I discovered the NJ Pinelands earlier this year (2018). Ok, they were discovered hundreds of years ago and long before my time. But I found out about them and started exploring them earlier this year. I was immediately hooked - what a stunning area of wilderness right within the most populated area of our country. The Pinelands have been set aside as a National Preserve and they are worth protecting. It is a combination of pines, hardwood trees, sand, marsh, rivers, and wetlands that are incredible to see. If you want to escape the stress of everyday life, spend a day wandering around the trails of the Pinelands.

I have been there hiking and photographing many times this year. Marilyn and I spent an afternoon driving through the sand roads in our new Jeep Trailhawk and we had a great lunch by the Batsto River. Rich and I did a six hour kayak down the Batsto River. I plan to go back many more times.

I also have a short photo essay entitled A Walk in the Wetlands which is a small collection of images from a single morning at the Forsythe NWR which is part of the Pinelands.

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