I headed over to Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, NJ for another autumn sunrise. I was hoping there would be mist rising from the pond or river, but it wasn’t there. There wasn’t a whole lot going on, just some pretty yellow maple leaves hanging by the river. I walked back to the pond where a tree full of red leaves was screaming at me. I got up close with my wide angle lens and I like the way the […]
I went to Fairview Farm in Far Hills again this morning to watch the sun rise. I went there last week after not being there for a few years. It is a great natural reserve and I spent four hours there this morning and was the only person around. The sunrise backlit a big leaf and really made the veins jump out..
After several cloudy and rainy Vermont days, it was great to be able to see the sun rise today. It was foggy, which is pretty common, but the sun was able to break through and make some dramatic light. I headed to South Woodstock where there is a large horse association and their grounds always look good. After the fog cleared, I drove some back roads where there are great scenes around every corner. I noticed a spider web along […]
Just outside of Woodstock, Vermont, is a natural area that has been protected by The Nature Conservancy. It is called Eshqua Bog Natural Area and it is 41 acres with hiking trails that go through the bog area and up the hillside to the forest. I’ve been there many times and the ferns always catch my eye.
Today had to be one of the top five weather days of the year. Clear skies, low humidity and nice temperatures made for a perfect day. So I headed off to the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and NJ Audubon’s Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Refuge. They are about five miles apart and only 15 minutes from my house. At the Audubon center, I walked one of their trails and saw two trees that had grown together and were tall and straight. They […]
Another beautiful Vermont morning. I watched the sun rise at my favorite pond. The pond was quiet this morning, a few frogs were making their presence known and the wind blowing in the trees was about the only other noise. An overnight rain put a clean shine on everything and left some drops.
I went with Robin to my new favorite Vermont place, an escape owned by one of our neighbors. It is tranquil there, the only sounds are the frogs thumping, birds chirping, an occasional woodpecker at work and a fly buzzing my head. I could sit by the pond all day. Today there were dozens of blue dragonflies everywhere. They must be camera shy because I can’t get too close before they move on to another landing site.
Another heatwave settled into New Jersey, so I went looking for sunflowers. Several years ago I saw a field of them while riding my bicycle in Hunterdon County, so I went there. The field has corn in it this year but across the street were sunflowers! I thought sunflowers followed the sun across the sky, but all them were pointed away from the sun. Maybe they don’t like heatwaves either.
Alaska – Images by Loren Fisher These are some of my favorite photos from my trip to Alaska.
We traveled to Denali National Park on our bear search. On the way, we saw a pretty coyote sitting along the road. So, of course, we screeched to a halt and went back for some shots. You can drive 12 miles into the park and then you have to take a converted school bus the 89 miles to the end of the road – unless you know somebody. Walter has a client doing road work past where the buses go. […]
We started the day with a bonus: a bull moose first thing in the morning. That was the wildlife highlight of the day. We went to the Russian River and hiked 2.3 miles to a waterfall where we were told the salmon would be jumping the falls and probably bears would be catching them. The falls and the hike were beautiful but the critters weren’t around. We saw several salmon in pools but they weren’t jumping. And no bears. We […]
I learned something big tonight. If you want to talk to your neighbors, take out a tripod and get your camera real close to a fire hydrant. People pour out of their house to see what is going on. I talked to four neighbors tonight that I have seen in months all because I was hovering around the hydrant. People really don’t understand, even after I tell them what I am doing.
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Seeing my picket fence reflecting in my bird bath will do it.
I have a fondness for covered bridges. My little town of Spencerville, Ind., had the only one in the northern half of the state. It was a source of pride for the 300 town residents. I’ve spent a lot of time the last three years photographing Vermont’s 110 covered bridges. New Jersey only has one, in Sergeantsville. I was in the area this afternoon, so I drove over. The bridge is nice and I loved the exposed roots of a […]
I walked out the door this morning to go work feeling fairly blue about not being in Vermont and out amongst nature. I opened the garage door and looked down the alley behind our house. There was a bump on the asphalt that looked a lot like a turtle. It is about two blocks to a little creek, so it was pretty strange to see a decent size box turtle crawling around. Of course, I went over to say hi […]