Spring is a time when we can get outside and enjoy the bright blue skies, fresh spring flowers and the general beauty of the great outdoors. We connected with SHOES.COM resident guest blogger, Christine C (@ccarforo), as she hiked through the beautiful Marshland Conservatory.
The Marshland Conservatory
This winter, we focused our shoots in the city, therefore we wanted the contrast of shooting in nature this spring. Photographing in nature is unpredictable and exciting because the shoot is centered around adventure and discovery. We researched hiking in Westchester County and discovered the Rye Marshland Conservatory, a 150 acre wildlife sanctuary along the shoreline of the Long Island Sound. Dana, my friend and patient model, has a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation so she was my naturalist guide as we explored the different habitats and trails of the Marshland. The Marshland is known for their over 300 species of birds so we set out to find some.
It was a cloudy day and close to sunset, so the ochre and brown tones of the field offered a stable, yet desaturated background for the landscape shots. At one end of the field was an 1838 Mansion that belonged to Founding Father, John Jay. While walking through the field, we spotted a herd of deer feeding nearby.
We then stumbled across the main attraction, the Marshland. We found a deteriorating osprey nest platform, and the remainders of an old chimney from a home that had been destroyed. Wooden ramps and bridges were used to protect and restore the wetland areas and also served as interesting texture in the shoots.
When we got to the end of the marsh, we discovered gorgeous rocks with sediment layers exposed from continual tidal movements on shore. The rocks we found at the Conservatory reminded us of those rocks we once adventured on in San Francisco due to their eclectic neutral tones and striations, making them a great backdrop to the photography. At the end of the shoot we found a Friends of the Marshland Conservatory meeting that was discussing the recent bird sightings in the sanctuary and the wildlife management practices being executed so we stayed and listened to discover some of the birds we had seen on the hike. Dana was able to add a few birds such as a killdeer, who landed close to us on shore, to her bird book. It is a popular activity for most wildlife lovers to document all of their bird encounters especially their life birds.
I wore my Timberland Savin Hill Mid Earthkeepers, as they are very comfortable for hiking, and compliment the natural palette in the marshland. Till our next adventure.
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