If you’re thinking of buying real estate in Monmouth County you have lots of choices. Personally I feel “The Peninsula” (Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Red Bank) is a wonderful place to consider, and for lots of reasons. Most of the towns have excellent school systems, low crime rates and quiet residential neighborhoods. People are friendly; local merchants know you by name; you’re close to the Garden State Parkway, train stations and high-speed ferries; downtown Red Bank is a vibrant place with its theaters and restaurants; there are many opportunities to learn how to sail; and you’re close to wonderful ocean beaches.
In addition to all of that, there’s a wonderful place in Fair Haven called Fair Haven Fields. It has tennis courts and athletic fields, a community garden, and a special wilderness area with walking trails and a quiet pond. I live within easy walking distance of the trails, and use them several times each week, walking with my wife, or alone, or with our dog, Inu.
There are lots of treasures to be found along the trails, and all you have to do is pay attention and look for them. As you walk through the woods, pay attention to the sights and sounds around you because it’s easy to miss something if you walk through too quickly. I took the photos in this post within the last 2 or 3 weeks to show you some of the treasures we found. Some are small and down on the ground, while others are in the distance but still visible from the trails, and still others are above you in the trees.
This time of year nature is changing so quickly that what you see on one day may be gone just several days later. Between the warming temperatures and the spring rains, flowers bloom and then wither; trees burst into life with new leaves; Dery’s Pond becomes more secluded as the woods shake off their winter sleep.
A few days before, this spot was a mass of pretty yellow flowers. Just a few of them were left when I took the photo.
Off the path the woods grow thicker and less light filters down, so bushes have far fewer blooms than they’d have in a sunny spot.
The area around Dery’s Pond has lots of things to catch your eyes, so if you’re not careful you can miss something very beautiful, like this little clump of flowers at the edge of the pond:
Even in the cold, gray days of early spring before any flowers bloom, there are wonderfully different textures in the bark of the different varieties of trees.
One last look up at the flowers on a dogwood tree:
If you’re coming to visit the area to look at the homes that are for sale I’d be glad to also take you on a walk through Fair Haven Fields so you can find some of the treasures there yourself.
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