Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals and educates the public about nature and the environment. Please click through to check them out and donate if you can. Or, if you are local, stop in for a visit. Here are some photos from my visit. This eagle was so cool!
We visited and took a hike around the lake.
We also had the opportunity to see some of the other animals they care for year round.
In 1951, Jim and Betty Woodford bought a 185 acre parcel of land, in what were then the wilds of Medford Township, to use as a summer get-away. They quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pinelands and decided to live here full time. By 1957 they built their first home with a view of the lake, and founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Betty became a local authority on the flora and fauna of the NJ Pinelands, and quickly began teaching others what she knew.
Over the next 40 years, Betty and Jim devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford’s ultimate dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run’s land and buildings for future generations.
Another amazing act of nature. I was working in the yard and noticed a small bird coming out of a fence post. The fence is designed for the rail to go into the post but it is old and not joined together.
The birds, finches I think, entered the opening and created a nest in the hole.
The interesting part is that the hole used to gone straight, but something bored down into the post creating a pocket in which they created the nest. Not sure how that happened.
Finches are small, but baby finches are tiny! It makes you want to just pick them up and hold them. But, of course, that would not be good for the baby birds so I just look.
They do squeak and open their beaks when they are hungry. They will only be here a short time. I hope they enjoyed their stay!
This blog has been running for over a year this past April. There have been many people who come and go or just visit for a while and then disappear. I would like to pay tribute to some of those who have been with me since the early days and who have stayed active “liking” my posts through that time. I am also thankful for those who post comments often. They are:
In addition to mentioning them here, I am adding a Page on my blog linking to those who are old friends, most active likes or comments. Please feel free to add me to your list if you keep one. Keep it up and thank you!
If we are new friends and you want to have a link to my blog on yours, let me know you did so and I will do the same. Thanks!
While on business in Richmond Virginia, I looked down a side street and saw a strange but very cool building.
Built in 1914, the Richmond Dairy Company building remains one of Richmond’s best examples of the creativity and eccentricity of respected Richmond architecture firm Carneal & Johnston. The building was commissioned by the prosperous Richmond Dairy Company, which was started in 1890 by dairymen J.O. Scott, A.L. Scott and T.L. Blanton. The chain grocery stores and cardboard cartons forced the Richmond Dairy Company out of business in 1970, but the forty-foot tall milk bottles on either side of the front entrance to the building remain. The building has served many uses over the years, including its current form as rental apartments. – Photos courtesy me. Text courtesy of:
It was just days ago that I posted the pictures of the baby Robins in the nest. They grew up so fast…and now they’re gone. It reminds me of how precious time is and how we need to stop and smell the roses more often. Enjoy the little things in life.
Nature can be so beautiful but it all changes so quickly. The same goes for our lives and children who grow up so fast. Stop and watch the children play. Don’t be in such a rush all the time. Everything is not so important that you can’t indulge the little ones once in a while. You will be surprised how much you gain from giving them so little.
It’s a bird, it’s a moth, it’s a bee, no…it’s a Clear Wing Hummingbird Moth! That’s right. It’s a moth that can fly like a hummingbird! This moth can actually hover and drink nectar from flowers. It looks like a cross between a bee and a moth and flies like a bird. How cool is that?
I found one near my home and it was kind enough to let me get close and take some photos.
It is part of the Sphingidae family. Other common names in this family are hawk moths, sphinx moths, and horn worms.
Watching the baby birds grow. It is nice that the mother bird decided that a tree branch about four feet off the ground was the ideal place to make a nest. We noticed the nest from creation to almost ready to fly.
My four year old (or four and a half as he would say) enjoys checking them out on a daily basis.
It’s amazing how fast they grow! It looks like they are singing an opera.
In reality, they are saying, Feed me!!!!
We are happy they are here and will be sorry to see them go…
Well, if you previously visited the original Monster House post, here is the follow-up. I did go to visit again and guess what? The birds are gone! So it appears that there were two large birds sitting on the chimneys at the same time. It originally seemed that they may have been fake birds placed there to deter other roosting birds, but in fact they were roosting birds!
Here are photos of the front from a different angle, the side, and rear of the building. You can clearly see that the birds have flown off.
But now a new strangeness appears…Take a look at the third photo. Zoom in to the middle and upper windows. Do you see eyes and faces?
The blog is one year old! Time flies when you are living life. Thanks to all who view, follow or like my posts and blog. I appreciate your interest and continued support.
I started the blog primarily for hiking and it quickly became more about life experiences and photos along the way. I hope you have enjoyed something when you came to visit. It’s nice to share and even nicer when someone is interested in what you enjoy.
It seems that this house has seen better days. No one lives here anymore and no one cares. But I can’t help to look at it every time I drive by.
This is the first time I took a photo of it. It’s also the first time I noticed something strange about the house. Click on the picture and look closer. I don’t know if they are real or not. I didn’t see them until I uploaded the photos. Do you see them?
My wife purchased a package of various spring flower bulbs and seeds. We had an idea of what we were getting, but the package included a variety of flower types. The surprise is what colors you were going to get. Very nice to brighten the yard so early in spring.
Another not so surprising part of getting flowers is the variety of bees, wasps and flies that are attracted to the bright colors and sweet smells they produce. Here is just one of our new friends.
Carpenter bees may live in wood but they don’t eat wood. They do help pollinate flowers and use the pollen to make bee bread to feed the larvae, which by the way, live in your wood decks!
You might think from the first picture and the background that I was at a turkey farm. But take a look at the second picture and you will see I was at a lumber company. This is actually on a busy two lane road. I had to turn around and park the car because this was just too cool.
I have seen many hens in my day, roaming the fields and sometimes, backyards. But this is the first time I saw several toms or gobblers. They look like what we used to draw in grade school.
The other cool thing is that the gobblers don’t have a bounce in their step. They simply glide along and appear to be floating across the grass. There were three tom turkeys to nine hens. You do the math!
I enjoyed a 14 mile hike on the northern section of the Batona Trail from Route 70 to Route 532, just before Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower. I had hiked previously traveling north to this point so I figured I may as well connect the dots.
The hike went well even though some of the trail was flooded and others were frozen. It went down to 33 degrees at night.
Thankfully, Pakim Pond yurts were opened year round for camping.
The only other issue was a detour that added several miles to the trip. All in all though, it was a great hike.
Here are some pictures I took when hiking and kayaking in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Saint John. We took a cruise to Canada and I posted before about exploring Peggy’s Cove, but enjoyed the nature and landscapes much more than the cruise. Maybe next time we will plan more time on land than sea!
Bridges come in all shapes and sizes. They get us from here to there, keep us dry when crossing a waterway, and help us “bridge” the gap and save us time. Here are some bridges that I have had the pleasure of crossing: