I’m always seeking good photographic opportunities near home. Close locations quickly become regularly visited sites that don’t require extensive planning or travel time.
Some local spots I’ve found thought my own explorations, others via the Internet and a few have been learned of from photographer friends.
Paul Lester recently ‘shared’ a location for which I did a daytime reconnaissance visit to last Friday. I normally visit new sites during the full light of day to get the lay of the land as well as general directions for sunrise and sunset. More specific visits targeted at certain times of the day or season can then be easily planned later.
Fridays’ site was along the Pee Dee River in central North Carolina just below the Tuckertown Reservoir Dam. It’s a good spot for water, fog and abundant egret/heron shots. I’ll be certain to bring a longer lens for my next visit as the river is wide and most of the heron and egrets like to keep to the other side.
It’s a short hike from the parking area down to the river. Paul had also mentioned that during the summer months mosquitoes are abundant. There were no problems on that front visiting at this time of year.
At first there was a little light fog hanging over the water (second photo) but a soft breeze quickly dispersed it.
This location seems to be a very popular local fishing spot. I was surprised and highly disappointed to see the amount of trash accumulated along the banks of the river. There were even dozens of small empty propane cylinders abandoned on the shore. Who knows what’s been tossed into the water.
I would think anyone who enjoys getting out in nature and fishing would want to keep the river and land clean. Obviously not, It was sad and disgusting. Man may be the only species of animal that thinks nothing of figuratively “shitting” in his own “bed.”
Even with the trash, I’m adding this to my list of local spots to shoot.
Next visit I may bring some trash bags and spend a little time picking up trash along the banks.