Not all winters tie one to the house!. Some draw you outside, inexorably, delightedly.
Here are some rare but typical scenes of what used to be the Hamilton/Trenton/Bordentown Marsh, now the Abbott Marshlands.
Come wander with me, no matter the weather. Come relish New Jersey’s wild beauty.
The Lake was purportedly named by Indians because formed by an ever-renewing spring.
Spring Lake Mostly Frozen — But Life Exists Herein
The Wonder of Willows, Marsh
Where Muskrats Ramble, Near Spring Lake
NJWILDBEAUTY Readers know I have an enormous need to see either New Jersey’s wild creatures, or evidence of their presence, or both.
Eponymous Beech Tree, Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
This winter walk was taken with Town Topics writer par excellence, Linda Arntzenius. Sometimes the iced trail was so narrow that only one boot at a time could make its way. Hardly ever could we walk side-by-side, but what beauty was ours!
And such silence! Sacred soundlessness — how very rare in the modern world.
In season, one learns to seek tiny dark triangles in spring lake, triangles that move right along, for they are the heads of the lake’s majestic turtles. Sometimes, also, in the lake, snakes swim.
In winter, walkers can follow the straight trails of foxes, out for a stroll or a hunt, and discover the wing marks of rising birds in fresh snow on downed trunks.
To get to the Marsh, take Route 1 South into Trenton to the South Broad Street exit. Drive as directed round the arena, and turn left/south onto Broad Street. After Lalor, which angles only on your right, look for a church with two steeples, followed by a red light at Sewell Avenue. Turn right onto Sewell and go about five blocks until the road Ts at the Marsh itself. Drive through the gate and park near the lake. Usually, you will be welcomed by stately swans in all seasons.
To learn the Marsh, check out http://www.marsh-friends.org. Get onto their e-mail mailing list for hikes with Ornithologist Charlie Leck, Botanist Mary Leck, and Mercer County Naturalist, Jenn Rogers. In all seasons, these merry experts will introduce you to the creatures who thrive in New Jersey because individuals and groups such as D&R Greenway preserved this freshwater tidal wetlands.