round and round over the Point Pleasant, NJ boardwalk
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly dark phase female
Does anyone recall color bars? This is the door to the old LHS TV Studio where I taught my TV classes
If you’re on the beach at the Jersey shore, what country is directly across the ocean from you?
Maybe not the country you would guess… check here for world beaches and the countries they face
After some pizza, cheesesteak, or a deep-fried Oreo, you need a frozen custard and lemonade to cool down the tummy.
Jersey boardwalk food.
Sure, it’s quiet now, but soon…
Take a live look at http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newjersey/seasideheights/
(Photo of the NJ Pine Barrens with Atlantic City in the distance)
The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands or simply the Pines, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across more than seven counties of southern New Jersey.
The “pine barrens” are not “barren” but the term applies to the sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil which frustrated early European settlers’ attempts to plant their familiar crops. The Pinelands has a diversity of plant life(including orchids and carnivorous plants).
The area is also notable for its populations of rare pygmy Pitch Pines and other plant species that depend on the frequent fires of the Pine Barrens to reproduce.
The sand that composes much of the area’s soil is referred to by the locals as sugar sand.
Despite its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, and the fact that the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway run through it, the Pine Barrens remains largely rural and undisturbed.
It is a critical water source. The Pine Barrens territory helps recharge the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer containing some of the purest water in the United States.
In 1978, Congress passed legislation to designate 1.1 million acres (4,500 km²) of the Pine Barrens as the Pinelands National Reserve (the nation’s first National Reserve) to preserve its ecology. A decade later, it was designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
The Pinelands Reserve contains the Wharton, Brendan T. Byrne (formerly Lebanon), Penn, and Bass River state forests. The reserve also includes two National Wild and Scenic Rivers: the Maurice and the Great Egg Harbor.
NJ author, John McPhee, wrote one of my favorite books about the area’s history & ecology - The Pine Barrens (1967).
climb the dunes on Flickr.
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
― Albert Camus, The Stranger
Most Popular TV Show Set in each state
I’ll take THE SOPRANOS over JERSEY SHORE any day.
I think I just felt something shift.
The Winter Solstice - Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:11 PM in NJ
"Every potato, every pepper," says Sam Beeler of Paterson, elder of the Sand Hill Delaware Indian tribe of New Jersey. "Tomato. Chocolate. Corn. Squash. Every single bean on the planet comes from this hemisphere. No wonder [the Europeans] thought they were in paradise."
American Indians — not “Native Americans,” a newfangled PC term that Beeler and many others dislike — play a key role in the Thanksgiving story, as you’ll recall.
We know very little about the first pilgrim Thanksgiving in 1621: when exactly it was, how it was celebrated, whether turkey was even on the menu. But we know, thanks to a letter from a colonist, about the local Wampanoag Indians who came by with five deer.
"The Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, extending almost one-half mile into the Atlantic Ocean, is surely the greatest amusement enterprise under one roof in the world. With its many theaters, vaudeville, ballroom dancing, exhibits, diversity of entertainment, a visit to the pier is a vacation in itself."
Circa 1951 - made by E.C. Kropp Co., Milw., Wis.- A Natural Color Post Card