Exploring Terrapin Point

Photo of a coin operated binocular  by Laura Chenault – Exploring Terrapin Point at Niagara Falls State Park

I finally made exploring Terrapin Point with Dave -- the closest you can be to the crest of the horseshoe falls. At least on the American side

Exploring Prospect Point

A photo of bare tree branches against a white sky by Laura Chenault – Exploring Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park

I finally saw the falls while exploring Prospect Point. It was an overcast day, and thanks to social isolation, the park was very empty.

Exploring Grounds for Sculpture

Detail of The Chamber of Internal Dialogue by Seward Johnson. A photo taken while exploring Grounds for Sculpture by Laura Chenault

These photos are from my first trip exploring Grounds for Sculpture. Founded by the sculptor Seward Johnson who is known for his lifelike bronze sculptures. 

Exploring Goat Island and Three Sisters Islands

A photograph of rocks and rapids at Three Sisters Islands in Niagara Falls State Park by Laura Chenault

My first trip to Niagara Falls State Park was a quick visit to Goat Island and Three Sisters Islands. Four tiny islands at the top of Niagara Falls that are connected by historic bridges. 

Exploring Amico Island

A photograph of the sun setting at Amico Island photo by Laura Chenault

A few weeks ago, Dave and I took an impromptu evening hike at Amico Island Park which is actually a peninsula that just out where the Rancocas Creek and Delaware River meet. It's a beautiful park with wide, easy to navigate trails. Small ponds are scattered around the park, but the real stunner is the spot where the two bodies of water meet and you can see across the water to Pennsylvania, people fishing, and tons of water fowl.

Exploring Black Run Preserve

A fisheye photo of a trail at Black Run Preserve in Evesham Township, New Jersey. Photo by Laura Chenault.

The closest state park to our new house is Black Run Preserve. Last November, they sponsored a trail hike with guides sharing the history of the area, the unique ecosystem, and the flora & fauna of the area. 

Exploring an abaondoned cabin in Rancocas State Park

A photograph of a vaulted ceiling created in an abandoned log cabin. Exploring an abaondoned cabin in Rancocas State Park by Laura Chenault

Last week I posted the first part of our adventures exploring Rancocas State Park. After we turned the corner from the ruins that I shared at the end of that post, we found this much more intact abandoned log cabin. Covered in graffiti and left to be retaken by the woods, it was clearly a really cute cabin when it was built -- 1950 if the stone in front is accurate.

Exploring Rancocas State Park

A photo of tree branches reflected in water with orange reflections of the sun. Exploring Rancocas State Park by Laura Chenault

Our first adventure exploring our new state! Rancocas State Park is one of many intriguing parks in our area. We hiked part of the creekside trail which winds through the woods and offers views of Rancocas Creek. The forest was full of mushrooms and filled with the remnants of piers and buildings.

Exploring the Sculpture Garden at Recology

A photo of a Recology sculpture garden art by Laura Chenault. This scupture is a bunch of dirty platic bottles strung onto a frame that forms a tree shape.

This is my second visit to Recology SF; AKA the San Francisco dump. San Francisco has a massive recycling program that includes compost. Recology is where the sorting happens. In addition to having educational programs about recycling and waste management, they have supported an artist in residence program since 1990. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye.

Exploring Santa Rosa Foothill Regional Park

Reflections of trees and sky in still water that has a few small reeds breaking up the surface. Exploring the Santa Rosa Foothills photo by Laura Chenault

I went for a hike in the Santa Rosa Foothill Regional Park with Dave and my friend Arnold's awesome family. It's an easy trail with lots of beautiful nature to look at.Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

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