Posted on July 6, 2021
We usually like going to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge Maryland for photographing Bald Eagles. It usually has one of the largest amounts of Bald Eagles in the Northeast. But in the Summer I also like it for the large amounts & different types of Dragonflies you can find. Here I am posting some images of Eastern Pondhawk Dragonflies. Blackwater has a long Wildlife Drive so you can find a large variety of Dragonflies because of the different varieties of habitats along the Drive. Some of the best areas are by the Observation Platform that goes out above the grasses over the water & along the Wildlife Drive where there is standing water on both sides of the Drive.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Dragonflies, dragonfly, Favorite Locations, Insects, wildlife drive Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater Wildlife Drive, Canon 1D MkIV, Canon 1DmkIV, canon 400mm f/4 DO, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Eastern Pondhawk, female Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly
Posted on July 6, 2021
I was looking for Dragonflies to photograph at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge Maryland, but came across this Monarch Butterfly on this Buttonbush plant. I was using a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1DmkIV. I thought it looked interesting hanging upside down on the spherical pincushion blossoms. They are composed of dense clusters of tiny white tubular flowers. Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is often lauded for its utility rather than its beauty. Its commercial introduction in 1735 was primarily for beekeepers (hence, its other common name of honey-bells), who cultivated this deciduous shrub as a pollen and nectar resource for honeybees. This wetland shrub can be found in low-lying areas, swamps, marshes, bogs, and wetlands, and along the edges of ponds, streams, and rivers. It is often used to develop and restore wetlands, control erosion in riparian areas, and create wildlife habitats.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Butterfly, Butterflys, Favorite Locations, Insects, Monarch butterfly, Nature Still Lifes Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, Butterfly, Buttonbush, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens, canon 400mm f/4 DO, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, Monarch, Monarch butterfly
Posted on March 8, 2021
These are from a past trip a couple of years ago in April. I was photographing a Bald Eagle when I noticed a lone American White Pelican heading straight towards me. I started photographing it and was shooting a series of images as it was coming towards me. It banked sharply and landed in the water. After it landed in the water I noticed a whole flock flying in from the side that was apparently following the lone Pelican. So I guess he was the leader of the group. The bright white Pelicans really stood out against the deep blue color of the water. Also you can see the lone American White Pelican was in Breeding Plumage with the fibrous epidermal plate on it’s upper mandibles about one third of the way up their bills. All images were taken with a Canon 400mm DO lens with a Canon 2X Teleconverter on a Canon 1D mkIII.
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, Wildlife, wildlife drive Tagged: American White Pelican Flying, American White Pelicans, blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, BWR Wildlife Drive, Canon 1DmkIII, Canon 2X teleconverter, Canon 400 f/4 DO lens
Posted on February 12, 2021
On our visit to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge I was traveling light thinking only of Birds & Wildlife images. I only was using a Canon R with a Tamron 150-600mm lens. But when we got there the clouds with the landscapes were amazing. So I tried shooting quite a few multi-image panoramas with a variety of the iPhone lenses. The featured image is 10 vertical images (4:3 format iPhone format) assembled and blended in Photoshop.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, iPhone, iPhone photography, Landscapes, Panorama & Stacked Images, Panoramas, Skies and Clouds, Skyscapes & Clouds, wildlife drive Tagged: Blackwater iPhone multi Image landscapes, blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR Landscapes, iP11 multi-image landscapes, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro landscapes, iPhone 11 Pro Panoramas, iphone image panoramas, iphone image panoramas in Photoshop, iPhone landscapes, iPhone photography
Posted on January 29, 2021
Here are some Colorful Sunsets from a few different visits over the years to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland. Besides photographing Eagles & other birds it is a Great place to photograph colorful sunrises & sunsets. The featured image was taken along the Wildlife Drive with a Canon 24-105mm lens @40mm, Canon 1Ds mkII.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Cloudscapes, Favorite Locations, Skies and Clouds, Skyscapes & Clouds, wildlife drive Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR Landscapes, Blackwater sunset., Canon 1D MkIII, Canon 1D mkiiS, Canon 1D MkIV, Panansonic LX1
Posted on May 23, 2020
This image is from a previous trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. We arrived as the sun was coming up, so I stopped near the entrance to take a few shots of the trees along the entrance with the warm glow of the rising sun behind the trees. This was my favorite of the series, shot with a Canon 17-40mm lens @ 17mm. This is a lens I hardly ever use and is not my favorite lens for landscapes, but it was in my bag so I gave it a try anyway. In the end I liked the image. I usually use a 24-105mm and shoot multiple images @24mm for a slight panorama view.
