Archive for July, 2014

MAKEPEACE LAKE

Monday, July 28th, 2014
Lake Makepeace, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Lake Makepeace, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

ONE OF THE MOST REMOTE PLACES IN NEW JERSEY. HOURS OF QUIET AND SOLITUDE AND ASTOUNDING BEAUTY!

This place was found by looking at a satellite map of NewJersey. Looking for a nice peaceful lake to canoe around, a place to park and launch and not to far from Philly. This place is close to the Atlantic City Expressway, perhaps close enough to make it seem undesirable, but it is so dis-connected from it that isn’t relevant.  Too shallow for most fishing, no beaches or facilities and remotely accessed from bumpy dirt roads, this lake is far away and quiet.  We did alot of off-road 4×4 excursions around the lake on some very dodgy dirt roads with huge ruts and puddles, hills and unknown turns. At one point the Subaru nearly got bogged down in muck but anticipating the situation, the laws of physics were employed immediately and speed and momentum were key to the propulsion needed to again reach dry land. This ‘road’ got so overgrown that we had to turn around and the same methods of speed and momentum were utilized to again pass through the unthinkable muddy mucky puddle miles away from civilization. A fun driving experience! Once we found a suitable place to drop the canoe in the water it was a very serene and quiet afternoon/evening.

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

We paddled through a dense thicket of grasses and lilypads and out onto the open waters. There was a nice breeze, no mosquitos, blackflies or any other pest the whole time we were out. The sun required lotion and hats.

Lake Makepeace, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Lake Makepeace, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

The lake is sizable, shallow and green, with lots of lily-pads, birds and some interesting Islands with Atlantic White Cedars.

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

 

 

 Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

This looks like a Beaver construction.

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Makepeace Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

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OSWEGO LAKE

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

We drove from Philly about an hour and 45 minutes and dropped the canoe in the water from a convenient parking area we saw from the satellite view. The rest was a breeze.  We enjoyed the cool water and a proliferation of plants and trees along the shorelines, including blooming Cranberries, Swamp Azaleas, Pitcher plants and sundews. The air was an enchanting fresh mix of the scents from the Azaleas, the waters and the trees.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey, www.thesanguineroot.com

The blueberries pictured below, we ate them and they were bursting with flavor. If you want to taste a place, this is the way to do it.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Below, the blooming Cranberry Bushes.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

And, below, the Pitcher Plant, blooming away.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

And the sundews, below.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

We slowly canoed along the edge of the lake, botanizing and birding as well as picnicking. It is a beautiful place and we wanted to take it all in, plant by plant, view by view. The evening light just got better and better!

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Above and below, a field of Pitcher plants, as far as the eye could see! What a magnificent and memorable sight! Our slow meandering canoe ride has  its benefits!

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Above, last year’s pitcher plant dried up and preserved.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

The Rose Pogonia, (Pogonia ophioglossoides), above

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

The Sheep Laurel, above.

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

The Swamp Azalea, Rhododendren viscosum, blooming away! (above and below)

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

We have purchased this June Blooming shrub for our yard, but have never been able to get it to bloom as magnificently as it is doing here!

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake is truly an exquisite destination in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey!

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

The Atlantic White Cedar, growing along the shorelines of the lake.

 

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com

Oswego Lake, New Jersey. www.thesanguineroot.com