Archive for ‘Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center’

October 21, 2012

Cobwebbin’ it up

Cobwebs and colors!

(a) Cobwebs are pretty.
(b) Autumn is pretty.
(c) Reflections are pretty.

QUESTION: Is it possible to successfully combine all three of these disparate items in one photograph?

ANSWER: Probably.

Oh, and this is what the landscape looks like when it’s in focus:
Pond by the Great Swamp, Chatham Twp

January 31, 2012

Under the boardwalk


Look! It is a Great Boardwalk over a Great Pond in a Great Swamp.

June 5, 2011


Wood Sorrel-y.

These pink things all over the woods (and swamps) are wood sorrels! I think they’re common wood sorrels, but there are some slight differences (petal shape, stamen color) that could just be due to different varieties, or different growing conditions, or different species. I don’t know.

Regardless, they’re in the oxalis family, so they’re related to shamrocks.

June 1, 2011

T is for Trail

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center Boardwalk!

This is a swamp boardwalk in the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. I think it’s the Red Trail. The whole park is a good area for introducing your kids to the Great Outdoors. In fact, most of the people I see on these trails are under the age of six. (Or they’re parents of said young people.)

…FYI, my internet is functioning at the pace of a snail stuck in molasses. It’s spotty, it’s about on par with dial-up, and 21st century websites keep telling me I’m not even online. If I miss upcoming posts, it’s because I can’t connect.

May 15, 2011

Jack, in his pulpit.


I was so excited to find this guy on one of my hikes! He’s a Jack-in-the-pulpit!

He was also unfortunately in a most awkward position to photograph (in a swamp, about two feet from the boardwalk, and under that great big shady leaf), so this picture won’t win any awards. But I offer this as proof that there are indeed Jack-in-the-pulpits in New Jersey’s Great Swamp.

December 17, 2010

Bluebird singin’ a song; nothin’ but blue skies all day long

Blue skies smilin' at me; nothin' but blue skies do I see

I’m tempted to start serenading ya’ll with the lyrics to “Blue Skies,” but I’ll refrain.

(I will, however, encourage you to find the Muppet version of the song.)

These are electrical towers on the edge of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. (You’ve seen them before.)

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December 12, 2010

Gas lines!

Pipes of gas

Pipes on the border of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, operated by Transco: the Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation.

I thought these were interesting ‘cos

  1. I’d never seen this sort of thing before, and
  2. they’re right on the edge of a nature preserve.

Transcontinental, though! Neat.

December 7, 2010


How rustic.

Man. This just looks like a painting to me.

This is the periphery of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. There are apparently power towers right through the middle of most the Great Swamp areas.

December 2, 2010


Field of... grass and stuff.

An idyllic view of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

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November 22, 2010



Birdhouses at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, by the power lines.

I guess these are for wrens?

And I’m really not sure what the metal sleeves around the posts are about. Any birding fans familiar with this?

Edit: Careful reader Gerald suggests they’re supposed to discourage animals from climbing up the posts. Makes sense.

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