Our towns are quite beautiful, aren’t they?
South Jersey counties have some of the most attractive landscapes on the East Coast, with the Atlantic Ocean, the Pinelands trails and historical landmarks.
But every town is different, so members of the Living staff wanted to hear (or see) our readers’ favorite picture-perfect places.
Some photos come from natural circumstances, like when Felicia Snyder’s daughter, Natasha, took a shot of high tide on Reed’s Beach when their family was trying to lead a walk.
Other photographers, such as Kristy Randazzo, of Hammonton, find their perfect nature picture while walking through trails in the Pinelands.
For M. Colon, of Ventnor City, his favorite part of photographing South Jersey, particularly Atlantic City, is the contrast he finds from one area of the city compared to another.
“(Atlantic City) isn’t oversaturated, like other cities, New York City or Philly, for example,” Colon said. “On one side, we have beautiful architecture and city streets, and on the other side, we have the Boardwalk and the beach. It’s the best of both worlds without having to sacrifice one or the other.”
Here are selected images from photographers — novice or professional — in the area.
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M. Colon picked up his first camera in 2005 and bought his first camera in 2009. Now, the photographer travels the resort to take contrasting images of beach and city.
Michele Masterman, Ventnor City(tncms-asset)3bed9918-3598-11e7-87c0-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Masterman, of Ventnor, took this photo of the sunrise by the Ventnor fishing pier.
Tracy Crimi, Linwood(tncms-asset)a561fa7e-3598-11e7-94f4-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Crimi took this reflecting image off a body of water in Linwood.
Lauren Bass, Tuckahoe(tncms-asset)1521f9da-359a-11e7-84fc-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Bass took this photo of abandoned railroad tracks in Tuckahoe.
Charlie Brandt, Wildwood(tncms-asset)05bc71fe-359b-11e7-bc7d-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Brandt used a drone to take this photo of the Wildwood Crest.
Kristy Randazzo, Hammonton(tncms-asset)1a07a65e-359d-11e7-af88-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Randazzo took this photo of a blood red moon while standing in the backyard of her home in Hammonton.
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Hammonton native Kristy Randazzo took this up and close photo during a trail at the Batona Trail in Wharton State Forest which runs from the Pinelands up to Burlington county.
Natasha Snyder, Cape May Court House(tncms-asset)4a6c1db2-35b0-11e7-b494-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Natasha Snyder took this photo with her iPhone 7 while walking along Reeds Beach in March. The high tide prevented her, her mother Felicia from being able to walk, but Natasha was able to get this picture.
Schneider took this photo of a bike resting on the boardwalk in Ocean City.(tncms-asset)7972f462-359e-11e7-9500-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Schneider took this photo by the tall grass near the Cape May Lighthouse.
Rosemarie Mason, Port Republic(tncms-asset)1f0115e4-359f-11e7-af80-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
Mason took this photo while walking the trail in Wharton State Forest which runs from the Pinelands up to Burlington County.