Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Grounds for Sculpture: Art and the Outdoors

I recently visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton New Jersey.  I love this place.  There are so many sculptures all over the large grounds.  The sculptures are in all sorts of styles as well as sizes.  Some of them are breath-taking in their largeness.  While there, we ate at Rats, a fine-dining restaurant with a French emphasis.  The food was delicious.  There are also more casual dining options on the grounds.  The art of the sculptures are not the only attraction.  The landscaping has its own art.  They have manicured the grounds with the sculptures in mind so that there is this really great synergy between nature and art.  The last picture shown is not a sculpture but a baby robin that was crying out in one of the trees.  We did not know what kind of bird it was and some birders helped us identify it.  If you live in New Jersey or are visiting, I highly recommend checking Grounds for Sculpture out!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out: Far Out

One of the far out places that I like to visit in New Jersey is the Pine Barrens.  It is easy to get lost in the Pine Barrens.  It is also easy to not get lost.  They have a lot of camp grounds and trails that if you stick to them, you will easily find your way.  However, stray from the paths, and you can be lost for days!  Camping in the Pine Barrens is fun.  We often do cold-weather camping in the winter which requires proper gear.  Luckily, my husband has the necessary gear!  Our dog went with us on this particular camping trip.  She loves running around the camp area.  She generally stays close to us so we don't have to worry about her running off and getting lost.  Another fun thing to do in the Pine Barrens is canoeing down the Mullica Hill River.  I did not do that but my husband and his friend did.  They fell into the river at one point but were able to salvage all their equipment.  We have also hiked through the Pine Barrens several times which is fun, relaxing, and great exercise! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out; At the Park

One of the great things about living in New Jersey are all the trees.  This lake pictured in the first few pictures is a great place to meet and take a walk.  The pictures with my dog Leia are from Freedom Park in Medford.  New Jersey has many great parks to go walk, meet, sit, or have a picnic.  There are parks that welcome dogs and give them a running area where they can be off-leash so dogs have a place to meet too!  My dog has just started her own blog http://adoginthelife.blogspot.com/2016/05/hi-my-name-is-leia.html.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Anywhere Else: Picture and Poem

This Body

Inside this puppet show
energized by spirit,
a soft hand of energy
that once flowed through
primordial viscosity,
I wait.

I wish
to be anywhere else
but here, in this soft sand of flesh
that holds electricity
full of pain and joy
so intense
lightning is only a candle.

My body is a cradle
for the infinities that wait
amidst time and space,
the simple illusions that dance
on the caves.
I sleep

Soft now, I shall go,
a cat slinking by on quiet paws
into the green shadows of forest
fading anywhere else but inside
this waking dream.

I vanish.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Shoot-Out: Open

These pictures were taken at Freedom Park in Medford, NJ.  Medford, NJ is located in Southern New Jersey which is quite different than Northern New Jersey.  Southern New Jersey is closer to Philadelphia than New York and has an altogether different feel than Northern New Jersey.  Often, they seem to be different states entirely.  Freedom Park has a playground for children and gazebos to sit under with tables and chairs.  Also, as you can see in the pictures, Freedom Park is dog-friendly.  There is even a huge section that is a dog park.  Included in this section are creeks and ponds that dogs can go in.  My dog, Leia, is not particularly fond of the water so she did not partake in that aspect.  However, she loved being around the other dogs!  Leia has just started a blog herself adoginthelife.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Picture and poem

Absorbing sunlight
Into my bones, a warm syrup
Sinking slowly in.

Monday, August 4, 2014

McAfee's Knob, Virginia

At the top of McAfee's Knob in Virginia...part of the Appalachian Trail. I did not find the hike easy but for an experienced hiker, it probably is not that hard.  The view was well worth the work to climb the mountain.  We also spent the night on the mountain after the hike.  We slept well after all that up-slope walking!