Hiking The Eldora Nature Preserve in Cape May County NJ
Encompassing over 900 acres of open space in the southernmost New Jersey Pinelands, Eldora Preserve in the town Delmont is the home of The NJ Nature Conservancy’s Southern Field Office. The hiking trails meander through salt marsh, forest, and vernal ponds.
I consider Double Trouble “the gateway drug to the Pinelands”. The park is very close to the Garden State Parkway (exit 77) and the trails are very visitor friendly. The diversity of wildlife, plants, and scenery is quite remarkable at this gem of a natural area.
Wharton State Forest, Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey July 2018
Not staged photographs, these are arboreal (tree dwelling) snakes that spend their time hunting for insects and spiders. This snake was extremely docile and tried its hardest to ignore the photographer (me) shoving a camera lens into its perch.