I love wildlife and nature photography. Wildlife is my primary focus, but I am never sure of what I am going to encounter. Each time is never the same. I find it very soothing to get outside, especially watching the sun rise, and knowing I am going to witness another day of God’s creation.
Living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area offers many great locations for nature photography. The Chesapeake Bay is two hours east and the Blue Ridge Mountains are two hours west. My favorite day trips are to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Big Meadows, located in Shenandoah National Park
Bald Eagle at Blackwater NWR
Fawn of Big Meadows
Great Egrets of Huntley Meadows Park
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and Leesylania State Park are just a few nature photography “hot spots” within the metropolitan area.
My all-time favorite location is Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria, Virginia. The first time I stepped on the park’s half mile board walk sparked my passion for wildlife and nature photography. I was overwhelmed with the birds and other wildlife that reside in such a heavily populated area.
Nature photography can consist of slow days, such as arriving at a location that appears empty.
Nature photography also consists of frustration. This would be a cloud cover on what would be a gorgeous sunset, or a wildlife subject that is a speck in the viewfinder.
Nothing to photogarphy besides a Grey Squirrel
Mallard Duck fapping its wings
Great days are high productive. I’ve come back with many images, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The focus is to trying to capture a unique image of the subject.
Northern Cardinal up close
The biggest rush I get is when I’m ready for an action that is inevitability going to happen. The greatest example for me is waiting for a flock of 2,000 snow geese shoot up in the sky at once calling out loud distress calls. Once in the air, they fly in circles covering the sky with white.
There is nothing like the sight and sound of a thousand geese flying over your head.
Snow Geese Take Off
Hootie, the Barred Owl
Visit to the Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park
There are many days that I am tempted to stay inside and sit in front of the television for hours. Many times I will give in. When the day is over, I feel like I missed out on great opportunities to witness what nature had to offer that day.