Photography By Ed O'Malley »

  • Ed O’Malley is a nature photographer who lives on the coast of New Jersey, specifically along the shore of Barnegat Bay. He can often be found sailing, fishing, diving, or kayaking – these and other outdoor activities often provide the opportunity and inspiration for his photographs.

    In addition to his on-the-water pursuits, Ed has always enjoyed stormy weather, and in particular, the winter season – the more snow, the better. In the fall of 2007, this led to Ed’s affiliation with Mount Washington Observatory as a summit volunteer. Since then, this has provided many unique photographic opportunities on the summit of Mount Washington and in the surrounding area. Coastal storms also provide Ed with many opportunities for one-of-a-kind photographs.

Snowy Owls and Stuffed Animals at the Beach (Edwin B. Forsythe NWR, Long Beach Island, NJ)

 (EDWINOI had the opportunity to go for a walk at the Holgate section of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge early this morning.  Snowy owls were the hoped-for focus, but it was also interesting to see the damage from Sandy that still remains.  There was evidence of where the storm washed over the island, eroding the dunes, and killing much of the natural vegetation.  There was also debris from the storm, including parts of homes, and a lost teddy bear that someone had found and placed in a tree.  I was lucky enough to see photograph four snowy owls (and see others) throughout the walk, but unfortunately, they were mostly interested in things other than me, and were reluctant to look at the camera. Due to the closed areas at Holgate, some of these photos are more distant than I would like, but I still had a lot of fun taking them!