A-O Pro Tip – Triton Check Valve with Pond Professors Inc.

Welcome to another A-O Pro Tip from our Learn From The Pro series! This week have some great advice on the Atlantic Triton Check Valve given by Rex McCaskill, from Pond Professors Inc.

Contractor installing a Triton Check Valve into a TT6000 pump

This tip comes from a demonstration build at Smith Turf Irrigation in Colfax, North Carolina. Contractors from Pond Professors Inc., Whitaker Waterscapes LLC, Atlantic-OASE staff and more all came to Smith Turf Irrigation to teach and learn some water feature installation techniques. During this 1-day training, the contractors installed an awesome pond and waterfall with Atlantic Spouts, a Copper Spillway and a Copper Bowl flowing into the pond!

A-O Pro Tip #10 – Triton Check Valve with Pond Professors Inc.

Contractor showing where to cut a Triton Check Valve to fit their pump and skimmer

In our 10th A-O Pro Tip video, Rex explains how to install a Triton Check Valve to his TT-series pump.

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Rex explains how you can use a Triton Check Valve for different Atlantic pump sizes and products like the PS7000 Skimmer they used in this build. He shows us how to read the chart in the Check Valve manual to determine the spot on the Check Valve to cut. The Triton Check Valve has numbers indicated on the side to help guide your installation. See this chart below or in the box of your Triton Check Valve!

Triton Check Valve Discharge Pipe "Perfect Cut" Reference Chart

Rex explains that you don’t have to “go hunting” for any other fittings. It takes out all the guessing and makes life pretty easy when installing. The Check Valve is great because it has two places where you can take it apart to reach your pump for servicing. The Check Valve is also serviceable if needed.

For more information on our Check Valves, visit our website here or contact us at info@atlantic-oase.com!

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About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

A-O Pro Tip – Extending A Waterfall with Art of the Yard

It’s Tuesday and we all know what that means! It’s time to learn another A-O Pro Tip! This week’s tip is brought to you by Shane Hemphill and Heath Webb from Art of the Yard. They’re giving us advice on extending a waterfall.

Pond-free waterfall close up with blue color changing lighting

This tip comes from the build in the Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the YardAlpine Custom Hardscapes and Demi Fortuna, from his own company, August Moon Designs, came to Ohio to dig in the dirt to kick off the start of this new series. After the 5-day building palooza, they created 3 incredible water features including a pond and waterfall feature with a custom copper bowl fire feature, a pond-free waterfall and a formal fountain hardscape.

A-O Pro Tip #9 – Extending A Waterfall with Art of the Yard

Man building a pond-free waterfall and standing on Eco-Blox matrix blocks

In the 9th A-O Pro Tip of our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill and Heath Webb show us how they extend a screen on a pond-free waterfall to keep you from seeing the dry rock look.

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Shane explains how, normally, you would backfill the pond-free reservoir with dirt and create a tight space so you don’t have to put in as much river rock. Instead, they decided to extend the waterfall all the way to the end of the Eco-Blox by using more waterfall stones. Heath shows us how they extend the waterfall by placing a bib liner on top of the Eco-Blox, first, to put the last waterfall stone on top. This extends the waterfall further out and helps prevent the dry stone look because the waterfall reaches more of the rocks.

Pond-free waterfall construction with a bib liner over Eco-Blox matrix blocks

Learn more about our Pond-free waterfall systems here!

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

A-O Pro Tip – Framing Rocks with Whitaker Waterscapes LLC

This week we have some more helpful advice for our Learn From The A-O Pro Series from Travis Whitaker, owner of Whitaker Waterscapes LLC! Travis gives us some great tips on building waterfalls and using framing rocks to do so!

Man placing framing rocks for a waterfall creation

This tip comes from a demonstration build at Smith Turf Irrigation in Colfax, North Carolina. Contractors from Pond Professors Inc., Whitaker Waterscapes LLC, Atlantic-OASE staff and more all came to Smith Turf Irrigation to teach and learn some water feature installation techniques. During this 1-day training, the contractors installed an awesome pond and waterfall with Atlantic Spouts, a Copper Spillway and a Copper Bowl flowing into the pond!

A-O Pro Tip #8 – Framing Rocks with Whitaker Waterscapes LLC

Two men placing framing rocks for a waterfall

In our 8th A-O Pro Tip video, Travis shows us how he uses frame rocks to shape his waterfall.

