Where is the snow

So it have been a very disappointing winter so far in New Jersey. Not one flake of snow. I was hoping to be able to go out and get some shots of snow covered trees and such. Well winter is not over yet, but there is still a chance. 

Trying something new.

My time-lapse set up

My time-lapse set up

So I am out today doing something new. I'm working on a beginner tutorial on time-lapse photography. I hope to have it out in the next day or two then on to another one. Any suggestions on what you want to see next? Leave your ideas below.


Long weekend

So I didn't get out to do any photography, but I went to a small local street fair. While walking around there were at least ten photographers that had "booths" set up. They all have nice work and prices that varied. 

So here is a question. Have you ever set up a booth at a local fair and have you made anything from doing so? 

The Witches Well and Judgment Altar Re-visit

I'm planing a second trip to the Judgement Altar and Witches Well soon. The first time I went I got some shots like the one posted below and some video. The issue was the timing. It was late in the day probably around 5:00pm when I went so it was getting dark and also a storm was rolling in which made it worse. This time I will go earlier and with better light.

I am sure the results will be better since my skills have improved since the first time I went. I can't wait to see what might be around the alter this time. Any suggestions for other places to check out please let me know.

The judgment Altar (  Click to buy  )

The judgment Altar (Click to buy)

Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (Video)

This is a video I put together of my favorite pictures I took while visiting Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge this summer. Going to try to visit there again this winter to see what wildlife passes through in the winter months.



The Judgment Altar and Witches Well (2 of 2)

(I have made a post about the Altar and Well over at my new adventures blog http://bigalsadventrues.com. It has more info and story in it then these older posts. You can go check out the article at http://www.bigalsadventures.com/r/judgmentaltarwitcheswell or go to the main page of the new blog.)

So after spending some time at the Judgment Altar I went off looking for the Witches Well. One person online said it was only a few hundred feet from the alter.........ummmm no. I went up the hill behind the alter and on the other trails and yet no Well. So I was about to give up and on the way out I spotted another entrance to the trails with a trail leading up the side of The Mount.

Before we move on to the pictures let me tell you the two tales I have heard about the Well.

The first one is that there was a witch (some stories say many witches) in Mount Holly that was tried and thrown into the well. She did not die and started screaming, clawing and punching the wall of the well. After a few days the noises stopped and they figured she finally died. Not to long after that they started hearing it again but it was more of a ghostly sound so they built the structure around the well to keep the sounds locked away.

The other story is that the towns people of Mount Holly caught the Jersey Devil put him in chains and threw him down the well and build the structure around the well to keep him in it.

So back to the story!

I followed it and saw a blue water tower that was fenced in and came across this....

I know from watching some youtube videos that there are cameras watching the Well.

Also came across this sign that says White Oak. Must have been for people hiking the area that wanted to know what type of trees they are.

I followed the fence around and FINALLY saw this popping out from the trees. There are two houses really close by to the Well so I didn't know if I was on their property or not so I took a couple quick shots and moved on.

Its hard to see but there is a small fence leading to the one house below so I couldn't get to much closer so I got one shot of the whole building before leaving. Might go back in the fall so I can try this shot again without the trees covering up so much of it.

The Judgment Altar and Witches Well (1 of 2)

(I have made a post about the Altar and Well over at my new adventures blog http://bigalsadventrues.com. It has more info and story in it then these older posts. You can go check out the article at http://www.bigalsadventures.com/r/judgmentaltarwitcheswell or go to the main page of the new blog.)

So I went out to find the Judgment Altar and Witches Well in Mount Holly NJ. I had been to the alter before with a friend but never the well. I had downloaded the Weird NJ app on my phone and saw it listed and it re-sparked my interest in finding the place again. I followed the directions from the app which led to the Mount Holly Cemetery. As it turns out the directions were wrong and you can't (at least anymore) get to the alter from the cemetery.

I called my brother and he was able to pull up a map and get me to a side road that had an entrance to "The Mount" of mount Holly. I also shot some video that I have to check and piece together. If its any good (Probably going to be Blair Witch style) I'll post that on a later date.

Tomorrow I'll post the Witches Well pictures.

If you want me do more exploring of old legends and towns, leave a comment and/or like the post.

The entrance to the trails

The Judgment Altar

The words Holy Holy Holy on the altar. Last time I was here kids painted on the altar but it looks like some one cleaned it up.

There are benches all around the altar now but they were all knocked on their backs except for two.

More knocked back

Some flowers I found behind the altar

The ground in front of the altar

Some kind of ceramic plate maybe that was broken and put on top of the altar.