Tag : Bedminster

11 Jun 2010

What’s good: Hay in the field

Hay sits in a field in Bedminster, NJ.

After a long week of too many meetings, it felt good to head out into the countryside this evening. I spent about 45 minutes stalking three young bucks playing in a field but they were too far away to make a good picture. I headed over to my favorite hill where I made a pretty fence photo back in April. The hill has a meadow and some unique trees and a great views. You’ll see a picture of the trees some day when the light is right. Tonight the setting sun was hitting rolls of hay and the color of the light on the hay really contrasted the green grass.

08 May 2010

What’s good: Why did the deer cross the creek?

A deer crosses a creek in Bedminster, NJ

I was out on a 39-mile bicycle ride today getting for the two-day 170 MS fundraiser in two weeks. I still need help with the money, please donate something. We were zipping along Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster and as we crossed a creek, I saw a deer walking through the water.

In the 90’s, I spent about a year learning the habits of white tail deer so I could make great pictures of them. When conditions were right, I could sneak up on to a deer to the point that I was too close for my telephoto lens to focus. Deer always take the path of least resistance and they don’t drink much water, they get most of their fluids from eating vegetation. So seeing a deer walking through water isn’t too common.

So when I saw this deer, I pointed it out to Kathy Johnson and yelled that I was stopping for a photo. By the time I got off the bike and ran back to the bridge, I couldn’t see the deer. Then it walked back across because the far side was running to fast to cross.

04 May 2010

What’s good: Vulture keeping watch

A turkey vulture sits on an old barn in Bedminster, NJ.

There’s this old barn I pass on my regular bicycle route. Frequently there is a turkey vulture sitting on the roofless section. During this morning’s ride, there it was.

30 Apr 2010

What’s good: A horse statue in the middle of a field

A redwing blackbird sits on a horse statue in a Readington, NJ field.

When I first saw it, I almost crashed my bike. I was riding along a backroad, not really sure what town it is, I’m guessing Readington. Out in the middle of a field, nothing else in sight, is a statue of a horse rearing up. I’ve gone past it many times since that first sighting, and when others see it for the first time, they have the same reaction. Why would someone put that in the middle of a field? I thought the light might be good to get a picture of it today, so I drove over to see how it looked. When I got out, there was a redwing blackbird sitting on the horse’s nose. Life is good.

20 Apr 2010

What’s good: A mid-day bicycle ride

White flowers surround trees in Tewksbury, NJ

It was another beautiful spring day and I was able to get in a mid-day bicycle ride. I did about 25 miles, trying to get rid of the winter fat in time for a two-day MS fundraising ride along the NJ coast in May. In cycling, there is an official term for someone over 200 pounds: a Clydesdale. Well, you can call me Clyde and Dale, because I’m both, although I refuse to get on the scale and see how bad it really is. I prefer not being a Clydesdale and it is going to take some work to get there. Five years ago I did a 30-day ride from San Francisco to Somerville and I was 177 pounds when I got home. See the daily ride journal. I hadn’t been that light since college and I shot right back up afterward.

So I’m riding along today and see this patch of little white flowers in the woods. I only know the name of about four flowers and these aren’t one of them. I’m sure someone will chime in with the name. I pulled out my trusty point-and-shoot camera and liked the way the three trees lined up vertically.

19 Apr 2010

What’s good: Seeing more red on a sunny day

The sun hits the end of a barn in Bedminster, NJ

It was a beautiful day today, cool, clear and sunny. I took a little drive after work out along the route where I do my normal bicycle ride. There are a couple of barns that look cool, so I went to see how the barns look in the low afternoon light.

The sun was pretty low and light shadows were mixing with the sunlight hitting the end of the red barn. One small window is all that disturbed the red.

I like it.

13 Apr 2010

What’s good: Chasing a hot air balloon

A hot air balloon lands at dusk.

When I left work in East Brunswick, it was drizzling and pretty chilly. As I got closer to home the rain stopped and I could see the clouds were starting to break in the west. I saw something strange in the sky and drove a couple of blocks out of my way to see what it was.

There was a hot air balloon floating to the west. They aren’t uncommon, the country’s largest summer balloon festival happens about where the balloon was flying. But they usually aren’t around this early in the year.

It was about and hour before sunset, so I went home, took care of the dogs and went out to find the balloon. I knew about where it would be, so I headed out as the sun was setting. I spotted it a couple of times and then I lost it. I went to the airport where it probably took off and all was quiet. I stopped to shoot the late sunlight hitting an old abandoned farm silo. Not a bad shot but I thought I would find something better after sunset.

I looked up and there was the balloon off in the distance. It was about five minutes before sunset, which is when they no longer can legally fly, so I knew it would land soon and I wasn’t very close. I drove through several neighborhoods trying to get on the east side of it so I could have the colorful western sky behind it.

About five minutes after sunset, I spotted it low over the trees and I still wasn’t close. I thought it was landing so I just kept driving. I pulled out onto Lamington Road and there it was, floating well above the trees over an former horse farm, looking for a place to land. I pulled off the road a couple of times and made some shots. I finally came to where the chase vehicles were and watched as the balloon crossed the road to land in an open field. I love riding in balloons and watching them is almost as much fun.

A fence row on Villettown Road in Tewksbury, NJ.

I was close to a hill that I ride my bicycle up quite often and I thought there might be a good shot there. It is a fairly steep hill for around here and there is a house on top that looks neat during the day. I’ve never been there after sundown, so I thought I’d take a look. I drove up the hill and saw a dramatic rail fence. Bingo. I spent the next 15 minutes kneeling in the wet soil to get the right angle. Two silhouettes in two days, rare for me, but I like them.