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trying to make New Jersey look good

Updated: 2017-12-18T13:16:40.756-05:00


mad seagull



I don't live in Monmouth County anymore, but my parents do, and I visit them, and sometimes there are nifty things around here to photograph. So I'm going to add a couple unofficial not-updates (since OTDP is very clearly "no longer updating"). :)

After my last post (August 17, 2008), I moved to Chicago for two years, and then back to north Jersey. I'm still there, and I've been running New Providence Daily Photo for a year and a half (welllll... a little over a year). It's sort of the bastard stepsister of Monmouth County Daily Photo.

There's nothing like NOT living on the shore to make you appreciate it!

Is OTDP still on your RSS feed? Do you still even have an RSS feed? If so, how are you doing?

(FYI, I will probably not continue updates for this clone of the blog; for Jersey shore photo updates, check Monmouth County Daily Photo [on Wordpress] or New Jersey in Photos [on Tumblr].)

an ending



1. If you found this photoblog through a search engine, and you're looking for a particular search term or image, try typing those keywords into the search box up on the left-hand side of the menubar (technically, "navbar") at the very top of this blog, above where it says "Ocean Township Daily Photo." (up there ^ )

2. If you're looking for newer photos from JosyC, check out Snapshot Optimism.

3. If you're wondering about this post, my mother and I are driving to Chicago tomorrow. I will not be returning to New Jersey for the forseeable future. (See yesterday's post for details.)


so here we are...



On Monday, I will be leaving New Jersey and starting a new chapter of my life in Chicago. I'll be going to graduate school there for biomedical visualization (which is a fancy way of saying "medical illustration," which is, y'know, drawing kidneys and stuff). I will be ceasing my daily photo activities. You will, however, still be able to find me on Snapshot Optimism, an occasional photoblog that I'll be keeping up, as well as JosyDoodle, where I'll show off my kidney drawings and stuff.

I am prone to enthusiastically starting projects, followed by enthusiastically forgetting about them two or six weeks later. But here, I wanted to prove that I could keep the ball rolling on something (that wasn't immediately crucial to my life, like work or school). With the exception of a few short out-of-town excursions, I've posted every single day since December 14, 2006--which, including today, makes a total of 606 posts on MCDP and 475 here on OTDP (which only started 4/30/07). I've loved it, I've hated it, I've been super-involved, and I've cared less, but I did it. I think I've accomplished what I set out to do here; I can only hope you've enjoyed the ride and maybe even learned something about Monmouth County, NJ. :)

Tomorrow will be my last (and 607th/476th) post.

I'll miss these blogs.

berries 4!



Wild raspberries in Allaire State Park.

Unless they're mulberries.

But I'm pretty sure they're closer to raspberries.




For those who have found this blog by Googling "Things to do in Monmouth County:" I am as clueless as you are. My main source of entertainment 'round here is wandering around with a camera, looking for interesting things to photograph.

Here are some things I have done:

1. Bowling. (Often with bumpers for the second game, because I am just that spectacular.) I usually go to The Lanes at Sea Girt, but I've been to Memory Lanes in Shrewsbury, Shore Lanes in Neptune (which is on the Asbury Circle, which is not a fun circle to navigate), and Brunswick Bradley Beach Bowl (maybe that link will work if you have the latest version of Flash, which I don't).

2. Bars (and/or restaurants, grills, etc. that serve liquor). Not so much fun here in suburbia 'cos you have to drive home afterwards, so you really need to (ought to) watch yourself. Unless you have a designated driver, which no one wants to be. (The above photo was taken in the Brickwall Tavern, Asbury Park.)

3. Coffee. Only really works if there's only a small group of you, though.

4. Movies. Hey, it's something.

5. The Datebook. Go find your local print copy of the Asbury Park Press and leaf through it until you find the Datebook, which takes up the bottom half of a page and is usually printed in red or blue ink. A lot of the stuff is craft sales and "square dancing for 'kids' 55 and over," but it's worth a look. I have been unable to locate the Datebook online; you do need an actual physical copy of the APP.

6. Go biking. All right, maybe it's not a 'Saturday night with the gang' sort of activity, but it's healthy. Bob Lucky reviews and photographs several Monmouth County bike paths, and many of the Monmouth County Parks are set up for that sort of thing.

