A few weekends ago, as the weather started to warm up and it was actually nice enough to do outdoors activities (can you tell yet that I’m not a fan of winter?), we decided to take advantage of it and do a short hike in the Helyar Woods, part of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, NJ. We (Hubz and I) are hoping to make that a “thing” this year. It’s a great way to get some physical activity in and have fun while doing it. There are a bunch of awesome resources out there for people looking to find trails and hikes in the NJ/NYC area. NJ Hiking is a good one, and it’s how my husband found out about Helyar Woods.
Of course, I had to bring along a camera! I grabbed the DSLR and only took one lens, the Nikkor 50mm 1.8. This is one of my least used lenses, and I think it could use some more mileage. Of course, I’m always saying that I bring the wrong lens wherever I go, but it’s great to have some sort of constraint so you can stretch your creativity. I ended up taking a bunch of photos, and while I did complain (of course) about having the wrong lens, I think I got some pretty cool photos!
This is where I complained about not having my 105mm, but that bokeh is amazing!
Another take on the same little twig and leaves.
A little bit of magic – this wasn’t that special to see, but I like the softness that captured
I’m thinking of doing a lone leaf series…
She was barely there
A little drama with melting ice
Heh, my sometimes-willing model
Again, wish I had my 105mm, but I think this works too
This was an attempt to try to get something unique with the 50mm
The trail goes along the water for a bit. I originally thought this was part of the canal but it’s actually part of Westons Mill Pond
Another lone leaf!
Random TV and other junk found along part of the trail
Yup, a pair of undies. Which I had to capture, of course!
Last one for part 1 – I think this was some sort of poisonous stuff. This bush was bright green and full of leaves among a bunch of bare trees and dead leaves.