Grounds For Sculpture


These pictures were taken at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Grounds for Sculpture is a 42 acre sculpture garden that promotes the understanding of contemporary art. Above is one of the first pieces of art you see when entering, which signifies the entrance to the vast garden of art that someone is soon to experience.

Title: At the beginning
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Grounds for sculpture not only allows, but encourages photography of various sculptures like this one, which incorporates nature with wood and stone to show that shade is solidarity.

Title: It doesn’t matter which way you go
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Perched on a hill, this sculpture stood out among the vibrant trees and blue sky, showing that something so simple can be quite the eye catcher.

Title: In shadow
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This sculpture is an interesting piece on the lake which uses rocks as a barrier with a window in the middle looking out to the quaint homes on the water.

Title: Home
Location: Hamilton, New Jersey
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Fort Hancock Sandy Hook


These photos were taken at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. It is located on the tip of a peninsula roughly 20 miles south of Manhattan, New York. This structure, Battery Potter is unique in that it was the first disappearing gun battery constructed in 1890 and it’s quite amazing how well this building has stood up to the test of time. Another interesting fact is how this fort was meant to defend the entire New York City area.

Title: Battery Potter
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The decay here indicates how much nature has taken over, but rewind 100 years in the past and these rails were used to transport ammunition and weapons to loading areas. Now it’s a sanctuary for wild animals and tourists alike.

Title: Abandoned stairway
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is one of the two lighthouses in Sandy Hook and it was once a beacon of light for many ships sailing into the Lower New York Bay. Now the lighthouse stands tall among the trees and shrubs guiding visitors to a nice slice of history.

Title: Sandy Hook lighthouse
Location: Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


A look into the abyss is actually a mortar battery at Fort Hancock, and interesting enough, there is a nude beach just north of this area. Some could say this wall is the last defense to the free world, no pun intended. Inside the battery is a hollow open air room that reverberates every step taken, echoing throughout.

Title: Mortar battery
Location:Sandy Hook, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

A path through life


I enjoy finding different bridges and walkways to photograph. It gets me thinking about all the different paths I have taken to get where I am now.

Title: Blue skies across the bridge
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this walking around the river in Edison.

Title: Walk around
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I visited the Grounds for sculpture and it was a wonderful experience. Walking through the outdoor sculpture gallery and gardens on a beautiful day was the highlight of my vacation.

Title: Trellis walkway
Location: Trenton, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this photo of a silhouetted man at the end of a bridge. I love the high contrast of the shadows on the bridge.

Title: Silhouette at the end of the bridge
Location: Trenton, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Piscataway town burial grounds


This church was established in 1689 it was a Baptist church until 1704. The British army used St. James as a hospital from 1776-1777.

Title: St. James Episcopal church
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Piscataway burial grounds is one of the earliest in Middlesex county.

Title: Burial grounds
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I can no longer read the date or name on this old broken headstone.

Title: Broken headstone
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is the oldest cemetery I have ever visited.

Title: August 1818
Location: Edison, NJ
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Sunset at sea


The sunset was a beautiful blue gradient over the teal blue ocean today. I took this photo at the end of the pier looking back at the mountains.

Title: Shades of blue
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The clouds in the sky are crazy patterns of white and blue only a little sliver of sunshine is breaking through.

Title: Sunset at sea
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love the pink clouds over the pier this was my favorite photo from today.

Title: Beach pier
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I took this photo about 20 min after the sunset the sky was still glowing a beautiful orange pink color.

Title: Lines of a sunset
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4

Wispy clouds


A lot of people are practicing kite surfing on the beach today. The weather is perfect for it today because the Santa ana winds are so strong.

Title: Kite surfing
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The wispy clouds in the dark blue sky look beautiful.

Title: Coastal winds
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love spending all day at the beach.

Title: Relax by the sea
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The love of my life.

Title: In love
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Eroding beach


The beach in Port Hueneme is eroding away. The other night I heard a loud crashing noise outside of my house, it was the sidewalk and beach wall cracking and falling from being hit by huge waves. The city is working with coastal engineers and regulatory agencies on emergency measures to prevent seawater from damaging property. This city has been in need of sand for almost 4 years…. Sand is the solution. The beach continues to wash away, as much as 5 to 10 feet a week the city can’t ignore this issue any longer.

Title: Fallen sidewalk
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a photo of the fallen wall and sidewalk.

Title: Beach wall
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The concrete wall was no match for the powerful waves of the ocean.

Title: Broken wall
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Ventura County legislators made a deal for provide $2 million in state funding for the next two phases of emergency work for fixing the eroding coastline.

Title: Beach erosion
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Soft seascape


I love spending time on the beach. It’s getting warmer outside, I can’t wait for summer! My favorite part of this photo is the soft colorful reflection of the sky in the water.

Title: Soft reflection
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


The shape of the silhouetted island is beautiful against the sunset.

Title: Silhouette island
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


The Port Hueneme beach is having a big coastal erosion proble. This is creating lots of little rivers all over the beach just like this one.

Title: Beach river
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer


This river has receded exposing the roots of this shrub.

Title: Shrub roots
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer

A taste of Denmark in California


I visited Solvang last weekend. Downtown Solvang is a little taste of Denmark with warm California weather. My favorite part of the day was eating pastries at the local bakeries.

Title: Danish windmill
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The Danish-styled architecture creates an authentic Danish atmosphere throughout Solvang.

Title: Danish shop
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The first of the village’s four windmills was built in the mid 1940’s after a local architect got back from a trip to Denmark.

Title: Main street windmill
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Solvang has become a major California tourist attraction for a good reason. If you ever get the chance to visit I would highly recommend it.

Title: Solvang clock tower
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Silhouette mountains


As I climbed down the gorge the view of the Boney mountains started to disappear behind the burned mountainside.

Title: Hidden Boney mountains
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


At the end of the hike the marine layer started rolling in creating beautiful silhouettes of the mountains.

Title: Dark marine layer
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I loved how the mountains looked through my sunglasses so I wanted to create an image showing the purple tint through the sunglasses.

Title: View through sunglasses
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This photo shows the fire damage in the valley, it looks like the dark burned brush is slowly taking over the green grass.

Title: Burned valley
Location: Newbury Park, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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