The ridge I’ve been hiking on is called Blue Mountain. Other than the challenge of negotiating the rocky terrain, it is quite beautiful.
I dropped into Lehigh Gap and crossed the Lehigh River
On the other side of town is the Palmerton anthracite coal mine. Zinc was also processed in Palmerton.
It is a Superfund site and the ridge is a hodgepodge of rocks with few living things due to toxins produced in the mining process.
There is a process going on now to “remediate” the mess and grow plants and trees on the barren ridge. It was disheartening to hike through such a disturbed place.
Earlier in the day, some nice things came my way.
This stalked mushroom was growing 3 feet up the side of this tree
I came upon this scene. Anyone want to speculate on what happened here?
Glad I’m not that junco,