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Sometimes the best photos are taken close to home. Boonton Township is a lovely, semi-rural area in Northern New Jersey close to where I currently live. I knew from previous experience there were some great photo opportunities just waiting for me to discover there. But I had been very busy with my other photography work and hadn't been able to make the time to head up there.

Then one day last October I was sitting in my office making marketing calls for my commercial photography business. It was not going well. After hearing "Thanks but I'm not interested" for the sixth or seventh time, I thought, "I just can't do this any more today." At that moment I looked out my window and noticed it was a gorgeous fall day. Immediately I knew what I needed to do and where to go to do it. I grabbed my camera and tripod, and off I went.

As I was driving down a particularly gorgeous country road in Boonton, a beautiful stand of pine trees caught my eye. I pulled off the side of the road, grabbed my gear and hiked into this small pine-scented forest. As I made my way through the trees, I came upon a small stream. I instinctively followed the stream not knowing where it would lead. Much to my delight it led straight to a small spill-way in a stone retaining wall holding back a local pond. A rush of excitement filled me as I drank in the colors of the trees reflecting off the surface of the pond and felt the spray of the cool blue water streaming over the wall. It was the perfect scene for capturing the essence of this amazing fall day.

An hour and a few dozen photos later, I knew it was time to move on. There were yet more treasures to be found on this gorgeous fall day in the little hamlet of Boonton. Boy was I glad I put down the phone and picked up my camera that day.
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