Archive for ‘Seeley’s Pond’

February 5, 2013

Falling ice

Not ideal for swimming, probably.

Brrrrr! The weather’s gotten cold again.

(Which is not surprise, seeing as it’s February and all.)

(But the days are getting longer! It’ll be spring before you know it!)

February 1, 2013

Frozen pond

Seeley's Pond frozen solid

After a week of above-freezing weather, it’s almost guaranteed that Seeley’s Pond is no longer frozen solid like this.

But after last week’s run of nothing above 25°F, it was sure frozen last week.

I saw some kids running on it, which blew my mind a little. Encouraged, I cautiously tested it for myself, and: yup, totally frozen, totally walkable.

F*** yeah geese

Even geese were like “yeahhh, check ME out, crossin’ this pond without swimming, aw yeah.”

January 29, 2013

Ice on a spillway

Ice ice ice ice ice ice ice.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: ICE ON A SPILLWAY. Because this is a spillway, and that is ice.

(It’s a little creek near Seeley’s Pond, right on the tri-border of Berkeley Heights, Scotch Plains, and Watchung.)

October 19, 2012

Seeley’s Falls (again)

Seeley's Falls: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL (sort of not really)

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?

October 18, 2012


Gazebo-thing? I'm not really sure what this structure is.

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.

October 17, 2012

Across the pond

Seeley's Pond in the fall

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.

October 15, 2012

Seeley’s Falls… in the fall

Seeley's Falls in the fall

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.

January 17, 2012

Flaming hills!

The hills are aflame!

As far as I can tell, this nifty light effect was caused by the setting sun casting a shadow from the Second Watchung Mountain onto the First Watchung Mountain.

Map of the Watchung Mountains (3rd - 2nd - 1st), for context

(On the map, the photo location is indicated [approximately] by a little pin-marker-thing.)

The red is entirely from the sun, not leaves. Believe me, this time of year? No colors anywhere.

Bonus fact: This is Seeley’s Pond.

January 15, 2012

Seeley’s Falls

Seeley's Pond waterfall!

Waterfalls are one of the suggested things you should photograph on overcast days (which yesterday most definitely was). And there are some really inspiring waterfall photos out there! I decided to try it for myself.

This is the dam at Seeley’s Pond, right at the edge of the Watchung Reservation (in New Jersey).

Here’s what one of my books has to say about it:

Equally divided between Berkeley Heights and Scotch Plains, the Falls at Seeley’s Pond, off Diamond Hill Road, were named for Edmund A. Seeley, a Scotch Plains businessman who in the late 1800s founded a paper-manufacturing company that used the falls for power (Troeger 2005, 82).

The concrete, brick, and steel ruins of Seeley’s Mill can be found a little further downstream.

If this sounds vaguely familiar to you, this is NOT the same guy who created Feltville. That was David Felt, who ALSO had dams to power his paper manufacturing mill on what is now the Watchung Reservation.



Troeger, V.B. (2005). Images of America: Berkeley Heights Revisited. Arcadia Publishing: Charleston, SC. ISBN 0738537527.

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