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Illustration: fall leaves

September 30, 2017

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Here, in the Northeast, the leaves are starting to change. Hear the subtle crunching as you walk outside. Gracefully, they float down from the heavens like orange and yellow snowflakes. Although the air is crisp, the colors will soon illuminate the vista with brilliant warmth.

Do you look at the different shapes and try to identify what tree they are from? What tree is common in your area?

I made four watercolors, and then turned them into postcards. Feel free to check them out at my store.

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drawing: the oak tree

October 22, 2016

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Long before Henry the VIII was the King of England and long before Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous painting Mona Lisa, an oak tree began its life, 600-years ago. Generations of American Indians enjoyed the shade underneath its long branches. Even George Washington was here, during the revolutionary war.

Sadly, now, the old oak tree is dying. It is showing its age. There are steel props and support wires applied by caring people, desperately holding up its heavy branches.

The New Jersey town is understandably distraught. It is like a family member is going away and so is piece of history.

I visit the gentle giant to witness its grandeur which still stands next to a church in Basking Ridge, NJ. I am so glad I did. In own my way, I honor the amazing tree by doing a little sketch.

Found a pretty Spotted Grapevine Beetle, one early morning, this week.  It’s like a shiny Egyptian Scarab… but in orange.

sketch: earthworm

June 10, 2010

Although, not normally a subject I would draw, earthworms have become curious creatures to me. I’ve been collecting worms for fishing and composting. They seem like creepy bottom-dwellers, but without worms, the soil would not be fertile for vegetation.

These are photos I took while hiking at a nature preserve in NJ. They can be used as wallpapers for the computer desktop, or textures for graphic design. The resolution is 1600 x 1200 pixels. They are free. Enjoy.

The Long Path trail, in Fort Lee, NJ, is reminiscent of Frodo’s trek to Mordor in Lord of the Rings… except without the fiery skies. It begins at 4000 feet high on the cliffs of the Palisades, and then descends to the river.  Option 2: drive to the bottom where there is a boat landing parking area and climb up the trail.  Option 3: hike both ways for a great workout on the gluteus maximus!  A wonderful view of the Hudson River and the George Washington Bridge is the reward.

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biking: paramus, nj

October 5, 2008

Dunkerhook Park contains the longest paved bike path, approx. 10 miles total, in Bergen County, NJ. It stretches from Saddle River to Ridgewood. As a bonus, there are some hidden dirt trails. Plus, you can go fishing along the stocked river and lakes. This is where I find myself, when I have a need to bike locally, or else I would have to go into New York City to ride on paved trails such as the Greenway. NYC can get busy on a nice day. It now cost $8 to cross the bridge or tunnel from NJ, plus parking in the city can be tricky.





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