Lake Arrowhead Dock in Fog

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Lake Arrowhead Dock in Fog

Denville, New Jersey

By using a wide angle interchangeable lens I was able to draw in the foreground greenery to add some embellishing to this image.  A good landscape image is all about carefully and knowingly layering the components.

Morning Photography at Cape Island WMA in Cape May County

Morning adventures at Cape Island Wildlife Management Area

Very scenic and tranquil area off of a Cape May backroad (see map screenshot). I drove to the end of Cresse Lane to get here. The dirt road access is very rutted up so proceed with caution. The area looks like it is mostly used for hunting and as a swimming hole. Very nice meadow section which appears to be a former pasture. A migratory Kestrel flew off as I entered the meadow.

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A historic (and beautiful Cresse house) is just before the WMA on this street. It looks like the Cresse family has been in Cape May for a long time https://www.capemay.com/blog/2009/11/whalers-the-link-to-our-past/

Magnolia in Bloom

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Magnolia in Spring
 
 
I normally walk around the pond and nature trails at Fairview for photography but this roadside opportunity was even easier to shoot. Positioning the wide angle lens close to the blossoms set the stage for a dramatic perspective.
 
Canon 10-18mm + Canon SL2

Trail in Winter

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Trail in Winter

Tourne County Park, Morris Count NJ

Visit the Tourne – https://www.morrisparks.net/index.php/parks/tourne-county-park

Sigma 17-50mm + Canon SL2

Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch 9/23/2017

A few quick views from one of my favorite local vistas.

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Photographer taking a shot of NYC in the distance. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.

The Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area Hawk Watch also serves as an unofficial community center for nature observation and study.

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International Hawk Week banner. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.

A great service to the public has been provided by Bill Gallagher and more recent NJ Fish&Wildlife Volunteers. Bill will be missed.

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Volunteer Frank Bundy tallies passing raptors. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.

These giving folks greet newcomers to the hawkwatch and provide birdwatching knowledge and tips to all.

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Visitors come to discuss migration. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.

The volunteers also provide raptor migration data sheets to NJF&W and other wildlife monitoring organizations.

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Visitors take in the panoramic view. Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch, September 2017, photo by Dave Blinder.

Visit the Wildcat Ridge WMA Hawk Watch this Fall. Parking is available at the far end of Upper Hibernia Road in Rockaway Twp NJ. Ascend the gravel road on foot 6/10 of a mile before turning for Hawk Watch access. Bring binoculars, water, and a snack.

Visit the WCR Enhancement Website for more detailed visitor information.

Patriots’ Path at Troy Meadows

A virtual tour via cell phone photographs of the Patriots’ Path within Troy Meadows Natural Area.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

The gravel parking lot is located on South Beverwyck Road in Parsippany New Jersey.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

A wooden kiosk in the parking area lets visitors know they have arrived at Troy Meadows Natural Area.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

The blue blaze travels beyond a wooden gate from the parking area.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

A small amount of fine gravel lines this part of Patriots’ Path.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

After turning right, the trail is now following a gas pipeline.

Utility easement

Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

A few flowers dot the edge of the gas pipeline.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

Patriots’ Path turns left and diverts from the gas pipeline.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

The trail now runs along tall high tension electrical lines.  Red-tailed Hawks often sit atop these towers.

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Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

Looking at the electrical towers. By following these, one gets nearer to the center of the marsh at Troy Meadows. I head that way in winter to view Northern Harriers.

BLU Life One X2 HDR Photography

Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

Patriots’ Path now heads into a wooded area and will lead out by Troy Road near the border of Hanover Township not far from East Hanover.

New Jersey Woods

Virtual Tour of Patriots Path at Troy Meadows. Photos and words by Dave Blinder.

I turned around and called it a day because the sun was setting. There is much more of Troy Meadows to explore.

All photos taken on my Blu Life One X2 cell phone with the camera set to HDR mode.  Click above to purchase from my Amazon affiliate link. For ~$200 this 1.4ghz processor and 16 megapixel camera were a good value to me. I have been relying on this unlocked cellular phone for months.

Any questions on Troy Meadows, this trail, or the photographs? Just ask.

“The Landscapes of New Jersey” at Whippanong Library

My broad photography collection of New Jersey natural landscapes is currently on display at the Whippanong Library in Hanover Township, New Jersey.  I am very proud of these pieces as I feel it is some of my strongest work yet.  “The Landscapes of New Jersey” is my interpretation of the various natural terrains and views to be found throughout the entirety of my home state.  It is my hope that all of the views are both flattering and dramatic while also remaining honest recordings of natural history.

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I am excited to provide a walking tour of my exhibit at the Whippanong Library this Thursday, 02/25/2016, at 7PM.  I hope to discuss the ecological value and significance of the New Jersey landscapes encompassed by my exhibit.  There is a great deal of outdoor recreation to be found in this state if we seek it out.  I hope to encourage attendees to do just that.  The tour and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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All framed and signed pieces are available for sale.  20% of all proceeds will go directly to the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey to help safeguard our local natural resources.  Custom prints and sizes are also available.

 

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Whippanong Library is located at
1000 NJ-10, Whippany, NJ 07981

Please direct all press and sales inquiries to daveblinderphotography@gmail.com