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February 2018

A Winter Walk on High Mountain

Decided to enjoy a winter's hike on High Mountain before all the snow melted. I've heard of cars going from zero to seventy in seconds, but you seldom see temperatures going from twenty to seventy in a couple of days.

I made a very short video of a very small waterfall, above, and realized I don't know the name for dinky waterfalls -- waterstumbles, perhaps. I hope someone comes up with a better name. 

Maybe cascade or cataract would suffice.  Word games aside, these little falls are pretty cool.

In the meantime, the highlight of the walk was three very loud and rambunctious Pileated Woodpeckers. Good views of two, but only an iPhone to photograph them with.

A selection of pix from the Red and Yellow Trails are below.

Included are a distant shot of Pileated (not quite as bad as no shot), a snow-shoer, and a trail memorial.

Don't you love Beech leaves in winter?

 

 


BCAS Talk: Kayaking Kearny Marsh

RS F 001 AAA IMG_9020My friend Ron Shields, the dean of Meadowlands photography, is doing a talk and slide show about photographing the Kearny Marsh by kayak.

Ron's presentation will take you on a photographic journey through the Kearny Marsh and the Saw Mill Creek Wildlife Conservation Area during the spring, summer and fall of 2017. All
images were taken from the unique perspective of a kayak in some of the most challenging and remote areas of this region. 

Ron Shields has been photographing the wonders of this area for the past ten years spending most of that time on the water.

His contributions include images for the books “The Nature of the Meadowlands” and “Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands & Beyond,” myriad posts to The Meadowlands Nature Blog, and numerous presentations throughout North Jersey.

Chapter business meeting at 7:30 with program immediately thereafter.   

Meetings are free and open to public and held at Teaneck Creek Conservancy, 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck.


The Sounds of Buttermilk Falls, Part 2

One of my favorite places in winter is High Mountain in nearby Passaic County, especially just after a snowstorm when the snow is beginning to melt.

I put together this video of the sights and sounds of Buttermilk Falls off the Red Trail not far from the Reservoir Drive trail head in North Haledon.

Still can't beat that soothing sound of a waterfall.

The Nature Conservancy works with Wayne Township, the New Jersey Natural Land Trust and the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on this 1,260-acre nature preserve.

More about High Mountain here.


The Sounds of Buttermilk Falls, Part 1


One of my favorite places in winter is High Mountain in nearby Passaic County, especially just after a snowstorm when the snow is beginning to melt.

I put together this video of the sights and sounds of Buttermilk Falls near Franklin Clove, at the end of Scioto Drive today.

Just can't beat that soothing sound of a waterfall.

I will post a similar video of the other Buttermilk Falls in High Mountain Park Preserve -- the one off Reservoir Drive -- on Tuesday.

The Nature Conservancy works with Wayne Township,  the New Jersey Natural Land Trust and  the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference on this 1,260-acre nature preserve.

More about High Mountain here.