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Rockhopper Trail

Bhavna and I ventured out to another trail in West Amwell Township we have not visited before. This one was a bit odd in that the trailhead starts on private property. We passed an old barn and some cars. It was a bit strange. It had rained the entire week and the trail was more than just soggy; it was "water into your shoe" deep in certain places. Fortunately, Bhavna had worn proper hiking shoes for this adventure and we…

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Isolation Photo Project, Day 10

Last week I ventured into the woods near the Sourland Mountains in search of wildflowers, more specifically hepatica. I didn't find any. The rains on Monday and Tuesday kept me close to home and out of the woods but today I returned to look. I chose a trail, the Rockhopper Trail in Lambertville, where another area resident, Mary Anne Borge, had mentioned seeing them. The trail was muddy and sloshy but Bhavna and I continued along and after 30 minutes…

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Isolation Photo Project, Day 2

Monday's weather put me in a gloomy funk. Today the sun appeared again, but the air was cold. I read a blog post by Mary Anne Borge about her walk on the Rockhopper Trail in West Amwell. Mary Anne encountered birds and plants and wildflowers. She mentioned that the warmer weather may have brought on some early budding and flowering. Normally the native wildflowers will appear in mid to late April in the Mid Atlantic. With a bit of FOMO,…

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Macro Moments Challenge #35 Hepatica

Over the weekend, I went hiking in the Sourland Mountain Preserve and observed numerous wildflowers along the trail. The flower in the post header is Hepatica. Hepatica (Hepatica Nobilis var. obtusa) is a herbaceous perennial native to eastern North America. Once again, I used the Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG but mounted my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I used the 36mm extension tube for most of the shots. With this extension tube and the lens at 48mm,…

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Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hepatica, spring, flower, purple, sourland mountain

This afternoon, Bhavana and I went for another hike in the Somerset County Sourland Mountain Preserve. The hike, a Wildflower Walk, was organised by the Sourland Conservancy Stewards. The hike was led by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC. Jared is a naturalist advisor to the Sourland Conservancy’s Sourland Stewards program. Turn's out we had met Jared's wife Rachel Makow. Rachel led a wild edibles walk through the Rock Mil Preserve two years ago, and we were a part…

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