once again, I gather my gear, and headed to the creek.

As you can see from the first two pictures, this area of Chester County is dry, and the water levels are down several inches.

During my visit the night before, I had taken note of the much large rocks in the creek, and I had been looking forward to doing some exploring with my camera.

Water Cooled at 101° F
Water Cooled at 101° F

With the bigger rocks, it was also fun to bounce from rock to rock, trying to find scenes to photograph.

I was also very apparent how low the water table was by looking at the levels on the larger rocks. In the “Trail Head” image, you can see several lines on the rocks.

I setup and took a number of another shots, including this close-up detail of the top region of a small waterfall, “Water Cooled at 101° F”.

Looking around some more, I made a metal notes on areas I wanted to return to in the cooler Fall days when the tree are in full color.

Once again, I looked at my watch, and started back to the car.

It was also nice to consider that there was a pool at my next stop!

I was very ready to for this!

– Andrew

Notes

  • All Images were bracket multi-exposure captures into Canon CR2 RAW format
  • Images were then converted to Adobe Digital Negatives (DNG)
  • HDR Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Web images (jpg) were created with Adobe Lightroom 3.4.1
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101°F Looking for a Quarry in Glenmoore

Near Marsh Creek Speedway
Near Marsh Creek Speedway

Finally, I got a day to myself to go on a photo-walk!

On my drive out to my sister’s last night to drop off Madison, I got a chance to do some drive-by scouting of the various areas along the Brandywine Creek that I wanted to try the following day.

Later in that night, I spent some time using Google Earth to further explore my options, and also figured out a potential route to the Quarry!

I spent the morning getting work related things out-of-the-way, and finally just after noon, I was walking out the door.

Pow! – The heat and humidity smacked me in the face!

I should have known better – Earlier, when I had been checking Facebook, several friends had already been posting that the weather outside was really bad.

But I did not expect this…

20/20 Vision – On Wednesday morning, when we first looked out the windows, we though we saw fog, but in reality, it was the thick humidity of a new day!

The drive to Marsh Creek Speedway was not that bad, but that because I had ALL the windows down!

At the Speedway… The heat hit me again – Now there was no breeze… and I was closer to water…

I parked the car; gathered my gear; and found the closest entrance into the creek and waded in… I was already wet from the day…

Along the Fence of the Quarry
Along the Fence of the Quarry

Even the flowing creek water was warmer than normal…

This was a HOT DAY!

As I moved up creek, I noticed a parked car above me, by no easy path up, so I continued.

After about 150 feet, I found something that looked like a path and followed it up, until I reached a surprising dirt vehicle road.

I headed in the direction of the car, and finally came to an open area, where a light blue car was parked, along with a beach chair and a large thermos container.

Then I noticed an older women dressed in a Security Guard’s uniform, backing out of the car, on the edges of nowhere.

This was odd…

We both said hello, and started to talk about how hot it was.

Turns out she is about to retire at the beginning of August, and she was within her last few days of sitting in the heat!

After some time, I asked her which of the trails lead to the Quarry.

She pointed to one trail, and said that it was the main entrance, but because it was Private Property, there was no access.

She then pointed back down the dirt road I had just emerged from, and said that if I head back far enough, there was a trail that went off to the right.

She also warned that there had been a lot of snakes reported, and there was a Mountain Biking team using the trails in preparation for an event.

We chatted a little more, and I started back down the vehicle trail.

Quarry Gates - Glenmoore, Chester County, PA
Quarry Gates – Glenmoore, Chester County, PA

I passed the spot from where I started, and continued walking till I reached the split in the road, and headed right.

The trail started up a hill, and just seemed to continue. After a while, it leveled off a bit, and turn into a young growth area, with no trees thicker then 3 inches.

Then it was back to the woods, and up more hill, and soon begin to see the fence that will be at my side for the rest of my trip.

Finally, I reached a corner, where I stopped and rested, and during my rest, I noticed that there is a gated opening, which a small vehicle might be able to get through.

I also noticed, that someone or some group of people already tried to gain access through this particular gate.

