It was beautiful day for a hike in the Pine Lands aka Pine Barrens of New Jersey with destination of Martha Furnace on the Batona trail. Today, all that is left of Martha Furnace are the ruins of the bog iron smelting furnace that flourished from 1793-1845. The village once included the furnace, a stamping mill, blacksmith shop, sawmill, gristmill, store, school, hospital, an ironmaster’s house and about 50 additional houses. The furnace remains are buried and fenced to prevent pillaging. Lying along the Batona Trail above the Oswego River, this area is home to a great diversity of Pine Barrens flora and fauna.
Hiking with a camera makes for a much more enjoyable experience especially if it mirrorless because of the light weight. I stopped at frogs pond and listen some of locals singing a duet. I be adding more images later, so please feel free to stop back.
Dar?ana is a term meaning “auspicious sight”, vision, apparition, or glimpse. It is most commonly used for theophany, “manifestation / visions of the divine” in Hindu worship, e.g. of a deity, or a very holy person or artifact. Thank you Helmut R. Kahr for the inspiration.
Pelicans are a genus of large water birds comprising the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and large throat pouch used for catching prey and draining water from the scooped up contents before swallowing. They have predominantly pale plumage, the exceptions being the brown and Peruvian pelicans. The bills, pouches and bare facial skin of all species become brightly coloured before the breeding season. The eight living pelican species have a patchy global distribution, ranging latitudinally from the tropics to the temperate zone, though they are absent from interior South America as well as from polar regions and the open ocean.
“The true purpose of Zen is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.”
— Shunryu Suzuki Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind