Resilience in the wake of Hurricane Isaias

About one month ago Hurricane Isaias brushed our area with 70 mph wind gusts carrying an abundance of salt water onto vulnerable trees and shrubs. Our Red Maple Tree suffered a significant loss of foliage facing the east side.

BELOW: One week after storm, 8/4/2000

                       BELOW: Five weeks after storm, 9/8/2000 

Below: Normal view at this time of year, (from a previous year.) Original leaves would already have been losing color saturation.


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something more interesting than an old tree!)

 

Staying in Place …in a Pandemic

MARCH 22, 2020, 

As we reel from the Covid-19 crisis,  staying in place is critical to contain the  spread of the virus. Meanwhile, in our backyard today, life went on as usual.



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In Quest of Punxsutawney Phil

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†February 2nd is Groundhog Day here in the United States (and Canada.) Although the tradition begs for a relatively large imagination, lore has it that this particular rodent, Phil, who lives just outside town, can forecast the weather. As it was my wife’s birthday, we added this somewhat iconic town, Punxsutawney, ¬†to our weekend road trip through parts of Pennsylvania. So, despite some issues with snow, we did join the throngs of Phil worshippers, and¬†made it back home by nightfall. ¬†Oh, and he did NOT see his shadow, indicating an early spring!

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Look Through My Window, To the Street(s) Below

Still “Winter Isolated” here in northern New Jersey, this morning I captured this image from our window, reminding me (obliquely?) of the classic Mamas and Papas song of forlorn love in the 1960s, here. And yes …those are still our trees in the foreground!

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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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