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Summer Has Arrived! | New Jersey Landscape Photographer July 3, 2009

Summer Has Arrived!


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Greener Pastures May 25, 2009

“…He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake….” -Scottish Metrical Psalms

This was taken on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC, close to where my father lived.  I was driving home one night and pulled over on the side of the road to capture it.  I left the telephone wires in intentionally, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really wanted to keep them in.   I can’t explain why exactly…but maybe it’s because I wanted to remember it how it really was:  Quiet Rural life with luxuries that we all seem to need in the times that we live in?

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Blue Skies at the Kitty Hawk Dunes February 8, 2009

This week I needed a little distraction from the work I was doing so I dove into some unedited photos from my trip to Outer Banks back in Aug/Sept of this year.
The photos below were taken in the Kitty Hawk Dunes. The sky was AMAZING that day.  So blue…and a polarizer doesn’t hurt either! If you don’t have one for shooting the sky…get one!
I can’t even describe what it’s like to climb dunes this tall and then walk around inside of them.   The silence you experience while you’re in the dunes is amazing.
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The dunes are famous for hang gliding:

Honestly, I could have stayed there for hours but I dragged my poor mom around enough so I took the photos I wanted and we headed to our next destination that day.

Mom in the Dunes
Mom in the Dunes…
This is me doing my own impersination of Titanic on top of the Dunes (taken by my mom)
If you’ve never seen or heard about these dunes do a search for “Kitty Hawk Dunes” on youtube.com and take a look at some of the videos people have posted.

 

Wonderland February 3, 2009

I purposely brought my camera with me to work today when I saw the snow that was falling this morning when I left for work.

It was majestic…beautiful…simply breathtaking!

I adore the tree highlighted below.  I’m not sure I can explain my fascination with trees but I saw this one last year and I knew I had to find a way to capture it how I imagined.  When I photographed it last winter it was a rainy winter day rather than snowy.  Today I got exactly what  I wanted!

I was probably quite the sight for any passers by that may have seen me.  I was in my nice work clothes, long coat with a furry hood and my big snow boots.  I had to pull into a sharp turn around a corner in an area that says no trespassing, stop at the chained off road, and walk all the way down the hill to get to the tree.    Click HERE for a photo taken 3/4 of the way back to my car.  Too bad I couldn’t get one of me trudging through the snow!  LOL

Click HERE to see the tree captured last winter and the story if how I found it.  

I’d like to capture it in all seasons if I can.

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This is a favorite of mine from the day.  I just thought it was a very different perspective.


This is from another stop on the same road.  I love this roadway and tree as well.  Too bad this is another area that says no trespassing. I’d love to see more of it.

 

Santa Rosa Plateau – Panoramic December 26, 2008

On the day that Heather & I did our Strobist shoot (mentioned in the previous post) in the Santa Rose Plateau, I had a minute in between so I shot a few photos (with the intention of doing a panoramic) before the sun set completely.

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39400 CLINTON KEITH RD. MURRIETA CA.

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County, near the city of Murrieta.

The Reserve consists of 8,300 acres and protects unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie and vernal pools.

Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy the oldest standing structures in Riverside County that once served as bunkhouses for cowboys dating back to 1846. These two adobe structures remain shaded by a 400 year old tree and separated by a relaxing, one-of-a-kind, picnic area.

 

Drive-by Shootings With My Mother August 11, 2008

This is Part II of my Friday off from work and hanging out with my Mom and our day’s adventure.

On the way home from lunch in Princeton we stopped at the Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston, NJ

While the Continental Congress met in Princeton, Rockingham Historic Site served as General George Washington’s final Revolutionary War headquarters for almost three months in 1783. In November 1783 Washington received the long awaited news – the Treaty of Paris had been signed, and the thirteen colonies were indeed independent of Great Britain.

For eight years Washington had served his country in the American Revolution, and as one of his last official acts, at Rockingham wrote the Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States, delivered to Newburgh, New York.

Also known as the Berrien Mansion, the original two rooms of the farmhouse were built between 1702 and1710. Enlarged into a grander home in the 1760’s by Judge John Berrien, the house and grounds are preserved and interpreted as the temporary residence of George and Martha Washington. Physically relocated three times since 1896, Rockingham Historic Site maintains a fine collection of 18th century furnishings, Children’s Museum and Colonial kitchen garden.

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Below is my Mom patiently waiting for me, holding my filters, while I snapped some photos of the Berrian Mansion fence line which you’ll see below.

This fence surrounds the whole property of Rockingham and I loved all the lines so I found the perfect spot to take this along the road side.

As we were driving home from Kingston I spotted the top of red barn out of the corner of my eye.  I think I have an eagle eye when it comes to old barns!  As soon as I spotted it I needed to stop and check it out…so I found somewhere to turn and got out of the car to shoot it while mom waiting in the car.

As I was photographing the red barn I caught Mom taking this photo of me with her cell phone camera through my dirty car window…(not my best angle. LOL!)

Then I spotted her in the car sending the photo (above) to my Aunt.  Guess she thinks driving by shootings are funny too! 🙂

I love barns and even though I couldn’t see much of it I liked that I could see the red peeking out with AMAZING clouds overhead.

I took the 2 photos below with the 18-200VR.  I wish I popped on the 12-24 but I was on the side of the road and hurrying!!

They came out even better than I imagined it would.  I love them!

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I also decided to try processing the photo above with a texture to give it a whole different feel.  What do you think?

Our last stop was at the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve:

The Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve is in the Stonybrook-Millstone watershed.  The trail system in the Griggstown area covers 376 acres, but these trails connect to other trails that transverse the entire length of the  685 acre Ten Mile Run Greenway.  The northern border of much of the property is bounded by Simonson Brook, with Coppermine Road as the southern boundary.  The site contains both 102 acres of open fields and 583 acres of woodland.  Historically the fields were row crops but more recently the property was used as a horse farm.

My mom snapped this of me setting up my tripod through the open car window with my point & shoot camera:

The photos below are what I was shooting when my mom snapped the photo above.  I shot them with the 12-24 Tokina.  Can you BELIEVE the sky? I could not and I still can’t!

I love the little bench on the left…empty benches appeal to me for some reason.  I also love the pathway.  If I see a path I must photograph it! 🙂

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A minute or two after taking this photo the skies opened up and rain poured down like crazy.

I didn’t care if I got wet but I did care if “the gun” (my camera) did!

We ran to the car, I got the camera put away, and mom closed all the windows and the sunroof in the car and we headed home. What a mini adventure!

 

 

The Night Sky November 9, 2007

Haven’t been taking the Nikon to work because it’s been too dark when I leave but today when I left about 5:15 I looked up at the sky and noticed how beautiful it was!

Pulled over on the side of the road at my favorite place on the way home for skyscapes and took this with the Canon Powershot I carry with me for EMERGENCY PHOTO OPS!

More of my skyscapes can be found here: http://jenweaverphotography.smugmug.com/photos/219158339-L.jpg