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Been there, done that…

Empire State Building, early morning
Empire State Building, early morning

I walk past the Empire State Building every work day. If it wasn’t for an assignment for a photo course I’m taking at the New York Open Center I probably wouldn’t have taken this shot. I haven’t gone to class to review the assignment yet, but I’m sure that the instructors point is that if you don’t look (or look again, and again) you may be missing something worth seeing (or photographing). My friend, the dead programmer has been working on a project with that idea in mind for some time now.

Henna Hands

Henna Hands
Leslie’s hands with henna

I attended a great wedding on Sunday. My friend Leslie had her hands painted with henna as part of the pre-wedding festivities. I asked her if I could take a photo of them, so she held them out in front of her black dress in the sunlight. I took one snap, and I got really, really lucky.

Mill Creek Marsh (it’s for the birds)

I made my first visit to the Mill Creek Marsh in the NJ Meadowlands this weekend. The preserve is located a few miles from NYC next to the Mill Creek Mall. I really didn’t know what to expect, and I was initially a little put off by the place.

Mill Creek Marsh NYC Skyline

As you can see above, NYC is just a few miles away, and the area is bordered by a shopping mall, sewage treatment plant, and the NJ Turnpike. There was a distinctive “low tide” smell which I assume came from the actual low tide. The marsh itself was a bit strange looking, with cedar stumps poking out of the water. There is a good overview of the area at NJWildLifeTrails.Org

Mill Creek Marsh Cedar Stump

White Cedar Stump and Red Winged Blackbird

Mill Creek Marsh Mallard

The first signs of life I saw were seagulls, and the ducks. Since it is still early spring, the foliage was just beginning to fill in. The trail around the marsh seems fairly new, and there are signs along the trail that give an overview of the foliage and wildlife to be seen. The place seems to be a work in progress, as I also saw tires, and other refuse scattered about in the marsh.

Mill Creek Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs near the waters edge

Mill Creek Marsh Red Winged Blackbird

Red Winged Blackbird

Mill Creek Marsh Myrtle Warbler

Myrtle Warbler

As I wandered about, I began to appreciate the abundant bird life. Apparently, the recovery work at this site is already having a very positive impact.

Mill Creek Marsh Robin

American Robin

I’m not a regular Birder but I’ve added the Mill Creek Marsh to my list of places to return to. Check it out if you want to get a little taste of the NJ Wetlands. All of the photos were taken with a Nikon D200 and 300mm f/4 or 18-35mm lens.