Getting Close to Nature With Your Digital Camera - The River Walk

Anyone Can Do This


Taking photographs that you can enjoy and be proud of is something almost anyone can do.

Digital photography changed everything. Once it was only the rich and professional photographers who could take as many photos as they wanted to.

Now once you have your camera and memory card you can take as many photographs as you like.

It is also not limited to those who have the high-end SLR cameras with lots of fancy lenses. Of course having the right cameras and lenses helps but that's all it does.

One of my own favourite hubbers started out taking photographs on his digital phone. He got some stunning photographs using just his mobile phone.

Now Kevin has a digital camera and has had over one million hits on his photographs. He has earned over $800 on-line from his photographs and if you want to you can do this too.

Entering the River Walk

This is where the Park begins
This is where the Park begins | Source

Come With Me On My Walk


I would like through this hub to encourage everyone to get out there and take photographs. Even the most basic of digital point and shoot camera or a phone with a camera try taking it with you on a walk.

In an attempt to encourage people who don't usually take a camera with them I will show you what happens when you do.

This is a walk through one of my local parks so that you can see what you can find when you take your camera with you.

I hope that you enjoy the walk with me and that you get some ideas of what you might encounter in your own locality.

So, I hope that you will come with me on this walk and see some of the wonders of nature as seen through the lens of my camera.

We have a wonderful new park in Villajoyosa it is a river walk alongside the Rio Amadoria.

Part of the River Walk

The River Walk starts just a few yards away from the sea
The River Walk starts just a few yards away from the sea | Source

The Rio Amadoria

As you can see from the above photograph, the Rio Amadoria is more like a stream than a river.

The Rio Amadoria flows into the Mediterranean which is the patch of blue on the horizon of the above photo.

The Pantano de Amadorio, is a local reservoir about 10 kilometres away. It is water from the Pantano that feeds the Rio Amadoria.

The small stream flows down from the higher ground. The Rio eventually arrives to meander through the town until it reaches the Mediterranean.

For about a kilometre the Amadoria has paths and park areas alongside. There are places for people to sit and enjoy the peaceful areas around the river bank.

The town has planted flowers and trees in the parkland and it is a pleasant place to walk or just sit.

Wild and cultured flowers flourish side by side along the river banks. These not only look pretty they provide the habitat for a variety of wildlife.

The roses in the park did not look particularly special on this day. But by selecting the odd rose here and there I managed to get some nice shots that I was pleased with.

Roses

A beautiful Rose
A beautiful Rose | Source
This was taken at the height of a Spanish summer so there is some damage visible but it still is a nice shot
This was taken at the height of a Spanish summer so there is some damage visible but it still is a nice shot | Source
The Roses reminded me of England
The Roses reminded me of England | Source
Very few flowers flourish in the searing heat
Very few flowers flourish in the searing heat | Source

Ducks - A Welcome Addition


The riverside is uncultivated, it has wild-flowers, reeds, and rushes growing along its edge. These provide the habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Recently a family of ducks have taken up residence on this stretch of the Rio Amadoria.

The ducks are a welcome addition to the park and are particularly popular with young children.

The ducks duck seem to find all sorts of interesting things in the water and among the reeds.

The Ducks

Recently taken up residence in thepark
Recently taken up residence in thepark | Source
Have you noticed the beak of a duck looks like a dogs face ?
Have you noticed the beak of a duck looks like a dogs face ? | Source
Happily foraging
Happily foraging | Source
Basking in the afternoon sunshine
Basking in the afternoon sunshine | Source
Contentment
Contentment | Source

Small Fishes


The water in the Rio Amadoria is beautifully clear and provides a home to all kinds of aquatic life. This little river is teeming with life the most numerous being these small fish that dart about in small shoals.

Teeming with Life

Crystal Clear Water
Crystal Clear Water | Source
Looks like a family outing
Looks like a family outing | Source
Small fish darting about in the lovely clear water of the Rio Amadoria
Small fish darting about in the lovely clear water of the Rio Amadoria | Source

Flowers in the Park


The new park is an ideal place to take a walk with your digital camera. Walking along the paths, there are many interesting things to focus your camera on.

Alongside the path, there are cultured flowers most of which I do not know the names of but that does not stop me from enjoying them or from photographing them.

There are also many wildflowers that grow in the park too but unfortunately there are not that many flowering in the summer heat.

Flowers in the Park

Lantana
Lantana | Source
Wildflower
Wildflower | Source
Honeysuckle it has such a beautiful fragance
Honeysuckle it has such a beautiful fragance | Source
Pretty Wildflower
Pretty Wildflower | Source
Vibrant and Gorgeous
Vibrant and Gorgeous | Source
Wildflower
Wildflower | Source
A Rush
A Rush | Source

Riverside – The Insect life


Insects thrive in the riverside environment, though it is not always co-operative when it comes to having it photograph taken. When taking photographs of insects we need a little patience and a lot of luck. When you do find something of interest to focus on, take as many photographs as you can. You will not find out until you upload your photos onto your computer exactly what you have captured.

