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Macro Moments Challenge #34 - Spring had Sprung

lichen, spring, sourland mountain

Macro Moments was created by avid macro photographer Susan Gutterman to share the beauty of macro photography and learn from other photographers. A new challenge begins on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The winner’s photo may be featured on her blog and used as the banner in the announcement for the next challenge. Susan Gutterman has invited me to participate in a bi-weekly Macro Moments photography challenge. If I may paraphrase Susan, Macro Moments is a place…

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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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The Rock Brook in December

Skillman, New Jersey, Rock Brook

I shot these as part of one of my Arcanum Cohort assignments to level up. The Rock Brooks looks very stark in winter compared to spring. While I wanted to try the technique of using the polarizing filter as shown in Lisa Bethany's video, I don't own a polarizing filter. But I do own a 9 stop Neutral Density (ND) filter which I've used a few times before. I watched a lot of videos (about 30 minutes) in the Grand…

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The Rock Brook was dry

I had no idea how little rainfall we had in New Jersey this summer until I took a trip out to the Rock Brook in Skillman. I wanted to get some long exposures images of the water I normally see flowing in the brook but my wife wanted to pick up our produce from the Honey Brook CSA. I promised her that we could get my photography done, stop in at 365 Grandview for the Montgomery Friends of Open Space…

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Rock Brook

I drove to 360 Grandview around 8:30 AM and walked around for an hour enjoying the peace and quiet. The recent rains added some "life" to the stream so I used my Neutral Density filter and a trip to get some "white water" photos. But these photos were not taken at the Rock Mill Preserve. These were taken along Hollow Road just north of Camp Meeting Avenue. I pulled the car over, grab my camera, ND filter, and tripod, and…

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