photography goals


It’s amazing how even when you’ve spent much of your life in the same area there can still be so many places that you’ve never been, often because you never realized that they were there. This year my goal is to hit as many local spots as possible. Who knows, maybe I’ll even find a new favorite place to shoot. On the list…

Chesapeake Arboretum is 48 acres of trails that wander through season gardens and mature hardwood forests, a large lake, and an historic farmhouse: a great spot for both landscape and macro photography. Hubby and I had our engagement photos done here, and I’ve always wanted to go back…

Deep Creek Lock Park separates the salt water of Deep Creek from the fresh water of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It has 25 acres of bridges and elevated walkways that traverse a tidal inlet and marsh area. From what I’ve heard this is a great spot for wildlife photos…

The Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, converted from old Virginia State Rt. 17, passes through an historic and environmental delight.  Again, a great opportunity for wildlife photos. Unfortunately, due to damage from Hurricane Matthew last year, the boat ramp and canal access have been closed. It does appear that most of the foot trail remains open, however.

Oak Grove Lake Park covers 65 acres of forest and wetlands. A trail offers views of the lake, forest, and wildlife. Observation platforms are scattered throughout the area.

The access point for the Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area is actually tucked away behind a residential area, so it’s no surprise that most people don’t realize it’s there. It covers 42 acres, including more than 12,000 feet of shoreline with scattered overlook platforms.

Pleasure House Point Natural Area encompasses 118 acres of water, tidal mark, sandy shores and maritime forest. It’s considered one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land along the Lynnhaven River. Access is by foot only, so be prepared to pack in everything you need for a day of shooting great views…

Red Wing Park covers 97 acres and includes many gardens, including the Reba S. McClanan Fragrance Garden and the Miyazaki Japanese Garden. Great for both landscape and macro photography!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Stumpy Lake Natural Area includes 1,422 acres of land, much of it undeveloped, and soft-use trails. Landscapes, macro, wildlife…you can get it all here! I have it on authority that this is one of the best places in the area to go if you want to photograph birds…

West Neck Creek Natural Area has been kept in its natural state with the exception of its soft path and ADA compliant trails. I’m told this is another great spot to get a little bit of everything in one stop…

These are just a handful of the options within 30 minutes or less…and I want to try them all! So many photos to take, and so little time…


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