The photographs that turn out to be the best are not always the ones you expect. Even when the photos do not look particularly good on the LCD on the camera, carry on taking them anyway it is amazing what a little cropping and editing can bring out.

My photographs of some of the insects that flourish at the riverside

Riverside – The Insect life

A Dark Damselfly
A Dark Damselfly | Source
A Wasp on a Lantana
A Wasp on a Lantana | Source
An Annoying Flesh Fly
An Annoying Flesh Fly | Source
A Bee
A Bee | Source
A Carpenter Bee
A Carpenter Bee | Source
A Carpenter Bee
A Carpenter Bee | Source
A Turquoise coloured Damselfly
A Turquoise coloured Damselfly | Source
A Dark Damselfly
A Dark Damselfly | Source
Dark Damselfly
Dark Damselfly | Source
Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Source
Dragonfly
Dragonfly | Source

The End of My Walk


Well this is where my walk finishes, I hope that you have enjoyed sharing my walk through the eye of my camera lens and that it encourages you to take your camera with you the next time you take a walk.

The End of my Walk

This is where the walk finishes for me
This is where the walk finishes for me | Source

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rwelton 5 years ago from Sacramento CA

These photos are fantastic. What kind of camera do you have? I thought I took great pics - but mine pale in comparison...each of these is a screensaver. Is the color enhanced a bit? If this makes sense - they seem better than real...beautiful...thanks for sharing.

rlw


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rick combe 5 years ago from USA

The extreme close up of the duck was terrifying. Great pics.


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vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

nice pics. I wonder how much time you took for walk and take 33 pics ,ducks are nice.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi rwelton, Thanks for the comment :) My camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 it is a point and shoot and I tend to use it in the automatic mode most of the time.

I normally use PhotoShop to edit most my photographs especially if I am going to use them on the Internet.

Most of my photographs have been enhanced some way and a lot are cropped so that they are in a portrait mode then I get a larger photograph on my page. If I leave the photo in landscape because of the page limitations I end up with a much smaller photograph so I take this into consideration when I take my photographs.


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Rick, That dog's face that can be seen on the duck's beak is really cool Lol.. It was my son who pointed the dog's face out to me now I notice it on nearly all duck photos :) Thanks for commenting


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Vasantha,I spent over three hours on this walk and took over two hundred photographs so these are my pick of the crop :) I am glad that you liked the ducks did you notice the dog's face that can be seen on the duck's beak?


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

WOW - you had me at the first shot of the colorful buildings! And the arch at the end is exquisite too! They are all beautiful and I have a camera I'm saving for that might get close-ups like yours. Right now I have an irritating camera that pauses at least 30 to 45 seconds between shots and I have lost so many animated shots of my granddaughter, our pets or even leaves blowing in the wind which causes blurring. I do agree, though, we can get many amazing photos with a simple point and shoot.

This was very enjoyable!


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KCC Big Country 5 years ago from Central Texas

Absolutely gorgeous pics, Maggs! Thanks for sharing!


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Poohgranma, I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the photographs, Villa is a lovely place and the light is superb though at times it can be a little too bright.

I sometimes use one of my son's Digital SLR cameras (on fully automatic) and that fires off shots like a machine gun.

All these photographs though were taken with my point and shoot Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 and that takes about a second or two to refresh which can make the difference between getting a shot and missing it so I know what you mean. The refresh rate is why most of these are taken at 5 megapixels because the higher I set the pixels the larger the image and the slower the refresh rate gets and for my purposes 5 mega pixels is large enough to produce a good quality image suitable for the Internet.

When I use my son's camera I can shoot 10 megapixel photos in rapid sucession like you hear the press photographers doing, it can run away with you Lol...


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi KCC, it is very nice to see your name in my comments, thanks for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your virtual walk through one of our parks.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely stunning photos, thank you for sharing.

Best wishes MM


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi MM, Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words I really appreciate them :)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

That was an extremely enjoyable walk Maggs! I love your photos especially the flowers and insects!Your Lumix camera really takes beautiful details!

I love your last shot! That's a beautiful POV! Really great!

Rated up and beautiful!!!


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Jill, what a lovely way for me to start the day with this fabulous comment. It has blessed me so much and set me up for the day, I am going up to a local ruin today with my camera and dog greatly encouraged by your kind words. I am so pleased you enjoyed your virtual walk. I look forward to spending more virtual time with you via your hubs :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

WOW! Had I not been told otherwise, I would have definitely assumed you took all of these with a DSLR. What awesome photos! Thanks for encouraging hesitant photographers to get out there- the world is full of beautiful things, and discovering them trough a camera lens is a great way to appreciate them :D


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Wow Simone what an inspiring and encouraging comment thank you so much I really appreciate your kind words :)


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Wow, wow, wow. That's all I can say. Super. Although all images are fab I especially like the happy duck with the dog faced beak lol


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Lol.. Ethel, once you have seen that dogs face in the beak it is hard to see it as just a beak anymore :)

I am overjoyed that you liked the photographs taken in our little river walk.

