September 4, 2014
The White Cliffs of Conoy
The White Cliffs of Conoy are the remnants of old limestone and dolomite mines in the area near Bainbridge, PA. The mine tailings were piled up in mounds 60 ft. high.
The formations are next to the Susquehanna River.
There’s a full, and fascinating, story about the formations in the local newspaper.
It was closed to the public until just a few weeks ago, so we jumped on the chance to go see it.
Along with the odd beauty of the cliffs, the main attraction is the view of the Susquehanna from the top.
Looking down, you can see and hear the Haldeman Riffles in the water.
There are deep chasms between the formations.
Parking is at the boat launch in Bainbridge, and there’s a newly paved 1.5 mile trail to the site. Along the way there are ruins of the once-thriving village and factories that accompanied the mines.
All of these images were taken with a fisheye lens on my iPhone. I did break out the macro lens for this image of mullien flowers,Verbascum thapsus.
I’ve made a series of quilts about the Susquehanna River, including In Dreams I Climbed the Cliffs. Now I’m thinking about the imagery and possibilities of these white cliffs.
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