Shop Local is Good, But is Photograph Local Better?
Between commitments and our annual family reunion occurring during Thanksgiving, I decided to challenge myself and spend a week only creating photography in the New Jersey Pinelands. My self-imposed limits were to shoot within a 20 minute drive from my home and to hike no more than 1 mile after I got to a location.
To do this with a house full of guests required a little bit of strategy. For example, an afternoon scouting mission was disguised as a family hike. In addition, most of these photographs were made early in the morning before late rising family members even thought about getting out of bed.
I hope you enjoy the results of my little trip to the New Jersey Pinelands as much as I did.
Here are the results…
I hope all of you who celebrate Thanksgiving had a great one.
Thank you Hien. I really appreciate your compliment.
Exquisite color and detail, Rich. I keep coming back to study and enjoy each image.
Thank you! I’m glad you are enjoying these photographs Susan.
Thanks for sharing your photos of the Pinelands. As usual the images are lovely and serene. I am getting too old to go hiking so your pictures give me a view of the Pinelands that I probably would not otherwise see. Thanks.
It is my pleasure to share my photographs. I’m happy you are enjoying them. Thanks for your compliment and for following my blog.
The dawn light is beautiful and you captured it perfectly. I’m a sucker for reflections so those are my favorites.
Thanks Laura. I’m a sucker for reflections myself and fortunately, with all the rain, we have a lot of water and in the early morning it is quite still.
Such beauty so close, you’ve done a wonderful job here Rich!
Thanks Susan, I really appreciate it.
From the first wide shot all way through to the last one… I love this place and I am so glad you feel it too in your compositions!!!!!
The Pines are definitely a very special place, as you know Mike, especially in the quiet early morning.
Excellent!! Where is this in New Jersey?
Thanks. The New Jersey Pinelands occupies about 1 million acres in southern NJ, or South Jersey as we call it. Of that million acres, about a quarter is state forests or owned by private land conservations groups and is left in its natural state. If you ever find yourself in NJ and want a tour, let me know.
I grew up on Long Island, so, I have found myself in New Jersey, but for all those years I don’t remember hearing about the NJ Pinelands. You really capture the beauty of good old Jersey!
Great compositions, Rich. I particularly like Morning Light, Robert’s Branch (named for that branch in the water?), and the Pump House.
Thanks Ralph. I always appreciate your comments. I’m glad you like the Roberts Branch image. The light is more subtle than the others in this set, but I like the solemn mood. Roberts Branch is actually the name of the waterway. There are many tributaries to the rivers in the Pines and they are usually named branches. I also really glad you like the pump house. Normally I avoid them in my work but this one looked so elegant in this particular light.
Excellent challenge and results! You do the Pinelands proud!
Thanks Denise. Did I make you miss the Pines? A little maybe?
Maybe just a little!
What a beautiful countryside, and your exceptional photographs capture it so well…just superb
An interesting challenge to undertake, Richard. And your results are superb.
Thanks Robin. I appreciate your comment. It was an interesting challenge and fortunately the light cooperated most of the time.