Category: Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Cambridge MD, Favorite Locations, Landscapes, Skies and Clouds Tagged: Blackwater landscapes, blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR Landscapes, blackwater NWR sunrise, Blackwater Sunrise, Canon 17-40mm, sunrise landscape, sunrise landscapes
Posted on December 12, 2019
I am going through my array of backup hard drives to cleanup and remove unnecessary files and make more room to add files. Also to go through and see what sessions I my not have worked on. I was surprised to find this image of a Bald Eagle from many years ago from a trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge Maryland. It flew out of a tree along the Wildlife Drive. I was photographing a different view when I noticed this Eagle fly out of a tree on my side. So I quickly tried to get a shot but just managed to lock on to get this image in focus. I was shooting verticals so I did not have time to change orientation before it changed direction. I have learned that photographing Eagles tail views are not my favorite images. Eagle image shot with a Canon 400mm Canon DO lens with 1.4x Teleconverter on a Canon 1D MkIII Camera body.
Posted on November 25, 2019
One of my favorite photo subjects are Ospreys in flight. Over the years I have enjoyed photographing them in many different locations. Quite often you can see in the photos their eyes keeping an eye on you. The featured image was taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Featured image was taken with a 400mm DO lens with a 1.4X Teleconverter. Other photo locations for the images here were the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Briganine Division and The Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, NJ.
Category: Birds, birdscapes, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Brigantine NWR, Oceanville NJ, Celery Farm, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Favorite Locations, Wildlife Tagged: Blackwater NWR, Brigantine NWR, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, Canon Series III 1.4X Teleconverter, Celery Farm Natural Area, osprey, ospreys, Ospreys Flying, Ospreys in Flight, Sigma 300-800mm lens
Posted on September 11, 2019
I was going through some older backup drives and found these files I never worked on from a Blackwater NWR trip about 8 years ago. I remember them now because these were taken on the Wildlife Drive when there used to be an Osprey platform close to the Wildlife Drive. This Osprey Platform was near the last turn before the straight way to the exit. This Osprey put on quite an aerial show. It was so close I clipped its wings a few times. I did not want to stay too long in case I was bothering the nest. But it was so close to the busy Wildlife Drive I would think it was used to cars. Maybe that is why it is now gone.
Category: Birds, Blackwater NWR, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge MD, Blog, Favorite Locations, Wildlife Tagged: blackwater National Wildlife refuge, Blackwater NWR, blackwater Osprey Platforms, Blackwater Ospreys, Canon 1D MkIII, Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens, osprey, Osprey in Flight, Osprey Nest, Osprey Platform
Posted on August 29, 2019
I was going through some old Raw images from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and found this image of a Bald Eagle that I never worked on. Sometimes it is fun to go over old Raw files to see if the newer software can pull more details or colors out of the Raw files. Usually, Yes you can get more from your old files. This Eagle flew out of a group of trees on the bend in the Wildlife Drive before the middle exit. I liked the blue sky background with the soft clouds. I was using a 500mm lens on an older Canon 1D MkIII body. Blackwater NWR is one of my favorite locations to photograph – Especially for the Bald Eagles.
I was asked about the lower wingtip being cut off. It did not bother me when I posted it in the beginning as that is how it was photographed. But I added it in and viewers can choose / decide which one they like better.