Tripod holes, part 7

misty sunrise over Susquehanna River
N 41.964321° W 75.737583° Google Earth Placemark

This comes from June 2021, on a trip back to where I grew up in central New York. This isn’t New York, though, it’s Pennsylvania, barely – it’s the Susquehanna River just a few klicks south of the NY border. And it’s a little anachronistic, or at least against the grain given the appearance, because it was taken right from a bridge on Interstate 81, so not exactly the peaceful mountain morning that it looks like. Oh, it was pleasant enough, and a quiet time for that road, but the semis roaring by every minute or so shaking the bridge weren’t really carrying the mood.

As I mentioned back then, I’d driven through downpours a few hours before and was seeing the misty patches throughout these hills in the…

[I just spent too much time trying to determine the correct geographic region, and while we always considered them the Poconos, this is probably within the Glaciated Low Plateau Section, foothills of the Appalachians which are themselves part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province, or the Blue Ridge Geographic Province, or simply the Blue Ridge Province, running most of the eastern seaboard – geologists seem to be a very imprecise bunch]

Poconos, thinking that I should stop when I spotted something especially scenic. Within minutes, I crossed this bridge and braked hard, wanting to find a place to pull over that would not require trotting back a kilometer to get this shot. It was only a hundred meters or so, thankfully in thin traffic, and I didn’t even bother with the tripod.

Given the time of year, this spot could produce distinctly different scenes, not just from the foliage (which might be great in the fall,) but with the sun position, here just about as far north as it would get. so catching it right over the peak of Hasbrouck Hill, lined up so nicely with the river, was a stroke of luck on my part, and well worth the brief stop.

If sun angle or position is crucial to your planned images, Stellarium is the best resource I’ve used to plot exactly where it will be at any given time and location – this applies to the moon and stars and Milky way too, of course.