Alligator National Wildlife Refuge
Shooting for myself in the fog and mist at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Yesterday (April 5th, 2023) I spent the morning wandering across the
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in hope of seeing a Black Bear
or a Red Wolf.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a 152,000 acre wetland refuge that is home to the largest Black Bear population in the Eastern United States.
It is also a re-introduction site for the critically Endangered Red Wolf.
Located west/southwest of Manteo- Roanoke Island in Pamlico Sound,
the refuge and wildlife drive is accessible from NC Route 64. On NC 64
you will see signs alerting you to Black Bears and Red Wolves.
I am in the middle of shooting a long-term personal project along the
Eastern United States and Canadian coastline. All of this shooting is
via drone and with my Fujifilm GFX kit. The fog nixed my aerial plans.
It did give me a chance to shoot images challenging myself — by using
one lens and one camera – my Leica M10-R and the Zeiss 50mm F/2 Planar.
I believe it is important for photographers to create images for the
pure joy of shooting and without concerns about stock, client concerns
or self-imposed limitations.