Saturday, December 6, 2014

Giving The Gift of Art!

Fine photography can be expressive, original, creative and personal. To choose a gift of art celebrates relationships; it is intimate and as bold as the art itself. The carefully chosen gift of art is always understood to be a treasured gift that expresses personal taste as well as the relationship it honors. These signed, limited edition photographs are available in time for your holiday gift needs.

   
Ocean Dreams



Cape May Lighthouse



Glade Creek


Onieda Falls


The Waterworks


Spaceman Covered Bridge


The Farm at Valley Forge

59th Street Pier




My prints are always custom-made using professional printing equipment, as well as archival processes and materials to ensure color accuracy, detail, and longevity.



To order simply contact me at jaeimages@gmail.com or call me at 610 998 9505.



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Color of Autumn



I love fall and this season has been quite spectacular, with the leaves and the dune grasses providing gorgeous color! I have photographed hundreds of landscapes during the fall and I am offering a select few of them at special low pricing. To see these autumnal landscapes go to;


I hope you enjoy these photos and if you wish to purchase one just email me at jaeimages@gmail.com or call me at 610. 998.9505. It’s that easy!



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bridges to the Past


The Covered Bridges of Chester County

Chester County is bordered by tiers of gently rolling hills and winding roads. And some of those roads lead to covered bridges. I am particularly drawn to covered bridges, whose wooden floors once rattled under the weight of horse-drawn wagons and buggies. They are colorful pieces of Americana that also constitute a romantic chapter in the Brandywine valley’s past. For over 200 years these unique architectural landmark’s have graced the countryside

Under their protective roofs, early pioneers held dances and church socials. Little children dropped small stones through the cracks into rushing streams below. Politicians used their shelter as sites for voter rallies. Lovers ducked into welcome shadows for fleeting trysts, earning the structures the nickname "kissing bridges."

Here are four covered bridges that you should know about:

 Glen Hope is located only ½ mile from the Maryland –Pennsylvania boarder (the Mason-Dixon Line). Glen Hope was built in 1889 and spans the Little Elk Creek. 

 The Bartram Covered Bridge spans the county line between Delaware and Chester Counties over Crum Creek.  Built in 1860 by Ferdinand Wood, who designed the portals to be “Hi and Wide as a Load of Hay,” the bridge is 80 feet long by 13 feet wide.  At one time, the words “LINCOLN, Save Union and Congress” were still visibly painted inside the bridge. The last traces of this old graffiti from 1860 are believed to have been lost during the last restoration of the bridge in 1995.

 Speakman’s Bridge connects the townships of East and West Marlborough, spanning Buck Run roughly 1.5 miles upstream from the Mary Ann Pyle Bridge built at the same time in 1881. Speakman’s is named after Jonathan Speakman, who converted a pre-Civil War-era paper mill into a gristmill.

Knox Covered Bridge - Valley Forge National Park

Originally built in 1851 this bridge was made of white pine, light in weight and resistant to worms and weather. Like other covered bridges, it was covered for protection from the weather, to keep off the rain, snow and sun.

If you have never driven or walked across an old covered bridge, enjoy a tour through the countryside where one stands. Take a long look. With the changing colors of fall approaching, the bridges of Chester County are worth a trip.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Waterfalls of Ricketts Glen

YOU hear falling water before you see it, and the sound arouses an ancient curiosity – and we hike as though we are drawn to it by some ancient instinctive attraction. Maybe it’s about the promise of a primeval thrill, or maybe just about what obstacle lies next on the trail. Natural wetlands, and a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, cascading through rock-strewn clefts are abundant in this ancient forest.


Old growth timber, including hemlocks that stood on this continent before Columbus, (ring counts on fallen trees reveal some are up to 900 years old) traverses the area. My wife and I hiked this trail with our children throughout their grade school and high school years. Last year my son came with us and brought his fiancé. My middle daughter hiked this trail just last month with a friend. There is something about waterfalls and their continual renewal which reminds me of the passage of time and the circle of life.

Murray Falls

Rickett's Glen State Park is registered as a National Natural Landmark and it’s not surprising that the Falls Trail Loop at Ricketts Glen State Park was named best in Pennsylvania, according to an article in Backpacker Magazine.

Here’s one way to hike it;

Start from the Falls trailhead off PA 118, and follow the path as it crisscrosses gurgling Kitchen Creek for 1.3 easy miles through a forest of 500-year-old hemlock, oak, birch, ash, and maple. At 1.8 miles, you’ll reach the confluence of Kitchen Creek’s two branches.

At Waters Meet, the streams of Ganoga Glen and Glen Leigh come crashing together in a kind of grand hydrologic theater of the woods, and hikers pause on footbridges to watch the show.


Sheldon Falls
                                           
Shawnee Falls
The trail lollipops up one gorge to the Highland Trail, which connects to another for the return. Forty-one-foot Huron Falls (the fifth falls in Glen Leigh) cascades over multiple steps through the narrow gorge to a rocky amphitheater with a natural bench.

Head up Glen Leigh Gorge to approach Adams’s falls from below.




My photograph of Oneida Falls (above) was choose by the National Park Service for inclusion in their 2014 calendar.

If you go;

The full loop trail is over seven miles and the terrain is rocky and slippery. This trail has some very steep and difficult sections. Please be sure that you are properly prepared by being in good physical condition and by wearing sturdy hiking footwear.

As always, I'd like to offer my thanks to everyone that follows me and appreciates my work. It is your kinds words and enthusiasm that continues to inspire me. I hope my work continues to inspire you to appreciate and value the wild and scenic places that we are so blessed to have here in America.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Garden Of The Gods


I’ve travelled this incredible country of ours quite a bit in my lifetime and I realize that there are some places that stand out beyond description. Places that are truly unique and beautiful. Garden of the Gods is such a place with it’s sublime and beautiful mountain scenery and walking paths that weave their way around formations with names like Sleeping Giant, Cathedral Rock and Kissing Camels.



The first time I saw Garden of the Gods I knew that the park was appropriately named. This is one place where rising early for sunrise pays off, as the formations turn a brilliant gold. White and red sandstone sentinels, jutting up into a crystal clear blue azure sky, shielded by the 14,000 foot high Pikes Peak.



The hiking below the bluffs is easy and quiet through the hardwood trees dotted with moss-covered, sculpted sandstone. Of the many canyons of the Wilderness, Rock Branch Hollow, which runs from the northern boundary south to the middle of the area, is one of the most beautiful. Overnight parking is available in the recreation area. Permits are not required for trail use or camping.


Garden of the Gods is a landscape photographer's dream. With the sandstone rocks lit by the early-morning sun and towering Pikes Peak in the background, you'll find plenty to fill your viewfinder.