Exploring Cattus Island County Park in Toms River NJ

Exploring Cattus Island County in Toms River, NJ

Located just 6 miles from Seaside Heights, Cattus Island is a great nature retreat on your visit to the Jersey Shore. With a nicely developed trail system this Ocean County New Jersey Park is perfect for stretching your legs and/or nature study.

Learn more about Cattus Island County Park – https://www.oceancountyparks.org/frmRegContentPrks?ID=0751673c-9513-4ecc-8f3e-3e65b0f2ec45

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Heislerville Before The Storm, Part I

Before The Storm, Part I

Before The Storm, Part I

Heislerville WMA
Cumberland County NJ
October 2021

The stark dead trees along Thompson Beach Road contrasted strongly with the late morning sky.

Read more about Heislerville WMA – https://njaudubon.org/wp-content/wildlife/DelawareBayshoreTrails/Sites/tabid/440/Scope/site/Guide/DELBAYSH/Site/25/Default.html

Chicken of The Woods

Chicken of the Woods
Four Birds Trail
Newfoundland NJ

More information on the Chicken of the Woods mushroom – https://www.wildernesspioneers.co.uk/chicken-of-the-woods-laetiporus-sulphureus/

Explore the Four Birds Trail – https://www.njhiking.com/best-hikes-in-nj-four-birds-trail/

Spring Peeper at Splitrock Reservoir

Spring Peeper
Splitrock Reservoir
Morris County NJ
October 2021

More info on Spring Peepers – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_peeper

Clouds over Hyper Humus Marsh

Clouds over Hyper Humus Marsh
Paulinskill WMA
Lafayette, NJ
September 2021

I’ve been waiting for a dynamic sky to photograph this isolated limestone boulder for at least 2 years. I liked how the small clouds on the left and right sides of the frame lit up a little from sunlight for this frame.

Visit Hyper Humus Marsh – https://goo.gl/maps/bVWXZoorcVs2XunZ7

Rainbow Over Hyper Humus Marsh

Rainbow Over Hyper Humus Marsh
Lafayette NJ
September 2021

A large vivid rainbow (and a partially visible double rainbow) appeared in between showers this morning. The vivid colors dissipated just as quickly as they had appeared.

Canon EOS M5 + EFM 11-22mm lens

Eastern Box Turtle in Northern New Jersey

Eastern Box Turtle
Ringwood NJ
September 2021

The best way to “capture” wildlife is to snap a picture, do not bring animals indoors or home with you. Removing wildlife even temporarily from their habitat can impair their survival skills.

Northern Walkingstick in NJ

Northern Walkingstick
Appalachian Trail
Blairstown NJ
September 2021

More info on the Northern Walkingstick – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_walkingstick

Clouds Over Dunes – Cape May

Clouds Over Dunes
Cape May
September 2009

Still my favorite landscape of one of my favorite escapes. I’ve been trying to recreate this shot with a newer camera for about 10 years without much success so far. The fencing and dunes have drifted dramatically since the creation of this image in 2009.

Lisa and I are looking forward to our annual retreat to Cape May in October.

Canon xti + 10-22mm lens

Red Admiral Butterfly at Washington Valley Park NJ

Red Admiral butterfly on Tree Trunk
Washington Valley Park
Somerset County NJ
August 2021

Taken with wide angle lens the goal of this capture was to isolate the perched butterfly set against the forested green background.

Pileated Woodpecker Pair in Denville NJ

Pileated Woodpecker Pair
Denville NJ
September 2021

On a recent morning walk around the block in Lake Arrowhead I came across Mr & Mrs Woodpecker spiraling their ways around the base of a tree. In my experience, Pileateds may tolerate a close approach by a stealthy photographer.

This was a challenging shot in order to freeze the action of two moving birds in the shade. This lucky exposure occurred at 1/60th of a second which is a chance occurrence for handholding a telephoto lens.

Cell phone video of these Pileated Woodpeckers can be seen here – https://www.facebook.com/daveblinderphotography/posts/1983099445196194