Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

After shooting the sunrise on Sunday at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, I drove to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Cambridge, Maryland. It is known for its large (27,000 acres) open wetlands, marshes, canals and ponds, and of migratory birds, and also known for its eagles. And, I did see some eagles, but they were too far away for closeup shots, and I did not have a 600mm lens with me, like last time.

Blackwater NWR was beautiful, and the mosquitos were not as bad as Chincoteague. There was a good breeze that probably helped. The following is some of what I saw at Blackwater.

The water was still, and the sky overcast creating a mirror-like reflection. 

Do you see the eagle in the above photo?

The clouds began to open up revealing the deep blue sky.

Too beautiful for me to describe.  And, there were many birds.  While shooting the above images, an eagle was flying in and out of the trees, and sat long enough for me to get the below image.  The 600mm certainly would have made a difference. It was taken at 400mm.

Below, a Blue Heron was busy working a canal.

As I was leaving the refuge, there was a large field of yellow flowers that was too beautiful to pass up.

Later, as I was leaving Cambridge, the nearest city to the refuge, there was an old abandoned church along the road that caught my attention. So, I turned the car around, parked and shot a few images.

Although my passion is for nature photography, old abandoned buildings (churches, houses, barns, mills, etc.) have always attracted my attention and curiosity. They often look as though the owners/people left abruptly. Below is the church sign surprisingly still reflecting the worship services and their times.  I wonder what happened to Rev. Thurman Potter, Pastor. I wonder when the last 1130 service took place.

That’s all for tonight. Tomorrow, I am getting up at 0400 to drive to Jarrettsville, northwest of Baltimore, to shoot hundreds of acres of sunflowers at their peak bloom during sunrise. I hope. That’s the plan.

About Stephen L Tabone

Executive Consultant and Nature Photographer
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4 Responses to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

  1. Anonymous says:

    I want to come on your photography forays even if it means being eaten alive!!! What beautiful scenery, especially love the overcast shots at Blackwater. How moody and eerie!

    • I was looking at all of the bites I have on my legs a moment ago–what a mess. It was not just mosquitos that were getting me. But it did not stop me; this morning at 0400 I left for Jarrettsville in northwest of Baltimore–100 miles from here–to shoot a very large sunflower field. Tomorrow, or should I say tonight, I am heading to the mountains to shoot a sunrise from the top of one of the mountains. You are always welcome to come down and join me!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I want to come with you on your photography forays even if it means being eaten alive! What beautiful photos … so moody and eerie (the first shots of Blackwater)! I’ve Stumbled them, too.

  3. Anne says:

    Absolutely gorgeous, especially the moody, overcast photos! Love architecture photos, too! Can I come on your photography forays around the country? I’ll even risk being bitten by thousands of mosquitos to see what and where you are going …

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