A couple of weeks ago, I went to Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia to do some sunrise and bird photography. This had been my first time on Fort Monroe in many years and the first visit since the military installment closed down and Fort Monroe became Fort Monroe National Monument.
The morning started with capturing the beautiful sunrise at Fort Monroe Beach. For this image below, I used AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing) and then processed it in Photomatix Essentials. I try to keep my HDR (high Dynamic Range) as natural as possible when processing.
There are many sunrise foreground elements to be found at Fort Monroe, and I plan to capture many more sunrise images at Fort Monroe in the future. The sunrise photography potential is endless here. There is a lot to explore with capturing the sunrise along the Chesapeake Bay and Hampton Roads from Fort Monroe.
That morning at Fort Monroe beach, I also saw and photographed a common loon that was beginning to molt from its winter plumage to its breeding plumage. About at week before this outing, I had seen and photographed a common loon in breeding plumage at nearby Phoebus Waterfront Park. It is very uncommon to see a common loon in breeding plumage here in Virginia as they usually have migrated north before turning into their breeding plumage.
In the late afternoon at Fort Monroe, I found three pairs of osprey nesting. Two pairs had built their nest on osprey nesting platforms along Mill Creek while the other pair had built a nest on top of a light pole at the old basketball court. In the weeks following my first visit to Fort Monroe, I have discovered several more nesting pairs of osprey. So, there will be ample opportunities this spring and summer to photograph the nesting ospreys. Here are a couple of images that I have captured so far.
While at one of the osprey nests at the campground at Fort Monroe, a Eastern cottontail rabbit appeared in front of me, so I was able to capture an image of the rabbit eating the grass.
So, this was a fabulous outing to Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. I will be spending a lot of time there this spring and summer as the wildlife and especially bird potential is wonderful. If you live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, I would strongly suggest a wildlife and nature photo outing to Fort Monroe.
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Lori A Cash
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