Tag Archives: NWR

November 2017 Wallpaper

We were on vacation the first week of November in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We visited 5 National Wildlife Refuges (and could have easily added another 3 or 4 if we had the time).   While, sadly, the migrating birds had yet to arrive we enjoyed the bears at Alligator River NWR and this peaceful sunset at Pea Island NWR.

(As long as I have your attention…  Our National Wildlife Refuge system is currently under attack by the current congress and administration.  Please consider supporting organizations like the National Wildlife Refuge Association, League of Conservation Voters, and others that are trying to give a voice to these precious national (and global) assets.)

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T2,  XF 100-400mm f/5.6 at 230mm; 1/3200 at f/10, ISO 200.  Processed with Lightroom CC, minor contrast tweaks, medium contrast curve.

June 2017 Wallpaper

I had a chance to walk around the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend with a relatively new lens that I was finally getting a chance to use…  I had high hopes of getting a nice Marsh Wren portrait, but that didn’t pan out, so I found this less flighty subject…  Enjoy!

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T2 with Fujifilm XF100-400 F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens at 235mm, 1/250 sec at f/5.6, ISO 800 .   Processed in Lightroom CC.  Provia profile.  Minor exposure tweaks (whites +22, blacks -9). Clarity +6; Medium contrast curve. Masked sharpening +88.

December 2015 Wallpaper

Dec 2015 Wallpaper

I don’t seem to take many (nature) photographs during December.  Thousands of them for various events (parades, telethons, music, etc.) but finding great scenics is hard when you barely have time to get outside at all.  Back in 2011, Betsy and I headed down to Sachuest Point NWR in Rhode Island on the day after Christmas, mostly as just something quiet to do together.  We were rewarded with a wonderful sunset.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.  See you in 2016.

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Technical: Canon 7D, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L at 32mm, 1/320 at f/4, ISO 3200. Processed with Lightroom CC 2015.  (Why ISO 3200?  Well, the previous frame was with a 500mm lens and I needed the speed and I didn’t think to change the ISO as the light was crashing very quickly.  The tree frame above was at ISO 1250 20 minutes earlier.  It was a REALLY nice sunset.)

Visitor Center at Assabet River NWR Grand Opening

On Sunday we marked the opening of the new visitor center at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.  The center supports the eight refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts NWR Complex (Assabet River NWR, Great Meadows NWR, Mashpee NWR, Monomoy NWR, Nantucket NWR, Nomans Land Island NWR and Oxbow NWR).

A full set of my photographs from the day is available from: community.dmg-photography.com/2010-arnwr-vc-opening

The visitor center is part of a new design ethic created by the Fish & Wildlife Service.  It is the first standalone visitor center that is part of a suite of standardized designs – reducing costs across the NWR system.

The celebration included hikes, bike tours, and “bunker” tours — the Assabet River NWR has 50+ ammunition bunkers from World War II.  Above, Jan Wright, leads a tour of one of the bunkers just down the road from the visitor center.  Over 200 people toured the bunker on Sunday.

Meanwhile, further down the path, a workshop for kids that explored pond life was led by Arthur Skura and Richard DeFlorio.


Libby Herland, Project Manager for the Eastern MA NWR Complex, welcomed the audience to the opening ceremonies.

Chief Roland Jerome,  from the United Native American Cultural Center in Ayer, spoke at the close of the ceremony finishing with a blessing and drumming.

Before it was a refuge the land was a World War II ammunition dump — and before that it was home to families and farms.  One of those families, the Carbary’s, turned the center opening into a family reunion with 50+ members arriving from all over the United States.

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Technical stuff:

Shot most of the day with a 7D, 24-70mm f/2.8L lens with a circular polarizer.  Also used a 5DMk2 with a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  I’m sure the lenses shuffled between the cameras now and then.  Moving back and forth from bright sunlight to interiors I kept the cameras in Av mode with Auto ISO.  (Well, except for when the poorly designed 5D control wheel rotated to another setting without me noticing.)

Not much in the way of processing (clarity +18, vibrance +18, profile lens corrections).  Some of the photos from the ceremony were washed out by the sun reflecting off the side of the tent (probably hitting the polarizer pretty badly).  These required extending the black point to restore contrast.   The photo of the (exhibit) kingfisher looking at the crowd had a +1/2 stop localized adjustment to the bird.