Tuesday Photo Challenge – Trail by jansenphotojansenphoto

Welcome to week 165 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!
You certainly hit the Road with a passion! Not only were your posts creative, but there were a lot of them! This week, as I’m on the road for work, I went through some of images from Ireland and found a nice next step along our journey: Trail! Wh…

Yesterday I walked the Stonebrodge Trails with Bhavana. I’ve hiked or walked many of the trails in the area around Hopewell, Princeton, Hillsborough, and Montgomery including Van Horne Park Trail, Devil’s Half Acre, Autumn Hill Reserve,Institute Woods Trails, D&R Canal Park Trail, Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve Trail, St. Michaels Farm Preserve, etc.. Most of the trails in Montgomery Township were cleared and created by the Montgomery Friends of Open Space (MFOS) and D&R Greenway Land Trust.

Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.025 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

Bhavna has had problems with a heel spur in her right foot. She’s been in pain for several weeks, but she wanted to get out of the house. I wanted to capture trail images for Frank’s weekly challenge. I remembered that Stonebridge Trails were mostly flat terrain that could be easy on her foot. She was hesitant but agreed to come with me. Neither one of us has walked the trail.

The trail wraps around the Stonebridge at Montgomery senior living community. We parked in the lot next to the Montgomery 1860’s house. We did not find the trailhead, which we later discovered was near the entrance to the 1860’s property but found a way onto the trail from behind the red barn.

Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.005 sec at f/5.6, ISO200), © Khürt L. Williams

We took a wrong turn at the fork in the trail, and I think ended up going south-east toward the D&R Canal toward Rocky Hill. The trail was muddy. We turned around and returned to the fork to go the other direction.

Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.014 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

Some of the trails are part of a paved loop walkway which I think was built for Stonebridge. It’s early summer, and most of the spring wildflowers have since disappeared. However, I did find small islands of colour among the ocean of green.

Bhavna’s pain threshold was breached 30 minutes into the walk, so we took the abbreviate trail and headed back to the car.

Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.000 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.006 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Stonebridge Trails, Montgomery Township, Skillman, New Jersey —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (36.5 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

Working Dog Winery

Bhavna and I were at Working Dog Winery in Robbinsville to listen to our friend Matt Robinson perform in the band Acoustic Road. Matt is a guitar instructor In Skillman, Montgomery Township. Acoustic Road performs well known acoustic rock and classic rock from the ’60s, ’70s, 80’s, 90,s and beyond.

Acoustic Road at Working Dog Winery —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (27.4 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams
Acoustic Road at Working Dog Winery —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (22 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO12800), © Khürt L. Williams

This is our first time at Working Dog Winery. After getting the lay of the land, we found a barrel to place our the picnic basket, which we had packed with cheese, salami, crackers, hummus, and corn chips. Back inside, we completed a wine tasting to get an idea of what we wanted to drink. We both agreed on a bottle of white wine, the Traminette, which is unusual since Bhavna likes dry red wines and I prefer a New England style Sour IPA.

Acoustic Road at Working Dog Winery —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, 0.077 sec at f/5.6, ISO1600), © Khürt L. Williams

I bought a chilli dog from the Tower Dogs food truck which was parked on the grass. The hazy New England IPA would have been a better choice to have with a chilli dog. Not so much the wine.

Speaking of dogs, Working Dog Winery is a dog-friendly winery. Most of the guests brought dogs.

My friend Ed lives in East Windsor, a nearby town, and joined us for what turned out be a beautiful day of camaraderie, wine, sun, and classic rock.

I bracketed the images and applied a Kodakchrome film-grain Lightroom preset.

Acoustic Road at Working Dog Winery —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (40.1 mm, 0.008 sec at f/20, ISO1250), © Khürt L. Williams
Matt Robinson —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (44.1 mm, 0.008 sec at f/5.6, ISO800), © Khürt L. Williams

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wonder by jansenphotojansenphoto (Dutch Goes the Photo)

Which wonders do you see?

Established in 2002, the Wonder Bar near the Asbury Park Boardwalk on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey offers basic Americana staples such as burgers, shakes, fries, onion rings, and hot dogs, live music, food, and great drinks. This famous New Jersey spot is a favourite stop for seasoned bands and where up­-and­-comers can make their mark. Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemons, Lance Larson, Bruce Springsteen performed and many others have played at the Wonder Bar.

Asbury Park is over one hour drive from Montgomery Township. I planned to leave home after a quick breakfast and arrive around 8 AM. The idea was to arrive at the Wonder Bar before motorist had parked on the street. However, I overslept and didn’t leave my home until well after 8 AM. I parked on Ocean Avenue, noticing the half dozen cars parked outside the building.

Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (21.3 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16.5 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams

The air was cold and crisp. I could smell the ocean coming off the nearby beach. I walked around photographing the exterior of the Wonder Bar trying to keep the parked vehicles. I started thinking about the various bands that have played the venue, about the parties in the expansive outdoor deck called Tillie’s Landing after Tillie, a grinning mural of an amusement park “fun face” that was initially located on the side of Palace Amusements.

Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (42.7 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams

Tillie was painted in the winter of 1955. The name Tillie is supposedly an homage to George C. Tilyou, the owner of Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, New York, which was built in 1897. The Tillie “fun face” is based on a similar beaming face, which can still be seen on signs, beer labels, and merchandise all over Coney Island.

Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams

The Wonder Bar is dog-friendly, featuring a weekly Doggie Yappy Hour and the longest Dog Run in the state of New Jersey.

Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (22 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Lance and Debbie’s Wonder Bar — FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (22.7 mm, f/8.0, ISO200), © Khurt-Williams
Wonder Bar

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