Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: A Brief Tour of the Lehigh Parkway

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Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Nov 21, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Most of my images posted on the bird threads are taken in Allentown, PA's Lehigh Parkway. While I have roamed this park for several decades, I am sure that most or all of the forum's participants have little or no knowledge of the Parkway. So, in this thread I will use some images taken over the past eleven months to provide a context for the portion of the park in which I gather my images.
Let's start with a Wikipedia entry for the Parkway:
"Lehigh Parkway is a large public park along the Little Lehigh River in the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the most prominent park of the city and follows the Little Lehigh Creek for three miles from the center of the city to Cedar Crest Boulevard.'
The park features many scenic exercising trails in addition to bridle paths, a shooting range, and many fishing locations. The park includes the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery which hatches over 30,000 mature trout each year. The Museum of Indian Culture is also part of the parkway. The parkway hosts many local events and sports competitions. Every year, the city of Allentown also puts on a holiday light display there called "Lights in the Parkway".
Next is a city map of the Lehigh Parkway along with a Bing map with my usual walking route (the red line):
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/c0b4a7 Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/130740
The link below is to an article on the Parkway by a local TV station:
http://www.wfmz.com/features/h...
Now, the main entrance: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/c2e3b1 Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/b03a60
Most of the time I enter on a down-slope to the right of Park Drive:
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According to a Lehigh County employee, the large structure across the dale is an old iron Kiln.
A quick look back up the hill: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/aa4805
The structure on the right is a wastewater pumping station: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/52f14e
Heading upstream on the bridal path: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/c43f59 The retaining wall for Park Drive was recently repaired after a partial collapse. The wall includes a stone staircase: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/d266e2
Next. we come to the Little Lehigh Creek's USGS gauging station station: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/44a76e
The gauging station is located river right just downstream of the Robin Hood Bridge:
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Looking "upstream" on Park Drive: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/a68606 Lights in the Parkway preparations.
A few hundred yards up the Parkway we see a Police Academy class out for a run: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/a20f37
A bit further along on another day, looking across the stream, we spot the class using a popular slope for more physical training and winter sport enthusiasts:
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/484140 Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/f93a33
Looking upstream we spot a ninety degree bend in the stream: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/497702
And then, looking back downstream at the bend: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/4bed79
Further up the bridal path, we see the next stream bend: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/cf973d
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/37c637 In the bend, the other bridal path is visible and reveals the cadets on another run.
After the bend, we look downstream at Klein's Bridge (the new footbridge): Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/b9c3d4
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/05b0ea A bit further upstream a shady nook below the Police Academy.
A few hundred yards upstream on the bridal path in the winter: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/fc800a
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/3912e8 Some of the wing-dams near the Police Academy
And, a look down the September Kayak racecourse. Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/bf1938
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/e3e3db Next, an almost tropical looking segment.
Just before the covered bridge, a painter attempts to capture the barn where the barn swallows sometimes hang out:
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/c311df And, the Hunter's Cabin to her left:Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/d7e678
Now, Bogert's 1841 covered bridge:
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And looking downstream:
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The last image includes the South 24th Street Bridge.
Our painter tries to capture a view upstream of the covered bridge: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/b1e0e6
Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/238fa0 Further along, a footpath diverges from the bridal path with the I-78 overpass in the dstance.
Back on the brdal path, looking downstream at the I-78/Rte 309 bridge: Thumb of 2017-11-21/marsrover/5c237e
Standing next to the Allen G. Miller Springhouse looking downstream over Firemans' Bridge with the I-78 bridge in the distance:
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My long walks turn around here, looking back at horse stables and the Indian Culture Museum:
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And that brings our little tour to an end. Thanks for joining me on this introductory stroll.

[Last edited by marsrover - Dec 19, 2017 9:48 PM (+)]
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Nov 21, 2017 12:36 PM CST
@marsrover, I really enjoyed that! Thanks!
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beclu727
Nov 22, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Love your bird pictures from this park. Its great to know the area around where they are taken. Thanks for this tour. Thank You!
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Nov 23, 2017 8:42 PM CST
Today, while I was out for my pre-football stroll, I noticed that the Lehigh Parkway snow-sports/police cadet exercise hillside still had some color: Thumb of 2017-11-24/marsrover/4222c6

Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Nov 28, 2017 2:13 PM CST
In my initial post, I mentioned the Allen G. Miller Springhouse (which is also called the the Little Lehigh Fly Shop), but did not include an image of it. Here is one I took yesterday:
Thumb of 2017-11-28/marsrover/a11cdc

Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Nov 28, 2017 8:53 PM CST
marsrover said:In my initial post, I mentioned the Allen G. Miller Springhouse (which is also called the the Little Lehigh Fly Shop), but did not include an image of it. Here is one I took yesterday:
Thumb of 2017-11-28/marsrover/a11cdc



There's actually a place where you can buy flies? Hilarious!
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Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Nov 28, 2017 9:04 PM CST
joannakat said:

There's actually a place where you can buy flies? Hilarious!


Quite expertly made ones, as I understand. I am sure that they stock Al's Rats and Al's Tricos. But you will have to wait until next year as they are closed for the season.
Or you could use these links on how to make your own:
http://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/...
https://diyflyfishing.com/vide...


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Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Dec 24, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Last Thursday I spent some time with one of the Lehigh Parkway Herons (Danny) at a location in the park which I haven't mentioned before. On the north side of the Robin Hood Bridge parking lot is a small spring: Thumb of 2017-12-24/marsrover/cbb80d
The spring output flows into a small pool: Thumb of 2017-12-24/marsrover/8cafd4
The water then flows northward, under two arched stone footbridges for several hundred yards and then joins the Little Lehigh flow:
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