Patuxent River Walk

I went on my first photography nature hike on Saturday at the Patuxent River Park, located in Upper Marlboro, MD. Since this was my first ever photography walk, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I brought my backpack full of supplies: water bottle, my Canon T5 Rebel plus lenses, and jacket just in case of rain. There were seven of us waiting to go on our little adventure through nature

The photography walk began a little after 9:00 a.m. Our guide went over a few DSLR basics for those of use who are photography newbies. He suggested that we set our DSLR cameras to the TV setting on the dial so that we only have worry about the shutter speed, which would be primarily set at 1/800. But we would lower for stationery subjects. The iPhone folks were advised to use slow motion for some of the up close action shots. Then we set out on our adventure, first destination was the pier.

We headed out on the Patuxent River. We saw a family of ospreys in their nest. If you look closely at the bottom left, you can see the babies in the nest as well.

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We also see a few double-crested cormorants sunning and drying themselves on a log.

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There’s a blue heron in the distance. I think it knows we’re watching and taking pictures because look at it spreading it’s wings.

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The Patuxent River Park is a popular destination for kayakers.

kayakers

After we finished photographing the river and some of its inhabitants, we were greeted on the pier by an interesting host.

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We set off on foot through the park on foot and saw some gorgeous flowers, like these

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and this oneyellowflower

We ended at the garden near the Visitor’s Center. We go in search of some golden finches and maybe monarch caterpillars, neither of which showed up. But we did end up seeing a ladybug,

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a brown toad,

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and a green frog.

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Even though my back and feet were hurting after the walk, I will absolutely go on the nature walk again in the fall as the leaves are starting to turn. I love being able to practice photography with nature as the subject. There’s so much beauty for all to enjoy.