I suppose this is a bit out of season, but it has been unseasonably warm here the past few days. Up to sixty degrees Fahrenheit, at times! In December! Well, that’s all right, we’ve probably got a hard winter to look forward to in coming months.
A month before Hurricane Sandy, I said:
Hey! I’ve got all these vacation days I need to use before the end of the year! What shall I do with them?
I know! I’ll take a bunch of day trips around New Jersey!
I’ve lived in NJ my whole life, and I’ve barely seen a fraction of what this state has to offer! Heck, I’ve only ventured south of Sea Girt, what, three times?
And with all the photos I take on these expeditions, I’ll turn ‘New Providence Daily Photo’ into ‘New Jersey Daily Photo!’ Won’t that be great!
So during the week and a half before Hurricane Sandy, I enthusiastically climbed Barnegat Lighthouse on Long Beach Island, hiked around High Point State Park, and toured the Pine Barrens during cranberry season.
And then New Jersey was decimated by a hurricane.
So I might not be doing a lot more of that.
In the meantime, I am bursting at the seams with Jersey Pride, and I’ve stockpiled a bunch of tourist-y photos (like the one above) that I never got to show you guys.
Batsto Lake, part of Historic Batsto Village in the Pine Barrens, attracts local painters. (See, I have photographic evidence.)
I’ll stop with all the autumn-themed posts soon enough, I promise. I actually have a backlog of photos that qualify as interesting-but-not-terribly-beautiful-and-therefore-I-need-to-write-an-explanation-of-why-they’re-interesting, but writing takes effort (whiiiiiiiiine). I’m hoping to roll into that as soon as time and patience allows.
(This is Vernon Avenue in Summit. That’s a bridge for the train in the background.)
A different angle on the same view I showed you Monday.
…And I think I can get away with a cheap trick like that? The nerve!
…But I mean, you don’t really mind looking at similar pretty photos on different days, do you? DO YOU?
At some point, this gazebo-thing probably afforded a lovely scenic overlook of Seeley’s Pond, but with all the trees that have grown in, it’s no longer a particularly exciting view.
It’s still a cute little gazebo-thing.
And you thought I was kidding when I said on Monday that I’d assault you with autumn pictures of Seeley’s Falls all week, huh? TOTALLY NOT JOKING. We are dead serious here at New Providence Daily Photo.
So in dead seriousness, this is Seeley’s Pond, which is the manmade pond that feeds Seeley’s Falls.
I love autumn, but it really snuck up on us this year. One week, we were blasting air conditioning, and the next week we were snuggling into sweaters. The leaves, too, have been green green green, then a hint of yellow, then BAM! LEAF RAINBOW OUT OF NOWHERE. It’s pretty terrific.
Oh and by the way this is New Providence Daily Photo’s second birthday (and 731st post). Woohoo, two years, hooray for New Jersey.
As I reevaluate what I’m doing with this blog, and as I struggle to improve my photography (and my blogging etiquette), I want to make sure I post a few things that you want to see, in addition to pursuing my own weirdly unappealing photodocumentarian vision.
So: is there any particular type of photo or post you’d like to see more of? Landscapes, macros, stories of people and festivals, historic buildings, wildlife, charming local landmarks? Do you generally enjoy the stuff I post? If not, what could I do better? If so, what do you like?
As I was driving through this part of the Watchung Reservation yesterday, I noticed that it’s at peak autumn colors. What! When did that happen!
Since the road through this part of the Watchung Reservation is very curvy, with no shoulder, and filled with trucks going 50mph, I did my best to keep my eyes on the road. Yeesh.
I decided to come back and revisit Seeley’s Falls safely on foot. The falls are pretty pathetic at the moment, but the spillway is still pretty. And the leaves! Man. I might just assault you guys all week with autumn photos of Seeley’s Falls.
I ended up doing lots of storytelling and photoessays this week, but man oh man, writing is hard. So. Takin’ a break from long-winded Harvest Festival stories today. (And the blogosphere collectively breathes a sigh of relief, I know.)
The Master Gardeners were very proud of their bug display. Apparently, their previous bug display was over 20 years old, and dead bugs don’t age very well. So a gardener’s husband started assembling a collection of new dead bugs to show around. The new bugs still have most of their color, as well as their legs and wings and antennae.
Just painting pumpkins. Does glitter paint make you nostalgic? I had three small pots of Crayola glitter paint when I was a kid— one pink, one purple, and one blue. In retrospect, it was silly for them to include purple in the package, ‘cos I could’ve just mixed pink and blue, right?
George C. Pierson showed off his tinsmithery. Apparently it’s getting harder and harder to find “bright tin” (which I think has a higher tin:lead content than most cheap tin that you find nowadays). Why did I care? Because I was apprenticed to a tinsmith when I volunteered at Historic Allaire Village in high school.
Also there was a scarecrow-building contest. Where you build scarecrows. For a contest.