Nature walk at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary
With the easy scenic trails and a diversity of wildlife habitats NJ Audubon in Bernardsville is a great place to stretch your legs. Please note that dogs are not permitted and visitor’s gate closes at 6PM.
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.
I loved the elevated view of the Musconetcong River from this recent hike. It made my trek through the woods very much worth it. By standing behind the 2 foreground trees and utilizing a wideangle lens I was able to simulate a “frame within a frame” technique for the shot.
This was an approximate 3.5 mile round trip hike for me. I parked at the Sussex Branch Trailhead on Waterloo Road, then began ascending the White Trail which seemed to turn to a White/Orange blazed Trail before I made a left-hand turn onto the Teal blaze (Highlands Trail) to this overlook. I didn’t plan on it but wound up hiking the Red Trail back down to the Sussex Trail on my way back to the car.
It is always good to have a freshly charged cell phone with good service as well as a battery back-up charger for tackling a solo hike. I did re-charge my phone mid-hike and utilized the NJ state park map pdf to navigate my return.