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

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

Black Rat Snake at Stokes State Forest

Black Rat Snake
Stokes State Forest
Sussex County NJ
April 2021

This snake all but ignored me while I snapped away with my wide angle lens. Don’t try this with rattlesnakes.

Shawangunk Outcrops at High Point State Park

Shawangunk Outcrops

High Point State Park

Sussex County NJ


04.22.21

The brisk temperatures in northernmost New Jersey kept away the park visitors at High Point. I even spotted a few snow flurries during my visit.

Winter Birding at Barnegat Light NJ

Winter Birding 2021 at Barnegat Light NJ

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on the northern tip of Long Beach Island is one the most popular winter wildlife viewing spots in the Mid-Atlantic. Birdwatchers come from many miles to admire the Harlequin Ducks, Purple Sandpipers, Eiders, Scoters, and Mergansers.

Plan your visit to “Old Barney” – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

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Common Eider at Barnegat Light NJ

Common Eider

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
New Jersey

The birds nearest to the jetty this morning were mostly Common Eiders and also Harlequin Ducks.

More info on Common Eiders – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Eider/overview

Visit Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html

Higbee Beach WMA

Higbee Beach WMA
Cape May, NJ
September 2020

As soon as I came across this scene I visualized a composition similar to the classic Death Valley imagery of Racetrack Playa.

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

Dusk at South Cape May Meadows

Dusk at South Cape May Meadows
Cape May, NJ in Sept 2020


A few minutes after sunset the sky above the refuge’s waterfowl briefly alit with hues of pink and orange.
Plan your visit to the South Cape May Meadows – https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/south-cape-may-meadows/