Question – Have you ever knowing crossed a ‘fence’ to obtain an image?

Looking at the gap, I did contemplate trying to crawl under, but with the excessive heat and agility not in my favor, I decided not to pursue this avenue.

After my break, I started back up the hill and finally reached the trail head.

From my previous nights investigations, I knew that this trail led into the main part of Marsh Creek State Park.

Trail Head (North) - Quarry in Glenmoore
Trail Head (North) – Quarry in Glenmoore

As I rested, I listened into the woods for any sounds that might be the mountain biking group, or anything else.

Looking up into canopy of green leaves, I was rather amused to notice, as I drank my water and rested, a group birds circling my location.

I captured a few more images, drank some more water, realized I was three-quarters empty, and started to head back down the hill.

The walk back down the hill was rather uneventful – I did not even see a snake my entire hike!

At the car, I removed my vest, which was already several shades darker from wetness and my tripod, and placed them both in the back of my car, hoping that the air generated by my open windows while driving, might dry the vest off, as I headed to my next location.

With the keys in the ignition, I started the car, rolled down the windows, retracted the sunroof, and aired out the car for several minutes…

Looking at my thermometer in my dashboard, it read 101°F…

and the car had been sitting in the shade…

Off to my next point-of-interest (POI) along the Brandywine on Creek Road!

Updates

2012 July 18 – Nearly a year later, and the temperature is nearly the same… Also in reading my web logs, I have noticed a number of hits that asked the following question:

“Who owns the Quarry in Glenmoore?”

and according to the picture I took last year, as noted in this blog, the quarry is owned by Philadelphia Suburban Water Company in Bryn Mawr, PA, which can be seen in this extreme close-up of the fence.

Extreme Close-Up of the Glenmoore Quarry Fence Sign
Extreme Close-Up of the Glenmoore Quarry Fence Sign

Notes

  • All Images were bracket multi-exposure captures into Canon CR2 RAW format
  • Images were then converted to Adobe Digital Negatives (DNG)
  • HDR Post Processing was done with Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Web images (jpg) were created with Adobe Lightroom 3.4.1
- Andrew
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What I did on Summer Vacation by Madison

This is my last day of summer vacation, and on Monday, I start the Second grade.

Daddy talked me into driving around to take pictures of Covered Bridges.

They are kinda neat.

– Madison
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Nature Walk on Struble Trail

It was another warm summer Sunday, and the kids needed to get out of the house and get some exercise.

We got our water bottles together, and I filled the back packs with them.

The three of us got in the car, and headed for the Dowlin Forge Road entrance of the Struble Trail.

Once there, we parked and gathered ourselves, and the started our walk, heading North.

Near the middle of the big long curve (2.0 mile marker), there was an older couple, looking into the creek with great excitement.

As we got closer, they called us over to take a look at the big Snapping turtle near the edge of the creek.

When we got there, and looked down the ten foot embankment, one could easily see a Snapping turtle who’s shell was easily 15 inches or longer.

The kids looked with some quiet excitement, and we continued on.

We found our little creek trail, darted into the woods, and then quickly found the cold water.

It felt so good!

While the kids played at the water edge, I setup my tripod, and did these images.

Nature Walk hdr 04 (10 Aug 08)

Nature Walk hdr 04 (10 Aug 08)

Nature Walk hdr 06 (10 Aug 08)

Nature Walk hdr 06 (10 Aug 08)

As you can see, the water level is VERY LOW!

We began to walk up the creek, following the land, an area we have walked numerous time before.

When we got near the Fishing Area, I was able to capture this wonderful image.

Creek Claw - Struble Trail (Downingtown, PA)

Creek Claw – Struble Trail (Downingtown, PA)

I have walked on and around this tree many a times, but have never seen it like this!

So it goes without saying, we need some rain, and these pictures do show it!

Eventually, we got back on the wooded trail, and on to the paved section heading to the Parking Lot.

Dinner and Bed, soon to follow.

“Good Night Moon!”

– Andrew
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