Category Archives: Mineral

The Short and Winding Road

Patches of park ice were scattered throughout the woods in the now rootless depressions of fallen trees, their surfaces etched with lines and showing pockets of trapped air. In this case, it was like looking down at a curvy two-lane … Continue reading

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And the kitchen sink

Perhaps washed ashore during a recent nor’easter, this steel basin stuck out like a shiny sore thumb among the sand, shells, and smaller debris along a beach on Sandy Hook.

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Ashen abstract landscape

The heavy snow today turned the view across one of the park playing fields into a muted monochromatic Mark Rothko painting.

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False fog cloud field

Fresh morning droplets settled on wispy field grasses like a ground-level cloud covering parts of a meadow.

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Bewitching powder

With temperatures above 80 today, the four-ish inches of snow that fell only last week seem a distant memory. While it lasted, though, the crystal covering turned both woods & bog into a magical snow globe and made an ordinary … Continue reading

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Rocky Picture Show

On a narrow strip of land between Henry Hudson Trail and Sandy Hook Bay, boulders and rocks were alternately covered with moss or ice, creating a mixed spring-like and wintry vista.

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Outside, er, art

Suggesting a shimmering cave painting or an abstract expressionist work, the dark sand and swaths of orange ooze (presumably from iron bacteria of the Sphaerotilus-Leptothrix group) transform a park stream into a museum of natural art.

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