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Hackensack River Fireworks

By | Boating, Trips

Well, it wasn’t my most successful trip, what with vast unexpected crowds in Johnson Park, rain, darkness. Still 7 of us managed to hit the water and see the fireworks after a quick trip home for extra rain gear. At least 2 folks missed hooking up due to the unexpected crowds…DSC00480.JPG DSC00472.JPG DSC00471.JPG

Below are some pictures taken from my boat in 2013 (as well as 1 of the NY skyline) when it wasn’t raining and I could use the good camera.

And paddling in the Hack is not for the very squeamish…a fair amount of litter, lots of mud and some downright toxic stuff down in the Meadowlands. But it’s also full of bird life that’s habituated to humans and some stretches like above route 4 or in the back channels of the Meadowlands can feel remote, even if you never get away from the sound of cars.

For anyone who wants to try it high tide is a lot better than low and I use this tide chart and there’s a whole ton of places you can launch on the Hack.   orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8124.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8123.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8122.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8120.jpg orig-on-sea_070413_tomhartphoto__mg_8119.jpg TomHartPhoto_092014_img_6756.jpg

Vast crowds on the Great Swamp

Great Swamp of Patterson

By | Boating

Beautiful day, beautiful trip, thanks once again Bob.

Swelled by resent rains, the Great Swamp was several feet above it’s usually muddy early summer levels, allowing us to short cut a few of the s-bends, but also making us deal with actual current, especially after the channel got constricted below our lunch break on 22.

We started just below the Patterson Train station (going past station, taking left on dirt road and going more or less straight). With 21 people it took a while to hit the water, but it was a beautiful day and not a bad spot to wait.

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Birds

By | Galleries, Nature

Not quite National Geographic, but birds are beautiful, fascintating creatures and getting better bird shots has become a passion. From the Hackensack River literally in our front yard to further afield….this is the photography  I am passionate about.

This is a somewhat varied portfolio from some classic and stunning shots to the interesting…like the bald eagle catching a fish on the  Hackensack taken from quite a distance in failing winter evening light (they skim their massive talons just below the surface as the skim just above it to spear or grab an unwary fish).

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Street fair picture - Spanish Harlem Orchestra playing at the end of the event.

Hackensack Street Fair

By | Events

Rocking to the music of Spanish Harlem  - Mayor Jorge E. Meneses.

Rocking to Spanish Harlem Orchestra Mayor Meneses.

For those of you that don’t know, Hackensack is somewhat past it’s glory. Apperently back in the day before the the shopping mall Hack was the place to go and folks who grew up around here in the 50’s recall shopping trips to Hackensack from such prosiac places as Ridgewood or Glen Rock as one of the highlights of their youth.

Still, I love being in Hackensack…convenient to the city and the woods, good transit, the beautiful river nearby (and spread out from the studio windows).

So it was good to see Hackensack’s Main Street as a bustling place to be once more… and it was a very friendly and very mixed crowd.

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Surviving Irene

By | Boating, Events

We have survived.
As we live only a block from the tidal part of the Hackensack River so our area had a voluntary evacuation….a voluntary evacuation? What’s the difference between that and a vacation? We did move the car out of the basement parking lot and filled a bunch of water bottles and, being campers, we have enough candles, flashlights, propane and the like to survive comfortably for weeks.

The Hackensack, despite the  pictures below, got away fine, but some of the other towns in the are have some serious flooding  ….maybe someday the powers that be will understand that dams only control flooding if they are drawn down so that they hold water during heavy rain…and of course developing in a flood plain is seldom a good idea. The powers that be will say that the rain was so severe no one could anticipate it (despite it being less severe then what meteorologists had forecast). Heard NJ Gov. Christie on the news on Thursday night saying he wasn’t going to open the flood gates at Pompton Lakes until he had convincing proof that drawing the lake down would lessen the flooding. How convincing off a proof do they need….though of course the problem is development in low lying flood prone areas. For many houses along the Pompton and Passiac this will be the third time they are being flooded in 5 months.

Still, as you can see, the flooding is impressive, though for the most part it’s of parks, parking lots and old buildings…things that can survive flooding.

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