We are lucky Villajoyosa is such a pretty place and the light has a special quality that makes even the ordinary look good in a photograph.

Thank you for your super comment it has really blesssed me :)


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi maggs. With that dog's face beak, you will win any novelty photographic competition. Although unintended it is a classic. voted up.

Best Wishes.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Graham Since my son pointed out the dogs face on the beak I have noticed it on nearly every duck that I have seen since.

It is amazing to me when it is so clear that in all my my years (two less than you lol..) I never noticed it before and I am sure I would have gone on not noticing if it hadn't been pointed out.

I just wonder how many other things go on un-noticed by me every day.


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Now you have written this, I shall be checking every Duck I see. LOL.

Graham.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Another beautiful hub maggs;you are indeed a genius with that camera;I felt as if I was there with you.

There is one complaint and that is that I cannot bookmark your hubs;there isn't the link to do this.

It's not just your hubs it has also happened when I wanted to bookmark hubs from other in the last few days.

If you din't know why I'll get on to the support team.

Anyway it didn't take any of the beauty and wonder from this hub. So an Up up and away here.

Take care maggs and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Eddy so much for your lovely comment, as for the bookmark link I don't know why but since the recent changes I find it hard to find some things. It must be something to do with my age lol...

It took me ages to find the new location for the follow button and even now I still sometimes have to search for it. I find it the same in some supermarkets when they change things round and asking for where something is in Spanish is not always easy especially if you don't know the items Spanish name.

The good news is I still know where the buttons on my camera are thank goodness some things stay the same :D


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! You have a very good eye for photography. I really enjoyed this hub. Good job! Voted up, interesting and beautiful! Have a wonderful day! :)


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Sheila for hitting all the buttons and the vote up I appreciated you doing that very much. I am so glad that you like my photographs and you comments have made sure that I have a wonderful day :D


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molometer 4 years ago

A terrific set of photographs. Excellent work.

The quality is stunning and the subjects beautiful.

There is nothing like nature when it comes to beauty and colour.

I was given a digital camera for xmas. I love it.

Voted up 4/5 buttons. Sharing this socially.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Absolutely stunning set of photographs. I feel like I have been there. Up and everything except funny. Wow!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I certainly enjoyed your walk too. Great photos. I will post it on my facebook page today.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much molometer for the very uplifting comments and all the other buttons that you have pushed I am really grateful.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@phdast thank you so much for your kind comments I am so happy that you have enjoyed your virtual walk along the riverside. Thank you also for the Up and all the other buttons I appreciate it very much.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

@starstream I am so glad that you enjoyed coming on my little virtual walk alongside the river. Thank you for your lovely comment and for the posting on Facebook I really appreciate it :D


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! Your stunning photos really made me feel like I was on that lovely walk with you.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much for your lovely comment HBNurse, I am so pleased that you were able to come with me on this virtual walk and even more pleased that you enjoyed it.

Thanks also for voting up and hitting the buttons I appreciate you doing that very much.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Now this demonstrates exactly how and why you inspire me so much Maggs, you take a walk in the park and turn it into a visual delight!!! Stunning, exciting photos, love the colurful townhouses and the pink roses, the ducks and the little fish, the beautiful flowers and the insects, especially the dragonfly with its intricate wings!! You are the ulimate 'Nature Watcher'!!

Thank you for sharing this joyful walk. Thank you for inspiring me to get out and take more nature photos. My votes and best wishes to you and sharing!!


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Maggs. I have made a re-visit to this lovely hub. It seems even better now. A real treat of a walk.

Voted up and all.

Graham.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Annie your kindness to me is such a blessing, thank you so much for putting this hub on Facebook and on your site I appreciate both very much.

I am so pleased that you like my photographs it is so encouraging to get such positive feedback from some one whose opinion I respect.

You are a real encourager regards :D maggs


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you so much Graham for your re-visit I am pleased that you enjoyed your second visit, it is the same in real life too I always see new things when I walk along the river :D maggs


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

These are amazing photos and a great article! Quick question, do you enhance your photos on your computer at all, or are these strait off of the camera? Either way, totally amazing photographs!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

It is very unusual for me to use one of my photographs unedited. Most are cropped and digitally enhanced because I like them that way. I know that the 'real' photographers think that shows you are not a real photographer but I already know that so I don't have a problem doing what I like to my photographs.

Editing is half the fun for me. I am glad that you like the hub, and enjoyed looking at the photographs thank you so much for your kind words maggs :D


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

The photos are really beautiful. The ducks beak does look like a dog's face. It's very interesting what you can take photos of in a park. I like the ducks, flowers and the fish. Great hub!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I had never noticed the dogs face on the ducks beaks until my son pointed it out to me, now I can not see a ducks beak with out seeing it lol...

Thank you Gail for commenting I am so pleased that you enjoyed the photographs :D


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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

You are welcome, maggs224.


margarita 3 years ago

Precios pot .Villajoyosa es un bonito lugar para pasar unos días de vacaciones Marga


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hola Marga Villajoyosa es un lugar precioso para pasar sus vacaciones, gracias por tu comentario aprecio

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