I generally don’t like to photograph trees or other still lifes. But this photograph taken at a nature preserve in Boynton Beach, Florida (east coast) is not about the trees.
You can win a genuine Paul Goldfinger (me!) black and white signed photograph mounted on mat board and ready to sit on a shelf in your house. No frame is needed or desired. It is an objet d’art, if I say so myself, which I do now. Be the first to identify the creature in the tree.
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We have a winner. 5 Blogfinger readers spotted the little owl, but Lee Morgan was first. We also saw an owl family, Mom, Pop and 2 kids, but I didn’t get that photo. The kids got wet and dried themselves with a towl.
This tree is very durable. It is found in New York City where it survives despite the urban adversity. The “Serviceberry tree or Amelanchier, or Juneberry” was named for the early spring mating run of shad fish up the Delaware River from the sea. In Lambertville they have a Shad Festival. As the Shad swim north, the fisherman haul them in.
Our OG Shadberry tree was planted by neighbors who live around the park. Some people call it the robin of trees because their bloom signals the start of spring. Later the berries will appear.
Delicious Orchards has an amazing selection of produce along with fabulous baked goods (espec. their famous pies,) coffee, chocolates, soups, and first class meats and fish. In some cases their prices are better than Wegmans, as with scallions: one bunch for $1.29 at Wegmans; two bunches for $1.25 at D.O. But the green beans were much more expensive at D.O.
The first reader who correctly identifies the vegetable above wins a signed black and white print by me. These prints are mounted on an art board and can be displayed without a frame—just sit it on a shelf. A selection of these prints is available for sale. Contact me if interested for more information.
We visited the grave of President John Tyler (1790-1862). He was a Whig and was elected Vice President in 1840 with William Henry Harrison, President. But Harrison died after spending only one month in office, and Tyler was the first President to succeed to the office from the VP spot. Tyler had the dubious distinction of making everybody, including his own party, mad at him, particularly over his support for the southern states.
His best achievement was to annex Texas. He was a Virginian and a life long politician whose last office was as a member of the CSA House of Representatives. He was married twice and had 15 children, so it seems he took some time off from the oval office.
Tyler is buried in Richmond, Virginia, at the glorious cemetery known as Hollywood (for the Holly trees). It is a marvelous place to visit, and Tyler is found in the Presidents Circle, a fine spot way up overlooking the James River. He is buried with his second wife and his daughter Julia who passed at the age of 20. A small confederate flag is stuck into the ground at his site. His nearby neighbor is President James Monroe whose monument is undergoing some renovation.
The Hollywood Cemetery contains a special section for 28 Confederate generals, and another area for several thousand enlisted men many of whom died at Gettysburg. You can imagine the task of bringing those bodies back to Richmond. Jefferson Davis is also there in a place of honor.
The property is huge and quite gorgeous now with cherry blossoms all around. Students from VCU are nearby for jogging, hiking, and socializing .
This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home.
Winner of the caption contest is Seaview Gal. Congratulations for not sending me another smelly feet entry. Email me with your name and address and I will deliver your prize. Thanks to all those fine entries. —-PG
James Bradley, a wealthy businessman from New York, founded Asbury Park. He was an admirer of Ocean Grove and bought the first lot from the Camp Meeting in 1870. He liked the area so much that he purchased 500 acres south of Fletcher Lake along the ocean. That land became Bradley Beach.
In 1886 he dismantled an Asbury Park Dutch Reformed church and somehow brought it to Bradley Beach and created the First United Methodist Church. As many of you Grovers know, if you bike or walk in this area, you can discover many neat things. Stephen Goldfinger came upon this landmark during a walk last week. He was following Pennsylvania Avenue into BB where it became Madison Ave. We went over to check it out and “found” this beautiful historic church.
Ocean Township contains a number of communities including Interlaken, Wanamassa, West Deal, and West Allenhurst. West Allenhurst is across the water from Allenhurst. The water is an extension of Deal Lake. The geography is difficult to get straight:
These areas have wonderful old homes that take you back to around 1920-1930—very elegant and full of character—especially those on the water.
You could almost imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald walking those streets or wearing a straw hat and bow tie while paddling a row boat with a flapper on board. In “The Great Gatsby,” Fitzgerald said, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”