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December 28, 2012

Summit Field

Summit Field! I guess maybe it's on a summit or something, I dunno.

This photo doesn’t hold a lot of merits in and of itself, but sometimes, you know, you’re just like, “man, I wish I could look at a nice-looking field with trees in it.”

So here is a nice-looking field with trees in it.

(This nice-looking field is Summit Field in the South Mountain Reservation. You can picnic here. There are tables just off-camera.)

December 22, 2012

Mossy rocks

Just some silly rocks by a creekbed.

Just some, uh, rocks. In the South Mountain Reservation. Which is a home to rocks.

I need to get out more. I’m really running low on photos.

December 21, 2012

Little falls

Small unnamed falls

I wish these little falls had a name, but I don’t think they do.

Another glamour shot, because I have way too much fun photographing waterfalls to let this sit in my archives.

They can be found on a tiny tributary of the Rahway River in the South Mountain Reservation, upstream of Hemlock Falls.

I like photographing waterfalls! They’re clichés, but there’s something to be said for the instant gratification you get when you capture a really cool photo. And it doesn’t always happen, because the light hardly ever cooperates with me and I STILL haven’t bought a ND filter. What’s your experience?

December 19, 2012

Hydrant in the woods

Hydrant in the woods! Well, I guess you need SOMETHING for forest fires, right?

I guess it’s a matter of practicality, but when I go hiking, I expect to find nature, not fire hydrants.

May 1, 2012

Green Day 4: Composting

Red wiggler!

Representatives of the Liberty Science Center, which is located about an hour away from us (in Jersey City), came out to Maplewood’s Green Day to give demonstrations on composting (among other things).

In order to compost, you need worms, right? So they brought some red wigglers along, and let the kids hold ’em.

As you’d expect, the red wigglers wiggled a lot.

Because it was an educational science demonstration, they got into the science of how and why you need worms for composting.

LSC composting demo at the Maplewood Green Day Fair. Gosh this is boring alt text.

There was even an anatomical model of the innards of an earthworm (shown above), which is quite honestly the thing that drew me over to the booth, because I am a giant nerd.

This concludes my coverage of Green Day! ‘Til next year.

April 30, 2012

Green Day 3: pH Testing

pH Test. Apparently tap water is neutral/ alkaline.

As a former chemistry minor and present Person Who Is Attracted To Colorful Shiny Objects… I had to go check out this pH display.

pH stands for “potential Hydrogen,” and it’s basically (forgive me, chemists) an approximation of how many hydrogen ions are in a liquid. Lots of hydrogen ions = low pH = acidic; few hydrogen ions = high pH = basic/ alkaline.

This particular company (Pur2o) was trying to sell us on the idea that water should be BASIC, not neutral, and set up this display to prove how acidic most bottled water is, particularly compared to their own very alkaline water. (I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that they used phenol red as their pH indicator.) Several fairgoers were skeptical about the underlying concept of this.

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April 29, 2012

Green Day 2: Tiny Turtle

Rizzo and the tiny turtle!

This is my favorite photo from the day.

Rizzo, of Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, brought some tiny turtles to show off at Maplewood’s Green Day!

I was lucky enough to nab this shot while he was standing still to answer a question from the guy standing in front of me; otherwise, he was bobbing all over the place. Neither this photo nor his website give any indication of what a fun performer he is/was.

April 28, 2012

Green Day! (not the band.)

Flute player for MoodRing, at the Green Day Festival in Maplewood

In honor of Earth Day, Maplewood’s Green Day Fair was today! It was a big celebration of all things environmentally friendly.

In addition to all the vendors and eco-friendly demonstrations, the main stage featured local bands, so fairgoers were serenaded with ongoing music.

MoodRing at the main stage

This is MoodRing, a self-described jam band.

I’ll be showing a few more photos from the festival for the next few days, so stay tuned!

September 20, 2011

Le ballon vert


I could’ve sworn I read somewhere that Maplewood was designed to have an old European/ Bavarian flavor, but I didn’t write down the source of this tidbit, and now I can’t find it. I could be making things up.

Regardless, this is downtown Maplewood (with a mom and a kid and a green balloon). It’s cute.

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