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Old Feb 20, 2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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This is another of my nighttime long-exposure photos, actually near Stephens Park (I posted photos) and along the Musconetcong River. During the early 19th century, the Morris Canal was constructed to transport coal and other goods from western New Jersey and neighboring Pennsylvania to eastern NJ and NYC - in effect, the canal bisected the state. The Morris Canal used a series of lift-locks and inclined planes in order to navigate the somewhat mountainous terrain. If this method sounds familiar, it should - this same principles were used, albeit on a much grander scale, 70+ years later in the Panama Canal.

By the early 20th century, due to the proliferation of railroads, the Morris Canal died a neglected death. Dotted along the waterway one can still see the occasional signpost, marker, and run-down edifice.

This is a photo of one such structure, that once was a rest-stop and dining area for those whose working lives centered around the canal, as well as a home for the lock-tender. I do not believe it has been resided in for the last 30 years.
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You certainly have a way with the night shots; it's a watchable photo, worth more than a look, and thanks for the history lesson about Morris Canal.
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 7:23 AM   #3
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Very athmospheric (moody) picture.

I like it. Thanks for the detailed story. "Musconetcong River", do you know what Musconetcong means?

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Old Feb 21, 2007, 7:47 AM   #4
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I hate to see our history disappear, thank you sharing this!

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Old Feb 21, 2007, 8:04 AM   #5
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Yes, that is also an important task for photographers, to keep the history alive...

eu has just posted a sequence of pictures from an old sanatorium

http://www.stevesforums.com/forums/v...mp;forum_id=81
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Old Feb 21, 2007, 8:17 AM   #6
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Thank you very much for the comments!

Torgny, "Musconetcong" is derived from a regional Native American name that means "clear water". I live between Lake Musconetcong and Lake Hopatcong ("sweet waters of many coves") which is the largest freshwater lake in New jersey.
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Thanks for explaining the names. I thought it must be that way

"And the indians fell..." (Mr B Dylan)

Sad thing

As kids we used to play one of the RPGs (role playing games) of that time. It was called "Cowboys and Indians". Knowing me a little by my pictures you can perhaps guess what role I took...




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Excellent night shot, well taken
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As kids we used to play one of the RPGs (role laying games) of that time. It was called "Cowboys and Indians". Knowing me a little by my pictures you can perhaps guess what role I took...


Torgny, not only am I positive you were an Indian, but I also wonder if you were a Medicine Man (or Shaman)...
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(No, I was a ordinary member of the Iroquois tribe. There were over 500 tribes to choose from...)

Back to your picture. The more I look at it, the more I like it. If you have the time: what are
the exif data? And your thoughts on the vertical lines. Just curious

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