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Travis explains that he likes to set their frame rocks first when creating their waterfalls. He talks about how in the mountains you’ll see waterfalls with large rocks and smaller rocks will tumble in between those large rocks to create the waterfall. The large rocks are called frame rocks. His team will set their first frame rock, then their waterfall stone and then the second frame rock. These framing rocks combined with waterfall rocks will guide the water down the rocks to create an awesome waterfall!

Another tip Travis gives us is that he leaves the straps around his frame rocks so that if he decides to change the position of the rocks for his waterfall, he can easily move or take the rocks out. He says it’s not uncommon for him to build a waterfall five times until they find the perfect fit of the rocks.

Men creating a waterfall into a pond

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

A-O Pro Tip – Installing a Skimmer with Pond Professors Inc. & Whitaker Waterscapes LLC

It’s our favorite day of the week, Tip Tuesday that is, and we have another A-O Pro Tip for you! This week, Rex McCaskill and Travis Whitaker give us some helpful tips when installing a Skimmer. Let’s dive right in and see what tips they have for us!

Contractor installing a skimmer into the side of a pond

This tip comes from a demonstration build at Smith Turf Irrigation in Colfax, North Carolina. Contractors from Pond Professors Inc., Whitaker Waterscapes LLC, Atlantic-OASE staff and more all came to Smith Turf Irrigation to teach and learn some water feature installation techniques. During this 1-day training, the contractors installed an awesome pond and waterfall with Atlantic Spouts, a Copper Spillway and a Copper Bowl flowing into the pond!

A-O Pro Tip #7 – Installing a Skimmer with Pond Professors Inc. & Whitaker Waterscapes LLC

Pond with waterfall, copper spillway bowl, wall spouts and copper spillway

For the 7th A-O Pro Tip in our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Rex McCaskill from Pond Professors Inc. and Travis Whitaker from Whitaker Waterscapes LLC, show us some helpful tips to consider when installing a skimmer into your pond.

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Both Rex and Travis explain how important it is to make sure your skimmer is level when installing. Travis also explains that you make sure the skimmer is installed on the opposite side of your waterfall for good circulation.

Skimmer installed into the side of a pond

Travis and Rex also teach the contractors how to install their pond liner and rocks higher than the overflow of the skimmer.

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Video?

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Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

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Comment below for more questions on installing a skimmer or email us at info@atlantic-oase.com


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

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Ready? Set. Smile! It’s Camera Day!

hand holding a camera against a pink background

Daria Shevtsova, pexels.com

Get your camera ready! In observance of Camera Day, June 29th, we will be doing a deep dive on the history of the camera. Got your quill and scroll ready? Well, you’ll need it for how far we are traveling back in time, to the very first camera. Welcome to the 11th century.

Camera Obscura diagram

A Lesson on the Camera Obscura, art-critique.com

Ibn al Haytham was known for being the founder of the Camera Obscura, a box-shaped device that aided artists and later astronomers in their field. The word Camera Obscura translates to “dark room” which is where it would be placed when in use. It had a small pinhole on the side that light would pass through and reflect the image (upside-down) on a blank wall or canvas. Later a mirror would be placed inside the box to flip the image right-side-up.

Kodak Brownie Flash B Camera

Little Visuals, pexels.com

Fast forward time and we arrive in 1888 Rochester, New York, where a George Eastman invents the Kodak camera and film. He wanted to make a camera that was easy to use and portable for on the go fun. The Kodak 1 was born, this led to the Kodak Brownie and then to the Kodak Hawkeye.

Polaroid SX-70 camera

Polaroid SX-70, wikipedia.com

Put your dukes up Kodak, Polaroid has entered the ring. The year was 1948, Edwin H. Land had the idea to create a camera that could be portable, easy to use and, get this, print a photo! The Polaroid was born and so did the era of shaking it like a Polaroid picture, in all honestly don’t shake the Polaroids, it doesn’t help with anything.

Sony Mavica camera

Sony Mavica, wikipedia.com

Move aside Polaroid and Kodak, Sony is up next. 1981, leather was in, hair was big and Sony threw its name into the hat by creating the Sony Mavica. This revolutionized digital cameras by becoming the very first digital still camera! This paved way to Kodak’s first professional digital camera and then the famous camera phone in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s.

Even now, a camera is always within reach, which honestly comes in handy more ways than one. The camera has revolutionized the way we communicate and see things around us, it helps us share things that we may never fully be able to see, it’s not like we can just take a trip to Mars and snap a shot of the Red Planet. We aren’t Bezos or Musk. Cameras help us see the world through a different lens. Pun intended. And we are thankful the invention of these amazing contraptions because without it, I think it’s safe to say our world would be a little less developed. Alright, I’m done with these puns. 

