Leonard J. Buck Garden is a nice little oasis hidden deep in the woods, just like most of the gem spots I have been finding throughout New Jersey. This small very well maintained garden is sculpted around huge natural rock formations which were deposited by glaciers. It has a large pond full of fish, tadpoles, and home to a couple of snapping turtles that are right in the center of the garden which is broken up into three sections but they all feed into each other by a creek.
No better time for a government shut down like Fourth of July Weekend. These Images were taken at Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, New Jersey. I am still learning about what New Jersey has to offer, it has a lot to explore but not much can be done when they close all the beach and parks.
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South Mountain Reservation is a large area of preserved land, one small area of it is home to a sculpture garden, dog park, and a wildflower garden. The Wildflower area is a fenced in section of the preserve that is taken care of by volunteers. One side of it was quite overgrown so I tried the other entrance which brought me directly to the wildflowers, they weren’t fully in bloom yet which just means I will have to go back. As I ventured deeper back I encountered a more swamp-like area with more sculptures aside from the ones at the front gate. The area was rich with Multiflora Roses, Ferns, and Skunk Cabbage. I had to look up the Eastern Columbine and the purple flower I still am unsure of it looks to me to be in the rose family?
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A couple of weeks ago my husband and I ventured into Bucks County, PA. It was a fun adventure and we got to see a lot of lovely sights. We were driving around the county doing a covered bridges tour which I will be positing soon! On our drive I was always looking for abandoned buildings and well we came across this gas station, I had to stop and snap a few.
Painting with light is always a fun time, the results are always amazingly unpredictable and unexpected. You could literally use any form of light source imaginable which makes it the best part. In this set of images the light source was sparklers, my painters were my Sister and Mother-in-law.
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In some of my older work I have transparencies or color slides, For some odd reason I kept looking at them, so I have decided to start going through and scanning all of my negatives a little bit at a time. The assignment was to play around with daylight & tungsten (light bulbs) film at various times of day. Some clearly are too blue than supposed to be but at times it also work with the isolation of the subject matter. This is one medium I think I might revisit. These slides are from about eight or so years ago, I can only image what it would cost to have this kind of film developed and mounted today … yikes!