Photograph – Monochrome Monday – Delaware River Goose

It was a dreary weekend, but we walked along the Delaware River, at National Park, to pass a bit of time outdoors. A goose seemed tired of all the cold and rain too, while his flock swam, he surveyed the water and the people strolling along the shoreline. The sky was such a dismal grey, I didn’t need any filters to remove color, the landscape was monochrome all on its own. Hurry Spring! Welcome March!

Place – Philadelphia in the Fog

The fog surrounding Philadelphia transforms the city and surroundings with a metallic silver hue. These sights were photographed from the opposite side of the Delaware river on the shores of National Park, New Jersey.

National Park is a great place to watch planes arriving and departing from Philadelphia International Airport.

Cee’s Foto Challenge this week is Metal. Think how many metal water towers we pass each day, never notice, but depend upon for their durability.

Pareidolia – Birds

Pareidolia – “The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.” ~ Live Science – Pareidolia

 

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge for this week is Faces, a perfect match for the driftwood I found lying on the beach of the Delaware River in National Park, NJ this past weekend.

Do you see the faces of two birds? I do. I couldn’t leave these pieces of river-drift just lying on the beach to wash back out with the next tide. I don’t know exactly what I will do with them, but I’ve seen some stunning examples of driftwood painted for display. I am wondering if these birds need a bit of paint, or perhaps some feathers. Hmmm…what do you think? Paint, feathers or left au natural???

Perspective & Place – Red Bank Battlefield State Park

I’m sure many of us have seen this poem, but it is one we should read periodically to remind ourselves to take a break and enjoy our lives.

Dust If You Must
Author Unknown

Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better,
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come ’round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not always kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

Yesterday I did as the poem advises and took a day to relax and enjoy a riverside stroll at National Park, New Jersey. Here are a few of the sights at the Red Bank Battlefield.

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Monuments, cannons and trenches are all a part of the park.

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The City of Philadelphia is visible across the Delaware River.

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A long staircase leads the way down to the river walk.

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It’s interesting to watch the boats and barges pass by on the Delaware.

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Small islands provide picnic areas for boaters.

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I love this photograph  of a beautiful yellow butterfly “puddling.” (drinking salts from the sand) It was a happy moment to see the beautiful creature. We have had few butterflies this year due to last winter’s constant snow.

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As always I couldn’t stop myself from taking a picture of some gnarly, sun-bleached wood. Beautiful!

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Scavenger that I am, I found some “river beans” or floating seeds along the shoreline. Of course I pocketed them and brought them home to try and grow.

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I also couldn’t stop myself from having a hot dog and Coke from a stand set up in the park. Yum…sorry, the photo isn’t the best, catches me mid-chew. 🙂 A lovely day…I could have been cleaning or weeding or cooking, but I chose to have a little fun instead. Enjoy your Sabbath Day.

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Place – National Park, New Jersey

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National Park, New Jersey, Red Bank Battlefield

“The Red Bank Battlefield is located along the Delaware River in National Park, New Jersey. It was the location of the Battle of Red Bank in the American Revolutionary War on October 22, 1777.”-Wikipedia

Red Bank Battlefield is an interesting piece of history located along the Delaware River across from the City of Philadelphia.

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The park has a long stretch of walkways along the Delaware giving those strolling beside the riverbank a good view of passing ships, tugboats and barges.

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The piers also provide a perfect view of airplanes taking off from the Philadelphia International Airport.

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Red Bank Battlefield Park has a great picnic area with pavilions and playgrounds for children. For more information and directions to the park check out these links:

Red Bank Battlefield Park
Red Bank, National Park, New Jersey

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