Go take a picture to commemorate the day! Happy Camera Day!

Read some more of our blogs on cameras and photography! Capturing the Perfect Water Feature Picture, Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! It’s Nature Photography Day, and Tips & Tricks for Photographing Water Features!


About the Author:


Leah La Farciola

Like the elusive bigfoot, Leah enjoys the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, attempting to longboard, falling off said longboard, rollerblading, you get the picture. Leah attained a piece of paper from THE Ohio State University that states she can make drawings move on a computer. She is the Multimedia Coordinator for Atlantic-OASE, catch her work on the YouTube.

A-O Pro Tip – Hiding FastFalls with Art of the Yard

Happy Tuesday! Today’s A-O Pro Tip is a simple but, effective way to hide and conceal your Atlantic FastFalls! For the 6th A-O Pro Tip in our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill, owner of Art of the Yard, gives us a quick tip for hiding FastFalls in your water feature!

Waterfall with flowers planted for tip on hiding FastFalls

This tip comes from the build in the Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the YardAlpine Custom Hardscapes and Demi Fortuna, from his own company, August Moon Designs, came to Ohio to dig in the dirt to kick off the start of this new series. After the 5-day building palooza, they created 3 incredible water features including a pond and waterfall feature with a custom copper bowl fire feature, a pond-free waterfall and a formal fountain hardscape.

A-O Pro Tip #6 – Hiding FastFalls with Art of the Yard

For the 6th A-O Pro Tip, Shane Hemphill shows us one of the ways you can hide a FastFall by planting flowers directly on top of the FastFall instead of placing rocks on top to conceal it. This is an easy and great way to hide your FastFalls with a natural look!

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Although the Atlantic FastFalls can support the heaviest rock and stone (33,000 lb. to give you an idea), it was also designed to retain soil, gravel and mulch perfectly. For the most natural looking camouflage possible, plant ground covers or low growing perennials directly into the pockets on top of the FastFalls to blend the FastFalls seamlessly with the surrounding landscape.

Which would you prefer? Concealing your FastFalls with rocks or plants?

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

Stay tuned for more A-O Pro Tips here on the blog and don’t forget to follow us on Instagramand subscribe to our YouTube so you don’t miss out on all the Learn From The A-O Pro’s videos!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

8 Water Features to Give Your Dad for Father’s Day This Year

Happy Father’s Day AND happy Summer Solstice, aka the first day of summer! What better way to kick off the summer than to give your dad a new water feature to enjoy all summer long? Here are 8 great water feature options to gift your dad this year!

A Formal Spillway to add to your patio or existing hardscape

Stainless Steel Spillway Project Bundle

Check out Atlantic’s new Formal Spillway Project Bundles to create your very own formal spillway. Project Bundles include everything you need but the stone to create awesome water features!

His own custom fountain bowl or vase

Blue Fountain Vase in a backyard with a patio

Use our Fountain Systems to make any fountain come to life. Pick out a fountain topper of your liking (bowl, vase or pot) to put on an Atlantic Fountain Basin.

A Pond-free waterfall

Pond-free waterfall created by Art of the Yard

Waterfall by Art of the Yard, Colorado

Find a contractor near you to help bring the sights and sounds of a waterfall to your backyard. Click here to find a contractor in your area.

A classic koi pond

Koi fish pond

You can’t go wrong with a classic koi pond in your yard! Spend hours outside watching your gorgeous fish swim by. Keep it clean and clean with the OASE BioTec Screenmatic².

Add some pizzazz to your pool with some spillways

Pool with Stainless Steel Spillway flowing water into it by Designing with Elements

Spillway by Designing with Elements, New York

Make some additions to your pool this year with Atlantic’s 316 Stainless Steel Spillways that are specifically made for chlorinated pools.

Spruce up your water garden with a new fountain

Filtral UVC fountain and filtration set

Already have a water garden? Drop in a decorative fountain feature with the OASE Filtral UVC. Choose between 3 different nozzles and also get the added bonus of built in filtration to help keep your water nice and clear!

Go big with a pond and waterfall

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping

Pond and waterfall by Bulone Brothers Landscaping, Ohio

Go big or go home like dad always says and give him the pond of his dreams.

Or maybe he wants to give the furry member of the family somewhere to splash

Dog swimming in pond with small waterfall by Liquid Landscapes

Pond by Liquid Landscapes, North Carolina

It is the first day of summer after all. Give the Dad’s best friend the summer he’ll never forget with a pond to cool off in!

