Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

 Aperture ƒ/2.2  Credit Khürt L. Williams  Camera iPhone 6  Captured 31 October, 2015  Focal length 4.15mm  ISO 32  Shutter speed 1/320s 

My sister-in-law, Falguni, and I have been trying to organize some local hikes. We have many nearby trails in our area. We had planned a for late October but the timing was not right. Last Saturday it rained most of the day and Sunday we had a family event to attend. The sun eventually came out later in the day but by then the ground was soggy so we postponed to today. Bhavana, my nephew Rohan and his grandfather decided to come along as well.

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We decided to walk the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. Bhavana and I had walked it before with the kids and had promised to come back. We walked along the red path toward Mountain Lake. My nephew seemed excited to be outside. He asked a lot of questions about where we were going and what he would see.

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The park is a 75-acre natural area located just outside Princeton. Access to the park is via Mountain Avenue which is just off Bayard Lane/Van Horne Road when coming via Route 206. The park is a favorite for family walks, birding, and fishing. In the early 1980s it was purchased by Princeton Township and is preserved as open space. The preserve has two lakes one of which is pictured above.

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Bhavna and her sister.
 Aperture ƒ/2.2  Credit Khürt L. Williams  Camera iPhone 6  Captured 31 October, 2015  Focal length 4.15mm  ISO 32  Shutter speed 1/220s 

I brought my Nikon D5100 with me along with my Manfrotto tripod but after a few captures I realized I preferred snapping images with my iPhone 6. Setting up the tripod and composing the shot took time. It was quick to pull out my iPhone 6, slide up to activate the camera, and snap! Eventually I just carried the tripod on my shoulder and captured all these images with my iPhone.

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My nephew looking for adventure.
 Aperture ƒ/2.2  Credit Khürt L. Williams  Camera iPhone 6  Captured 31 October, 2015  Focal length 4.15mm  ISO 125  Shutter speed 1/490s 

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When my nephew and his grandfather sat down on the bench to take a break from walking, I immediately thought about what capturing an image that told a story about a boy and his grandfather. It was only later at home while reviewing the images in Lightroom that I realized that my nephew was holding a leaf.

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My nephew enjoying a moment with his grandfather.
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