November 2014 Wallpaper

Sunset at the Snow Geese Pool, Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Virginia
Sunset at the Snow Geese Pool, Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, Virginia

One of my favorite destinations for photography is Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, on the coast of Virginia.  We visited there a few years ago for several years in a row, specifically to photograph the Snow Geese and Tundra Swans that migrate through there in late fall.  We’re overdue for a return, and I’d love to get a visit there on the calendar for next year.  Hopefully I can get my buddy Don Brown on the mend long enough to plan an adventure there with me!

Chincoteague is one of these places that never lacks for something to shoot.  Even if the birds don’t show up at the time you happen to be there, there is a beach, woods, ponds and lots of other wildlife to make it a special experience no matter what.

4 thoughts on “November 2014 Wallpaper”

  1. Hey! Don’t forget your buddy Paul, down here next to South Carolina! 🙂 I like to go places and photograph. I’d like to see Don again, too.

    1. Well don’t you worry! I think you would enjoy Chincoteague, so whenever I start working on those plans I’ll keep you posted.

      By the way, I’m glad we called off our plans for Saturday morning! I got out in the afternoon for the Moment Mile, and it was cool but dry. I actually overdressed a bit for the weather, but better to be a little warm than cold! 🙂

  2. We’ve only been to Chincoteague once, about 9 years ago (in 2005). It was a different kind of trip for us because it was a completely spur-of-the-moment thing. I was on Christmas break from work (in Corning, NY) and the weather had turned remarkably warm. A quick check of the national weather revealed that the eastern shore area of Virginia was even warmer and would stay that way for a few days. Two hours later we were on our way.

    It was one of my first experiences with bird photography. That didn’t turn out so well, but we had a heck of a lot of fun walking on a sunny and warm beach. It’s a great place to visit.

    I love the image, Tom. I like photographs of birds in flight where the shutter speed isn’t quite fast enough to freeze the wings. It definitely gives you a sense of motion.

    1. Thanks, Paul. I’ve been there and frozen my backside off, and I’ve been there in a Nor’easter that washed part of the island away. The great thing about November is that there isn’t anyone there besides photographers and birders.

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