East Coast

Abandoned Home, South Jersey

Large format, taken with Graflex 4x5 with 150mm lens at 1:03 p.m. on February 9, 2003, near the Eastpoint Lighthouse just west of Sea Isle City, New Hersey. The exposure was 1/30 second at f/32 on Agfa Agfapan APX 100 film. 020903-03A

Abandoned Home, South Jersey

Grassy Tracks

Large format, taken at 11:57 a.m. on February 2, 2003, along abandoned railroad tracks in Wharton State Forest in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey. Exposure was 1/2 second at f/32 on Agfa Agfapan 100 film. 020203-07

Grassy Tracks

Church at Sunrise, Clinton, New Jersey

Large format, taken at 7:53 a. m. on October 19, 2006, just after the sun cleared the horizon and some grazing deer had wandered into the woods. Exposure was 1 second at f/45.3 on Ilford FP4+ film. 101906-05A

Church at Sunrise, Clinton, New Jersey

Cold Start at Bridge Valley, Bucks County

The old eight-arch bridge that carried York Road over the Neshaminy Creek and gave Bridge Valley its name.

Cold Start at Bridge Valley, Bucks County

Great Blue Heron, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Traveling on a tourist boat moving slowly down a canal through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, we came to a great blue heron standing on a branch above the canal. He was relaxed until we got very close, when he shifted and tried to turn around on the branch. Raising his wings to steady himself he paused before flying away down the canal and disappearing. D810 at 220 mm at @ f/14 @ 1/1250 @ ISO 800

Great Blue Heron, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Common Gallinule, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

A pair of common gallinules swimming in a pool while feeding. The second one has a bit of algae hanging off its beak. I saw many gallinules here, often in small groups. D810 at 380mm at f/8 @ 1/640 sec @ ISO 800

Common Gallinule, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Northern Mockingbird, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Not much afraid of me pausing next him in my car, this mockingbird watched me and chirped and moved around. D810 at 400mm at f/5.6 @ 1/1000 sec @ ISO 800

Northern Mockingbird, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Red-winged Blackbird, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Red-wings seem to cover large areas and many different types of habitat and this example is perched on a piece of reed right next to the water. They are not easy to photograph because they are so dark that they often show up as a black blob. D810 at 400mm at f/8 @ 1/500 sec @ ISO 800

Red-winged Blackbird, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Old Great Blue Heron, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

This particular great blue seemed to me to be quite old. His beak look worn and cracked, his feathers are a bit disheveled, and the couple of long feathers on the back of his head are missing. I got out of my car to look at something and realized he was very nearby, so I got back in and, using the car for cover, shot handheld out the window from about 15 feet away. D810 at 400mm at f/8 @ 1/1000 sec @ ISO 800

Old Great Blue Heron, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Killdeer, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

A killdeer is one of the birds that try to draw predators away from their nest, located on the ground, by acting injured. After drawing the predator away far enough, they fly away and circle back to their nest. I was apparently seen as a predator as this killdeer began working its “injuries” and running down the edge of the road. D810 at 400mm at f/8 @ 1/500 sec @ ISO 800

Killdeer, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Resting Alligator, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Sleeping in the grass is always relaxing, right? Some of us don’t worry about the sticks and reeds stuck to our nose or the swamp plants marooned near our eyes. This character was probably around 10 or 11 feet long and, because alligators can reach 35 mph for a short distance, I shot from the safety of my car. D810 at 400mm at f/8 @ 1/1000 sec @ ISO 500

Resting Alligator, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Night in Jacksonville, Florida

Shot from 16 floors up, overlooking the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville, this photograph includes road and railroad bridges below a sliver of moon. The white line across the bottom is a boat that was moving on the river. D810 at 14mm at f/22 @ 30 sec @ ISO 400

