Bailey Tract – J.N. Ding Darling NWR

Most people that go to J.N. Ding Darling NWR do not know of, or go to the Bailey Tract in Sanibels’ Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. The tract is on Tarpon Bay Rd., not in the main Refuge and Wildlife Drive. The major feature of the Bailey Tract  is a series of impoundments and dikes built years ago to attract waterfowl, including ducks, grebes, coots and moorhens. It still does, but as part of the J.N. “Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge it also creates a perfect place for hikers and bikers to see them. It’s a great place to take a peaceful walk or hike on its 100 acre grounds. We just took a leisurely walk though one afternoon when we were in Sanibel. We did not see a lot of Wildlife, but that was probably because it was in the afternoon when things quiet down. It seems like it is not visited much like the main Refuge. So you can feel quite alone here. It was rare to see another person walking the trails as you walk through. Also there are no staff here. I was traveling light with just an Olympus OM1 with a 14 – 140mm lens. We were just enjoying the beautiful day and a nice walk.

Information Signs along the way to help visitors ID or give information for what they might see.

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2 image panorama @ 14mm, m43 format

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2 image panorama @ 14mm, m43 format  (very slight overlapping of images)

 

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3 horizontal images stacked @14mm – m43 Olympus

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Single Image @ 41mm

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Bailey Landscape – 2 image panorama @14mm

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2 image Panorama @ 14mm

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Single Image @ 28mm

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Lizard @ 140mm

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Small Pond with Alligator Submerged @ 48mm

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Same as above 14mm view

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Landscape w/ hidden Alligator @ 32mm  (2 img pano) –  above this plant in the water on left

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Another Lizard @ 140mm

 

Brigantine Cloud Panoramas

I finally had a chance to work on some panoramas I shot last month at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Brigantine Division in Oceanville NJ. The cloud formations on this day were amazing. So I had a lot of choices for working with series panoramas while we were there. Lately I have been using an Olympus m43 Camera with a 14mm – 140mm zoom for landscapes or general info shots and the Canon R with a 400mm DO lens or the Tamron 150-600mm for Wildlife. It is a lot easier to carry a smaller m43 camera with a wide zoom range along with the heavier full frame camera with longer lenses, instead of 2 large camera bodies. The m43 format with a 14-140mm zoom seems a little harder to do multi-image panoramas @14mm but after working with it for quite a while I am getting more usable & predictable panoramas. Sort of a learning curve I guess. Basically I overlap the images more. At 14mm with m43 format it is sort of the equivalent (field of view) of 28mm on a full frame DSLR. All the images here are shot at 14mm but go from 2 to 8 images for each photo panorama. Some were vertical images and some were horizontal images for each image.

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2 – 14mm Horizontal images panorama 

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Panorama- 4 Vertical Images @14mm

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Panorama – 3 vertical images stacked @ 14mm

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3 horizontal images stacked @14mm

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Panorama – 4 horizontal images @14mm

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2 horizontal images stacked @ 14mm

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2 Horizontal images @14mm Stacked

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2 Horizontal images – Atlantic City on left @14mm

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2 Horizontal Images Stacked @ 14mm

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2 Horizontal Images Stacked – Osprey Platform @ 14mm

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2 Horizontal images Stacked @14mm

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2 -Horizontal Images @14mm

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3 – Horizontal Images Stacked @14mm

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2 – 14mm Horizontal Images Stacked 

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7 – 14mm Images stacked

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Two Trees – 3 Images Vertical Stacked 

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Brigantine Landscape- 3 Horizontal Images Stacked @14mm

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Brigantine Landscape w/ Clouds – 2 Horizontal Images @14mm

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Brigantine 3 Vertical Images @14mm

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Brigantine – 2 Horizontal Images @ 14mm

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Brigantine NWR 2 Image panorama 

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Brigantine NWR – 3 Image panorama @14mm

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7 image panorama – 7 – 12mm vertical images combined in Photoshop

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2 Vertical Images @14mm

High Flight Of Snow Geese At Blackwater NWR

We went for 2 days to photograph at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Early in the morning, along the Wildlife Drive on the second day we saw a huge flock of Snow Geese flying out under a heavy cloud cover. They were quite high and took a few minutes for the waves of them to pass by. Probably 500 to 700 (or more) passed by in multiple waves.

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CloudBurst At Blackwater

I liked these clouds by the lookout platform at Blackwater NWR. It reminded me of a starburst, but with clouds. I decided to leave the top of a small tree as a center point for a visual center to draw your eye. Three images @24mm, combined in Photoshop with layered masks for blending the three images.

 

Cloud Panoramas From Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

We went to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge outside of Cambridge, Maryland to see what subjects we could find to photograph. These images were taken along the Wildlife Drive. The Eagles were scarce, only saw a few in the distance, but we kind of expected that. But in the Winter months Blackwater has one of the highest numbers of Eagles in the Northeast. So we were concentrating on Dragonflies, other birds, panoramas and sunrises & sunsets. The featured image was 4 Horizontal shots @24mm, assembled in Photoshop. With wide angle lenses for panoramas, I tend to overlap more than when using long telephoto lenses. The wider the focal length the more overlapping shots I do. These images were shot on or near the long Observation Platform along the 4 mile Wildlife Drive. The above featured image was 4 horizontal shots @ 24mm. On the right side of the featured image you can see part of the Observation Platform. These images were taken with the Canon 24-105mm lens or the Sigma 12-24mm lens. The Blackwater NWR includes more than 28,000 acres of tidal marsh, mixed hardwood and loblolly pine forests, managed freshwater wetlands and croplands. The Blackwater & Little Blackwater Rivers flow through the refuge so I guess that is where they got the name Blackwater NWR.

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3 Vertical Images Combined For Horizontal Image @ 24mm

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4 Vertical Images Combined For Horizontal Final Image @24mm

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3 Vertical Images Combined for Horizontal Final Image @ 24mm

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4 Vertical Images Combined For Vertical Image @ 12mm

 

 

Bird Shaped Clouds

This series of cloud images reminded me of birds in flight. They sort of looked like a bird’s body and outstretched wings floating by in the sky. I tried a few cropping and focused on a few different cloud formations.
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Sunbeam Through Opening In Clouds

While I was working on files from a previous visit to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland, I came across this image of a sunbeam shining through an opening in the cloud cover. I used a 400mm lens to isolate the beam so it was more prominent in the image. With a wider view, the sunbeam did not seem to stand out as much. I think the beam as is, is prominent enough against the clouds and I did not want to enhance the beam to make it stand out more, opting for a more natural look.

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