taken at Grace Lord Park, Boonton NJ
When I took this photo originally I was enjoying the beauty of the stone steps. I was actually sitting on the bottom step. When I got home and opened the photo in Picnik, my eyes were drawn to the heart painted on the stone wall at the top of this sets of stairs on the landing to the next set going up. Although I know it is grafetti and defacing the stairs, yet it looked so beautiful to me and the fact someone loved someone enough to paint it here, who knows how long it has been here testifying to their love.
I enhanced the warm colors of the stone and used vignette to frame it and bring your eyes right up to focus on the heart.
As the Rockaway River winds through it, Grace Lord Park provides a variety of recreational activities including hiking, birding, and fishing in addition to a fountain, playground, swings, and landmark gazebo. Boonton Falls is perhaps its most unique attraction which, according to the town’s web site, is rivaled only by the Great Falls of Paterson. Like Paterson, the fall line generated water power and attracted industry. No active industry remains at this site but there are historical ruins to discover, and the Rockaway River still rushes over a dam, down a steep gorge to Boonton Falls and beyond.