Black Run Summer Hike

I previously posted about the Black Run Preserve (click to read post)  and posted photos from a Black Run hike (click to see photos).  I recently went for a visit and saw some excellent improvements to the entrance and new markings of various trails.  Black Run Preserve will be developed as a multi-use space for non-motorized biking, hiking, nature and bird watching.  There will be no camping or fires permitted.

Trail Head

Although the entrance is now gravel and includes a fence line to welcome you, the rest is presently left natural.  There are talks of a parking lot and restrooms, but that is far off.  For now, we get to enjoy it as a natural and pristine environment.

Bog

This land was, at one time, a cranberry bog.  There is little that remains but what remains has created a very rich environment.

Cranberry Bog Bogs

The trails are marked clearly and it is an easy walk through the South Jersey sandy soil.

Red Trail Black Run Hike

Nature’s abound including wild berries such as blueberries, huckleberries and maybe even some cranberries.

Wild Blueberries

This was interesting.  Does anyone know why butterflies would huddle in one place on the trail?

Group Butterflies Butterfly

Thanks for visiting!  Come back again soon.

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Qwazy Wabbits!

I was at a playground with my son and there were several rabbits running in circles everywhere.  They were not shy and were running and jumping all over the place.  They finally wore themselves out and took a break.  Soon after, they disappeared into the brush.funny bunnybunny bunnies sleeping rabbit

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Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge rehabilitates injured or abandoned animals and educates the public about nature and the environment.  Please click through to check them out and donate if you can.  Or, if you are local, stop in for a visit.  Here are some photos from my visit.  This eagle was so cool!

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We visited and took a hike around the lake.

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We also had the opportunity to see some of the other animals they care for year round.

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History from the website http://www.cedarrun.org

In 1951, Jim and Betty Woodford bought a 185 acre parcel of land, in what were then the wilds of Medford Township, to use as a summer get-away. They quickly fell in love with the beauty of the Pinelands and decided to live here full time. By 1957 they built their first home with a view of the lake, and founded Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. Betty became a local authority on the flora and fauna of the NJ Pinelands, and quickly began teaching others what she knew.
Over the next 40 years, Betty and Jim devoted their lives to Pinelands preservation, environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Betty became an expert botanist, naturalist, nature photographer and wildlife rehabilitator. She was renowned for her Pinelands education programs. In 1997 the Woodford’s ultimate dream was realized when a Green Acres grant preserved Cedar Run’s land and buildings for future generations.

My Finch Post

Another amazing act of nature.  I was working in the yard and noticed a small bird coming out of a fence post.  The fence is designed for the rail to go into the post but it is old and not joined together.

fence postThe birds, finches I think, entered the opening and created a nest in the hole.

finch nest

The interesting part is that the hole used to gone straight, but something bored down into the post creating a pocket in which they created the nest.  Not sure how that happened.

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Finches are small, but baby finches are tiny!  It makes you want to just pick them up and hold them.  But, of course, that would not be good for the baby birds so I just look.

Baby finch in post

They do squeak and open their beaks when they are hungry.  They will only be here a short time.  I hope they enjoyed their stay!

singing finches

Here today, gone tomorrow…

It was just days ago that I posted the pictures of the baby Robins in the nest.  They grew up so fast…and now they’re gone.  It reminds me of how precious time is and how we need to stop and smell the roses more often.  Enjoy the little things in life.

Baby Robins

 

Nature can be so beautiful but it all changes so quickly.  The same goes for our lives and  children who grow up so fast.  Stop and watch the children play.  Don’t be in such a rush all the time.  Everything is not so important that you can’t indulge the little ones once in a while.  You will be surprised how much you gain from giving them so little.

Empty Nest