Lake Mattamuskeet NWR


I spent last Saturday and Sunday at Lake Mattamuskeet NWR.  Lake Mattamuskeet is about 45 minutes east of Pungo lake (in Pocosin Lakes NWR). I first went to Pungo Lake but there were few photographic opportunities there, so I headed over to Lake Mattamuskeet. I didn’t have much luck with wildlife there either, but did get a couple of nice scenic shots. Above is a night shot of the old Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge/Pump Station. Below are two sunset shots on Lake Mattamuskeet, and an afternoon image of the Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge. The second sunset image is a composite of four images. I used a flashlight to light paint the different trees and dock in several shots and combined them in Photoshop. No light painting was done with the night image of Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge.


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  1. Eric February 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Ed: They turned out great! I really like the second sunset image – and the purple in it. It always surprises me how many stars turn out.

    • Ed Erkes February 7, 2014 at 11:52 am #

      Thanks Eric,
      I enjoyed meeting and shooting with you for a couple of days. We didn’t have much luck with wildlife, but the scenic opportunities made the trip worthwhile. I’ll email you when the wood ducks start returning to my pond regularly.

  2. Joan Sears January 20, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

    There’s a new place to photograph birds at the Wysocking Wildlife Sanctuary in Gull Rock. I’m a volunteer guide. They have a lot of bears too. But the bears are mostly nocturnal during this time of the year. Their number is 925-1200. facebook: Wysocking Wildlife Sanctuary.Their duck blind is awesome.

    • Ed Erkes January 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Joan, Thanks for the information on Wysocking Wildlife Sanctuary. I wasn’t aware of the place. I checked their website and facebook page and it does sound interesting. However, I couldn’t tell whether or not it was open to the public. If it is, I would definitely be interested in checking it out. At any rate, it really is heartening to hear about successful conservation efforts such as this one.

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