I took a bike ride on the Delaware Canal from Yardley on Sunday to see what my new eyes can gather.
Yardley is an old Ferry Town that became a transit point between the hinterlands and the trade route between Philadelphia and New York City.
Yardley was founded by William Yardley, who got a land grant from William Penn to buy 500 acres for ten pounds. The Yardley family started a farm, "Prospect Farm" but unfortunately died of small pox.
A nephew, Thomas Yardley, came to America to settle the estate and opened a ferry line which started operating in
1710 from Letchworth Avenue, the lower boundary of the village, and New Jersey. This was an important link between West Jersey and
the three roads leading to Philadelphia by way of Falls, Langhorne and
Newtown. The Yardley family occupied the land for more than 150 years. There are a number of families here in Bucks County who have been here since William Penn. They got their piece of land and have passed it down through the generations. Early industries included a spoke and handle factory, sawmill, felloe factory, plate and plaster mill, and two flour mills. Later on, Coal became more important to Yardley. The Reading Railroad started a train station here in the 1800's. Yardley was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.
One thing I noticed is that I have a much wider field of view so that riding on the canal isn't like going down a green tunnel. I see a lot more things in about a 60 degree field as opposed to a 20 degree field.
I am not always getting the three dimensionality as crisply as I do when I look at architecture and buildings. I do get 3D when I focus on things specifically. During the bike ride, I tried explicitly to shut off the verbal and just look. Sometimes I put on some classical music and sat and watched the world.
Mentally, I am getting more of a sense of awareness and just "being" as opposed to "thinking" verbal thoughts. So I decided to capture more of this with a camera. I took these photos with my iPhone 4 camera... I am still exploring its strengths and limitations, so bear with me.
I am feeling more of a sense of being in the woods and surrounded by living things that I have a connection to. I can see why the Indians thought the woods have spirits.