One of my favorite places to photograph is the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland. From Eagles, Ospreys, other birds, Dragonflies, Delmarva Fox Squirrels, stunning sunrises and sunsets, it is a great place to explore and photograph. It is a place you need to come prepared with a wide range of lenses since you never know what photo subjects you will come across. Because there are plenty of opportunities for a variety of photo opportunities. From macro, to landscapes, to Wildlife near and far. I guess that is why I enjoy being there. The main section to photograph is on the Wildlife Drive. Then the trails off the Wildlife Drive. But also there are miles of roads winding through the Refuge, but you really should not stop and photograph on those roads. It is fun to see the many Eagle Nests along them. There are a few boat launching areas you can stop at to photograph. Also the Tubman Trail which is down the road from the main Wildlife Drive areas, is also good for landscapes, Eagles and other birds. On this trip it was quite foggy when we got there. It was supposed to burn off a little later so it was fun to find some views and subjects to photograph in the heavy fog. Plus the Refuge was almost empty of other visitors, so it was an errie feeling to be pretty much alone in this large Refuge. The fog was actually worse than these images show. But I wanted to be able to show what I was photographing, so I added some contrast and adjusted the midtone levels in Photoshop to bring out a little more detail.
These are both beautifully captured, Reed! ❤
Thanks Donna! It is one of our favorite places to photograph!
It sounds like a wonderful place to explore. Very atmospheric shots, Reed!
Thanks Belinda! It is fun to see what you can find there. Lots of photo opportunities! When we were leaving on one trip a Golden Eagle flew out of the trees in front of us. No time to unpack a camera and it was on the main road so nowhere to stop. But it was fun to see. It was one Big Bird!
Seems to be an interesting place! Nice photos! What is the name of the bird? We have similar ones (haikara) in Finland.
Thanks Minna! It is a Great Blue Heron. But they are actually more gray than blue! Thanks again!