7. Walk around. This sounds monumentally stupid, but if you have nothing better to do, give it a shot. Red Bank, Asbury Park, local parks, and anywhere with a boardwalk can be fun places to do this.

Speaking of Red Bank and Asbury Park, here are some official lists of what's going on in various towns:
Asbury Park

Red Bank (see also the Count Basie Theater, Two River Theater Company, Improv Comedy Jam, and Red Bank Art Cinemas)

Also see Go Kids NJ, which sounds stupid, but you're never too old to enjoy a boardwalk or a festival or an aquarium. You can search for specific towns.




Downtown Freehold! It kind of looks like it's stuck in the 1960's or 70's, to me.

What YOU'LL be stuck in, if you visit downtown Freehold, is TRAFFIC.

P.S. My internet connection is more of a fizz today... it's in for 30 seconds, out for 3 minutes, in for 25 seconds, out for 4 minutes, etc. etc. etc. It may be worse tomorrow. If I miss a day--sorry!

down the shore


A big trend nowadays on the Jersey Shore is using your car to proclaim that you're a local (and not, heaven forbid, a benny) AND what town you're from (in the manner long practiced by European countries). They make stickers like these for all of the shore towns, but these were the only ones I saw A) on parked cars B) while I had a camera handy.




Another unidentified flower! I really don’t know my wildflowers, do I?

Edit: Careful reader USelaine has identified it as a Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower. Thanks!

(Found in Thompson Park, Lincroft, NJ)




Pigeons in the Asbury Park Casino.

Rather than thinking something normal, like "Huh, we usually see more mourning doves than pigeons around here, 'cos these parts aren't too urban," I keep thinking something more along the lines of "Bet those pigeons don't speak Pidgin."




A mysteeeeeeeeerious orange flower.

It's mysteeeeeeeeeeerious because its identity is a mysteryyyyyyyyy.





Why did the geese cross the road?


...well, wouldn't you want to hang out with your friends?

beautiful alley



I remember when this little balcony didn't used to be fenced off.

It's part of the Asbury Park Casino/ Boiler House/ Carousel complex, on the Ocean Grove side.

beach finds 2



It's a little long to have come from an Eastern Goldfinch; I'm not quite sure what sort of bird this feather comes from.

new trails


Three days a week, I drive south on the Garden State Parkway and marvel at a rickety footbridge that passes overhead. At some point, it occurred to me, "OH! That must be the Manasquan Bike Path!" [It's formally known as the Edgar Felix Bike Path.) And, since it seemed to be on my way to and from Ocean County College, and since I like to try new places to in-line skate, I decided I'd stop and check it out at some point.I read that the eastern portion (the beginning in Manasquan) was rough (not fun if you're on skates with unforgiving hard rubber wheels), so I began at the western portion (the ending in Allaire Village's parking lot).At first, it was pretty enjoyable. There was some debris in the trail, a few annoying road crossings, nothing major. And then I arrived at the part I'd been looking forward to: the bridges over the Garden State Parkway!Eagerly, I rolled one foot onto the bridge.And almost fell over.The wooden planks were UNEVEN, UNSTABLE, and had GIANT GAPS between some of them: my wheels kept getting caught!(The video below is poorly shot and may make you dizzy. Watch at your own risk.) allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />If you watch that video, the "thunk th-thunk" sound is one of the loose planks making racket as I tap it with my foot. Timewise, because my one-handed video skills suck and you may not know what you're looking for, you can see it move around 0:07. NOTE THE TRAFFIC zooming below (at 65mph in a 55 zone. They just changed the speed limit from 65 to 55 within this past year, and drivers haven't embraced the change yet.).After it became very clear that skating wasn't working, I managed to make my way across the bridge by grabbing a railing (see that thing in the top picture that's hanging in pieces? that.) and pulling myself across the bridge, hand over hand, slowly and very unsurely.I repeated this procedure for the second bridge. (Two bridges for two directions of parkway traffic... and one median between them.)On the way back, I actually took off my skates and walked across both bridges in my sock feet. I have never been desperate enough to do that before.I didn't manage to do the whole trail. Shortly after a really obnoxious road crossing...(I looked at this and said, "You've got to be KIDDING me"), the trail becomes so bumpy and gravel-like that skating without falling over becomes impossible. I turned around and headed back.This is a bike path. It wasn't set up with Rollerbladers in mind.[...]

vetchling 2



This, I believe, is a meadow vetchling. But why it only has two blossoms, one of which is a sickly orange, is beyond me.




