Category Archives: Walks in Jersey

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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A Winter Walk in Jersey by Barbara Dexter

A Winter Walk in Jersey by Barbara Dexter

A collection of photos taken while walking in winter and practicing my vestibular rehabiliation.

 

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The first time seeing cross country skiers locally this winter.
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Practicing my vestibular rehabilitation as a walk.
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Another photo at an odd angle to aid in my vestibular rehabilitation.

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Holly, one of the few green plants at this time of year.

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Holiday Lights at “Turtle Back Zoo” by Barbara Dexter

Holiday Lights at “Turtle Back Zoo” by Barbara Dexter

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Welcome sign
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Open nightly for a limited time
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Right next to the Cody Arena
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Near the zip lines
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Santa is taking a break
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Cardinal
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Stag
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Bear
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Crocodile
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Please take my picture
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Welcome banner
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Snowman
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Nutcracker
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Trolley bus
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Carousel enclosure
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Happy Zoo Year
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Christmas tree
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Seals
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Turtle
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Elephant
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Polar bear
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Cool seat
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Kamodo dragon
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Lizard
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Poisonous Frog
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Lizard
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Lime green Snake
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Pink and purple snake
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Water snakes that look like twigs
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Entrance to the touch tank
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Do you want to touch me?
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I’m in this tank to be touched
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Seal
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Sea Turtle Rescue
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Turtle
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Train Station
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Hello
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Hi
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Santa in his sleigh with reindeer
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Snowflake
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Is that the Grinch?
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Sheep

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Pony rides to be had
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Pony ride

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Did someone say empire?
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Star wars
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Oops
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Monkeys
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Monkey’s new toy
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Snake

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Prime seating

Go and have a wonderful time at the holiday light show at “Turtle Back Zoo”.

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.

New Jersey Balloon Festival by Barbara Dexter

New Jersey Balloon Festival by Barbara Dexter

It was a lovely 2 and a half hour ride to the festival.  I was expecting an additional twenty minutes for parking but just plain wow is all I can say for the traffic.  The crowd was friendly on the whole but the lines were very long for food and beverages.  Don’t try to bring your own,  as bags were searched on the way in.

The ascension of the balloons was worth the it.

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For the geeks or the geek lovers at heart there were balloons in the shape of Yoda and Darth Vader.

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For the folks like myself that grew up with the american diet there was the Wonder Bread balloon.

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It was very picturesque and very crowded at the same time.

 

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The New Jersey Balloon Festival continues for it’s final day of the season today. For information go to balloonfestival.com or simply get in the car and head for the Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ.

 

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.