Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Never before had we ever found sand dollars at the Jersey shore. The regulars at Manasquan all agreed. The tides, quite literally, have changed. Riptides are more frequent and more powerful than they were when we were growing up. Unfortunately, that's what happens when you try to change the "landscape" of the sea.
Little clams that had washed ashore that I revived in water before releasing.
A little girl caught an interesting fish and showed it to us.
Sand crab!
We used to body surf. Not any more! --LKR

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mom's Virág (Flowers)

Cabbage White with Cleome
When I think of flowers, my earliest memories are of my Grandmother, aunts, and cousins' colorful gardens. Like Hungarian needlepoint, vibrant colors were essential. I learned gardening through both of my parents when we moved to Chatham, New Jersey from a New York apartment and was taught how to put rose slips down. Some of those rose bushes still grow in my mother's yard and are nearly 40 years old!
Red Hibiscus
Mom with Purple Coneflower
Tiger Swallowtail (and bee!) on Butterfly Bush
Pink Marsh Mallows
Because we didn't stay with my Mom, there was not much time to explore her gardens which are magnets for hummingbirds and butterflies. And shortly after these pictures were taken, it began to rain, thus ending the photo shoot! --LKR