Morning Rays on Sunrise Mountain Road Stokes State Forest, Sussex County, New Jersey
This photo was taken on a recent outing. I quickly jumped out of my car to seize the opportunity of morning sunlight piercing through clearing fog in the forest. The good photo opportunities are always fleeting.
Ashokan Reservoir is a massive body of water, now encompassing several condemned hamlets. This area provides drinking water to NYC and the new rail trail provides outdoor activities to many visitors from NJ and NY.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey
Kittatinny Point represents, in my mind, the spirit of outdoor recreation. As a boy I longingly admired these mountains on the way to Poconos camping with my neighbors and their dad. This is the site where in the summers of P.C. (Pre-coronavirus), hundreds of outdoor enthusiasts congregate on kayaks, canoes, and tubes to ride the waters of the Delaware River. Kittatinny Point is also a quick and scenic pulloff to stretch your legs if you are traveling to Pennsylvania on Interstate 80.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Morris County NJ
My goal for this image was include the context of the foreground pine needles, the midground of the water, and background detail including both the treeline as well as the sky. That is a lot of elements to aline for one shot!
Having a scheduled real estate commitment at 7:45AM, I set my alarm for 5:00AM and had my camera bag prepared for a quick start to the day. I took this one successful (to me) landscape image before having a productive workday.
Moral of the story: “Free time is made and not found.”
A view of the flooded beaver pond aka Robert’s Pond at the Ballenger Creek Habitat Enhancement Site off of Route 9. The last time I walked the area the water levels were minimal. I was quite happy to see significant levels of water retention at this quiet natural area.