Night in Jacksonville, Florida

Great Blue Heron On A Branch, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Cruising in a slow tour boat along a canal cut through the Refuge, we found this beautiful heron standing on a branch and warily watching us approach. He maintained his position very bravely until we got closer, when he finally flew away. D810 at 400mm at f/14 @ 1/1250 sec @ ISO 800

Great Blue Heron On A Branch, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

LittleBlue Heron, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Motoring slowly across what our guide called “the prairie,” we passed this heron looking for breakfast. He kept an eye on us but didn’t go anywhere as we passed. D810 at 400mm at f/11 @ 1/500 sec @ ISO 800

LittleBlue Heron, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Large Alligator, Watching, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

On a tour boat in the Refuge, we nosed onto a hummock next to this 10+ foot ‘gator who had been asleep. As you see, it woke up. We spent about 15 minutes here and I got a lot of photographs but, although it seemed to yawn once, it did not move away. D810 at 340mm at f/11 @ 1/500 sec @ ISO 800

Large Alligator, Watching, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Great Blue Heron Taking Off, Okenfenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Our tour boat was of the “slow and steady” type, so we got right up next to this great blue heron before it decided to fly. D810 at 250mm at f/13 @ 1/640 sec @ ISO 800

Great Blue Heron Taking Off, Okenfenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Great Blue Heron Turning, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Having just taken off from the swamp floor, this great blue was turning away from us while gathering speed and height. With his wing pointing almost straight up, the underside of the wing and the leg are revealed. D810 at 250mm @ f/14 @ 1/800 sec @ ISO 800

Great Blue Heron Turning, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Smiling Alligator, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

This alligator was somewhat smaller than others on this page, about 7 or 8 feet in length, and watched us a bit too closely as we motored by in our tour boat. Notice that the tail is almost half the total length of the alligator. D810 at 220mm at f/14 @ 1/800 sec @ ISO 800

Smiling Alligator, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Newspaper Boxes, Jacksonville, Florida

Walking along the riverfront in downtown Jacksonville, I crossed a bridge over railroad tracks that gave me a bird’s eye view of the back lot of a local newspaper plant. The pattern of the many old boxes made a nice graphic shot. P7100 at 29mm @ f/5 @1/640 sec @ ISO 200

Newspaper Boxes, Jacksonville, Florida

Afternoon 'Gator, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Basking in the afternoon sun, this alligator was next to the road along the dikes through the Refuge and it kept a close eye on me when I stopped my car. It kept very still as I took several shots. D810 at 400mm @ f/6.3 @ 1/160 sec @ ISO 64

Afternoon 'Gator, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Great Egret, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is full of great egrets feeding, flocking, and flying. Although near the Port of Savannah and an airport, the birds seem to have adjusted very well to the noise. D810 at 400mm @ f/7.1 @ 1/6400 sec @ ISO 1000

Great Egret, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Snowy Egret, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Lit almost directly from the front as it flew into a setting sun, the stretched wing show the feathers very nicely. Egrets often fly in groups but also alone, as this one did. D810 at 400mm @ f/18 @ 1/1250 sec @ ISO 1000

Snowy Egret, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

The Moon Through Spanish Moss, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

The moon was up in the afternoon and I shot it through Spanish moss hanging from a tree on a path off the Wildlife Drive through the Refuge. D810 at 160mm at f/20 @ 1/250 sec @ ISO 1000

The Moon Through Spanish Moss, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Little Blue Heron, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

I followed this heron for quite a while, spying on it from across the water as it searched for food. In this image you can see that it has found some tasty morsel buried in the mud and is about to swallow it whole. D810 at 400mm at f/6.3 @ 1/1000 @ ISO 4000

Little Blue Heron, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Heart Grass, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Near the end of the Wildlife Drive through the Refuge, this stalk of swamp grass was growing in water next to the road. The setting sun provided a nice contrast to the grass and a fitting end to my visit. D810 at 160mm at f/5 @ 1/2500 sec @ ISO 4000

Heart Grass, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
East Coast was last modified: December 29th, 2014 by Dafydd Jones