Hopefully I’m not jinxing anything, but right now it looks like the weather will be cooperating with us for our meeting/photo outing this Thursday evening, 5/19, at 7 pm in the Fontenelle Forest Wetlands. We will convene by the Wetlands building for a brief meeting followed by an evening of photography.
The spring songbird migration is peaking right now so I’m hoping that the group will have plenty of opportunities to see and photograph the various species of songbirds, many of which are only here for a few weeks. Our Forest Liaison, Julianne, hiked the Wetlands this afternoon and found the trails to be in good shape. There are a few areas where there still is some standing water and mud but there are plenty of areas to hike. So if you want to have maximum access, you might want to have your hiking boots on.
We will have some trail maps available at the meeting and Julianne will take a few minutes to give every some tips on what can be seen on the different trails. For the birders in our group, it has recently been reported that 21 different species of warbler have been spotted in the last week! And for our landscape photographers, the Great Marsh, the pond and the stream are all accessible.
Just in case you missed it on my last post, here are a few items you might want to bring along:
- Camera (of course!)
- Any and all types of lenses – there will be opportunities for landscape, birds in flight, long exposure and macro so bring every or any lens you want to use.
- Flash – why would you need flash? There should be plenty of shady spots where you might want to practice using flash to fill the shadows.
- Bug repellent spray – not sure how bad the mosquitoes are yet, but ticks are pretty active now.
- Hiking shoes – trails may be muddy in spots so waterproof boots are your best bet.
- Walking stick – or you can have your monopod double as a walking stick.
- Small portal seat or stool – If you want to shoot wildlife, sometimes sitting quietly in one spot can reveal all kinds of interesting animals.
Here’s a map for those who have never been to the Wetlands. From the main Nature Center, drive south to Childs Road and turn left. Follow Childs Road down the hill. It will change from pavement to an unpaved road at which it becomes Camp Gifford Road. Continue down the road, past the gate and the train tracks. You’ll see the parking lot on the left side of the road and the Wetlands building on the right.
We’ll see you all on Thursday!