Black Oystercatcher picks up a shell


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.  - Ansel Adams

Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. It has become a high-priority activity in the Refuge System and is a wonderful way to delve into the world of wildlife observation. You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive. The challenges of wildlife photography can provide a way to connect more intimately with nature.

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