I don't know what that thing it, but it's a big and easily identifiable building on Atlantic Highlands.

I went to Coney Island in March. When I walked to the end of the pier, I squinted my eyes and said, "Hey!!! That's the Highlands!!!"

"How can you tell?" asked the friend I was with.

"See how the land is all flat there except for that building sticking up in the middle?"


"So you can identify New Jersey by that giant blemish, boil, blight on the landscape?"

"Yeah! Isn't that awesome?!"


Also seen in photos taken from Coney Island: the Twin Lights (above)...


...and Sandy Hook lighthouse (above)!

For as often as I've seen New York City from Sandy Hook, it was really cool to do it in reverse.

(The originals of these photos were taken at absolute full 10x zoom, full resolution. And I still had to crop those last two photos to ~420 pixels wide.)

manholes of monmouth


What's with all the manholes?!Back in January 2007, I posted a photo of an Ocean Township gutter. Someone said, "You can learn a lot about a community from its manhole covers." Fine. I posted some manhole covers. Someone else suggested that I make a typology out of it. I was compelled.And THAT is how all this madness started. (They're all from Monmouth County, by the way.)The manholes are for you to EXPLORE. C'mon. There's almost 50 photos here. Do you know where they were all taken? Did I REPEAT any patterns? Clicky clicky! Find out!I'm posting this in honor of the City Daily Photo "metal" theme. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants![...]

the fair! (5)



When we go to the Monmouth County Fair, of particular interest to my family is the antique tractor tent. My grandfather, born and raised in Kansas, possessed two International Harvesters, which he used to mow his fairly substantial lawn until he was 90 years old (when someone finally succeeded in convincing him that mowing the lawn in 95 degree heat was a poor idea at his age). When my midwestern uncle had to spend a few years in New Jersey, he lavished his attentions on a small yellow tractor (a Cub Lo-Boy--again, an International Harvester). And when all these tractors needed to find a new home, my cousin began using them for his landscaping business.

So it's kinda fun to go look through the tent and decide which tractors on display are most similar to the tractors that my family knows and loves.

This concludes our five-day retrospect of the five-day fair. But TOMORROW there is something VERY AWESOME planned for this photoblog, so be sure to tune in!

the fair! (4)



I know I already showed you the midway by night, but since I went to all the trouble of hauling my tripod out to the Monmouth County Fair, I thought I might show you something else. :)

So here we have the Zipper.

the fair! (3)



Remember Bwana Jim? This is one of his armadillos.

They're apparently pretty unfriendly critters, but they are SO CUTE.

the fair! (2)



I know in this day and age it's kind of assumed that kids are scared of clowns. But I don't exactly see any of the kids in this photo clinging to their mothers, bawling their eyes out 'cos THEY DON'T WANT TO MEET THE CLOWN. Perhaps the clownhood still has a chance.

This friendly fellow drives around the fairgrounds every year beeping his horn, playing loud dance music, giving out random silly goodies to children, and generally making the fair more fair-like.

the fair!



You may or may not remember it from last year, but it's time for the Monmouth County Fair again!

People flock to the East Freehold Fairgrounds from all over the county. They can ride the rides, play the games, submit entries (art, crafts, homegrown vegetables/ flowers, and canned goods) to the home and garden tent, smell the animals in the 4-H tents, visit vendors, eat the traditional fair cuisine, watch all kinds of entertainment (including pig races, lumberjack shows, Bwana Jim, local artists, dog shows, etc.), and plenty of other stuff.

It's a five-day festival that sadly ends today, but I'll keep providing you with photos for a few days. :)




The lake at Thompson Park. It's kinda pretty, innit?





Okay. Look. I know they're gross enough that you don't really want to carry them around in your pocket, but does that mean you should just THROW THEM ON THE BEACH?! I found these two applicators about 20 feet apart at Sea Girt. Seriously, folks. Grow up.

(P.S. If this offends you, well, so it goes. Which is a thoroughly mature response, especially coming from someone who had the audacity to say "grow up," but, y'know, it's a part of modern life. If I were going to be a feminist, I'd say something like, "It's not disgusting; it's a beautiful and natural part of being a woman." I'm not a feminist; it's gross. But I am someone with a camera who doesn't think life is all sunsets and flowers.)