There are about five miles of woodland trails on our 165+ acre campus and I thought I’d better get started.  Saturday was a beautiful day so I tried a one mile section.  I flushed three white tail deer and encountered squishy reminders that there is an adjacent flood plain.

Sharp’s Run borders the south edge of the campus on its way to the southwest branch of Rancocas Creek.  During last week’s rain the Run had risen enough to flood the entrance from Route 70, closing it  for a while.  The bridge above was undoubtedly under water.

For part of the trail I found myself on a steep-sided  embankment well above the flood plain.  Well, says the railroader, this is not a natural formation;  there must have been a railroad through here.  Sure enough, the 5.95 mile Mount Holly, Lumberton, and Medford Railroad served these communities and interchanged at Medford with the Camden and Atlantic (City) Railroad, ca 1870. 

Anyway, the leaves above are one of the few spots of color remaining in the woods as we enter the unsaturated gray-brown, bare branch season. But, returning on a campus paved road there was an attractive colorful planting of winter pansies in front of drying grass plumes. 

The unusual black-stemmed plant is a night-blooming globus electricus.


And a campus cluster of red berry provided a bright spot.


  1. Louise Senopoulos Says:

    I love your photos, thanks, Ralph!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Louise. Long time no see, Not good. I see your girls are knocking themselves out athletically as are Maddy and Gretch and I heard that one of them is joining Maddy for basketball. Good stuff.

  2. Amy Golden Says:

    Mazel tov on your move! Love that new plant you discovered, Globus Electricus..
    Hope you had a nice thanksgiving.Amy

  3. denisebushphoto Says:

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your new backyard. We have a whole new location to look forward to.

  4. Vince Rossi Says:

    It sounds like you like your new location and it sure look beautiful. CONGRATULATIONS on your move.

  5. Terry Wilson Says:

    Love the globus electricus! I’m enjoying your blog; it parallels my own move to new surroundings. Reminder to self: start blogging about Ojai.

  6. Kathleen Lapergola Says:

    Love the “Redberry”!!!

  7. Sally Vennel Says:

    Very nice, Ralph – looks like you are settled?? and out with your camera again. We head west next weekend and I hope to follow your blog from there. Have a good winter. I’ll post some more winter snows on mine I am sure.

  8. MikeP Says:

    I still can not believe you are on the prowl at MedLeas… I don’t think they knew what they were in for when accepting you!!!! Keep exploring 🙂

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