Sometimes Overlooked – Wetlands as a Landscape Subject

I think a lot of photographers overlook wetlands scenes when looking for landscape subjects. The term landscape brings images of majestic mountains, beautiful beaches and sprawling vistas to mind. However, I think the wetlands found along the coast can also make for lovely photo subject matter.

It’s also worth noting that these estuarine environments can be host to a variety of animals. You never know when you might have an interesting wildlife encounter while exploring the salt marsh.

The following are a few recent images taken of the local salt marshes. See what you think.

A view of the sound side wetlands as seen from one of the overlooks along the Eliot Couse Nature trail in Fort Macon State Park. Lush green and yellow grasses carpet the floor of the estuary. Above puffy white clouds add texture and form to the blue sky. Leafy tree limbs reach in from the side and top to create a natural framing of the scene.
Looking across the wetlands at Fort Macon it is hard not to manage the occasional dead tree. This is a fairly common sight in most coastal wetland areas. Their stark, almost white color really stands out against the yellow-green of the marsh grass.
The Elliot Couse Nature Trail at Fort Macon State Park provides a few clear views of the adjacent wetlands. An important environment, such areas improve local water quality and serve as nurseries for aquatic life. Such areas may flood at high tide, uncovering during the low tide. The wonderful contrast in tones found in this scene inspired me to do a black and white as well as color verion. The tones and textures found in both the sky and the marsh grasses make for an interesting monochrome fine art print.
Panoramic presentation of a buck whitetail deer on the marsh at Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
The Cedar Point Recreation Area includes wetlands, forest, a boat ramp and a campground. Part of the Croatan National Forest, it is located near the coastal communities of Cape Carteret and Swansboro, North Carolina. Located near the Southwest boundry of the National Forest, the recreation area is a short drive from the Crystal Coast beach resort town of Emerald Isle. The site is popular with bird watchers, hikers, dog walkers and other nature enthusiasts.
Cedar Point is a Recreational Area in the southwest portion of the Croatan National Forest. Located near the communities of Cape Carteret and Swansboro, North Carolina, it is a popular place for bird watchers, dog walkers and photographers. The area features a campground and small boat ramp in addition to the Tideland Trail. Seen here is a view across the wetlands to the White Oak river as the sun sets for the evening.
A Great Egret (Ardea alba) searches for a snack before roosting as the sun sets over the Cedar Point Recreation Area of the Croatan Naitional Forest near Cape Carteret & Swansboro, North Carolina. These egrets are widely distributed in North America with four subspecies found in Southern Europe, Africa and Asia. Other names include Great White Egret, Common Egret and White Heron. The Tideland Trail leads through this recreation area. Wooden bridges along the trail cross the natural wetlands and marshes. Hiking through this area provides veiws of the White Oak River and native woodlands as well as the estuarine environment.
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