Greenbrook Edits

I downloaded a trial version of Boris FX Optics to see if it is worth purchasing to take my photographs to the next level. I will not buy it. I can do all that Optics offers in Photoshop. If on occasion I want some other presets I have On1 Effects, Luminar Neo and AI, and Topaz Photo AI. What I use the most are Blake Rudis’ F64 Elite panels in Photoshop Zone System Express and Palette Effects Bundle – f.64 Elite ( These buttons in the panels are basically shortcuts to what can be done in Photoshop without the panels. These addons make it faster to get what I want done. Blake’s tutorials explain how they work in detail.

After enhancing my edits and before photographs.

Green Brook 1/21/2023
Green Brook Pond Spillway 1/22/2023
Moss and lichen, Greenbrook 1/22/2023


After shopping for food in New Jersey we drove to Greenbrook Sanctuary | Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey (, a private nature sanctuary in Tenafly. The feeders behind the office were full of birds. We had a lovely walk to Green Brook Pond and to an overlook of the Hudson River on the Palisades. Photographs labeled Felix are by Marc.

After that we drove a couple of miles north to my favorite restaurant near Greenbrook, Kiku Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi., on 9W.


A brief trip to Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary on the Palisades near Alpine, New Jersey.

Willowwood Doors

Willowwood Arboretum has lovely old buildings. Check out the history: About Willowwood.

For Thursday doors by Dan

Scherman Hoffman Insects

These are the few insects I captured. My last photo is of the invasive Spotted lanternfly – Wikipedia. I was sorry to see so many nymphs there.

Scherman Hoffman and Great Swamp

Our small group of Linnaean NY birders led by Richard Z tried to stay cool by hugging the shade on Sunday, July 3. The highlight was a Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on its tiny golf ball sized nest at Great Swamp in Morris County, New Jersey. The rest of these photographs were made at the New Jersey Audubon Sherman Hoffman Sanctuary.

Willowwood Arboretum

Another lovely place to visit next to Bamboo Hook is the Willowwood Arboretum in Morris County, New Jersey.

Bamboo Brook

I found a new place to visit in Morris County, New Jersey: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center / Gardens | Morris County Parks ( It is about an hour’s drive from New York.

“Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, located on 687 acres, was once known as Merchiston Farm and was the home of William and Martha Brookes Hutcheson from 1911 to 1959. Bamboo Brook’s original 100 acres was donated by the daughter of Mrs. Hutcheson. Ms. Hutcheson one of America’s first women landscape architects attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Planning, along with other famous women garden designers of that time, including Marion Coffin and Beatrix Farrand. …”