“I believe in everything until it's disproved.
So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons.
It all exists, even if it's in your mind.
Who's to say that dreams and nightmares
aren't as real as the here and now?”
~ John Lennon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dragon of the Pines~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Alcohol Ink on Yupo paper
Without a doubt, the Jersey Devil is by far, the most popular folklore legend in New Jersey. The earliest accounts of the creature go back to stories told by Native Americans prior to the White man's settlement here. The Lenape Indians called my home, the NJ Pine Barrens, "Popuessing", meaning "place of the dragon". The pines can be a very eerie place at night indeed. Years ago, a friend and I had a very strange and terrifying encounter which we believe was the Jersey Devil. It's a long story, so I will elaborate on the subject at a later date. Many stories about the Jersey Devil, dragon of the pines, and the strange experience I had makes it hard for me to imagine that there is no truth to it.