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Weekly Photo Challenge: Out of This World…

The prompt:  share a photo and make it look and feel like something out of this world. Feel free to interpret the theme as loosely as you see fit.


Could this be a walkway used by astronauts to get to another world !  That’s what it always looked like to me, especially after I got done photo shopping it.




Here’s the original picture which was taken at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester, NJ




Weekly Photo Challenge: Experimental…

When I think of experimental I think back to my visit a few years ago to the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, New Jersey.


This is the chem 1887 this was one of the best equipped chemical labs in the world. Within its walls, Thomas Edison and his chemists experimented on everything from phonograph records to rubber.  “Grand science, chemistry,” Edison once said, “I like it best of all the sciences.”




Here are just a few of Edisons inventions… memorabilia… anything and everything.

My creation

(Thomas Edison National Historical Park


Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta…

The prompt is: share a photograph that signifies transitions and change to you. It can be the very beginning of a phase, or the very end.


The Dingmans Falls at Child’s Park in the Pocono’s in PA. as they transition on their journey.


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Remembering Sept 11th…

(Sunday is the 15th anniversary of Sep 11th)

Let us always remember …



In Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey stands Empty Sky:New Jersey September 11th Memorial  This memorial is dedicated to New Jersey’s 749 innocent loved ones who lost their lives that day at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA.

From the Empty Sky website:  “Empty Sky” remembers those lost while simply and powerfully connecting New Jersey to Ground Zero. Twin walls transect a gently sloped mound anchored by a granite path that is directed toward Ground Zero. The length of each wall is exactly equal to one side of the former World Trade Center Towers as the height of the wall reflects proportion of the former buildings if they were lying on their side. . The seven hundred and forty nine (749) victims’ names from the State of New Jersey face one another on the interior elevations of the twin brushed stainless steel walls within easy reach. The walls channel visitors to the location in the Manhattan skyline where the former World Trade Center towers once stood.”



(CLICK HERE to read about The Empty Sky Memorial)

At Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey is the ‘Remembrance and Rebirth’ memorial dedicated to all the victims of 9/11.


In memory of the 343 New York City Firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001


In memory of the 23 New York City Police Officers, 37 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on September 11, 2001.



Added this year, the Search and Rescue Dog Statue honoring the roughly 350 search and rescue dogs that worked tireless hours. CLICK HERE to read about it.


 On this 15th anniversary of 9/11 let us continue to remember and never forget the events of that day.


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Abandoned Fairy Tales…

Fairy Tale Forest - Oak Ridge, NJ

Fairy Tale Forest – Oak Ridge, NJ

Driving through Oak Ridge, NJ with my daughter Deb we passed Fairy Tale Forest which used to be a thriving, magical and popular family spot.  It was built in 1957 by hand by German immigrant Paul Woehle.  CLICK HERE to read about the park.

The property is now owned by a storage company but as you can see some of the attractions are still in good shape.  It is rumored the park will reopen in 2017 !

A lot of memories are contained within this park, my daughters were there when they were little as were my grandchildren.


In comparison to the condition and optimistic future of Fairy Tale Forest, The Land of Make Believe has been truly abandoned and left to ghosts of fairy tales.   Take a look.

In the town of Hamburg, New Jersey stands an old mill and a gingerbread castle.

Wheatsworth Mill and Gingerbread Castle.


The Gingerbread Castle sits silently at the end of this driveway,  surrounded not by a moat but by barbed wire fencing and ‘do not trespass’ signs.


Come closer and take a look…

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My creation

Once upon a time, back in the late 1920’s, the Gingerbread Castle was the centerpiece of an amusement park built next to the Wheatsworth Mill.  The Gingerbread Castle  was in continuous operation until 1978… it reopened briefly in the ’80’s and then closed for good in 1989.

Fairy tale characters used to abound here… now, sitting alone on his wall only Humpty Dumpty remains.


The Gingerbread Castle is slowly fading away…


Sadly eventually only memories will remain.


There you have the story of two fairy tale themed parks… one with a hopefully happy ending, the other with no happy ending, just the end.

CLICK HERE to read about the Gingerbread Castle and Wheatsworth Mill)

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MV Snippets Full Size …

#1 –snippet #12 - pic 1 Inside ferry  looking towards the Vineyard


#2 – snippet #12 - pic 2   First Congregational Church, West Tisbury


#3 – snippet #12 - pic 3  Arcade Building, Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs


#4 – snippet #12 - pic 4  East Chop Lighthouse100_1560


5 – snippet #12 - pic 5  Ocean Park


#6 – snippet #12 - pic 6  SSA dock in Vineyard Haven100_1611


#7 – snippet #12 - pic 7  Aquinnah Restaurant at the Gay Head cliffs