Pine Barrens, Lost Railroad and Civil War

A few weeks ago, ¬†I explored a small but typical part of¬†an abandoned single track railroad constructed in the early 1860’s. It transverses¬†the New Jersey Pine Barrens, an immense area of¬†1.1 million acres of sandy soil¬†characterised¬†¬†by¬†oak and pine trees, cranberry bogs, blueberry cultivation and underlying aquifers. When new, these now forgotten rails¬†carried some 17,000 troops to¬†America’s Civil War.

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Images captured with an I-phone 5s, a few steps off Savoy Blvd., Woodmansie, NJ

Alien to the peace and tranquility of this warm afternoon, I could almost feel the undeniable apprehension of regiments of soldiers riding these very tracks towards the inevitable battles to the south, 155 years ago.  

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“Winter View from Deck,” Guest Contributor – Judy

 

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The breathtaking view of this morning’s¬†pristine snowfall was beautifully captured by our neighbor just after the clouds¬†cleared, and moments before it effectively disappeared with the warmth of the sun and accompanying breezes.¬†

My gratitude to Judy for allowing us to share her image as a guest contributor.

As usual, ¬†thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

The Woods and The Snow

 

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Whose woods these are I think I know. (mine)
His house is (…behind me)¬†though;
He will not see me stopping here (?)
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

Images taken 10/13/15 and today, 2/5/16.

(Published without permission, but gratitude to Robert Frost.)

As usual, click on the images for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

UTAH: Great Salt Lake and Wasatch Mts – Day One

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My previous post was a prelude to this short series highlighting our recent four day adventure to Utah. Along with my son, daughter and seven year old grandson, we would experience a memorable, whirlwind adventure.

Please click on any of the images for a closer look.

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My daughter, and grandson on the edge of the Great Salt Lake. She tasted and confirmed the water was indeed… SALTY. The 1700 sq. mile (4400 sq. km) lake is¬†relatively shallow and fish-less. This lookout¬†is from the marina just west of the city. (1:50 PM)
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Passing through Salt Lake City, the pretty Wasatch Mountains dominate the cloud laden South East. We were  heading to Park City. (2:15 PM)
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Park City is a major winter skiing resort and summertime hiking hub.  (3:10 PM)

 

 

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The entire network of ski trails are now accessible right from downtown. This being the “shoulder” season between summer and winter, it’s open for hikers. The first snow of the season is visible on the grass. ¬† ¬†(3:17 PM)
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The Wastach Mountains, near Sundance, Utah (4:37 PM)
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A  short distance up a winding alpine road, (Rt. 92,) is the trail head for 11,752 ft. (3580 m.) Mt Timpanogos, a spectacular but difficult 14 mile (22 km) RT climb which I had partially explored and nearly froze on, some years earlier. (5:09 PM)
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The Little Provo River winds through Robert Redford’s charming and impressive¬†lodge in Sundance. It was a little after local sunset. (5:28 PM)
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Warming by the open fire-pit, we would shortly relax with dinner in the lodge and continue another 2 1/2 hours to Moab for the night. 

 

Day two will follow shortly.

Thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M ūüôā

Sharon’s Tree – As The World Turns

6:18 AM this morning, ¬†the rising sun¬†cast an impressive, warm¬†spotlight across¬†our neighbor’s tree, captured over 10 minutes.¬†

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And, a closer view…

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Next time, maybe a little HDR!

Thanks for viewing, and comments are always welcome. M ūüôā