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

Mule Bridge and Fog at Waterloo Village NJ

Mule Bridge and Fog
Waterloo Village, Byram, New Jersey


On a recent peaceful morning nature walk I was fortunate to capture a bit of fog burning off of the Musconetcong River. Surely this mule bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Northern New Jersey.

FYI – the bridge is slated for replacement – https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/sussex/2019/04/08/waterloo-village-gets-3-million-state-historical-renovations/3375483002/

Hiking at Rockaway River WMA in Jefferson NJ

Join me for a trek into the Rockaway River Wildlife Management Area in #JeffersonNJ

This lesser-traveled NJ parkland offers wildlife viewing opportunities, river fishing, and fairly challenging #njhikes

To learn more about Rockaway River WMA visit – https://www.nynjtc.org/park/rockaway-river-wildlife-management-area

For parking you can try this lot – https://goo.gl/maps/XeXtQt8biEcdqZWeA

Brown Thrasher at Troy Meadows NJ

Brown Thrasher at Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ

This territorial bird popped up to let me know I was intruding near its home turf.

Learn more about the Brown Thrasher – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Thrasher/id

Online Program – Nature Photography in the Florida Everglades and Beyond

Join us Tuesday night for my online program of Nature Photography in the Florida Everglades and Beyond.


https://sclsnj.libnet.info/event/4318515


I’ll give pointers on best time of year to visit the region, great Everglades access points to observe wildlife, and info on how to get off the beaten trail in this hotbed of biodiversity.

Thank you to the Somerset County Library System for allowing me to talk about my passion of nature photography. If you have any questions or comments on photography programming email me at dave@daveblinder.com

American Goldfinch at Troy Meadows

American Goldfinch and Thistle, Troy Meadows, New Jersey

American Goldfinch
2009 at Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ
Taken about 11 years ago this was an unusual photo opportunity as the finch was so preoccupied with thistle seeds I was able to walk as close as I’d like for photographs. It’s not often we can walk up to birds at point blank range to snap pictures.

Learn more about Troy Meadows – https://www.wildlifepreserves.org/preserves/troy-meadows

American Bullfrog at Kittatinny Valley State Park

American Bullfrog


Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County NJ


Visit Kittatinny Valley State Park – https://www.visitnj.org/nj-national-state-parks/kittatinny-valley-state-park

Eastern Box Turtle

Did you know a Box turtle only roams 1 mile its whole life? If it is removed from its area/home then for the rest of its life it will roam aimlessly stressed out… trying to find “home” until it dies a very sad death.
Please do not remove turtles. Do not take them home as pets. If one is injured please mark the exact spot found for the wildlife center. If a turtle is in the road you can help by moving it directly across the street in the direction it was heading. Thank you!
Many people think it is harmless to let their children take home a docile turtle to play with and release it someplace they see appropriate. Please share the knowledge.


http://www.boxturtles.com/box-turtle-conservation/

Groundhog and Pup in NJ

Groundhog and Pup

Bloodgood’s Pond in Union County NJ

May 2020

A rainy afternoon was not looking promising for nature photography until I spied the young Groundhog through my telephoto lens. It was very exciting for me to capture and record this tender moment between mother and child.

Visit Bloodgood’s Pond – https://goo.gl/maps/WpJsQH1AURQbFwrG7