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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nature

No complaints, really, as I have easy access to such a diverse range of activities. But one thing that's in short supply around here is open, untouched countryside. So I was surprised to hear from an acquaintance about this little nature preserve that is actually within walking distance (not that I'd be apt to walk there) and that I'd never known existed. I went over there this morning to check it out.Here we go!A more rustic trail leads off to the left:Water!And this pathway, back at the main entrance, leads to the pond:
And here's the pond. There's a concrete dam of some kind - apparently people fish there.
And so, that's pretty much it. A pond, and bit of woods squashed between a school playing field and the Garden State Parkway. Access is from a nondescript dead-end residential street. Nature in New Jersey. We take what we can get.

4 Comments:

Anonymous beecher said...

Wow! I had no idea.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Linda Hillin said...

Wow. Protected nature sites are becoming scarce. I live in Oregon where over half the state is owned by the government in protected nature sites. I've never been anywhere with as many parks, and as much land in use by the public. Not one mile of the beaches in Oregon are privately owned, all public access beaches. It's a wonderful place to live. Glad you found a place near you. Life just seems better when you can be out with nature.

7:26 PM  
Blogger AlexanderTheGreat said...

Looks like a perfect place for a parking garage and some condos. Thanks for pointing it out :)

10:30 PM  
Blogger elaine said...

Your observations never cease to put a smile on my face. I especially liked the inviting photo of the broken concrete path and chain link fence - nature in NJ indeed.

11:25 AM  

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