I learned yesterday that this photograph of the Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley, Massachusetts was selected as the Grand Prize winner of a photo contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The photo was made on December 9, 2012 late in the day, preserving the tonal range by combining 3 separate exposures using HDR (high dynamic range technique). You are encouraged to see all the contest winners by clicking here. The sanctuary is jointly managed by Mass Audubon and Essex County Greenbelt and encompasses spectacular coastal woodlands, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and salt pannes. Click to visit
This evening I had a sense that the light falling on The Great Marsh on the north shore of Massachusetts would be warm and wonderful. I arrived at the newly designated Rough Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Rowley a few minutes before a gentle sunset. This 250 acre area of wetland and coastal forest is jointly managed by the Essex County Greenbelt Association and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Click on this image to see a larger version and learn about how to purchase it as a fine art print or licensed for commercial use.