Category Archives: Winter 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”.

Classic Art Goes to Fruit and Fungi by Barbara Dexter

Classic Art Goes to Fruit by Barbara Dexter

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.

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Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” on a banana.

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.”

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Picasso on a pear.

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.

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Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” appearing on a mushroom.

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.”

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Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory” on a strawberry.

Dali described his work as a hand-painted dream photo.

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In case you could not tell this is a mushroom and an strawberry.

 

Winter as Seen Through a Window by Barbara Dexter

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Winter as Seen Through a Window by Barbara Dexter

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.

Storm Clouds This Morning by Barbara Dexter

Storm Clouds This Morning by Barbara Dexter

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.

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Ringwood Botanical Gardens Revisited by Barbara Dexter

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.

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The field

The wind was whipping through my hair and my face was cold. But not for long.

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The carriage road

As I skied down the gentle incline, my blood began to pump and I felt the heat throughout my body.

 

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Breaking the trail

I was warmly dressed including long underwear and ski pants. My many layers helped me to warm up faster and to maintain my heat.

 

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The snow angel in progress.

What would the day be without a little fun. Getting all snowy, even better.

 

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The Snow Angel

 

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The Oakland Diner

Down the road a bit, sits the Oakland Diner where we sat and had pleasant conversation, hot cocoa, and warm soup.

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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

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.

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The trail through the woods.

 

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A fallen tree covered with a blanket od snow.

 

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Check out the root ball on this fallen tree.

 

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Washington Rock
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Description memorializing the rock

 

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Cannon shot and powder statue
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View near Washington Rock
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The viewing platform
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Yet another view

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.