Mulligan Pond

The following photorealistic 32-bit HDR image of Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, is a composite of three bracketed exposures, +/- two stops of exposure.

A 32-bit HDR composite image created from three photos of Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA, +/- two stops of exposure.

20 FEB 2016 | Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge | Mulligan Pond

Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge is located along Dogue Creek, downstream from the southeastern boundary of Huntley Meadows Park.

The wetland refuge is open to the public, although signs such as the one shown below are a sobering reminder that the property belongs to the U.S. Army. The danger is real, according to John Pilcicki, Natural Resource Specialist, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, and visitors should stay on the marked trail.

Signage at Jackson Mile Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA.

20 FEB 2016 | Jackson Mile Abbott Wetland Refuge | Signage

Tech Tips: I used my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS150 superzoom camera to shoot three bracketed exposures of the same landscape. The camera was set for manual focus at the hyperfocal distance for an aperture of f/4, based upon the instructions provided in the excellent video tutorial by Graham Houghton, “Panasonic Lumix FZ camera easier manual focus method — super point-and-shoot tip.” I used Adobe Photoshop CC (2015) and Lightroom CC (2015) to create and edit a 32-bit HDR composite image of the three exposures: Photoshop was used to create the HDR image; Lightroom was used to adjust the composite image. The final version was exported from Lightroom as a 16-bit TIFF and imported into Aperture for some finishing touches.

Copyright © 2016 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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35 Responses to “Mulligan Pond”

  1. Pole Road Park | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Showcasing some of my digital photography and videography. « Mulligan Pond […]

  2. Uncommonly cooperative Common Baskettail | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Baskettail (Epitheca cynosura) was spotted on 24 May 2016 during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  3. Changing of the guard | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Prince Baskettail dragonflies (Epitheca princeps) were spotted on 14 June 2016 at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  4. Identifying clubtails by the calendar | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] to my surprise, a Lancet Clubtail dragonfly (Gomphus exilis) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a […]

  5. Reconnecting with old friends | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] male Banded Pennants were spotted on 26 June 2016 at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). One of the two males was unusually cooperative; he […]

  6. Making new friends | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Setwing dragonfly (Dythemis velox) was discovered recently at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR) — the first official record of Swift […]

  7. Common Baskettail dragonfly (female) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge. This individual is a female, as indicated by her rounded hind […]

  8. Another new species discovered at JMAWR | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Blue-faced Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. As far as I know, this is the […]

  9. Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (male) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) was spotted near Mulligan Pond during a photowalk at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). Russet-tipped Clubtail is a […]

  10. Clearwing Moths (Genus Hemaris) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Notice the moth has dark or […]

  11. Another Russet-tipped Clubtail | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) after I spotted one on 22 September 2016 during a photowalk at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  12. Shadow Darner dragonfly (female) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Shadow Darner dragonfly (Aeshna umbrosa) was spotted during a photowalk at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  13. Another sighting of Russet-tipped Clubtail | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) on 03 October 2016 during a photowalk at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This one was by far the most challenging to […]

  14. Headfirst | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] to my left as I was looking for Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonflies during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  15. Slender Bluet damselflies (mating pair) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] pair of Slender Bluet damselflies (Enallagma traviatum) was spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This pair is “in heart“: the male is on top; […]

  16. Russet-tipped Clubtail claspers | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) was spotted during a photowalk at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland […]

  17. Post update | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Meadowhawk dragonfly (Sympetrum ambiguum) at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge was observed at Mulligan Pond on 15 September 2016. 10 days later, another Blue-faced Meadowhawk was spotted near the same […]

  18. Blue-fronted Dancer | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] one of many Blue-fronted Dancer damselflies (Argia apicalis) spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This individual is a male, as indicated by his […]

  19. Variable Dancer (mating pair, “in heart”) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] mating pair of Variable Dancer damselflies (Argia fumipennis violacea) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This pair is “in heart“: the male is on […]

  20. Hamules | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Clubtail dragonfly (Stylurus plagiatus) was spotted during a photowalk at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). This individual is a male, as indicated by […]

  21. New discoveries in 2016 | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR) is a familiar location where several species, previously unknown to occur at the park, were discovered in 2016. […]

  22. Variegated Fritillary butterflies (mating pair) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] mating pair of Variegated Fritillary butterflies (Euptoieta claudia) was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  23. Pearl Crescent butterflies (mating pair) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] mating pair of Pearl Crescent butterflies (Phyciodes tharos) was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  24. Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles (mating pair) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] mating pair of Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles (Harmonia axyridis) was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  25. Monarch butterflies | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] solitary female Monarch was spotted near Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. JMAWR is located […]

  26. Russet-tipped Clubtail dragonflies (males, eating) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Clubtail dragonflies (Stylurus plagiatus) were spotted during photowalks at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR). Both individuals are males, as indicated by […]

  27. Black and Yellow Argiope spiders | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] and Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) spiders were spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  28. Phanogomphus | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] dragonflies were observed near Mulligan Pond during a photowalk at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. I was […]

  29. Non-stop flight | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] a Common Baskettail dragonfly (Epitheca cynosura) was spotted patrolling part of the shoreline at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a male, in […]

  30. Banded Pennants (mating pair, in wheel) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] mating pair of Banded Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) was spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This pair is “in […]

  31. Swift Setwing dragonflies (males) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Swift Setwing dragonflies (Dythemis velox) were spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. All of the individuals […]

  32. Banded Pennant dragonflies (males) | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Pennant dragonflies (Celithemis fasciata) were spotted at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. All of the individuals […]

  33. Pond pals | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] on the nose of a water turtle, possibly a Northern Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys rubriventris), at Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  34. Late-season Swift Setwing dragonflies | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] Swift Setwing dragonflies (Dythemis velox) were spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond, Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia […]

  35. Up close and personal | walter sanford's photoblog Says:

    […] single Swift Setwing dragonfly (Dythemis velox) was spotted during a photowalk around Mulligan Pond at Jackson Miles Abbott Wetland Refuge (JMAWR), Fairfax County, Virginia USA. This individual is a […]

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