See How To Help Preserve The Pinelands With Your Photography

Of all the seasons to be photographing the New Jersey Pinelands, summer can be the most challenging. It’s not just the heat or the bugs, the landscape also changes drastically and may not look the same as it does in the other seasons. Plus the long days mean waking up early for 5am sunrises and staying out late when the sun sets around 9pm. Still, there is always beauty no matter when you visit the Pinelands. Here are some of my landscape photographs from this summer.


Morning sunrises and mist create beautiful and peaceful scenes in the Pinelands. With long days, it means getting up very early. Still it is worthwhile to give up a little sleep to be out there experiencing the day’s beginning.

Morning Water Color In The Pine Barrens

Morning Watercolor by Richard Lewis 2018


Pinelands Morning Light

Pinelands Morning Light by Richard Lewis 2018


Late Morning Contrasts in the Pinelands

Late Morning Contrasts by Richard Lewis 2018

Summer Storms

Storm light, the eerie sunlight that filters through storm clouds, has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. This summer, armed with good rain gear, I headed out to photograph storm light in the Pinelands. I may be one of the few people who actually appreciated the unusually rainy summer here in New Jersey.

Storm At Sunset in The Pine Barrens by Richard Lewis 2018

Storm At Sunset by Richard Lewis 2018


Storm Light In The Pine Barrens New Jersey

Storm Light by Richard Lewis 2018


Last Light In The Pinelands With Distant Rain

Last Light With Distant Rain by Richard Lewis 2018


Storm Light On The Old Cabin in the Pine Barrens

Storm Light On An Old Cabin by Richard Lewis 2018


Afternoon and Evening

Late afternoon is another great time to be in the Pinelands watching the day settle down. Every now and then you get treated to a colorful sunset and even a rainbow.

Before a Summer Rain New Jersey Pine Barrens

Before a Summer Rain by Richard Lewis 2018


Late Afternoon in the New Jersey Pine Barrens

Late Afternoon by Richard Lewis 2018


Fiery Sunset Franklin Parker Preserve Pinelands

Fiery Sunset by Richard Lewis 2018


Warren Grove Exploding Sunset Pinelands

Warren Grove Exploding Sunset by Richard Lewis 2018


Rainbow At The Storm's End in the Pine Barrens

Rainbow At The Storm’s End by Richard Lewis 2018



Sometimes the best colors in the sky happen after the sun sets. Even when that doesn’t happen, the solemn and quiet mood of the evening is a peaceful thing to experience.

New Jersey Pine Barrens Twilight Glow

Twilight Glow by Richard Lewis 2018


Twilight Comes New Jersey Pinelands

Twilight Comes by Richard Lewis 2018

Help Preserve The Pinelands With Your Camera!

Environmental adversity isn’t anything new in the Pinelands. This area has survived industrialization in the 18th and 19th centuries and attempted overdevelopment in the 20th and 21st centuries.

One organization whose sole mission is to protect and preserve this special northeastern wilderness is the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA). I am honored to be the volunteer co-chair this year for their Annual Pinelands Photography exhibition. If you have photographed the Pines, enter this exhibition. In addition to being eligible for some of the over $2000 in prizes, it is a chance to support the PPA’s mission to preserve the New Jersey Pinelands by showing just how beautiful the Pines are through your photography.

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