Warren County Hot Air Balloons

County Agricultural fairs are a lot of fun, you see all of the prize food, crafts produce, and animals that everyone in the area worked hard to take care of. Let’s not forget the food, sometimes that is the best part! At the Warren County fair, they also had Hot Air Balloons which you can ride. Now I have never seen hot air balloons take off and it was a fun sight. Everyone setting up the baskets, rolling out the balloon to inflate.Which if you are riding in the balloon you have the opportunity to help in the process. Depending on the space available you will have twenty or more take off. I think at the next balloon festival that comes around I might be interested in going up in one. I am a little worried about the basket size, they seemed quite small? I hope you enjoy these images from the Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot air Balloon Festival.

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Duke Farms

Duke Farms is an Estate that was home to James Buchanan Duke who was an entrepreneur and American Tobacco Company owner. The place was awesome but it is a lot of walking! They provide a trolley for anyone who has handicap needs and they also provide bike rentals. The orchid house, I would say is the main attraction it is beautifully maintained. As far as the main house itself the only thing that is left of it is the foundation, which would have been the basement. It is unfortunate that the upkeep was too costly it would have been a wonderful attraction to the property.

Cross Estate Garden

When we arrived at Cross Estate Garden in the Jockey Hollow area the smell was amazing! The volunteers were just finishing watering the garden and I have to say that is an awesome smell. Everything has a fresh, earthy smell and the water droplets make the plants look dewy and vibrant. As I mentioned it is a small garden but wonderfully maintained, I highly suggest checking the whole area out.

Person in water

This month I had the pleasure of having my cousin as a model for the project I have been working on of People in water. I am quite excited about the outcome! I am editing now here is a taste of what is to come…. IMG_0030

Polaroids

Over the past couple of years I have found Polaroid cameras at various thrift stores. I figure why not use them to create a series. I had my father help me with converting my land camera to take AAA batteries instead of the hard to find expensive one needed. Because of the cost of Polaroid film this project will be a constant effort and very selective with my shots, I am going to be very picky. I cant wait to see how it comes out !

 

 

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Transparencies

I was flipping through my film binders and I realized that I have a ton of transparencies which are positive film placed in plastic slides. This set of images are a few of the images are some of my favorites.

 

 

Echo Lake Park at Sunset

Last week after our latest snow storm I took a ride over to Echo Lake Park. It was packed with families sleigh riding, but I was able to grab this moment of solitude as I walked back to the car. I did not quite get what I was looking for but that only means hopefully I can get another chance with our next prediction of snow. img_0061

Great Swamp

This image is from my 2nd and most recent trip to Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is in Morris County. This refuse has a lot to offer on its 7800 acres. The Friends of Great Swamp NWR has an amazing visitors center as well as easy access trails. This particular spot was from the overlook parking lot half way between the nature center and the bluebird field. We started our hike at the wildlife observation center parking area which has a boardwalk guiding you though the wooded part of the swamps to blinds overlooking an open field.  On the particular morning we ventured out there were a few reported sightings of Bald Eagles. Maybe we will get to see some next time when we hike a different trail.

 

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St. George, South Carolina

These few images were from my venturing around St. George, South Carolina that we stopped at during my drive north from Florida. One thing that I have started to appreciate more is the fact that we actually have to get off of the highway for gas, food, bathrooms whatever it is we need, instead of car / truck stops every so many miles. Forcing you to actually to see the small towns of america. It just so happens that this little town had a few of the things that I am attracted to most… abandoned houses and rust ! Of course it is a shame that an entire hotel , Ice Cream Stand and a few houses were abandoned but it made for a little bit of fun for me, taking a stretch from the long drive. Its sad to see towns that have the beginnings of a ghost town, but on the flip side for people like me it is a plus I get to show what once was through art, well it is art to me anyway. Creating beauty out of desolate, dilapidated, deteriorating buildings and objects.

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Airboat Tour

Last week my boyfriend and I went on an Airboat tour through the Everglades at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. It was so much fun, I wish it was longer! We saw about ten alligators, maybe around the same about in different kind of bird species, a few turtles popped up here or there, and some fish were jumping while we were stopped looking at the different plants and a gator trying to bask in the sun that kept popping in and out of the clouds.

It was a lot of fun! The guide mentioned that at this time of the year all of the gators would mostly be young females so they were relatively small, the biggest one we saw was maybe just over six feet. It’s funny how if you were to talk about a person’s height and you said they were six feet or more you would be like wow he/ she is really tall but mentioning it about the gator I’m thinking like ehh that’s actually kind of on the small side,  It’s funny how those things go.

All I can say is that thank goodness we didn’t see any snakes I think I would have had a panic attack! Especially when the guide mentioned that the python invasion is disrupting the alligator population because they eat them! … Ugh my stomach sank! And what made matter worse was that he mentioned it only takes the python six day to digest it! Only SIX! Although a very cool fact he was way more excited about it then needed to be.

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