The New Jersey Pinelands, An Acquired Taste

The New Jersey Pinelands, An Acquired Taste

I recently joined the Pinelands Photography Group which is a loose affiliation of people who include photography in the New Jersey Pines among their interests. What makes this group so fascinating is the members. There are botanists, wildlife experts, a few landscape artists and a spattering of all sorts of other people. The most interesting thing I’ve learned in this group is how little I know about the Pinelands. I’ve spent years riding, hiking, and paddling around these woods and have created a large portfolio of images. But, I don’t the plant’s names, not sure of the animals and know little about why this area is the way it is.

Every meeting we get to show off some of our images and most of them are straight up photos of plants, animals and bugs. Everyone oohs and ahhs about a rare orchid or a particular bird. Me, I just sit there amazed at how many different types of dragon flies there are. I’m not learning too much about photography but am learning a heck of a lot about photographers who don’t work like I do but work where I do. It is a cathartic experience. The following is a portfolio of recent photographs I’ve made in the Pines. These images are born out of a deepening understanding and appreciation of this landscape. I still don’t know many of the plant and animal names, maybe I’ll learn them someday.

NJ Pinelands Landscape


NJ Pinelands Photography

Frosty Meadow

NJ Pinelands Photography

Cedar Grove

New Jersey Pinelands Photography

Foggy Morning

New Jersey Landscape Photography

End of Fall

Chatsworth Lake New Jersey

Late Fall On Chatsworth Lake

Wading River

Morning By The Wading River

New Jersey Pinelands Photography

Thick Cedar Grove

New Jersey Pinelands Photography

The Random Mess Of A Forest Floor

2017-05-19T10:36:41+00:00December 5th, 2012|4 Comments


  1. MikeP December 6, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply

    Count me as the same Rich… still have trouble with the off roads. Beautiful representation of the area!!!!

    • Rich Lewis December 7, 2012 at 1:51 am - Reply

      Thanks Mike. That means a lot coming from you.

  2. denisebushphoto December 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Fantastic set of Pinelands landscape images! I love the dark woodsy tones you maintained throughout. I think they would provide a genuine picture to someone who has never spent time in the Pines. My favorite is the first, ‘Morning’.

  3. Rich Lewis December 7, 2012 at 1:55 am - Reply

    Thanks Denise. I appreciate your comments. Morning is one of my favorites too. It was one of t hose times when you are lucky to be somewhere when the magic happens and all you have to do is click the shutter release.

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