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Easy Peasy Duck Photography

Cambridge Maryland has a spot on Oakly Street that is famous for being an easy spot to photograph ducks. Every fall hundreds… probably thousands of photographers flock to the location to make waterfowl photos without the hassle of camo, blinds, calls and decoys. It truly is a matter of shooting “sitting ducks.” Not every photographer is going to want to invest the time and money to make a trip to Cambridge but would love an easy opportunity to make photos of ducks. If you live in eastern North Carolina there is a location that can provide you a similar experience. You aren’t likely to be photography Canvasbacks and Lesser Scaups like you would along Oakly street but if you’d be satisfied with Mallards and Coots this is a great place for you. New Bern’s Union Point Park is a popular spot for the locals to come feed and watch the ducks. Just come to the park and head down to the end near the hotel. You’ll find plenty of camera friendly ducks, coots, gulls and pigeons. And you never really know, something more exotic than a Mallard my be hanging out when you visit.

Mallard at Union Point Park

Sitting Duck


Mallard Hen

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Autumn Hold Out

I visited the Pine Cliff section of the Neusiok Trail yesterday afternoon. It’s really amazing to see how hurricane Irene resculpted the landscape along that section of trail. While I have hiked a portion of the trail since the hurricane, I pushed further yesterday than I had before. Long sections of the trail that ran along the top of a bluff are now gone. Washed away into the river. In places you can find remnants of boats, broken and scattered amoungst the trees. It truely is astounding to see the power that nature has. While on the hike I noticed several hold-outs from autumn. There are still a few bright red and yellow leaves hanging on. While taking a detour from the old trail… since there wasn’t really a choice… and taking the beach for a ways I came across an old weathered Cypress tree laying on it’s side. I liked the textures of the wood and knew I wanted to make a photo using it. On the return trip I stopped and placed a red leaf on the log for a bit of photography. Below area a couple of the resulting images.

A hold-out from autumn, a bright red leaf rests on a weathered piece of dead-wood.

A red leaf on an old and weathered log.

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It’s All About Texture

With my favorite lens for wildlife photography out for repair I recently went on a search for macro subjects. However, this isn’t the time of year for finding a lot of wild flowers so I turned my lens towards something else. Lacking pretty blossoms to explore I concentrated on finding interesting textures and contrasting colors.

The circles in this stump adds a nice layer of texture to an otherwise simple photo of a yellow leaf.

The texture of the feather contrasts with the textures in this dead log.

Feathers can make fascinating macro subjects.
Weathered dead wood, mosses and lechins make an interesting background canvas for this photo of a feather.

Feathers are interesting studies in texture and geometry.

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Pinecliff Recreation Area, Croatan Forest: Neusiok Trail

The Pincliff Recreation area is located on the Neuse river, near the Cherry Branch ferry terminal. Part of the Croatan National Forest, it is the location of the northern most trail-head of the Neusiok Trail. It is, in my personal opinion, the prettyest section of the trail. Here the trail parallels the river for about 1.8 miles before cutting into the forest towards it’s Newport River terminous, 21 miles away. From the perspective of someone that enjoys avian and wildlife photography it is not the most productive location in the area, but there are almost always a few opportunities to take a shot. Common sightings include Red Headed woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Cardinals and other small birds. The occasional Belted Kingfisher and various shore birds can also be seen. Early spring through early fall Osprey are usually present. On one occassion I did watch a Bald Eagle fly over, though I haven’t seen it since and have no idea if it has a home in the area. Photographers into shoot landscapes or taking macro images will find this a very productive area. It’s also a great hike for nature enthusiasts.

A Red Headed Woodpecker along the Neuse river. Swamps and cypress trees area commong along this stretch of the Neusiok trail.

A squirrel with a nut enjoys a pretty fall day along the Neusiok trail near the Pinecliff Recreation area. Mushrooms, wildflowers and other interesting objects make interesting subjects for macro photographers.

A shorebird explores the edge of the Neuse river.

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