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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Hoary Elfin in Whiting NJ

Hoary Elfin
Whiting WMA
Ocean County NJ
May 2022

With an approximate wingspan of 1” these tiny Spring butterflies are quite a challenge to fill the frame with.

Read more about the Hoary Elfin – https://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/hoary_elfin.html

Osprey in Denville NJ

Osprey
Denville NJ
May 4, 2022

I was not expecting to see an Osprey perched above #Denville Park Meadows today. Hopefully this bird catches a few trout en route to its breeding grounds.

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Rock Pear Mountain in Kinnelon NJ

Rock Pear Mountain
Kinnelon NJ

Morning #njnature hike to a lesser known #MorrisCounty open space. Nice rocky views of the New Jersey Highlands combined with some litter cleanup.

We parked on Miller Drive in Fayson Lakes and hiked in opposite the Green Acres sign post.

Painted Turtles at Great Swamp NWR

Painted Turtles

Great Swamp NWR

New Jersey

April 2022

Taken on a warm spring day, a multitude of Painted Turtles were swimming to and fro near the Sportsmen Blind. Visit Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife Observation Center on Long Hill Road in Gillette New Jersey.

Spotted Turtles In Spring

Spotted Turtles In Spring
Great Swamp NWR
New Jersey
April 2022

I was able to observe the male (left) Spotted Turtle courting the female (right) on the boardwalk nearest the Sportsmen Blind.

Wood Frog calling at Troy Meadows NJ

Wood Frog

Troy Meadows

Parsippany NJ

March 2022

3 photo sequence of a Wood Frog calling.

Troy Brook in Winter 02132022

Troy Brook in Winter

Troy Meadows

Parsippany NJ

2.13.22

Taken on a mild winter morning, I was the first person to lay down footprints in the fresh blanket of snow on a peaceful walk along the Troy Brook.

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View from Point Mountain

View from Point Mountain
Hunterdon County
February 2022

Visit Point Mountain Reservation – https://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ParkAreas/PointMountainCentralSouth/brochure.pdf

Taking the ascending Orange Blaze up Point Mountain and following the Blue Blaze alongside the Musconetcong River made for an intermediate level of hiking with a nice diversity of terrain. The trail mileage of Orange to Blue is approximately 3 miles round trip.

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Winter View of Troy Brook, February 2022

Winter View of Troy Brook, February 2022

Troy Meadows

Parsippany NJ

This morning I set out to Troy Meadows to grab a few aerial shots to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the National Natural Landmarks program. Wildlife Preserves continues to proactively manage Troy Meadows for the benefit of native wildlife.

Learn more about the National Natural Landmark program – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Natural_Landmark

Learn more about Wildlife Preserves Inc – https://www.wildlifepreserves.org

View from Craigmeur Cliffs

View from Craigmeur Cliffs

Newfoundland, New Jersey

February 2022

A winter hike up the rugged Four Birds Trail lead to a brief view of sunbeams above Green Pond.

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