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The earth I stood to take these photos is gone, removed by Hurricane Sandy and replaced by a breach in the dam that formed the West Pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge hear in New York City.

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My photos were all taken October 13, 2012 and exif data is available if you are interested.

I found out about the situation from the NPS Face Book page where they are posting updates on the Gateway NP situation post Sandy.







Photo by the NPS showing the breach at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West Pond dam
The breach is reported to be 50' across and the Refuge is closed to visitors. We call the location of the breach “The Runway” as it is the place where birds fly in and out of the West Pond and a wonderful place to take flight photos of the hundreds of thousands of migratory birds that pass through the Atlantic Flyway and use JBWR as a resting spot before crossing New York Harbor to New Jersey. What was a fresh water pond is now salt water and the birds will need to find drinking water someplace else.







This image shows the trail as it was when I visited in May of 2004.

The Statue of Liberty and Fire Island took also took a beating.

More information can be found on the NPS Facebook site:

www.facebook.com/HurricaneResponseNPS

Morris



Nov 10, 2012 at 03:15 PM
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p.1 #2 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Nice images, Morris. Hope everyone is doing as well as can be expected back there.

Henrik



Nov 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Morris-
As a photograph of a flying gaggle, #4 gets really close to perfection IMO. I love it!
Charlie



Nov 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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p.1 #4 · JBWR West Pond Breach


I'm a big fan of your blur in flight images...mine come out that way when I screw up the shutter speed ...the last is so sweet and great light as well.
There certainly will need to be some changes in behavior of the local avian and land based community as a result of the devastation....but nature does have a way of sorting these things out....different but effective in the end.
Eric



Nov 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #5 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Very nice images Morris, as always. I live in Manhattan about 6 months of the year and have never photographed at JBWR, obviously I'm missing out. Maybe someday you'll show me around.

Jim



Nov 10, 2012 at 11:37 PM
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p.1 #6 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Nice work Morris. Those brant shots are quite appealing.


Nov 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #7 · JBWR West Pond Breach


it's a lovely set Morris


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p.1 #8 · JBWR West Pond Breach


A nice set Morris. Has a decision been made as to what will be done - repair or leave, maybe a foot bridge?
Ron



Nov 11, 2012 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #9 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Lovely set Morris! I absolutely adore that last image.
I hope the area recovers quickly.

Birdie



Nov 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
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Good tribute Morris.
Douglas



Nov 11, 2012 at 02:33 PM
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Yes indeed Morris, it's 4 for me!

Tim



Nov 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · JBWR West Pond Breach


Great set, Morris, made especially poignant by the fact that that landscape is not there any more. Good luck and best wishes to everyone out there, including our winged buddies.
Mark



Nov 11, 2012 at 06:00 PM
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It's a nice set, Morris. Especially #6.
Hope things will get to normal soon for people and birds.
Chris



Nov 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM





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