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.
Yes you heard right, classic goes to fruit and fungi. The classics like Van Gogh’s works are now appearing on fruit. Take a stroll through downtown Livingston, NJ and see for yourself.
Van Gogh was thought to have gotten his inspiration from a bible verse in Genesis. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”Genesis 37:9.”
Pablo Picasso’s “Tete d’une Femme Lisant” (Head of a Woman Reading), 1953. This one is in a fitting place, across the street from the Livingston library.
Edvard Munch’s diary reports this about the paining. “I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood. I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous infinite scream of nature.”
Dali described his work as a hand-painted dream photo.
As I sit here reviewing a chapter on forensic tool markings, I take a moment to focus and reflect on my day. I look out the library window. Behold there is a massive tree which I believe to be a sycamore. It is dark and beautifully contrasted with the cloud covered sky. It is a true winter scene that reminds me of the beauty that surrounds me even in the dark days of winter.
Soon spring will come and there will be shades of green leaves covering the branches. Gone will be the minute detail of the branches.
I put the recycling out through the garage this morning and noticed a large patch of ice just outside the garage door. Well I placed the paper in it’s usual place not thinking of the person that has to pick out up, and closed the door. I had just set two large bags of paper on top of the ice. I thought to myself, I don’t want to walk over the ice, let me go out the front door to get my car started besides those guys have big, heavy, trucks surely they have traction.
The view up in the sky was spectacular as I laid there for a moment to catch my breath. Yes, karma had struck me for putting the paper out on the ice. But when it did, I sure got a nice photo of the storm clouds.
Ringwood Botanical Gardens Revisited by Barbara Dexter
It was a cold day today. In fact the radio host on lite FM announced that everyone should stay inside unless they absolutely had to go out. Well I guess I had to go out. Call it a get away from home emergency, if you will. It was my appointed time to spend with mother nature and was there and grateful.
The wind was whipping through my hair and my face was cold. But not for long.
As I skied down the gentle incline, my blood began to pump and I felt the heat throughout my body.
I was warmly dressed including long underwear and ski pants. My many layers helped me to warm up faster and to maintain my heat.
What would the day be without a little fun. Getting all snowy, even better.
Down the road a bit, sits the Oakland Diner where we sat and had pleasant conversation, hot cocoa, and warm soup.
The artwork at the Oakland Diner was a fabulous touch after skiing at Ringwood Botanical Gardens.
A Winter Hike at South Mountain Reservation by Barbara Dexter
Once again it felt like the four walls of my home were closing in on me and I just had to get outside and do something. It was a cold winter day this day. A hike in the winter needs a little preparation, but is not undoable. Think long underwear under your regular comfortable clothing. Proper footwear and socks for warm, and dry feet are also a must. If it is icy outside, adding ice gripping attachments to your shoes goes a long way to keep you from falling and injuring yourself.
South Mountain Reservation has a plowed road (Crest Rd) that is available to walk on year round. It is a frequent place for families with children just learning how to ride bicycles, or with baby strollers. It is also a favorite of dog walkers.