WRITTEN BY: BRUCE LOVELACE
PUBLISHED ON: NOVEMBER 7, 2023
Welcome to my gallery of Alcyon Lake photos, including nature, landscape, and wildlife photography and videos, as well as a few fascinating facts about this small recreational area in Pitman New Jersey. I'm lucky that it's just 5 minutes of travel time to visit this quaint little lake in the heart of South Jersey.
As you can see from the photo above, Fall is a great time of year to photograph the lake. There are also parks on both sides of the lake that provide additional opportunities to take photos.
The photo above was taken in June of 2020. Alcyon lake is teeming with life summertime. There is a tremendous amount of biodiversity to photograph when the temperature is high. That includes plant, insect and animal life in the water, on land, and in the air.
This is one of two eagles that come to feed at Alcyon. I use a fast focusing DSLR or mirrorless camera and a 100-400mm lens and I combine that with some image cropping in Photoshop to get these fast-flying targets in a close-up photo.
This busy beaver was not overly concerned with the presence of me and my kayak and it was just a matter of me having my camera in hand and ready to shoot to get the following two photos.
When the beaver started swimming directly at me I was suddenly curious as to whether it would want to jump into my kayak. I was not near its home, so I don't think it felt threatened.
The turtles at Alcyon lake seem to be quite timid and it takes a slow approach by boat and a long focal length lens to get a decent photograph of them.
Both turtles and frogs appear in large numbers when the sun comes out and the temperature warms up.
The throat on this bullfrog was a brilliant yellow and was a great color contrast in this composition. I had to position my kayak at just the right angle to shoot between some over hanging branches in order to get a clear view of this guy.
Alcyon Lake is frequently dominated by large populations of water fowl, including these geese. You'll also have many good opportunities to photograph ducks, as they are very comfortable to be near people.
I was intrigued by the individual spots of reflected blue sky in the lake water surrounding the geese as well as the strip of blue reflection in the distance.
Blue heron are another one of the water fowls family that are easy to photograph if you approach them VERY slowly.
To get a tac sharp photo of birds in flight, you need a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or fast, as well as a camera with advanced auto-focusing capabilities.
For those of you readers who are nature enthusiasts like me, I included some abstract nature photos from a few of my photo shoots at Alcyon over time.
The next 3 Alcyon photos were all taken within a very short distance of each other, on the east side of Alcyon Lake that is named Betty Park.
I usually modify them somewhat when following one of the rules of composition, but the grass-lake-tree reflection photo above is a classic example of using the rule of thirds to compose a photograph.
Some of the best photo opportunities come during or just after a tough winter snowstorm. The photo below is one of my all-time favorite images that I've taken of Alcyon. It was just after the snow stopped and the sky was starting to clear.
The photo of the lake and trees below was taken shortly after a snowstorm when the diffused sunlight was leaking through the thinning clouds.
As you can see from the photo below, the snow was coming down very heavily, but the deer were loving and full of playful energy. I had to shield my lens from getting pelted with large, wind-driven, wet snowflakes.
The deer were playing on the snow-covered soccer field at Alcyon Lake Park.
In addition to the still photo above, I was also able to shoot a short video of the frolicking deer. It was handheld without a tripod and with no image stabilization, but the jiggle is not too bad. See the short video below.
I shot this video at Alcyon Lake Park during a mini photo excursion to Alcyon Lake during a snow storm in 2018. I was shooting still photos of the snowy landscape and was shocked to come across these deer dancing and prancing in the middle of the soccer field. It was a surreal experience and I was the one person in the park to enjoy it.
You get a much different perspective of Alcyon Lake, Betty Park, Alcyon Lake Park, and the athletic fields from this video shot with a drone.
I hope you enjoyed this photographic glimpse into Alcyon Lake Park in Pitman, NJ, and that you're inspired to take a few of your own photos. If not, feel free to share these images or this post on social media.