April 29, 2015

Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Park | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossoms

The cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park have been a bit slow in blooming this year, due to the very cold and harsh winter we had.

The dark pink ones have been reluctant to bloom, but some of the others are near or getting past their peak bloom.

Hopefully, the dark pink ones will bloom soon.

These photos were taken on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
cherry blossom tree

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here

You can see my other cherry blossom photos here.  

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April 23, 2015

It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature!

old television

As we were driving home tonight admiring the daffodils and flowering trees, rain began to pelt down with --- sleet! We also saw a few snowflakes.

As I sat there cursing out Mother Nature (it's late April, after all, time for a real Spring), I remembered the 1970's Mother Nature commercials.

April 20, 2015

The Cherry Blossom Trees are Starting to Bloom | Newark, New Jersey

cherry blossom tree

The cherry blossom trees in Newark’s Branch Brook Park are starting to bloom!

Most of the park is in Newark, but a small portion is in neighboring Belleville. They were late again this year because of the long and harsh winter. 

More cherry blossom trees are being planted to replace some old trees and also to increase the amount of cherry blossom trees in the park to over 5,000! 

That’s more than Washington, D.C.! As a matter of fact, it is the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States!

The park's design was created by the firm of Frederick Olmsted, who also designed the magnificent Central Park in New York.

This year, the cherry blossom trees are still officially in the “budding” stage, since some still only have buds and some have almost nothing to show yet. 


As you can see, some branches have both buds and fully formed flowers on them. 

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

And some trees are nearing their peak bloom.

cherry blossoms
cherry blossoms

You can read about the historic cherry blossoms trees and the history of the park here

You can see my other cherry blossom photos here.  

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April 07, 2015

Pequest Trout Hatchery | Oxford, New Jersey

Trout Hatchery

The Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford Township, New Jersey is the only state-owned and operated trout hatchery. It is run by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Up to 700,000 trout annually are prepared for eventual release into the lakes, rivers and streams of New Jersey. 

Last October, after visiting Belvidere and while we were eating at Hot Dog Johnny’s, which I wrote about in my last post, we wandered over to look at the Pequest River flowing behind the restaurant.

Pequest River, New Jersey

We saw this sign:

Trout stocked water sign

We were vaguely wondering about stocking the rivers with trout while on our way home and drove right by The Pequest Trout Hatchery. It was open, so we decided to visit!

Pequest Trout Hatchery

Eggs from trout are taken and put into incubators. When they hatch, they are transferred to the nursery, where they reside in large fiberglass tanks for about 4 months. 

Trout in fiberglass tanks
Trout are moved into raceways
The raceways where the trout mature:

The Raceways at the Pequest Trout Hatchery
Then the trout are transported to their destinations in more than 200 lakes, streams and rivers all around New Jersey.

Pequest Trout Hatchery
Pequest Trout Hatchery
There is an education center in the main building that describes the life of the trout and other wildlife in New Jersey: 

Pequest Trout Hatchery

The long wooden structure with holes is a bee house, and the top one is a bat house. 

Pequest Fish Hatchery Bee House and Bat House

The New Jersey state record black bear. He weighed 829 pounds and was 13 years old.

Big Black Bear

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April 04, 2015

Hot Dog Johnny's . . . in Buttzville

Hot Dog Johnny's

In our meanderings around Warren County last October, especially after our visits to Belvidere last fall, we somehow always ended up in Buttzville on our way home. 


April 02, 2015

WCBS-TV New York Celebrates New York and New Jersey


WCBS-TV New York Celebrates 1970s

In the 1970s we still had local television, not just the local news. Here is WCBS-TV New York (Channel 2) in New York celebrating New York: