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.

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.

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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 –

Spotted Turtle in Morris County NJ

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Spotted Turtle
Morris County, New Jersey
In my experience, Spotted Turtles are sparsely distributed in Northern New Jersey. I recently stumbled on this one and photographed it in Washington Township.