Edwards Run, Chestnut Branch and Mantua Creek are all part of the Delaware River watershed. Even the small stream running at the back of our property empties into this watershed via Chestnut Branch.
I took this photo one morning last spring while walking and photographing along the 9/11 trail in Chestnut Branch Park near my home in Mantua Township, NJ. This small stream probably has no name but I’m sure it empties into the Chestnut Branch which runs along the edge of Chestnut Branch Park.
Most people never notice the small streams as they whiz over the numerous bridges at 40 to 50 mph in their cars. I know I didn’t until I started riding my bicycle on these same roads five years ago. Even on a bicycle I can hit 25 to 30 mph as the road dips down steeply to cross the streams.
Sometimes I’ll stop near one of the bridges to have a closer look and maybe take a few pictures. The best locations for getting close to nature and the streams are on the park trails, in either Ceres Nature Preserve or Chestnut Branch Park.
I was the only person on the trail that morning when I shot the photo of the small stream. The only sounds were the birds, the rustling of the trees and the sound of the water. It was delicious and I hope this picture helps you taste that moment.