Bhavna and the kids, and I have often taken peaceful strolls along the canal between Rocky Hill and Kingston. Kingston's section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Trail offers an easy way to get fresh air and exercise while enjoying the area's natural beauty.
Kingston's section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal Park Trail offers an easy way to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying the area's natural beauty. The historic trail spans approximately 70 miles and provides a serene and scenic respite for outdoor enthusiasts. Beginning in the historic village of Kingston, the trail takes walkers along the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal, which once served as a vital transportation route between Philadelphia and New York City.
Lush trees line the trail, offering shade and a sense of tranquillity. The trail meanders along the canal's curves with calm waters that enhance the surrounding scenery. Along the trail, visitors can observe a variety of flora and fauna, from wildflowers and trees to diverse bird species and small woodland creatures such as turtles and snakes.
The trail itself is well-maintained and offers a smooth surface, making it accessible for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and even equestrians. Benches and picnic areas are strategically placed along the trail, inviting you to pause, rest, and immerse yourself in the surroundings.
Bhavna, the kids, and I have often taken peaceful strolls along the Rocky Hill and Kingston section of the canal. I never seem to tire of photographing the various sections of the canal.
After completing my morning photography of the Princeton University crew races, I turned back toward the trailhead to return to the car. I followed the now sun-kissed trail and marvelled at the ever-changing scenery. The canal, adorned with blooming lily pads and delicate water irises, mirrored the near-cloudless sky, creating a mesmerising symphony of blues. Occasionally, a graceful turtle would leisurely slide off a sunlit log into the water.
Along the way, I encountered fellow nature enthusiasts, exchanging warm smiles and words of appreciation for the beauty surrounding them.
Before I left home this morning I packed my camera bag with my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR. We had a lot of snow yesterday but the ploughs came late to my neighbourhood. Driving along slick snow-packed roads wasn't a good idea so I stayed home. But this morning, with the roads cleared, I wanted to capture a winter scene.
I took a different route this morning. Usually, I take Blue Spring Road west to 206 South. That's normally the fastest route. But [my navigation system] suggested I go east on Blue Spring toward River Road through Kingston. Perhaps this was faster since the schools had a delayed opening and the roads had no school buses at this time.
I pulled onto Blue Spring Road and I was hit by the beauty of that scene. The golden light of the early morning sun was reflecting off the snow on this tree-lined road and it was just wonderful. I stopped to snap a photo with my iPhone but before I could focus and compose my shot I had three cars waiting for me to move. So I moved on; disappointed. The scene on Blue Spring Road was better than what came later. I could have just let those cars wait.
My commute this morning took along the Plainsboro side of Carnegie Lake along Mapleton Road. There were no cars behind me so I was able to stop and take this shot from the car using vividHR on my iPhone. Not my Nikon D5100. My iPhone.
By the time I composed my shot I saw a few cars coming up the road behind me. The next photograph was taken on the corner of Mapleton Road just before it connects to Route 1 South. I had to pull over onto a side road near an apartment building.
Both photos were post-processed in Photogene. I have a scratch on my iPhone 5 lens that shows up as a purple dot on all my images. I used the healing tool in Photogene4 to remove it.
I was stuck in the house most of last week and I needed a break from the task of finding new employment. After breakfast I decided to take a walk along near the Kingston Lock of the D&R Canal. I didn't have a specific goal in mind but I loved the early morning light.
I was stuck in the house most of last week and needed a break from finding new employment. After breakfast, I decided to walk near the Kingston Lock of the D&R Canal. I didn't have a specific goal but loved the early morning light.