NJ Pinelands

Romancing The Swamp – Part 2

2017-05-19T10:36:23-04:00March 29th, 2014|

Atlantic White Cedars in the New Jersey Pine Barrens This is the second of a two-part post on the strangely beautiful Atlantic White Cedar swamps in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. As stated in my previous post, these trees grow in dense swamps by the sides of waterways and play a vital role in filtering water and protecting the riverbanks from erosion. [...]

Is it Really Real?

2017-05-19T10:36:28-04:00September 26th, 2013|

Full Moon On the Bog by Richard Lewis 2013 This is another photograph made during the full moon rise in the NJ Pine Barrens. (See my previous post) The difference between this image and the one in my last post is a little slight of hand. Observing the landscape while waiting for the moon to rise I saw two images [...]

An Inspiration From 1854

2017-05-19T10:36:29-04:00September 4th, 2013|

Batona Trail in Late Summer by Richard Lewis 2013 Wood Scene by Asher Durand 1854 Recently I saw this painting (Right) by Asher Durand, a 19th century landscape painter. It was part of a series of he created called “Sketch In The Woods.” This painting shows a quiet forest scene. There are no grand mountains or roaring rivers, [...]

Tranquility on a Bombing Range

2017-05-19T10:36:29-04:00August 26th, 2013|

Warren Grove Cedars This peaceful and idyllic scene is a rare old growth cedar swamp located in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. It also happens to be on the not so peaceful Warren Grove Bombing Range. Air National Guard pilots bomb and strafe targets on a small area of this 9000 acre range. The rest is kept in its natural [...]

On Goshen Pond

2017-05-19T10:36:30-04:00May 24th, 2013|

Goshen Pond This image of an iconic stand of dead cedar trees is in the middle of Goshen Pond. This pond, with stands of dead trees along its banks is a scene that plays out frequently along New Jersey Pine Barrens waterways . On a morning like this it almost looks other worldly. I'm a big fan of artist Andrew [...]

Photography as a Group Effort

2017-05-19T10:36:40-04:00February 25th, 2013|

Along Deep Run Creek Atsion Forge Reclaiming History, Hamton Forge Fallen Cedar After the Fire I’ve have not been out with a group of photographers taking pictures since I was a freelance photojournalist years ago. Now, as a landscape photographer I find that the solitude of being alone in the woods gives [...]

Leave it to Beaver

2017-05-19T10:36:40-04:00January 4th, 2013|

Beaver Dam and Lodge In the New Jersey Pinelands, when the small creeks and tributaries start to widen into ponds it usually means beavers. Beaver’s, like humans, change the environment to meet their needs. They dam the streams, which create the pools that provide what they need to live. I found this dam on a hike and liked that the [...]

The New Jersey Pinelands, An Acquired Taste

2017-05-19T10:36:41-04:00December 5th, 2012|

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 [...]