American Snout on Pepperbush at Double Trouble State Park

American Snout on Pepperbush

Double Trouble State Park

Ocean County NJ

July 2021

I did not expect to stumble across this uncommon butterfly while walking near the Cedar Creek!

Learn more about the American Snout butterfly – https://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/american_snout.html

Free Purple Coneflower Seed Giveaway!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, Elizabeth D Kay Environmental Center, Chester, New Jersey

The Spring Real Estate Market Is Blooming!

I have free purple coneflower (echinacea) seed packets to give out. Coneflowers have beautiful blooms and are a great food source for birds butterflies and other pollinators.

Let me know if I can get you a complimentary purple coneflower seedpacket!

*no purchase necessary, the value of this giveaway is below $5 and does not constitute a sweepstakes
**available to all local North Jersey residents, you must be available for local pickup.
***while supplies last

Dave Blinder
eXp Realty
dave@daveblinder.com
973-727-2037 (c)
862-202-6210 (o)

Squash Bee Image For Penn State Agricultural

The History of Penn State's Nittany Lion Logo

Great news, my image of a Squash Bee (taken 2014 in Lafayette, Sussex County NJ) has been selected for inclusion in a Penn State Agricultural brochure on pollination.

It is important to accurately label and identify your nature photography subjects because you never know who is looking! My image was found on my old Flickr site.

Black Racer at Belleplain State Forest

Black Racer at Belleplain State Forest
Cape May County, New Jersey


This small-ish snake was laying in wait approximately 3 feet up from the ground. The racer kept an eye on me thought it did not flee while I setup my tripod for a few shots.


More info on the Northern Black Racer – https://www.virginiaherpetologicalsociety.com/reptiles/snakes/northern-black-racer/northern_black_racer.php
Visit Belleplain State Forest – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/belle.html

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Troy Meadows, Parsippany NJ


A common local dragonfly but I find them also showy.


As reported on wikipedia the Twelve-spotted Skimmer is found on all contiguous 48 states of the USA – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-spotted_skimmer

Swallowtail on New York Ironweed at Kittatinny Valley State Park

Swallowtail on New York Ironweed at Kittatinny Valley State Park
Sussex County, New Jersey


An 18-150mm handheld zoom lens, manual exposure, patience, luck, and direct sunlight were the ingredients in this recipe. The goal was to showcase the colorful Ironweed blooms in front of the landscape at KVSP.


More info on New York Ironweed – https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=VENO


Visit Kittatinny Valley State Park – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html


Canon M5 mirrorless camera + EOS 18-150mm EF-M zoom lens

Seaside Dragonlet at Cattus Island

Seaside Dragonlet
Cattus Island County Park, Toms River NJ
Learn more about the Seaside Dragonlet – https://njodes.org/Pages/SpeciesAccount.aspx?id=459
Learn more about Cattus Island County Park – https://youtu.be/KSS0HXT2r_8

Five-lined Skink in Morris County NJ

Five-lined Skink
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Rockaway Twp, NJ
More info on the Five-lined Skink – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plestiodon_fasciatus

Eastern Garter Snake at Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve NJ

Eastern Garter Snake

Johnsonburg Swamp Preserve in Warren County New Jersey

To me seeing a snake in a nature area is one possible indicator of a healthy ecosystem. I am always happy to know that wildlife has a place to do its thing and that our human health also correlates to functioning ecosystems. Clean air and clean water does not grow in (most) cities.

Least Skipper on Milkweed

Least Skipper on Milkweed
Troy Meadows, Parsippany NJ
Learn more about Least Skippers – https://www.naba.org/chapters/nabanj/butterflies/least_skipper.html