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  • Snow on Stony Brook

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    Snow on Stony Brook
     
    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. Morris County, NJ
     
    Luckily I was the first person to hit these trails this morning and the snowfall was still pristine at the time.
     
     
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EF-M 11-22mm lens
  • December Snowfall on Cook’s Pond

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    December Snowfall on Cook’s Pond
     
    Denville Township, New Jersey
     
    Taken during last week’s snowfall. I used the pop-up flash on my Canon camera to freeze a few nearby snowflakes as they fell.
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EF-M 11-22mm IS lens
  • Snow on Rock Ridge Lake

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    Snow on Rock Ridge Lake
     
    Denville, New Jersey
    December 2019
     
    The snow was steady at this point of the day. I had about 4 attempts at each shot before the lens was covered in snowflakes and condensation. Luckily my mirrorless camera also has an electronic level which I can utilize through the viewfinder.
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm IS lens
  • December at Speedwell Lake Park

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    December at Speedwell Lake Park
     
    Morristown, New Jersey
     
    Taken during the front end of the recent snowfall.
     
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm IS lens
  • December Morning at Lake Arrowhead

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    December Morning at Lake Arrowhead
     
    Denville, New Jersey
     
    A quick snapshot on my way to refill the bird feeder this morning. Using the back of my camera and the histogram I set a manual exposure to capture the sky detail. The foreground of the image required some subsequent post-processing brightening to round out the scene.
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm IS lens
  • Harlequin Ducks At Rest

    Harlequin Ducks At Rest

    12/2016

    Barnegat Light, NJ

    While two Harlequin Duck hens took a break from the rough Atlantic Ocean, two Ruddy Turnstones approached from the background.

    Tamron 150-600mm VC + Sony A7R + Manfrotto 055XDB tripod

    #njphotography #njwildlife #njnature #njstateparks #newjersey #njbird #jerseybirders

  • Lake Arrowhead and Morning Sky

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    Lake Arrowhead and Morning Sky
     
    11/29/2019
    Denville NJ
     
    This morning I grabbed my mirrorless Canon camera, fumbled with manual settings and shot 2 frames before my lone battery died. I didn’t have enough reaction time to turn the image stabilization on but was fortunate to get a sharp shot at 1/13 of a second.
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm
  • Hibernia Brook in Autumn

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    Hibernia Brook in Autumn
     
    Rockaway Township, New Jersey
     
    Taken off of the Beach Glen Trail within Wildcat Ridge WMA. I particularly liked the symmetry of the reflecting barren tree towards the left of this frame.
     
     
    Canon EOS M50 + EFM 11-22mm
  • Northern Harrier at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

    Northern Harrier

    Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville NJ

    Winter 2009

    “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

    I liked how the silhouetted hawk in flight glided (searching for prey) just above the reeds. I also loved the pink sky tones signaling the end of the day.

  • November Waterfowl at Lake Arrowhead

     

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    November Waterfowl at Lake Arrowhead
     
    Denville NJ
     
    A few long-distance low-light shots out of the window from this morning. I was surprised to see such a high concentration of Hooded Mergansers.
     
    More info on the Hooded Merganser – https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/
     
    This morning’s tally:
    12+ Hooded Mergansers (pictured)
    1 Great Blue Heron (pictured)
    3 Common Mergansers (not pictured)
    20 Mallards (not pictured)
    1 Bufflehead (not pictured)
    1 Ring-billed Gull (not pictured)
    1 Ring-necked Duck (not pictured)
     
    Canon SL2 + Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2
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