Have You Been Taking Pictures this Summer?

What does summer in NJ look like to you?

Sadly, July is nearing to its end already which means it will be August and then September before we know it. I’m certainly not trying to rush the summer away, but the good news is that this does also mean that you should have taken a lot of pictures so far for this summer’s Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey photo contest!  If you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?

Reminder:  this year, winning photographs will be published here in a special blog post AND displayed on the Notes on the State of New Jersey main page!

For a look at last year’s winners, click here.

Contest Guidelines:

*Submit up to 2 photos per person.

*Photos must be emailed to Melissa at
melissa.morris11 (at) gmail.com with SUMMER in the subject line.

*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email. 

*Photos must be received by September 8th.

*Photos must be taken this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).

*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website, the Notes on the State of New Jersey site, and/or any promotional materials.

*All published photos will always be credited to the artist.

*Winners will be announced here and on the NSNJ website, as well as on our twitter and facebook pages.

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey Photo Contest, 2011

I’m happy to announce the start of the 2nd annual Picture Perfect: Summer in New Jersey photo contest.

This year, winning photographs will be published here in a special blog post AND displayed on the Notes on the State of New Jersey main page!

For a look at last year’s winners, click here.

What does summer in New Jersey look like to you?

Contest Guidelines:
*Submit up to 2 photos per person.
*Photos must be emailed to 
Melissa with SUMMER in the subject line.
*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email.
*Photos must be received by September 8th.
*Photos must be taken 
this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).
*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website, the Notes on the State of New Jersey site, and/or any promotional materials.
*All published photos will be credited to the artist.
*Winners will be announced here on the website.

Good luck!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

NJ’s State Dinosaur

Did you know that New Jersey has a state dinosaur?  We do.

New Jersey is actually the site where the first, fully intact dinosaur skeleton was found!  Even back in the days of the dinosaurs, New Jersey was the place to be!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

On June 13, 1991, the duckbilled Hadrosaurus foulkii was named the New Jersey state dinosaur.

(The bones were found in Haddonfield, NJ in 1858.)

Read more about it through these links:
http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/dinosaurs/nj_hadrosaurus_foulkii.htm

http://www.statefossils.com/nj/nj.html

http://www.levins.com/dinosaur.shtml

Picture Perfect: Fire and Ice

Sunset in Franklin Park

Last week (when there wasn’t as much snow on the ground as there is now) I caught a shot of the sunset in Franklin Park – near the preserved open space on South Middlebush Road.

The fiery sun in the distance reminded me that the frozen ground and bare branches won’t stay that way for long…

Enjoy your Sunday!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

January 12, 2010 ~ More Snow

So, the predictions were correct and we got some more snow (about another seven or eight inches of fluffy, fresh snow here in central New Jersey.)

Though I especially love the summer months (and have been daydreaming about the warm sun and being able to wear flip-flops and tank tops again), I do enjoy snowstorms.  I like the snow not only because it turns everything in sight into blank coloring book pages, but also because of the sense of calm it brings with it.

As it falls quietly, the snow gently forces everything (and everyone) it touches to slow down.  The familiar, fast pace of New Jersey is temporarily replaced and we move in slow motion…

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Happy New Jersey Day!

Happy New Jersey Day, everyone!
Today is December 18th – and it’s the day, that in 1787, New Jersey became the third state of the Union.

(I have to do my homework a little, to see when this holiday officially began, but you know that I’m sure happy to celebrate it!)

My own week here in New Jersey, preparing for the holidays, has been great – a little cold, but great!

A definite highlight this week was my trip to McCarter Theater in Princeton to see A Christmas Carol.  The show runs through December 26th, so if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there’s still time!

I’m off to brave the roads and malls for some last-minute holiday shopping…

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl

Picture Perfect: “Summer in New Jersey” Photo Contest, 2010

Calling all photographers!

The Jersey Girl is running our first ever, end of summer photo contest.  We’re looking for photos that depict “Summer In New Jersey” to feature in a very special post.

Winning photographs will be published here on the website and announced through the post on September 12, 2010.

(Make sure you subscribe to the site so you don’t miss the announcement!)

Contest Guidelines:
*Submit up to 2 photos per person.
*Photos must be emailed to
Melissa with SUMMER in the subject line.
*Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email.
*Photos must be received by September 8th.
*Photos must be taken
this summer in New Jersey to qualify for the contest (date and location of photo should be included with submission as well as a title and a brief explanation as to why you think the photo represents “Summer in NJ”).
*By submitting photos, you agree that they may be used for publication on The Jersey Girl website and/or any promotional materials for the website.
*All published photos will be credited to the artist.
*Winners will be announced here on the website.

Good luck!

~Melissa
The Jersey Girl