Tuesday Photo Challenge – Worship by jansenphotojansenphoto

The devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was horrific in the way that it touched the heart and soul of Parisian, the French and many of us around the world. This cathedral is a true world treasure in both its architecture and the meaning that it carries, which transcends faith. I am heartened by President Emmanel Macron’s response with the intent to rebuild Notre Dame, as it is part of the heritage of France and, indeed, the World.

With this news, it was immediately obvious to me that the theme for this week’s challenge is to be Worship. Regardless of religion, faith or belief system, we can all worship; whether it’s a universal being, nature or the love of our life… Please take this challenge into the direction of Worship that speaks most to you and share it creatively!

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. Frank Lloyd Wright.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.Native American Proverb

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. Cree Indian Proverb

Tomorrow is Earth Day. Go do something to stop killing our mother earth.

Trout Lily —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO500), © Khürt L. Williams
Trout lilyFujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Long-spurred Violet —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Spring Beauty —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Spring Beauty —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (35.3 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
The Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Fern —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, f/16, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams
Fallen tree accross the Rock Brook —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Zion Crossing Park —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (27.4 mm, f/22, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

I was clearing out my email when I stopped to read one from the Sourland Conservancy. I learned that a new member of their staff, Carolyn Klaube, had a website detailing her hikes along the Sourland Mountain range trails. Carolyn has been hiking the trails – alone or with assistance from her two young boys – through the seasons, photographing items of interest, and sharing random facts and links to learn more.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 41 mmf/4.0 ISO 100—CC BY-NC-SA

Carolyn wrote about her discovery of a new mini-park, Zion Crossing, along Hollow Road on the border with Skillman and Hillsborough. Carolyn’s blog is called, Sourland Niche and I spent almost an hour reading it before I came upon the post that prompted this blog post.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 24 mmf/16 ISO 2500—CC BY-NC-SA

According to the Montgomery Township website:

This land is located directly adjacent to 300 acres of other Montgomery, Hillsborough and Somerset County-owned open space. These new acquisitions will further expand the Township’s “Rock Brook Greenway” project area. Rock Brook, with headwaters in the Sourlands, is Montgomery’s highest quality stream and trout-stocked waters. By preserving these properties, and others in the Sourlands, the Township is protecting water quality and securing contiguous forest canopy. When woodland is cleared for development, a “hole” in the tree canopy is created. Many susceptible species, particularly birds which migrate through the Sourlands, require a certain area of contiguous forest to successfully forage, breed and nest.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 70 mmf/16 ISO 100—CC BY-NC-SA

I was excited to visit Zion Crossing. The day before reading Carolyn’s post, Bhavna and I had visited my favourite spot along Hollow Road. A small patch of gravel on the northern side of the road allows access to a clearing in the trees and a path leads down to the Rock Brook. I told Bhavna about Carolyn’s post and the new park and we agreed to find it the next weekend.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 42 mmf/22 ISO 100—CC BY-NC-SA

It was easy to find. Carolyn provided a Google Map link to the location. We almost drove past the entrance. There is a very small sign to the unpaved roadway to the parking area.

Getting out of the car we could immediately hear running water. A trail leads down from the parking area to the Rock Brook. We saw a picnic table with an umbrella. I made a mental note to come back with a picnic basket when the weather is cooler.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 42 mmf/22 ISO 50—CC BY-NC-SA

Bhavna walked down to the water the area while I looked around taking in the scene and thinking through what photographs I might capture. I set up high on the bank just above the rocks but struggled with the camera settings. I eventually gave up and walked down to where Bhavana was. We could see a small waterfall pouring into a rocky beach. I set up there.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 24 mmf/22 ISO 50—CC BY-NC-SA

I spent most of my time listening to the water, the wind in the leaves, and taking photos. I head Bhavna exclaim in joy at seeing fish in the water. She sat on a rock and waited for me to finish taking my photos. I watched her relaxing.

Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 50 mmf/22 ISO 50—CC BY-NC-SA
Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 24 mmf/22 ISO 50—CC BY-NC-SA
Tarzia Drift Open Space Preserve —Canon EOS 5D Mark III +EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM @ 24 mmf/22 ISO 50—CC BY-NC-SA