Practicing my Vestibular Rehabilitation Along the Upper Road by Barbara Dexter
These are a series of photographs taken along the “Upper Road” just off Cherry Lane in West Orange. The angles of many of the trees are done while practicing my vestibular rehabilitation. In vestibular rehabilitation you walk over and around obstacles and focus your vision at odd angles. I believe nature can be seen and enjoyed from many different angles. This road is just a short distance from the parking lot for the Orange reservoir.
You absolutely wouldn’t believe this lake is so close to interstate 287 and yet feels like you are far away from civilization. Yes, this is Franklin Lakes NJ. A well to do area that allowed me an escape after a long day at work.
There will be different areas of the lake and shore line as we paddle along.
Franklin lakes is truly relaxing and scenic to kayak. If you prefer there is a trail that leads around the lake. It is great for hiking. Some people have biked it. There are even places to observe the bird life along the trail. I prefer to paddle and watch the sunset. If you go get there early, as there is limited parking. Also the area closes at dusk. You will want to be prepared to depart before the gate closes. Franklin Lakes are not the largest largest lakes, but they do boast some smooth water.
As a child I was always drawn to the ever changing drama of the sky. I qould find myself staring at it for long periods of time. In fact it became somewhat of a joke to my classmates in elementary school. It seemed as though I was the only one that was fascinated by the show that mother nature put out on a daily basis. It was of no consequence since I was determined to enjoy what I liked. I believe the enjoyment will always continue.
The cloud layer provides a background that is good enough to allow the Goethals Bridge to be seen on the horizon.
The Stickley Museum is in Morris Plains,NJ. There website link is www.stickleymuseum.org. I had a wonderful day of drawing at the museum. We first visited the gift shop that is conveniently situated so you have to pass through it at the start and end of your tour. There are some exhibits that I have visited elsewhere that could learn that retail lesson. The is situated on 30 acres and is a national historic landmark.
When I visit places I just want to see something that captivates me. This site did just that. Although it was a dreary day, weather wise, the rain held out long enough for me to capture the landscape in pictures and some rough sketches.
The main building at the Stickley Museum houses the museum and the gift shop. It is from this view that I chose to do most of my drawings. If the weather was better there would have been time to do several landscape sketches.
A View of the Night Sky in Jersey by Barbara Dexter
When I see this simple view of the night sky, the artist in me comes out. There is a beautiful contrast of the tree in black against the blues of the sky and the cloud layer. The combination of the light from the building and the dark green of the shrubs adds to the effect. This is Jersey at night. It can be a serene place.