A good day for a hike

On Monday I returned to Valley Green 1, probably for the last time this Fall. I got off to a slightly later start than I’d wanted 2, but I arrived in time to capture the best light in the gorge for this time of year.

On this trip I decided to walk on the more rugged trails on the Chestnut Hill side of the Wissahickon Creek. This gave my workout a more drastic elevation change, and sent me to locations I’d not visited since I was a young child. The trails had fully changed colors for Fall, and provided an endless supply of opportunities for photographs. I was shocked at how busy the trails were, mostly with people who were out walking their dogs on an absolutely splendid day, but the presence of others wasn’t so great as to be intrusive. In fact, in some of the deeper parts of the trail seeing another person or two pass by was actually reassuring. Valley Green is a unique location in the Philadelphia area. You can be less than a third of a mile from some local neighborhoods with high population densities, and feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

On Monday my route took me from Bells Mill Road at the base of the gorge, up to the lip of the valley and towards a statue called “The Indian” by locals 3. After I passed the statue I followed a switchback trail back down toward the Wissahickon Creek, which I crossed at a beautiful stone bridge. I turned left on Forbidden Drive 4 and Walked another mile or so to photograph the Valley Green Inn. I’d have liked to go on, but “Dad’s Taxi Service” needed me to take an afternoon shift to cart my progeny to their afternoon activities. So after photographing the Inn I turned around and came back to my car entirely along Forbidden Drive. By this time the one side of the gorge was already deep in shadow, affording me some interesting opportunities to capture some of the beautiful foliage on the other side of the creek. My final totals for the hike were 4.79 miles walked, and an elevation change of 351 over the ups and downs of the trails. Even better, the photos were spectacular. I’ve included my favorite below, the rest can be found on my smugmug page.

Nikon d7000 with 18-105mm lens
ISO 100
ƒ 5.0
1/250 sec

  1. Officially, “The Wissahickon Gorge.” 
  2. Sadly, that’s been a recurring theme this season. 
  3. Pre-PC designation. The statue is actually a tribute to the Lenape, who lived in the area when the English arrived. 
  4. An old toll road, and then parkway, which was closed to traffic in the early 1900’s. 


  1. w1nt3l says:

    Valley Green is awesome! I have an artist drawing of the barn hanging in my office. The picture of the bridge is truly spectacular, awesome contrast!

    1. wezlo says:

      Thanks! It’s truly a Philly gem.

  2. You’ve a knack with the lens, you do.
    (PS: Lest I forget from the Penny Gnomes story– “The Applied Mathematical Principle of Imaginative Blathering” is officially one of my favorite phrases ever. 🙂

    1. wezlo says:

      Why thank you! It’s good to see you back online. Nice post today.

    2. Thanks. 🙂 I’ve been trying to split my attention with Wattpad…hoping it won’t all end in a mixed bag of, um, mishmash….

    3. wezlo says:

      saved it…

    4. Think you’ll give Wattpad a go with Penny Gnomes sometime?

    5. wezlo says:

      I dunno, what is it?

    6. It’s a free platform of e-books. You can post there and get comments from readers. I’m only JUST trying it myself. It’s a nice way to reach readers, methinks. 🙂

    7. wezlo says:

      Interesting. I’d have to look at it. I love my Scrivener to WP workflow as I get to write in markdown. But it might be worth exploring.


    8. https://www.wattpad.com/user/JeanLeesWorld
      In case you care to take a looksie. Looksy. Lookie-loo. You get me. 🙂

    9. wezlo says:

      That is interesting, I’ll have to check it out when I have time [laughs bitterly].

    10. Ha! Dad always used to say that whatever he had to get done *that* day was actually due three days ago. And I’ve lost count of the number of times he gave sermons off an outline scribbled on a sticky note. 🙂

    11. wezlo says:

      I think I’d go mad if that were the case!

    12. That was Dad. 🙂

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