Archive for ‘Passaic River Parks’

October 3, 2014

Rollin’ on the river

Ye Olde Passaic River

Just in case you forgot what rivers look like.

Tho’ I guess the Passaic River is really more of a brook once it gets to New Providence.

October 2, 2014

Defocus obsessions


I’m an animator by day. Part of what I do, as an animator, is finesse inherently mechanical animations to look organic and real-ish. And part of the way I do this is to incorporate (fake) lens effects/flaws into these mechanical animations (lens flares, bokeh, general distance defocusing, chromatic aberrations, etc). Unfortunately, a lot of lens effects are difficult to fake— or at least difficult to fake WELL & QUICKLY using the tools I have available.

Because of all this, I have a TON of fascination with natural photographic lens effects. So the defocusing in this image might make a photographer squirm (are you squirming?), but as an animator, I study it with awe and try to figure out how I’d replicate it in 3D.

Photography and animation overlap a lot, actually. You might be surprised.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

October 1, 2014

Tiny river clams

Tiny river clams!

I see clams on the beach all the time, sure, but I never knew about freshwater river clams. They’re a thing! We have them! Isn’t that cool? I think it’s cool.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

September 30, 2014

Fernie fern fern


Yeah okay so this isn’t very interesting but it was the golden hour and EVERYTHING looked so pretty and I just couldn’t help myself.


(Cross-posted to Instagram)

September 29, 2014

Hoof it

Hoof it.

Deer prints in mud by the Passaic River.

September 28, 2014

Grassy lady

I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with bokeh lately.

Today I walked around the Passaic River Park for the first time in a while.

For a year or two, after I stopped doing this blog every day, I stopped using my DSLR much ‘cos it’s too heavy to casually tote everywhere. I’ve trained myself now to grab my phone-camera when I see a photo op. Consequently, I’m sick of cameraphone limitations, and I’ve once again started looking for excuses to haul my DSLR out of semi-retirement. It is such a delight to see a subject, frame and focus, twiddle whatever settings you need to twiddle, and just GET the damn shot you want (or a sufficiently close approximation of it).

So yeah, anyway, river walks and bokeh are fun. Mosquitos and poison ivy, not so much.

April 13, 2013

Broken bones

Actually maybe it's a tibia.

Sometimes I find bones in the woods! I thought this was a femur at first glance, but upon closer inspection, I’m not really sure what it is… maybe a tibia? Probably from a deer or something.

April 11, 2013


A town of stumps.

I’ll be honest: I don’t have much to say about stumps.

The word “stumptown” popped into my head while I was considering this fact.

I couldn’t quite place the word, so I Googled it.

I, being a comics nerd, was probably thinking of Stumptown Comics Fest (April 27-28 in Portland, OR), one of the well-known comics festivals around North America. But it’s also the name of a coffee company and some other things.

None of this has anything to do with New Jersey or, in particular, this stump, but so it goes.

April 9, 2013

My twigs are so bright, I’ve got to wear shades

Coolest tree in the forest.

Yeah man. So cool.

April 8, 2013

Over the tree trunks and through the woods


In January, I reported that the New Providence section of the Passaic River Park was impassible. I’ve been back to those woods a couple times since, but it’s always been difficult and disappointing.


Some gang sawed through that giant mess of trees… AND BLAZED IT. (I’ve been meaning to blaze it forever!) Neon orange marks now dot the previously unmarked trail, guiding hikers across un-trail-like areas that they’d never think to hike otherwise. Example below: hello random patch of weeds new trail.

You want me to go WHERE?

For several of the larger logs that blocked the path, rather than cut them up… they’re simply part of the trail now. Volunteers have added steps to help hikers hop over logs.

Over the tree trunk and through the woods

It is AWESOME. Excellent work. I don’t know who you are, mysterious team of trail volunteers, but I love you, and if you want a hand with the next go-round, PLEASE let me help. You’ve rocked my world!

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