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!)
A visual chronicle of suburban NJ
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.
Even geese were like “yeahhh, check ME out, crossin’ this pond without swimming, aw yeah.”
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.)
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.