More from Reeds Gap State Park

Honey Creek. Reeds Gap State Park, Pennsylvania.

Today has been filled with sunshine.  A perfect day for working around the house and outdoors, getting a head start on the spring cleaning.  It’s too chilly to open the windows and air out the house, but just letting the sunlight in seems to have cleansed the place.  It also showed me what needs to be cleaned.  There’s nothing like the light of day to show off all the dust.

As promised, I have more photos from Sunday’s short hike at Reeds Gap State Park in Pennsylvania.  Reeds Gap is a small state park (as state parks go), about 220 acres, located in the New Lancaster Valley.

Honey Creek created a natural water gap which is a popular watering spot for wildlife and as such, has been a popular hunting ground with the Native Americans who lived in the area and then the European settlers.

In the mid-19th century, a sawmill was built along Honey Creek by Edward and Nancy Reed.  After many years of operation on Honey Creek, the sawmill was moved to Virginia by the Reeds’ son, John.  I’m guessing that move coincided with the fact that there were no trees remaining to cut down and mill.

I was surprised to read that about the trees.  Some of the hemlocks are so large that I thought they must be very old, certainly more than 100 years old.  The land that comprises Reeds Gap State Park was purchased by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1905 after all the trees were gone, and the state probably had something to do with the regrowth of the forest and the trees that exist there today.

Light in the forest

If you look carefully at some of the photos, you’ll see patches of snow on the ground, mostly around the trees.  It was cold in the woods, but the brisk hike soon warmed me up.

The light was gorgeous.  One of these days I’m going to try an early morning hike to catch the golden hour on that side of the day.

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The Ring-necked Ducks have returned to the pond here at Breezy Acres.  They visit us every spring, stopping at our pond for a few weeks before continuing on to Canada for the summer.  I woke up this morning to see they had arrived sometime overnight.

There are four of them so far, two males and two females.  I like to watch them dive.  Unlike the mallards whose bottoms bob to the top when they dive, the ring-necked ducks completely submerge themselves.  They usually dive all at once and after a few seconds, they pop to the surface together.  Synchronized diving.  Very cute.

Well, that’s about it from the Bogs for today unless you’d like a rundown of the cleaning I did (and I’m pretty sure you don’t).  Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I hope you’re enjoying the hike at Reeds Gap.  I’ll have more photos from there tomorrow unless something new comes along and captures the attention of my camera.


31 Comments on “More from Reeds Gap State Park”

  1. maenamor says:

    I love the photo of the light coming through the trees, great photo. You wouldnt guess its a reletavely new forest looks fantastic…

  2. tedgriffith says:

    Thanks for the walk today, Robin. I needed that! 🙂

  3. Gosh, Robin, these photos are gorgeous. Also, how fun it must be to have ducks return to your pond year after year. Happy dusting.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Kathy. 🙂

      That’s one of the things I love most about living here — watching the animals return year after year. I do wish the ducks would bring their babies over to visit, but they never do. Maybe the pond is too open and they worry about the hawks. Can’t blame them for that.

  4. Ellen says:

    my apartment looks clean at night but when I`m having breakfast, I see that nights are deceiving 🙂

    beautiful pictures you took in your short treck, hope you can come back with more time !

  5. (I thought the ducks were on the move.) Love the forest shots

  6. Frank says:

    The header made me do a double take. Awesome! Another fav is the one toward the bottom with the streaks of light. 😉 Thanks for sharing our walk!

  7. Beautiful photos, Robin. Love the light streaming through the trees!

  8. Robin, trees are my favorite, I love it when you show them off. Thank you. 🙂

  9. Sallyann says:

    Enjoyed the hike, and the sunshine.
    Thanks. 🙂

  10. Such a nice place! I really need to get out of the house, for some picture taking adventures, or I won’t have anything left to post on my blog…

    • Robin says:

      It was a really lovely place, Michaela. I’m so glad we stopped.

      If you need some pictures, I’m sure I could loan you a few. I’ve got far too many… 😉

  11. Looks like a great walk… 🙂

  12. CMSmith says:

    Beautiful photos as usual. I am also itching to start spring cleaning. I did manage to wash the front door and side-light windows yesterday. I’m inching my way in.

    I love the way you caught the light shooting through the trees. Awesome.

  13. The light is stunning – especially in the 7th photograph…

  14. jeanne says:

    What a beautiful park…and no sign of dust!

  15. Love these photos…it’s a beautiful place!

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