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Country Landscapes

Snitz Creek Bridge
Snitz Creek Bridge
Every painting needs a title that expresses the inspiration behind the image. "Two Reflections: Snitz Creek Bridge" represents first a simple kind of reflection - an image seen in a mirror, on a shiny surface, or on a body of water, as seen in this painting. The second reflection here - a serious thought or consideration - took me back to my boyhood days in Lebanon Pennsylvania, exploring the creek and fishing there at age 6 with my brother. Let's reflect here on two stories told about the bridge and the creek. My favorite one was told so often it almost seemed true - especially to the children who would innocently ask their parents: "Where do babies come from?" The answer was always: "Why we just fish them out of the Snitz Crick!" Luckily, I never found one on the end of my fishing pole! A second story, true or not, told in that part of the PA Dutch country, had to do with a farm woman taking a wagon load of dried apples to market in Lebanon. As she began to cross the bridge, either the horse bolted, the bridge collasped, or both, and the wagon load of dried apples ended up in the creek. Dried apples are called "snitz" in the local Pennsylvania dialect - and the rest is history!