Nature walk at New Jersey Audubon’s Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature walk at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary

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.

Plan your visit to the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary – https://njaudubon.org/centers/scherman-hoffman-wildlife-sanctuary/

Morning Rays on Sunrise Mountain Road

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.

Visit Stokes State Forest – https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/stokes.html

Strader Pond Preserve, Sussex County NJ

Nice place for a nature walk or to go birding.

Learn more about Strader Pond Preserve https://www.nj.gov/dep/njnlt/straderspond.htm

Common Nighthawk in New Jersey Pinelands

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Common Nighthawk
 
Brendan T Byrne State Forest, New Jersey
 
This bird moved from the forest floor to a tree while I was photographing butterflies elsewise I would never have noticed it!
 
 

Solomon’s Seal at Buckhorn Creek WMA NJ

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Solomon’s Seal and Skunk Cabbage
 
Buckhorn Creek Wildlife Management Area, Warren County NJ
 
More info on Solomon’s Seal – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygonatum
 

Where In NJ Can I Hike During Coronavirus Pandemic?

Morning Walk at Sparta Mountain Wildlife Management Area

NJ WMAs remain open during the #coronavirus #pandemic

Google “NJ WMAs” to find your nearest open space.

Get out and relax your kind and stretch your legs. Please don’t congregate or litter.

spartanj #njstateparks #njdep #njhiking #sussexcountynj @newjerseystateparks

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Pine Trees and Parking Area at Jonathan’s Woods
 
Morris County New Jersey
 
Old Beach Glen Road in the foreground, Beaver Brook snaking through the midground, Christ Church on Green Pond Road beyond. This is our primary parking area for Jonathan’s Woods.
Learn more about Jonathan’s Woods – http://powww.org
 
Phantom 3 Professional Drone
FAA Part 107 Exempt Certified Unmanned Aircraft Pilot

Tripod Rock

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Tripod Rock
 
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, Morris County, New Jersey
 
Tripod Rock is the most often photographed feature of this park and a formation which I rarely photograph. It is my opinion that creating dynamic nature images of rock formations is quite challenging.
 
Learn more about Tripod Rock – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripod_Rock

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Highlands Trail Overlook
 
Allamuchy Mountain State Park, New Jersey
 
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.
 
 
Park at the Sussex Branch Trail – https://goo.gl/maps/LE5HkUJjbzNDuPbJ8