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Top Places For

Photographing Nature and Wildlife


What’s one of the best ways you can capture your memories of days spent exploring the Chesapeake Bay? Take a picture!

The Chesapeake Bay is a photographer’s paradise, with thousands of beautiful views waiting for you to discover at places like Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Shenandoah River State Park, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. Photography is an opportunity to stop, slow down, and appreciate the Chesapeake’s nature and wildlife.

At the parks and wildlife refuges listed below, you’ll find birds, deer, turtles, and other animals set against stunning natural backdrops. Because these scenes are constantly shifting with the seasons, they’re fascinating to photograph again and again.

No matter whether you’re a professional or new to photography, you’ll capture the Chesapeake’s beauty when you visit one of these top places for photographing nature and wildlife.