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May 25, 2009


The Cape May Experience

by josephrossbachphoto

I just returned form co-leading (with Ian Plant) a photography workshop based out of Cape May, New Jersey. We had a great weekend of shooting coastal scenes, lighthouses, Victorian homes, shore birds and the spawning of the Horseshoe Crabs! On Friday and Saturday nights we were greeted with a peak spanning event and beautiful clouds and light which made it an amazing event.

Alien Beach

Alien Beach

These were the conditions on Friday Night with thousands of Horseshoe Crabs hitting the beach at high tide for as far as the eye could see. Amazing!

Escape from the Sanderlings

Escape from the Sanderlings

A Laughing Gull takes to flight amongst the flurry of hundreds of Sanderling all lining the beaches in hopes of stealing the eggs from the spawning crabs!.

Ancient Rituals

Ancient Rituals

 The pink glow of dusk illuminates the sky and paints a soft light on the thousands of crabs all competing for a mate along Kimball Beach at high tide.

Sanderling Flight

Sanderling Flight

 A laughing Gull gets caught up in the commotion of hundreds of sanderlings taking to flight of the beach.

The Great Congeration

The Great Congregation

As the sun makes its final push to the horizon at high tide, thousands of Horseshoe Crabs spawn along the Kimball Beach.
Cape May Light

Cape May Light

 Early morning light and clouds greet the Cape May Lighthouse. I used the steel fence as a framing element to make a more dynamic composition of this often photographed icon.

The Old Bike

The Old Bike

An old bike and Victorian houses rendered as art using HDR and tonemapped in Photomatix.

A Window into the Past

A Window into the Past

Our nest workshop coming this June is the Shenandoah Experience. We will have the chance to photograph new born fawns in Big Meadows, spectacular sunrises and sunsets from Skyline Drive and waterfalls/streams and wildflowers.

For info on more amazing wildlife events, hikes and paddles in the Mid Atlantic illustrated with stunning images and great maps, pick up my new book 50 Amazing Things You Must See and Do in the Greater DC Area

Also get your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography!

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 27 2009

    Hi Joseph.

    Excellent set of images from The Cape May!
    I especially like the bird and seascapes.

    Seung Kye

  2. May 30 2009

    I don’t believe I have ever seen images of horseshoe crabs like this. Very well done.

  3. Jun 5 2009

    Great images, can’t pick a favorite. Well done!!!


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