Bordered by the Chesapeake Bay on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, the Eastern Shore is a land of coastal wetlands and seashores, diverse wildlife, and seasons that bring character to its golden marshes and wide open bays, perfumed piney woodlands, and sandy coastal beaches. Come capture images of pristine field sites throughout the Delmarva Peninsula and learn from our expert instructors. Small class sizes allow for one-on-one instruction in the field creating a truly unique experience. Housing provided on site. Instructors include NANPA members Jim Clark, Nikhil Bahl, Brian Zwit, and Jamie Konarski Davidson, along with Michael Traubel. Held in Wallops Island, VA.
Story and photographs by Jim Clark
Expect the unexpected. All nature photographers, regardless of skill level, have had moments when the unexpected happens. Nature provides no script beforehand or studio that we can set up the way we want. What happens is not announced ahead of time. We know from experience that unforeseen and special moments will occur, so we improvise and use what we have to make the best of the situation.
Through our knowledge of the natural world and our willingness to endure whatever challenge is placed before us, nature photographers make it work. We know that going directly from point A to point B rarely happens in nature, and we are blessed for it.
I had planned to photograph a northern harrier frequenting the marshes of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore in Virginia this past winter. For days, I watched this raptor as it swooped and glided over the salt marsh. Yet, I was never able to get set up in time to photograph it.
One picture-perfect morning I hiked along the bay side of the seashore determined that some feathered creature would not defeat me! My only challenge was that I had to be at a friend’s house for lunch at noon, and he would not appreciate my being late. The day held the promise of fun exploring this side of the coastal barrier island. Then, something unexpected happened. Continue reading