Greenbrook

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 https://nofacilities.com/2022/07/14/return-to-old-wethersfield/.

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 Details

More images from Willowwood Arboretum.

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 (morrisparks.net). 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. …” 

Sandy Hook

We went on a botanical walk during the annual Littoral​ Society (littoralsociety.org) picnic at Sandy Hook, part of Gateway National Recreation Area.

I learned how a little window on the seed pod opens on the Clasping Venus’ Looking-glass (Triodanis perfoliata) and the seeds tumble out.