#njpinebarrens

MOST RECENT

Feeding time this AM.
I always feed the cats who eat in the shed first (Trouble, Domino, Shadow and Orange). Then I prep the food to take out to Shadow’s station, Charlie, Tiggy and the deer.
Apparently, Preggy is trying to become part of the Shed Cat Crew now πŸ™€

I swear if that door was open at the back of the shed, she would have come in to help herself!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #shethinksshesashedcatnow #colonydeer #colonycats #colonycaretaker #catmom #catmommylife #catmomproblems #pineypower #pineylife #njpinebarrens #njpines #njpinelands #whartonstateforest #whitetaildeer #whitetail #catdeer #shethinksshesacat

Well, I'm back in the #njpinebarrens and got a very warm welcome from hundreds of larval mites. Studies do show that ticks and chiggers don't do too well with fire... πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
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#pinelands #pinebarrenscollective #pinebarrens #explore #newjersey #nature #ecology #arthropod #tick #chiggers #mites #seedticks #wtf #hellno #burnthemall

Call me #crepuscular, but I could live in the moments just past the golden hour. #DayIsDone #Twilight #LakeAtsion #PineBarrensMagic #PineBarrensOfNJ #NJPineBarrens

One of the babies is weaning!! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. I think that’s Mama with the baby because Mama is a little afraid of me. Preggy is very social πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ #colonydeer #colonycaretaker #catmommylife #catmom #deermom #whitetaildeer #whitetail #njpinelands #njpinebarrens #pineylife #pineypower #whartonstateforest #mygrandchildren

Would you run for the hills if you happened upon this little fella? Grab a shovel and chop off his head because, what if he's venomous? Cover your eyes in fear and hope it slithers away?
This is a #roughgreensnake and it is primarily an insectivore (not humanivore!) and non-venomous. They are widespread through the #njpinebarrens. They can reach lengths of roughly 32 inchs. They are also great climbers and can camouflage in the blueberry bushes and other surrounding shrubbery making this abundant snake a fairly difficult one to find. Isn't this one so beautiful? #gooutandseestuff #opheodrysaetivus #coldbloodedcuteness

Back on that NJ orchid grind with a trip to the pine barrens where I picked up 2 more species for my life list; Little Ladies Tresses (pictures above) and White Fringed Orchid.

Little Ladies Tresses, Spiranthes tuberosa are a G5S3 species for NJ

#orchid #orchids #nativeorchid #njorchids #njbotany #botany #pinebarrens #njpinebarrens #nature #hiking #ladiestresses #little #flowerphotography #flowers #wildflowers #flora #bloom #picoftheday #adventure

I had to speak quietly so as not to scare the deer. Watch in the back. You will see Tiggy walking through the throng of deer trying to get to her feeding station this morning.
Then watch the bigger fawn in the back. He’s SUPER curious about Tiggy! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜»πŸ¦Œ #pineylife #pineypower #njpinelands #njpinebarrens #colonydeer #colonycats #colonycaretaker #catmommylife #ferallove #feralcatsneedlovetoo #tnrcatsofinstagram #spayyourstray #communitycats #trulyferal #littleone #itty #tigger #tabbylove #tabbycatsofinstagram #eartippedcat #tabbycat #shygirl #stripes

I was #nottresspassing when I heard some movement by the wall. My flashlight met this little dude and his friends! I probably saw about around 50 but they were impossible to photograph with just my cell phone. 😍 so dang adorable right? Thanks for eating all the pest insects my little friend!! #littlebrownbat #gooutandseestuff #njpinebarrens #warmbloodedcuteness

I’m pretty sure these are #serotinous cones of the pitch pine. Pitch pines produce cones that mature on the tree and drop their seeds seasonally, in addition to #serotinouscones that stay closed until heated to a certain temperature by fire. I learned recently too that they will also release their seeds after a very long period of time even if there is no fire. Other pine trees like the long leaf pine produce serotinous cones too. (Correct me if I’m wrong on this being a pitch). #Trifecta #PitchPine #PinusRigida #SerotinousCones #FireEcogy #πŸ”₯ #PineBarrensOfNJ #NJPineBarrens

I also wish that I had taken more self portraits in my time exploring the Pine Barrens. The landscape is so different from any other place I have known. Thinking a weekend hike when the weather cools... #120mmfilm #filmcommunity #ishootfilm #believeinfilm #filmisnotdead #kodak #landscape #travelamerica #vulgarismag #sheshootsfilm #semizine #broadmag #kodizes #njpinebarrens #njpinelands #chasingwild

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