Well not literally in my own backyard but pretty darn close. Only minuets from Philadelphia on the Jersey side of the Delaware River are two nature parks offering several miles of hiking trails and a wide variety of wildlife. Either park allows one the opportunity to experience and enjoy the sights and sound of nature.
The first location I will mention is Nature Cove located in Palmyra NJ which has several miles of nature trails. The day I visited this park I encountered quite a few deer, waterfowl and many other species of small birds. I have lived in the South Jersey / Philadelphia area for 40 plus years and I have just recently discovered this surprising wildlife sanctuary only minuets from my home.
The above images were captured at Nature Cove in Palmyra NJ. For more information about this park and a list of events visit www.palmyracove.org Whether you are into nature photography, bird watching or just enjoy walking with nature this is a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Location number two is Amico Island in Riverside NJ. It is actually a small peninsula that sits between the Rancocas Creek and the Delaware River offering views of both waterways. The island is home for deer, red tail hawks, rabbits, great blue herons, as well as many different species of waterfowl and birds.
The images above were captured at Amico Island Park. When I visited the park it was late in the winter but I did manage to see quite a few deer, a great blue heron and some bufflehead ducks on the Delaware River. Unfortunately the buffleheads were just a bit out of range of my camera lens. Being this park offers a abundance of nature loving opportunities I plan on returning in the Spring, possibly with a longer lens. Click here for furhter information about Amico Island Parks.
When visiting either park it is easy to forget how close we are to the buzzing and whirring of our everyday surroundings. That being so is what makes these two parks so special. Either location is a soothing place to escape and relax the body and soul, even if only for an hour or two. Fortunately for those living in this area, these special places are right in our own backyard.
On both of these trips I carried light as I normally like to do. I captured these images using a Pentax K5IIs or K500 with a 16-45mm and 55-300mm zoom lens combination, all shots were hand held.