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Practicing my Vestibular Rehabilitation Along the Upper Road by Barbara Dexter

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.

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Don't grab the rope it's poisonous.
Don’t grab the rope it’s poisonous.

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Kayaking in Franklin Lakes, NJ by Barbara Dexter

Kayaking in Franklin Lakes, NJ by Barbara Dexter

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.

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getting set

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the lake

There will be different areas of the lake and shore line as we paddle along.

 

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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.

A Brief Study of the Sky by Barbara Dexter

A Brief Study of the Sky by Barbara Dexter

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.

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The fluffy clouds that are fun to see shapes and how they move.
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Do you see the lobster claw in this one?
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They can make even a city look better.
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Dense cloud layer.

The cloud layer provides a background that is good enough to allow the Goethals Bridge to be seen on the horizon.

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There was a plane flying over head not long ago.
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The clouds make the parking lot look better.
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You can see the sum peeking out from behind the trees ans clouds.
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I see an eagle in this one.
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Can you tell what time of day it was in this photo?
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Morning over the parking lot…
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Autumn sky as we prepare for halloween.
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Autumn sky with the dark contrasting leaves of the tree.
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What is left of the sun for the day as the sky darkens.
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Does this look foreboding to you?
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Dense clouds with little sun..
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The dense clouds make the roadway look better.
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This would be the perfect sky for all hallows eve.
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Let there be light in the gloom.
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Sunset with purple and blue dominating the sky.

 

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Can you see the sun in the clouds?

Drawing at The Stickley Museum by Barbara Dexter

Drawing at The Stickley Museum by Barbara Dexter

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.

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The main building.

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.

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A view of the main building from the side.

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What the squirrel left.
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More of what the squirrel left.
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A couple of out buildings.

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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

A View of the Night Sky in Jersey by Barbara Dexter

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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.