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House on Applebutter Road Near Bethlehem 

Last weekend I learned that some folks in Durham Township are “scared to death” of my photoblog and my photography.  My first thought was:   Is my work that bad?  🙂 My second thought was: That might be a bit naive.

There’s a misperception that my lovely photos of Durham are going to bring busloads of house-hunters and developers from around the globe, resulting in exhausted water supplies, higher school & property taxes and the destruction of the area’s rural nature, among other evils.  

Perhaps these well-intentioned folks don’t understand that my worldwide influence simply isn’t that great.  (Maybe after my first appearance on Oprah, ha!)  My photoblog traffic is pretty good for a photoblog, but it’s a tiny fraction of overall internet traffic. And I’ve been running the site for five years and still don’t know anyone who moved to Durham because of it.  (I wonder how many people would uproot their entire lives because of photos they saw on the internet?) 

Perhaps these well-intentioned folks don’t understand that my intent is to protect rural areas from development by raising awareness of the natural beauty we have here in Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley.  I want to inspire folks to save the land, to support urban renewal, to vote for open space initiatives and to update their townships’ Comprehensive Plans so when (not if) development comes, it is well-managed and sustainable.

What do you think?

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