Sunset at the Marsh

Utica Marsh

After a very topsy-turvy day with the weather, the evening was looking like it might be OK to go exploring for a sunset. My first instinct was to go down to Delta Lake and see what has changed since the weather has gotten warmer. When I reached the corner I ended up turning left and headed down to the Utica Marsh.

I drove by the marsh the other day and the water level was quite high. I thought maybe it would produce some interesting images if I could find my way over toward the trees growing on the city side of the marsh. I didn’t allow myself enough time as I left the house like I was going to Delta Lake which is only 5 minutes away. I parked the car at the trail head in Marcy and quick walked over to the marsh.

It was a good day as any to go off the path and head over to the side of the marsh I wanted to capture. It also would put the sun in the best location as it set to be over my subjects. This first image includes one of those trees I was hoping to capture. The wind was still strong which ruined my calm water reflections but I liked the silhouette look and the golden colors I was able to get from the growth along the banks.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunset Marsh

Sunset Marsh
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 26mm, f/16, ISO 200


If the water had been calmer I would have switched to my zoom lens to isolate the tree and its reflection a little better. My location on the hill leading up to the road was not the best angle for capturing the solitary tree but then I noticed all the other inhabitants surrounding the tree. If you look closely you can spot some geese and at least one beaver lodge.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Surrounded

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


I worked my way back toward the trail and found a spot where I could get close to the water. There was another beaver lodge and I was hoping to get a close-up view. What I didn’t notice as I was capturing this image were the geese nesting on the top of the lodge. Now I wish I had switched to that zoom lens!


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Home

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/15s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


This last image is the typical image I capture at the marsh. It is from the corner near the trails where I can usually get next to the water. There has been some landscaping being done at this spot and I’m not sure if it was all done by humans. I have a feeling the beaver started something and there was additional work that had to be done to clean up their mess.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Utica Marsh Approach

Utica Marsh Approach
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


I can’t wait for Spring to reach the swamp. The color changes will definitely improve my sunset images. I’m also hoping to explore more of the area around the swamp as there are a few more trails I haven’t tried.