Winter Solitude at Manasquan Reservoir

February 26, 2015  •  7 Comments

Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, New Jersey is also part of Monmouth County park system. The place is not only for recreational activities but it also provides water to the town and utilities.

"Frozen""Frozen"

The park has visitor center, trails, boat launching area, dikes for fishing and environmental center. It offers a lot of activities for one you can do boating activities in the reservoir. There is also the second level observation deck where you can enjoy spectacular views.

During the winter, the reservoir is open for ice-skating, ice-boating and ice-fishing. However, these activities are permitted depending on the weather conditions.

There’s a special portion of the reservoir that is designated as wildlife reserve which protects certain faunas such as notable bird and land animal species of Swan, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Great blue Heron, turtles, Red Fox, Raccoons and White-tailed deer.

A swan looking at a frozen dead duck on the lake. Taken on overcast foggy day using 70-200mm telephoto lens.

 
The forests at the reservoir have an interesting mix of trees e.g. pine/oak and maple/sweetgum species. There is an area next the park called Bear Swamp Tract and Howell Park Golf Course which is open during the State-regulated hunting season.  In addition, hunting areas are clearly posted.
 
The park opens daily at 6a.m. to dusk from April 1 to October 31 and 7a.m. to dusk from November 1 to March 31. Occasionally the park ranger opens the parking at Chestnut point before 7am on Winter.

 

It is one of the places that I put into practice my winter photography in New Jersey. During winter I will wait when the lake has frozen, frozen enough to walk nearby the shore.   

 

 

Here are some tips if you want to take a photo in the reservoir during the winter:

"Frozen Log""Frozen Log"

Where: Park your car on the roadside near the intersection of Georgia Tavern Road and Lemon Road, and then make your way to the Chestnut Point.  You should be extremely careful when walking on ice, it might be slippery or ice might be not thick enough.

When: A great spot for sunrise views is best during overcast light.

How: If you are aiming for a sunrise shot be sure to use wide angle zoom lens to get everything from foreground to background.  

Try vertical composition, it often accentuate the dynamic qualities of an image particularly when using ultra-wide lens. 

A solid neutral density filter is useful if you want to blur the clouds. For more information on how to use a neutral density filter you can check www.digitalcameraworld.com How and when to use ND filters


Check out my Winter Solitude Manasquan Reservoir Gallery:

 

 

 

 

 


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