Documenting the Pine Barrens of New Jersey

Princeton Photography Club and Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Pickerel Weed - Princeton Photography Club
Pickerel Weed in Goshen Pond


The Princeton Photography Club organized a trip to the Pine Barrens of  New Jersey on Sunday, July 15th.  We visited three sites within the Wharton State Forest. Our guide Jason Howell is from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. The alliance is stewards of the land and supported by donations and volunteers.  The Pinelands is 1.1 million acres of preserved land and a natural treasure in New Jersey.

Our Tour

Goshen Pond
Goshen Pond

We traveled upon old sandy roads in the depths of the Pitch Pine forest. Some of these roads are as old as the American revolutionary war. At one point our van became stuck in the sand. Hence it was a very adventurous day! A great book to read and learn about the history of this area is John McPhee’s book called the Pine Barrens. They used horse-drawn carriages on the roads during this period and John discusses this in the book. He also discusses the culture and people who live there. Resourceful and individualistic people who have chosen to live from the land picking blueberries and harvesting cranberries.

We also visited some of the marshes of the area. The photograph on the right of the page is of Goshen Pond. A pond created by Beavers and used by kayakers and canoers.

The Collaboration

Batsto River
View of Batsto River from Quaker Bridge

The Princeton Photography Club and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance are collaborating to photograph this area. My wife (Susan Hoenig) and I will be helping to contribute to the collection of images during the year. As a result, the Princeton Photography Club intends to organize an exhibit at the Lakefront Gallery January 2020.

Finally, if you live in the Princeton, New Jersey area and interested in photography consider joining the club. They are indeed a very knowledgeable and creative group of people.

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