Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

In the previous post I mentioned my visit to one of my favorite getaways, Maryland's Eastern Shore. While there I took a quick side trip to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which is located about a dozen miles south of Cambridge. The refuge, which consists of some 28,000 acres of marsh, wetlands and forests was established in 1933 to provide a habitat for migratory birds that use the Atlantic Flyway. It's a wonderful place to visit and see nature at it's very best, undisturbed by mankind.

There is one main roadway (Wildlife Drive) that provides access for vehicles, bicycles and foot traffic that winds its way through a portion of the refuge and provides some spectacular views like the one below.

During my visit I saw few birds and waterfowl, which was not a surprise given that I remained somewhat along the beaten path and there were other visitors about that were easily detected by the refuge's residents. I also didn't have a lot of time to venture into the wooded areas and patiently wait for some form of wildlife to appear within camera range. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the trip and simply created some nature photos from the surrounding area itself.

The scene above was taken from a position on Wildlife Drive, the paved roadway that runs along the top of a dike. More on that shortly. This view shows the brackish waters of the Little Blackwater River and the surrounding grasslands. Too bad that photographs don't have sound. At the time of this shot many birds were harmoniously singing which made it clear that I was in a bird habitat. 

About that roadway known as Wildlife Drive. It is built atop a dike that separates the tidal brackish waters from the freshwater impoundments created so that even more species of wildlife can thrive within this very well managed refuge. It's the best of both worlds for many migratory species of birds. A place where they can find food and protection in a natural environment that allows them to thrive.

Needless to say, I shot lots of photos including a few actual wildlife captures, but I have chosen to show just a few landscape photographs in this post. We will close out with a shot of the Wildlife Drive as seen below.

In this last shot of the post (Roadway to the Sun) you can see a freshwater impoundment on the right and the brackish waters of the Little Blackwater River on the left. The roadway itself serves as a symbolic transition zone between the two bodies of water. 

After waiting for the sun to lower itself toward the horizon I was happy to capture the image above.

Thanks for vising!