Archive for ‘Burlington County’

February 27, 2013

Spiky little jerks

Moss is moss

Moss is moss is moss.

Did you know there’s a page dedicated to moss on Tumblr? It’s pretty enthusiastic.

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December 6, 2012

Warm reds

The red dogwood

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.

December 5, 2012

Meanwhile, outside the general store

What a machine to get your root beer from!

Just an old vending machine for Ma’s Root Beer outside the Whitesbog General Store.

My mother raised her eyebrows when I took a picture of it. Did you grow up with vending machines like this? Are such machines commonplace and boring to you? I hardly ever see old ones, so it’s interesting to me.

November 28, 2012

Boxes upon boxes

Just some post boxes

Just some old post boxes in the Whitesbog general store.

November 24, 2012

Crib of corn

Inside a corn crib!

Have you ever wondered what the inside of a corn crib looks like?

You probably haven’t. The Wikipedia page has a photo of a corn crib interior right there, and I’m not sure whether or not corn cribs are even still used.

The outside of a corn crib! Will wonders never cease!

Regardless:

Corn cribs are/were a big bin for corn to be dried out and stored. This one in Batsto Village included a belt-and-shaft machine at the top (not currently visible) for shelling the corn first, powered by the nearby gristmill’s water turbine.

November 18, 2012

Sphagnum!

Sphagnum Moss!

If you want more info on sphagnum moss (aka “peat moss”), you can check out the Wikipedia article. But here’s what my “Old Bog Nature Trail Guide” pamphlet from Whitesbog Village had to say:

A unique feature of sphagnum moss is its ability to absorb many times its own weight in water. Native Americans once used it as diapers for their infants! Ecologically it is valuable in flood control and protection from drought. Sphagnum moss is also used as peat to loosen and improve soils and to protect plants during shipment from nurseries. Due to its acidic, sterile nature, sphagnum was an effective wound dressing during several wars. With its many applications, the gathering of sphagnum moss was once a major Pine Barrens industry.

November 14, 2012

This beautiful state

Painters at Batsto Lake (10/26/12)

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 decided:

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.)

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