We’re wishing you a great Father’s Day and know good ole Dad will be so thrilled with his new water feature this year! Stay cool this summer!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Keep Your Fountain Clean with an OASE FiltoClear

More people are looking for some type of water entertainment for their yards or patios this year. And we don’t blame them! Who wouldn’t want the aesthetics and relaxation of running water in their landscape?

Hardscape Formal Spillway basin with a Stainless Steel Spillway and two Wall Spouts flowing into the basin

Hardscape fountains and spillways are becoming more prevalent due to the ease of installing them. You don’t even have to dig a hole. Fountains that have been built in the past years haven’t been installed with any form of filtration, but the times are changing. Keeping your fountain clean and clear is much easier to do with some added filtration. 

Eliminating the hassle of keeping your fountains clean and clear

Throughout the years, I’ve heard and seen many different products used to help maintain fountains. We don’t recommended some of these cleaning methods for a variety of reasons. Putting products not designed for fountains into the water to clean or clear it up could have an impact on your liner, pump, lighting or could harm your pets or wildlife.  

OASE FiltoClear pressure filter

Fountains have traditionally been installed without filtration, thinking it should be easy to keep such a small body of water clean and clear. And if you do have to clean it out, it’s not that big of a deal. As we get more advanced in the types of fountains and hardscape water features, it becomes more important to look at filtration to protect your investment.  By adding an OASE FiltoClear pressure filter to your fountain you are getting the best of both worlds.

FiltoClears are in-line pressure filters with mechanical and biological filtration and ultraviolet clarification (UVC). Available in three sizes (3000, 4000 and 8000), their high filtration capacity is perfect for Fountain, Formal Spillway, Pond-free and Water Garden applications.

FiltoClear burried into the ground to show that it can be concealed

FiltoClears are easy to install, not only on new installations but, to existing fountains as well. It hides well behind a hardscape water feature and its impact resistant body can also be buried up to the locking ring for optimal concealing. Leaving the locking ring accessible allows you to access the canister for cleaning.

What are the benefits of using the FiltoClear Pressure Filter on your fountain?

A FiltoClear will clean up any free-floating particles that can make your water cloudy or dirty. The built-in UVC helps combat green water. 

If your pet drinks out of your fountain, you have nothing to worry about with the FiltoClear. Using unsafe chemicals that don’t mention being pet-safe in the water could be dangerous for any animals coming to your fountain for a drink. Because anywhere that there’s a water feature, you can be sure that wildlife will be attracted to it.

The FiltoClear is also part of the Clear Water Guarantee program when paired with the eligible OASE products. Using this type of filtration will keep your fountain or hardscape water feature looking great and will minimize time spent keeping it clean and more time enjoying it.

We installed a FiltoClear into the Formal Spillway Basin to show how easy it it to add to an existing water feature!

Learn more about the FiltoClear and more Atlantic-OASE products here! And don’t forget to follow us on social media for more news on blogs and water feature tips and tricks! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!


About the Author:

Todd Rosendahl

Todd has been in the water garden industry over 20 years. With extensive knowledge of water treatments for ponds and lakes he’s your go-to-guy for treating your ponds and water features!

A-O Pro Tip – Leveling & Placing Control Stones with Art of the Yard

It’s Tip Tuesday again and we’re coming to you with another A-O Pro Tip! For the 5th A-O Pro Tip in our Learn From The A-O Pro’s series, Shane Hemphill, owner of Art of the Yard, gives us some tips on leveling and placing control stones for your waterfall!

Waterfall control stone in use after leveling and placing control stones

This tip comes from the build in the Sandbox at Atlantic-OASE’s headquarters in Aurora, Ohio. Contractors from Art of the YardAlpine Custom Hardscapes and Demi Fortuna, from his own company, August Moon Designs, came to Ohio to dig in the dirt to kick off the start of this new series. After the 5-day building palooza, they created 3 incredible water features including a pond and waterfall feature with a custom copper bowl fire feature, a pond-free waterfall and a formal fountain hardscape.

A-O Pro Tip #5 – Leveling & Placing Control Stones with Art of the Yard

In this 5th A-O Pro Tip, Shane Hemphill shows us how his team at Art of the Yard places their control stones and waterfall stones to help guide the water over the stones to create a great waterfall!

Watch the A-O Pro Tip here!

Shane explains how they make sure their waterfall stones level on all sides to give a good push off of the rock. They then foam in their control stones so that it pushes all of the water over the desired falls to create beautiful waterfalls!

Want to be featured in the next A-O Pro Tip Video?

