Autumn Colors in Shark River Park

The colors of autumn are sprouting everywhere, and Shark River Park is a great place to observe the leaves turning colors as the Fall arrives in earnest. In the space below I have included some photos from a recent trip over there. Please click on the photos to see larger full resolution versions.

And before long–the middle of next week–we will be heading out for Paris and Lyon. Photos to follow.

A trail winds around a lake surrounded by the lush colors of autumn leaves and a blue sky peaking through the clouds.
Beautifully colored trees are reflected in a lake on an autumn morning.
Trees with leaves turning colors on the bank of a lake.
Tree leaves create an explosion of color in Autumn at the Jersey Shore.

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Kessler Foundation Stroll and Roll

The Kessler Foundation is a public charity dedicated to helping people afflicted with disabilities caused by stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain and other injuries, to improve their lives. Kessler, which funds research and prepares people with disabilities to re-enter the workforce, is one of the world’s leading organizations in rehabilitation medicine. Joe Benning Photography is an enthusiastic supporter of the Kessler Foundation and is a sponsor of the Annual Stroll and Roll. The 16th annual Stroll and Roll took place today in Verona Park. Some photos from the event are below. Please take a look at the Kessler Foundation Website to learn more about their work. Here is the web address: http://kesslerfoundation.org

 

Cyclists preparing for the kick-off of the annual Kessler Foundation Stroll and Roll.
Ellen, Mary Anne amd Sally are walking in the Kessler Stroll and Roll.
Team Halchek participating in the annual Stroll and Roll.
Participants in the Annual Stroll and Roll.
A close-up of a small stone bridge over a section of Verona Lake, in the park.
Trees and foliage are reflected in the Verona Park Lake on an Autumn morning.
The leaves on the trees around Verona Park are starting to change colors.
Quiet lake in Verona Park, NJ in Autumn

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Batsto Village in Burlington County, NJ

We recently made a trip to Batsto Village, a historic site located within Washington Township in the Pine Barrens. It is listed on both the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places and administered by the Division of Parks and Forestry, part of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection.

 

An ironmaster by the name of Charles Read built the Batsto Iron Works along the Batsto River. It would eventually grow into the Batsto Village. Over the years it changed hands a number of times, with the last private owner being Joseph Wharton, who purchased it in 1876. Wharton, a founder of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, refurbished many of the buildings in the Village. In addition, launched a number of forestry and agricultural projects, including cranberry farming and a sawmill.

 

In the 1950s the State of New Jersey bought the Wharton properties and it is now a State Park with a Visitors Center and a small museum. It is well worth a visit.

Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ USA — August 28, 2017 Barns , fencing and a meadow in the historic town of Batsto, NJ, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ USA — August 28, 2017 The Blacksmith and Wheelhouse shop in the historic town of Batsto, NJ , listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Photo of Batso Lake in HIstoric Batsto Village
Batsto Village, Hammonton, NJ USA — August 28, 2017 The Mansion House in historic Batsto, village, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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