A walk in the woods

Many people think of New Jersey as what they’ve seen in the opening scenes of the ‘Sopranos’. However that is an area of north Jersey adjacent to New York City. New Jersey does have the highest population density of the United States with about 1190 people per square mile and the majority of the people live primarily in north Jersey. South Jersey is nothing like north Jersey but most people just lump everybody New Jersey as living in one tiny little place and the people in New Jersey look at north Jersey and south Jersey as being two different states. There are many areas of south Jersey that looks like what you see in these pictures. The largest area of South Jersey are the Pinelands* and I live near the Delaware River which have a lot of hardwood woods in the area where I like to go walking. So here are some pictures of what I saw yesterday while just taking a walk through the woods.

*The Pine Barrens, also known as the Pinelands, is a heavily forested area of coastal plain stretching across southern New Jersey. The name “pine barrens” refers to the area’s sandy, acidic, nutrient-poor soil, to which the crops originally imported by European settlers didn’t take well. Despite its proximity to Philadelphia and New York City, the Pine Barrens remains largely rural and undeveloped. The ‘Pines’ also helps recharge the 17 trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer containing some of the purest water in the United States. As a result of all these factors, 1.1 million acres of the Pine Barrens were designated the Pinelands National Reserve (the nation’s first National Reserve) in 1978, and it was designated a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve in 1988.  [Source: excerpts from Wikipedia– Pine Barrens (New Jersey)]

(Crystal Lake, Mansfield Township, NJ)

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