Do you have some unique and help tips and tricks on installing water features? We’re looking for the next A-O Pro to be featured in our video series and we want to visit you! Tell us what upcoming water feature builds you have planned and what A-O Pro tips you have for us and we’ll send someone from the Atlantic-OASE team out to video you and your work!

Contact your Regional Sales Manager to learn more on the A-O Pro Series. Not sure who your Regional Sales Manager is? Contact us at marketing@atlantic-oase.com

Stay tuned for more A-O Pro Tips here on the blog and don’t forget to follow us on Instagramand subscribe to our YouTube so you don’t miss out on all the Learn From The A-O Pro’s videos!


About the Author:

Caitlyn Winkle

After graduating from the University of Akron, Caitlyn joined Atlantic-OASE in the fall of 2019. Caitlyn manages the social media and online content for the company. She also supports the Atlantic-OASE Professional Contractor (APC) Program and Marketing Departments in creating marketing and advertising strategies and plans.

Don’t Throw Away Your Shot! It’s Nature Photography Day

Can you recall a time when you’ve hiked through the woods a deer grazing just 500 feet ahead of you? Or have seen a butterfly perched precariously on a fallen branch? Maybe caught a glimpse of a fox scuttling through your backyard? These are moments that sometimes we wish we had a camera to take a quick picture so that we can savor that moment for years to come, i.e., post it on Instagram. Nature Photography Day embodies not only getting out your camera and getting your Ansel Adams on, but learning how to conserve the natural spaces around you so that wildlife can flourish and be enjoyed for generations to come. June 15th celebrates the photographer in all of us, whether you are a seasoned vet or a beginner, capturing nature at work through a lens is a whole new experience, and it’s closer than you think, try your backyard. 

Attract Wildlife with Your Water Feature

So, what does Nature Photography Day have to do with water features? Well, where’s there’s water, there’s wildlife. This is a chance to incorporate what you already know about water features and extending that knowledge with conservation. It’s as simple as adding wildlife friendly plants to your water garden. So, if you’re looking to add a little National Geographic to your backyard, here are some helpful plants to get you started: 

Arrowhead aquatic plant

Arrowhead – Arrowhead is a great food source for deer, waterfowl and birds, this plant can grow up to 3ft tall and it also provides shoreline erosion protection. 

Blue Lobelia flower

Blue Lobelia – With spikes of blue flowers that bloom in late summer, it attracts hummingbirds in the fall. This plant does well in shade and can grow up to 3ft in height. 

Coontail plant

Coontail – Named after it’s raccoon tail like appearance, it’s a great plant for reducing problematic algae as it takes in phosphorus from the water. This plant does need to be managed so it doesn’t take over the pond.

Joe Pye Weed flowers

Joe Pye Weed – As a pollinator attractor, this plant blooms in late summer and produces beautiful clusters of pink flowers. On cool September nights, you may be able to spot some bumblebees roosting on the flower heads. This plant can grow up to 6ft in height and tends to do better in full sun. 

Marsh Milkweed flowers

Marsh Milkweed – Milkweed is a common butterfly attractor so it’s no surprise that the Marsh Milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies and caterpillars! This plant blooms pink clusters of flowers with a delicate scent. Be prepared, they grow quick, and their blooming cycle is from June to August, they can grow up to 5ft in height. 

For more information about what plants attract which wildlife, please visit the link here.

Capturing Wildlife Through a Lens

Sony Camera sitting in the grass, sense pointing towards the viewer

One of the best ways to capture nature is to just go out with your camera and start taking photos. It can start off being of the plants that surround your pond to the general landscape itself. Who knows, you may catch a few bumblebees in your shot or a cardinal or two. Those are what Bob Ross likes to call “happy little accidents”. Trust me, it’s hard to plan when nature will present itself to you especially when you have a camera in hand. But there are ways to help aid that. A sure way to see some action is to set up a trail camera, they are a great way to catch some of these hidden gem moments when you aren’t around. You can find an array of budget friendly options on Amazon here

So how will you be spending Nature Photography Day? Happy snapping and share with us some of your favorite photos of nature at work! 

For more tips on photography, visit our blog! Read our blog from National Camera Day last year: Capturing the Perfect Water Feature Picture and stay tuned for more photography and videography blogs coming soon!


About the Author:


Leah La Farciola

Like the elusive bigfoot, Leah enjoys the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, attempting to longboard, falling off said longboard, rollerblading, you get the picture. Leah attained a piece of paper from THE Ohio State University that states she can make drawings move on a computer. She is the Multimedia Coordinator for Atlantic-OASE, catch her work on the YouTube.