Summer on the Pocosin Workshops

Summer of 2016 I offered, for the very first time, a workshop concentrating on black bear. Brittney, Gail & myself spent two days out at the Pocosin Lakes NWR. I've been traveling to the Pungo Unit since I was 4 or 5 years old, like a second home I know the place like the back of my hand. When I go shoot for myself there's no stress, if I see something, great! If not, that's great too because I'm spending time outside in nature, so I'm happy. When teaching a workshop or leading a tour the stress level for me goes from 0 to 100. Because I want nothing more than a perfect trip for my students. No worries for our private workshop this past June. We had great weather, great subjects and plenty of bear!

 Female Black Bear

Female Black Bear

Summer time on the Pocosin Lakes is a beautiful time of year. You have the oppourtunity to photograph almost everything that lives in eastern North Carolina. Deer, coyotes, bear, wolves, bobcats, rattlesnakes and almost any other animal that call NC home.

 Sunlight shinning on a dew covered spider web

Sunlight shinning on a dew covered spider web

An ansortment of turtles can be found in the many canals that make their way through the refuge.

 Image above & below are of Eastern Painted Turtles

Image above & below are of Eastern Painted Turtles

Lots of different bird species can be found here during the summer. Everything from red winged black birds, prothonotary warblers, blue grosbeaks, blue birds, cardinals and much more!

 Red winged black bird searching for small insects on the water lilies.

Red winged black bird searching for small insects on the water lilies.

 Close up of a Lily Pad flower

Close up of a Lily Pad flower

 Black bear asleep in tree

Black bear asleep in tree

Black Bear are what we concentrate on. Summer time you will find males chasing females and both gorging on the summer crops. During the middle of days they can be found in water holes & canals cooling off or sleeping trees.

 Bear in tree

Bear in tree

 Bear asleep in tree

Bear asleep in tree

 Female Black Bear

Female Black Bear

 Summer is also mating season for the bear. This image shows a male & female "courting"

Summer is also mating season for the bear. This image shows a male & female "courting"

 Black Bear Cub

Black Bear Cub

 Sow with two cubs born earlier in the year

Sow with two cubs born earlier in the year

2017 I've decided to offer private workshops & two one day workshops with the maximum of 6 participates. Find out more info HERE or by click on the this link:

http://www.jerniganphotojournal.com/summer-on-the-pocosin

If you have any questions about a group/private workshop please visit the workshop or contact tab at the top of the page.

On most days out photographing bear we see around 20 individuals with the possibility of seeing a lot more. My personal record is 45 different bear in two hours. I would be honored to teach you all about photographing the Pocosin Lakes NWR in summer.