Today is Arbor day!

April 30, 2010: 




Here I am in awe of this tree in the middle of Philadelphia Zoo












Today, I went on a nature walk in Marquand park in Princeton, New Jersey happily taking photos of trees with their labels.   

Marquand park is an aboretum established in the 1880’s first as a private estate and farm ;  In the 1950’s , 15 acres were donated to the borough.   

From the mid 19th century to the early 20th century it was fashionable for large estate owners to collect and disply exotic, unusual or rare native plant species on their grounds.  

Owners of Maraquand park were horticulturalists and collectors.  

Names of trees that I took pictures of were a few types of Magnolia-Lenne Magnolia, and Oyama Magnolia, ,a very tall  Shellbark Hickory, an American Beech,  a White Oak.  

Throughout the park, there are both gravel and paved paths and wooden benches interspersed  along the way to rest and admire the beauty of nature. 

“Each generation takes the earth as trustees”.   

                                                                 By J. Sterling Morton 

Arbor Day history: 

J. Sterling Morton came with his wife from Detroit to Nebraska Territory in  in 1854.  They both shared a love of nature and began planting trees and shrubs at their home.  He spread agricultural information and and his enthusuam for trees working as a journalist for Nebraska’s finest newspaper.  Trees were needed for windbreaks to keep the soil in place, for fuel, building materials and shad from the hot sun.   

The first tree planting day was April 10, 1872 in Nebraska.   

 It is estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day.    

 Prizes were awarded to counties and individuals that properly planted the largest number of trees that day.   

In 1885, Arbor day was named a legal holiday in Nebraska.  

A number of State Arbor days are at other times to coincide with better tree planting weather. 

Skywatch Friday

Gazing up at Philadelphia Zoo's grand entrance

Today’s skyward photos are from our recent day-trip to the Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest zoo in the nation.  


"The Solitude" 1784, John Penn, Jr's riverside villa

The Solitude: 

"The Solitude" Neoclassical style country house, a near perfect cube

Happy Ruby Tuesday

Happy Ruby Tuesday everyone! 

It’s time to share a photo or two with a red theme. 

Tomato Pie  

DeLorenzo's Tomato Pie, half is artichokes and mushroom,/sausage & spinach












This is a tomato pie from DeLorenzo’s in Robbinsville, NJ. Unlike pizza, the cheese goes on first, then they add the tomato sauce on top.

Tomato Pies Beginnings:

Outside of Trenton, New Jersey, , the term Tomato Pie is little known. Utica, New York and Norristown, Pa have their own versions.
The first Tomato Pie restaurant opend in 1912 called Papa’s Tomato Pie on South Clinton Avenue, Trenton. Papa had emigratred from Naples, Italy and “the story goes that as they were making bread , they put some sliced tomatoes on it and cooked it, and that was it.”

Papa’s Tomato Pies is still around owned by his descendants, Azzaro, 62 and his son Dominic is on 804 Chambers Street.
Now, for DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies, the place that we went to. Pasquale and Maria Delorenzo emigrated from Naples to America at the turn of the century as well. The family had eight sons and four daughters in a row house on Hudson Street. In 1936, the 4 oldest son’s (Joe, Chick, Jimmy and Johnny) opened Delorenzo”s tomato Pies on the first floor of the rowhouse, then moved it to 530 Hudson Street where it is currently operating today.
In 2008, Chick’s grandson, Sam Amico, 38 opened a modern DeLorenzo’s Tomato Pies in 2350 Highway 33 in suburban Robbinsville.

Dukes Gardens, Hillsborugh, N.J.

Walk on the Wild Side

Self- Guided walks are  on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00pm .

Walk on the Wild Side at Duke Farms and explore nature at your own pace. Follow a 1.25-mile trail through a series of different habitats, and see some of the unique features added to the landscape by J.B. Duke. Discover the property’s impressive array of wildlife, and learn about Duke Farms’ role as a living laboratory with ongoing restoration projects

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Go to http://www.dukefarms .org/tours/walk -on -the -Wild Side    for trail map

Moonlight Walk on the Wild Side

Experience the varied habitats of Duke Farms at night with an evening stroll along our Walk on the Wild Side trail.
Moonlight Walks are scheduled on the following Saturdays:
for 2010:
  • April 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • May 15, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • May 29, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • June 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
  • June 26, 8 to 11 p.m.
Check back for additional dates and times.
Moonlight Walks are free and no advance registration is required, however, visitors are asked to please check in at the Visitors Center and pick up a trail map before heading out onto the trail. 

Walk on the Wild Side is FREE
and open to the public.

Tour Schedule
This self-guided nature trail is open year-round on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are not required.

It is always recommended that you call ahead for trail availabiity at (908) 722-3700. Closings may occur due to inclement weather conditions or trail maintenance. It also is a good idea to check the weather before you come and to make sure that you wear appropriate clothing.

This self-guided walking tour is handicapped accessible.

Additional Information

Celebrate Earth Day 2010

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! 





How will you be celebrating Earth Day in your part of the world? 

Make it an everyday motive.  Big or small. 

Many years ago, I participated in a hike in the Sourland Mountains preserve in Hillsboro. (This place is only open for special days for hikes).  Where is that photo? 

Today is a good day to start some planting of annual flowers and seeds. 

Buy local vegetables and fruits from farmer’s markets. 

My husband recycle everyday; every piece of paper, mail that comes to our house that we do not need is placed in the recycle bag and the bottles are rinsed and labels removed.   We check the bottom for the recycle number symbol. 

Watery Wednesday

Watery Wednesday: at the Philadelphia Zoo
These are photos with a watery theme, however when we arrived at the Polar Bear exhibit we didn’t see him at first.   Looking through the glass window, when we turned our heads to the left , there the Polar bear was ……..sleeping Polar Bear dreams.

The polar bear dreams, he's not in his pool.

Polar bear’s pool, he’s sleeping on the side (not in pic)
Tiger gets a drink in his pool
Big Cats are my favorite!

River otters swim

Please visit

for more Photos with the subject of water from around the USA and world.

Philadelphia Zoo in threes

Three Lounging Lions, Philadelphia zoo


Two Caribbean Pink Flamingos and bird.
Two Caribbean Pink Flamingos and friend.

Three Zebras ready to run at Philadelphia Zoo





Tiger's time for a drink, he only get's his feet wet.



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