Pink Invasion of the landscape around Ridgewood

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With spring in full bloom, there’s no better time to enjoy Ridgewood. When it comes to photographing flowers, your unique viewpoint plays an important role to your final results.  You stand before trees and  fields in full bloom, and while it’s beautiful in your eyes, the ability to translate its majesty through the lens requires a few techniques!!

Spend a few moments taking in the scenery and contemplating which parts of nature speak loudest.

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Ho-Ho-Kus train station.

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A town bordering Ridgewood. Although there are family histories and church documentation about early pioneers, one of the earliest written notices that specifically mentions Ho-Ho-Kus is the 1698 Van Emburgh deed. It records the purchase, for thirty-two pounds ten shillings, of half of a 500 acre patent of land by David Provoast and Johannes Van Inburgh from Issac Kingsland to whom it had been granted by the Proprietors of East New Jersey. A transcription from the original document states: “Hoghakas (Ho-Ho-Kus) in ye Provinse of East and New Jargy ye 2d of may ano Dom 1698 There apaired before me Pieter Johnson and Jaccomintie his wife & Declared This within instrement to be There vollantary act & Deed as wittnis my hand.”IMG_6307

Just around the river bend….

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The Saddle River flows south through much of Bergen CountyNew Jersey. From its feeder streams in Upper Saddle River and the source in AirmontNew York, the Saddle River continues south for 16.3 miles, passing through the towns of Saddle RiverWaldwickHo-Ho-KusRidgewoodGlen RockParamusFair LawnRochelle ParkSaddle BrookLodiGarfield, and Wallington.

 

Saddle River County Park is a 577-acre linear park that meanders with the Saddle River and its tributary brooks. It consists of five park areas that are linked by a multi-use path, including circular paths around some ponds.DSC_9975

Saddle River Trail

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Don’t make me sad, don’t make me cry
Sometimes love is not enough and the road gets tough I don’t know why
Keep making me laugh,
Lets go get high
The road is long, we carry on
Try to have fun in the meantime

(Lana Del Ray song born to die)

This trail for some reason reminded me of this song.

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Tamil New Year -2017

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Today is the tamizh new year.  Every new year has a new name to it and this year it is called “Hevilambi “. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu Solar Calendar(Chitirai maasam/month). Popularly known as Puthandu,  Tamil New Year which usually falls on April 14th is an occasion that calls for celebration for Tamils all over the world. This is supposedly the day when Lord Brahma (the Creator of the world, according to Hindu mythology) started creation. People exchange greetings of ‘Puthandu Vazthukal’ (Happy New Year) with great fervor on this day.

The highlight of Tamil New Year Festival  among the tamil speaking people is the food . No festival is ever complete without an assortment of dishes .’Maanga Pachadi’ (a dish made of raw mangoes, jaggery and neem flowers) is the special dish of the day, which tastes sweet, salty, spicy , sour and bitter at the same time. This favorite dish of mine symbolizes  – LIFE which is a mixed bag of these flavorsnew.