I don't know about the bees, but the birds seem to think spring is here – at least the ducks are in an amorous mood. Since my discovery of Coles Brook, I've taken to doing my laundry in River Edge, around a corner from the brook's meander towards Hackensack. While the laundry is drying, I … Continue reading Ducks and drakes celebrate spring
Two great dark wings stretch up above the water and then fold back down. The tide is running out, and swaths of mud flats are exposed along the shores of the river. As I approach, I see the big bird in the shallows near the opposite bank, struggling with something. I notice its white head … Continue reading Bald Eagles visit the Hackensack River
On a sunny morning, I head across the recently renewed snow cover to see what the creatures have been up to in the little nature preserve behind my house. I follow deer tracks to a spot where they’ve pawed up the snow down to the leaves and even some dirt, looking perhaps for acorns. The … Continue reading Animal tracking, my favorite winter sport
Scientists throw out predictions on how long it’s going to take for the average temperatures on Earth to rise 5 degrees and what the effects will be on sea level, agriculture, and human existence—but many people are skeptical because it’s all based on computer modeling. As a former computer programmer, I know how impossible it … Continue reading The Saving Grace of Computer Modeling
On New Bridge Road Something I've never seen before: a tow truck towing a tow truck.
Coles Brook is a small creek that empties into the Hackensack River at New Bridge Landing, once the site of a tide-powered mill and a wharf that serviced boats transporting goods up and down the river. One day I was watching Canada geese noodle around the mouth of the brook, and I wondered where the … Continue reading Found: Coles Brook