Bashakill WMA by the Shawngunk Mountains

I went for a trip with 3 of my birding friends to Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, Sullivan County, New York on the weekend of June 6th. The first day we spent by the lake. The following morning I took some lovely photographs of dawn at the lake. Later that morning we drove up Gumaer Road, alongside a stream of the same name; stopping here and there to listen, and occasionally spot, an Acadian Flycatcher, singing Dark-eyed Juncos, Veerys and a Wood Thrush. I didn’t have my Nikon 80-400 mm lens, which is being repaired, so I am sorry to say I couldn’t photograph two young ravens being fed some red meat. Lastly, we walked along the D&H Canal Linear Park. The area is lovely and bright green this time of year with many birds, turtles and other wildlife. I had a marvelous time. We saw 55 species of birds and other flora and fauna.

I experimented with black and white with added sepia tints. Each one required its own methods to get the best result in Lightroom’s “darkroom” for translating to B&W. I aimed to create a mood and accentuate certain details. Here are both color and black and white versions for comparison.

Landscapes:

Close-ups:

11 thoughts on “Bashakill WMA by the Shawngunk Mountains

  1. walterwsmith3rd 2015-06-11 / 5:03 pm

    Hi Sherry. I am glad I came across your blog. Love your interest in Digital Art. As it is a love of mine as well. Surrealism, abstract, landscapes are all within our grasp as artists. Your work is beautiful and I will spend more time with your blog. When you have some time, stop by my blog and see what I am up too. Lately it has been mostly video art with a lot digital processing. Once again nice to meet you

    Walter

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  2. Christine May 2015-06-11 / 5:21 pm

    Just breathtaking!!! Makes me want to see them for myself

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  3. Lee Gaywood 2015-06-16 / 3:38 am

    The b/w & sepia landscapes look primal, so ancient.
    Interestinng natural landscapes are so lush.
    Just goes to show how color tones can change things

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  4. smackedpentax 2015-06-29 / 7:35 am

    Beautiful photoset. It is hard to decide which ones I like the best, they are all so good 🙂

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