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Dave Blinder Nature Photography Blog

  • 01.01.2022 Hog Pen

    01.01.2022 Hog Pen

    Jonathan’s Woods

    Denville NJ

    Sony A7R3 + Tokina 20mm

  • Bay of Deep Waters – Denville NJ

    Bay of Deep Waters
    Denville NJ

    A wintery view near the border of Denville Twp and Mountain Lakes in Morris County.

  • Old Barney in Morning Light

    Old Barney

    Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

    Long Beach Island, New Jersey

  • Hollowed Tree at Jonathan’s Woods

    Hollowed Tree
    Jonathan’s Woods
    Denville NJ

    A wide angle and intimate shot near Hog Pen seemed to “animate the emotions” of this tree to me.

    What do you see?

    Tokina 20mm + Sony A7R3

  • 01.03.22 Lake Arrowhead Sunset

    A quick evening iPhone shot grabbed on a weeknight jog around our lake in Denville NJ.

    I wish I had my Sony A7R3 camera on me instead!

  • 86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

    86th Annual Boonton Area Christmas Bird Count

    Boonton Township / Boonton Town 

    At approximately 6AM, a portion of the group headed outside in hopes of detecting things that go “hoot in the night”. By 7AM the rest of our group rendez-voused at Kincaid Woods on Powerville Rd.

    Full roster of birders:

    Dave Blinder 

    Nora ORourke

    Michael Leone

    Rick Sedivec

    Rick Miles

    Jeff Scheidecker

    Luke Franke from National Audubon

    Doug Ensel

    Shayna Marchese

    Hotspots visited:

    Rockaway Valley Four Corners

    Kincaid Woods 

    Deer Lake

    Masar Field


    RVA Fields

    Rockaway River / Morris Canal

    Gracelord Park 

    Full eBird checklist –

    Northern Flicker at Kincaid WoodsNorthern Flicker @ Kincaid Woods House Finch at Kincaid WoodsHouse Finch @ Kincaid Woods Eastern Bluebird at Deer LakeBluebird at Deer Lake Great Blue Heron at Deer Lake Red-tailed Hawk at Gracelord Park Birders a’birding Luke captures the morning light The posse @ Kincaid Woods Nora scans the treelike Jeff shows the wingspan of a Turkey Vulture
  • December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir

    December Morning at Round Valley Reservoir
    Hunterdon County New Jersey

    The best weather for landscape photography is nearly always scattered clouds and yesterday was no exception. I left my house amid the dark predawn hours in hopes of “striking gold” with a vivid morning sky and ended up getting rewarded.

    Here is a video on the creation and controversy surrounding the creation of Round Valley Reservoir –

    Visitation and hiking information for Round Valley Recreation Area –

  • Palisades Cliffs and Hudson River

    Palisades Cliffs and Hudson River, Alpine New Jersey, December 2021

    This photo was taken during a recent hike of the Giant Stairs which is not for the fainted hearted.

    The Stateline Lookout Area located on the Palisades Interstate Parkway is a nice roadside attraction to view these impressive cliffs. I also recommend a stop inside the Stateline Lookout Cafe.

  • 12.15.2021 Lake Arrowhead


    Lake Arrowhead

    Denville NJ

    A vivid morning sky was enough motivation for me to sprint out to the backyard to grab a few shots.

    Canon M50 + EF-M 15-45mm

  • November 2021 at Tourne County Park

    November 2021 at The Tourne

    Tourne County Park
    Morris County NJ
    Canon EOS M5 + EF-M 11-22mm lens

    Vivid morning sun glinted on a few distant trees as the morning fog burned off of Rattlesnake Swamp at Tourne County Park.

    Visit Tourne County Park –

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