It seems as though the state of new jersey is closed on days when all my friends are working. They are at work and I have a day to do whatever I like except spend time doing fun things with friends. Like, drive down to a lighthouse early in the morning to take photos at sunrise.
My original plan for an early morning trip to the East Point Lighthouse in Heislerville. Photographing the lighthouse has been on my to-do list all summer ever since I found a photograph on Flickr. I think the lighthouse would be great during the morning and evening golden hours. My plan was to get there about 30 minutes before the start of the golden hour, shoot for about an hour, and then go find breakfast. It would have been an interesting way to spend the morning.
Instead, I drove my son to the high school for "senior sunrise". I saw the sun come up as I drove home. I just didn't want to go if I didn't have anyone with me. Thinking about it left me in a funk.
That feeling worsened as I sat at the computer reading email and checking out social media. I felt I was wasting the day. But of course, I was. I was just sitting here when I could be "doing" … something.
Bhavna called while I was out shooting in Kingston. We had lunch at Midpoint, a newish Middle Eastern restaurant in Skillman. We had a good lunch and chatted for a short while. I'm now sitting on the couch watching cheesy science fiction.
Maybe later, I'll drive out to Clinton. I'd like some evening images of the Red Mill Museum Village. Maybe I'm wasting the day. I wish I had someone with whom I wish to share my day. I wouldn't feel like it was being wasted.
I was stuck in the house most of last week and I needed a break from the task of finding new employment. After breakfast I decided to take a walk along near the Kingston Lock of the D&R Canal. I didn't have a specific goal in mind but I loved the early morning light.
I was stuck in the house most of last week and needed a break from finding new employment. After breakfast, I decided to walk near the Kingston Lock of the D&R Canal. I didn't have a specific goal but loved the early morning light.
Mary M. Penney, President of Montgomery Friends of Open Space, handed out maps and other information. Our walk guide and board member of the D&R Canal Watch, Bob Barth, explained the logistics of the walk. Some of us would carpool to Griggstown and walk back to Kingston, while the rest started at Rocky Hill.
My sister-in-law, Nilima, my niece Maya, and my other sister-in-law's father-in-law, joined us to walk from Griggstown in Franklin Township. With me were my wife and daughter. My son decided he was too tired for a walk.
As we walked, Bob Barth told us about the history of the canal and towpath and how it was used to transport goods between Bordentown and New Brunswick. Construction of the canal started in 1830 and was completed four later with an estimated cost of $2,830,000. The canal was built by hand by mostly Irish immigrants.
For nearly a century after it opened, the D&R Canal was one of America's busiest navigation canals. Its peak years were the 1860s and 1870s, when Pennsylvania coal was transported through the D&R Canal to feed the city of New York's industrial boom. During this period, 80% of the total cargo carried on the canal was coal.~ Delaware & Raritan Canal History
We walked quickly, occasionally stopping to listen to Bob explain more of the history of the canal and the surrounding towns. We encountered a few large trees that had fallen across the path. It's incredible how much damage Hurricane Sandy did to the forests of New Jersey.
My family and I had a good time and plan on attending other MFOS events.