Used to be a ‘new’ Jersey Girl   : now A Colorado Girl

Thursday, April 18, 2013


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Or Cherry+Therapy = Cherrapy! Yesterday I drove down to Branch Brook Park in Bloomfield. The cherry trees were at their peak and the day was perfect for drinking in their sweet blossoms. Rather than overload an entry with multiple photos I chose to show my favorites one at a time. Then I'll put you into cherry tree overload.

Branch Brook has over 4,000 cherry trees; the largest collection of Japanese flowering trees in one location in the United States. Not what you expect in a suburb of Newark, New Jersey, right?

Be sure to come back for more Cherrapy in the next few days!

Linked in to Madge's Rurality Blog Hop

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skylands: Things That Were Blooming

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Yesterday I showed you things that were not yet blooming, so today I will show you what I saw that was blooming. This magnolia was superb! Grab a seat on the bench and drink it in!

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These sweet little lavender-blue flowers that were dwarfed by the large tree they were growing under. I thought the light was interesting (and tricky) in this photo; part shade, part sun.

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Gee, surprise, surprise — a daffodil. It was the only one of its kind blooming and it was just outside of the designated flower bed like it had escaped confinement. You go daff!

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Mayapple. Love its freckled face!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Promise of Things to Come

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 I took myself off to Skylands yesterday for a check on how things were coming along. Things are not quite in gear yet for Spring, but almost. This weeping cherry is almost there. I imagine a few more days and it will burst forth in a froth of pink blossoms.

Buds were popping everywhere!

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I did the entire three miles (both loops) yesterday and it got so warm that I had to shed my jacket about 3/4 of the way through. I did see Mr. Pileated Woodpecker again in the same spot as I took photos of him the last time, but no pics this time. He just flew right over my head and into the woods, all the while doing his laughing call. It's a nice walk because the terrain is varied. It's mostly level with a few hills thrown in for good measure.

I keep checking the FaceBook page for Branch Brook park every day and the cherry trees down there are coming along but they are slow too. Maybe tomorrow I'll head down there anyway even if they aren't quite in full bloom. If I wait much longer I probably won't get down there to capture the spectacle since we have some rainy days moving in at the end of the week.

P.S. I got impatient for the camera store to get my lens in so I ordered it from Amazon instead. I hate not supporting local business, but when I called them they had no idea when the lenses were shipping. It's a Tamron 18-270mm. It was the only lens I took to Skylands yesterday to give it a try. It's lighter than my other zoom lenses and it was nice to not have to carry multiple lenses or to switch them out.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Peepers and (Wood)Peckers

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Last night as I opened the door to let the dogs outside for a final visit to yard, I heard them. Finally, our spring peepers singing in their froggy chorus!  What a  welcome and lovely sound that was. I did hear peepers at Duck Pond while on my walk at Skylands the other day but only for a minute as I first walked up to the pond and then they became silent. I opened the window when I went to bed so I could hear them and be "peeped" to sleep.

Through my open window this morning I was awakened by the repetitive robin and numerous woodpeckers drilling away on the trees. There was so much drilling going on that it sounded like a construction site! My goodness, I think Spring might just be around the corner! The warm temperatures that we are expecting over the next few days might just encourage the trees to pop.


(Photo: Cardinal at Skylands that was singing such a pretty song for me.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

For Rent

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 Now for rent in Skylands

Botanical Gardens!

This 4.5 bedroom penthouse apartment with expansive views

in the "high" rent district is now available

for the spring nesting season.


Please bring your own twigs and

any other necessary nesting materials.

Price: 50 worms for the season

Linked to Rurality Blog hop #10



Welcome, I'm Lynne. You know me better as a 'new' Jersey Girl. But now I've moved back to my 'home' state and I am living in NoCo (Northern Colorado).This blog will be about my thoughts, good food, and of course, dogs.

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