Photographing Prescribed Burns in the Pinelands

About a week ago I took a day trip to Batsto Village in South Jersey.  I had been to Batsto many times so it was hard for me to think of new things to do, look for, or photograph.  After walking through the old Village my boyfriend and I decided Wharton State Forest would give us more interesting photography options.

Below are pictures of Batsto Lake which we passed on the way to the forest:



The deeper into the forest we went I started to notice most of it was charred and burned.  Now my boyfriend, who is a firefighter, is amused by this and starts trying to find the cause of what seemed to be a very large fire.  After walking along the edge of the woods he determined it must have been a prescribed fire because of the fine line between burned grass and dead grass.




Prescribed fires are very important when it comes to the preservation of our environment.  These fires prevent wildfires from occurring which would cause much more damage than a fire that is controlled.  They also bring nutrients to the soil and helps trees and other plants grow.  Wildlife also enjoys the land after a prescribed burn because it allows for more open space as well as new plants to eat.



According to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection the season for prescribed fires is through February and March.  As it starts to get warmer and more dry, there is more risk for wildfires.  That is why the prescribed burns take place at the end of winter moving into spring.



While photographing the charred wood small peeks of green could be seen in the dirt.  New grass was already beginning to grow as well as new flowers.


The feature image was taken by my boyfriend Salvatore Toppi.

All other pictures I took myself with an iPhone.


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