Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Between The Ocean & The Bay
The narrow strip of land known to locals as the Delmarva Peninsula is an unpolished gem for nature shooters
Since 1976, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with the Eastern Shore, which includes the coastal regions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Nearly six years ago I embarked on a personal journey to document through camera and pen the diversity of life found here. This effort culminated in my latest book, Between Ocean and Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore (Mountain Trail Press, 2008). While the Eastern Shore has many state, federal and private nature parks and reserves, my exploration of the Eastern Shore centered primarily on the shore’s national wildlife refuges as well as the Assateague Island National Seashore. Having spent nearly 28 years working for the National Wildlife Refuge System, I obviously was drawn to these very special enclaves of public land that we as a nation are so fortunate to have—a system so unique that nothing else like it is found anywhere in the world. So, here’s a sampling of those special Eastern Shore places I love to explore.
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware
Located along the Delaware Bay in the northeastern portion of the state, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its spectacular concentrations of migrating waterfowl. More than 100,000 snow geese and 50,000 ducks of various species converge each fall on the refuge’s wetlands and fields. Established in 1937, the refuge protects more than 15,000 acres, including 12,000 acres of salt marsh that stretch to the horizon—one of the largest untouched tracts of coastal marsh along the entire East Coast.
The refuge has a wonderful 12-mile auto-tour route that offers many opportunities for photographing the morning flight of the snow geese as they depart the refuge to feed in the surrounding agricultural fields. The weapons of choice for photographing wildlife here are the big guns—focal lengths of 400mm to 600mm. But exceptional images of the birds taking off from wetlands can be captured with medium-telephoto zooms as well as wide-angle zooms. The best time to photograph the waterfowl concentrations are from October to November.
Page 1 of 3
Get 11 Issues of Outdoor Photographer for only $14.97!
That's 77% off the cover price!