Nature Photographer Unwinds after a Photo Shoot by Writing Light Verse

Two Nature Photos

Insect on pink flower. I haven't identified the flower yet, but I took the shot with a Nikon Coolpix S8200.
Insect on pink flower. I haven't identified the flower yet, but I took the shot with a Nikon Coolpix S8200. | Source
This is where I pulled my foot from what felt like it was trying to suck me under. It's the closest I've ever been to Quicksand. Shot with Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
This is where I pulled my foot from what felt like it was trying to suck me under. It's the closest I've ever been to Quicksand. Shot with Canon PowerShot A1100 IS | Source

Nature Photography Can Be Tiring -- or Even Dangerous

Nature photography is my hobby, and, as such, is supposed to be relaxing. Right? But that doesn't mean it can't be strenuous,or even dangerous at times.

Take yesterday as an example. I was trying to get this shot of a night heron (below). Although he was willing to stand still for a long time, I still had to get close enough to get his picture. I was on the path next to the lake. On the other side was what used to be an island, but the water in between had dried up because of our current drought in North San Luis Obispo County.

The heron was on the island side of the dry channel between path and island in a small pool. Even with my 14x optical zoom lens on my Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera, I could not get as close as I wanted to. I was sorely tempted to climb the slippery slope to get down to the same level as the heron. I'm almost 70, and a fall would not be a good thing. I once broke an ankle in this very park years ago when I was careless. The slope was not wet, but it was hard with loose sand and rocks on its surface. I opted out.

Some of the hazards a nature photographer faces include barbed wire fences, poison oak, stinging insects, or climbing on unsafe surfaces. Once while chasing shots along the shore of the Salinas River, I stepped into what I thought was just wet sand, but turned out to be oozing mud that might have been quicksand. The shoe I pulled out was never the same. I felt fortunate to even get out. I was alone and hadn't seen anyone come by for some time, so there would have been no help nearby if I'd been sinking. Since then I've learned looks can be deceptive. I also carry my cell phone now.

Learn more about the Nikon Coolpix S8200 camera I used for many of these pictures. Most pictures with a 2011 copyright date were taken with a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS. Both are Point and Shoot Cameras

Chasing a Photo of a Night Heron

Night heron at Atascadero Lake Park in Atascadero. Taken with Nikon Coolpix S8200.
Night heron at Atascadero Lake Park in Atascadero. Taken with Nikon Coolpix S8200. | Source

Chasing Flora and Fauna

Yup, that's my foot after I've chased Flora at the wrong season of the year. Some weeds are prickly.
Yup, that's my foot after I've chased Flora at the wrong season of the year. Some weeds are prickly. | Source
I have not yet identified these trees beyond broadleaf and conifer, but I'm getting there.
I have not yet identified these trees beyond broadleaf and conifer, but I'm getting there. | Source
This baby oak is short now, but give it time.
This baby oak is short now, but give it time. | Source
Miners Lettuce makes a tasty salad, I'm told, but when I took this picture I didn't pick any because I didn't know what it was. It's probably just as well, since it was growing near poison oak.
Miners Lettuce makes a tasty salad, I'm told, but when I took this picture I didn't pick any because I didn't know what it was. It's probably just as well, since it was growing near poison oak. | Source
This strawberry tree grows against my neighbor's home. Look just like strawberries, don't they? But I understand they taste like a grainy apricot full of sand. It's said you will only eat one.
This strawberry tree grows against my neighbor's home. Look just like strawberries, don't they? But I understand they taste like a grainy apricot full of sand. It's said you will only eat one. | Source
Jimson Weed in September. Can be used to produce a highly narcotic drink which can be fatal.  Photo taken with Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
Jimson Weed in September. Can be used to produce a highly narcotic drink which can be fatal. Photo taken with Canon PowerShot A1100 IS | Source

A Silly Verse from a Tired Photographer's Brain

Camera in hand,

Shoes on feet,

Chasing Flora

That's my beat.


For tall ones I stretch.

For short ones I crouch.

By the end of a walk,

My muscles say "Ouch!"


Some Flora are poison,

Some Flora are prickly,

Some Flora are healthy,

Some Flora are sickly.


Some taste good and

Some taste icky.

Some you taste

May make you sicky.


Some are shiny,

Some are dull,

Among them I

Once found a skull.


I won't exclude Fauna

Who want to pose

Even if they

Want to doze.


I guess I'm feeling silly today

Because I've had no time to play

Nature writing's lots of work

Much more and I will go berserk.


So now I'll relax and play with words

And write a silly verse

My brain's exhausted, please understand,

And forgive me for being terse.


Photo gallery or verse?

Can't decide which is worse.

Which Camera Should You buy?

Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Red)
Nikon COOLPIX S8200 16.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 14x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Red)

I like this for many reasons, but I bought it because of the zoom lens. It has served me well, and I can take it everywhere because of its handy size. It's easy to use for still shots and video -- a great camera for hobbyist.

 
Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot A1100IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver) (OLD MODEL)

I have used this sturdy camera for years with no problems. Most of the pictures in this hub were taken with it. It's handy to carry, easy to use, and can run on AA batteries, so you never have to worry about battery life as long as you carry spares. It also has an optical viewfinder, which many newer cameras don't. I have been very happy with it, but upgraded to the Nikon Coolpix because I wanted its added zoom power.

 

Why this silly verse ?

The night this was written, I was pondering over which of my weeds to introduce next, and my brain rebelled and said it was not ready yet to concentrate to that extent again that evening. Milkweed, poison oak, poison hemlock, milk thistle, oak trees -- what next? As I started to look through my pictures, I couldn't face the thought of another big night of editing them. I did a bit of research on the one I thought was next, but it didn't gel right away. My nature muse refused to appear -- perhaps because I had such a long to do list.

Then that naughty versifying muse began to bully me into doing something silly.

"You need to let me loose," it begged. "You're spending too much time chasing plants day after day with that camera and and paying no attention to me. All that thinking makes you eat too much. If you get your fingers busy minding me, they will leave the snacks alone."

I decided versifying muse was right. I eat too many Yumnuts® cashews and drink too much tea while I'm reading articles on line. I was reading and commenting on hubs, as well, since I couldn't get serious about writing. Of course, I did have to bring a bit of nature into it, since my little verse needed some illustrations.



The Fauna

Yes, I found this on my property while going out to photograph my oak tree. Looks like the work of a coyote pack -- or a cougar. I think there's a skull there somewhere, but I'm no expert.
Yes, I found this on my property while going out to photograph my oak tree. Looks like the work of a coyote pack -- or a cougar. I think there's a skull there somewhere, but I'm no expert. | Source
I caught these elephant seals near San Simeon -- some dozing. My husband was quite upset at the perceived danger I was in getting this close to them. I stayed away from the bulls.
I caught these elephant seals near San Simeon -- some dozing. My husband was quite upset at the perceived danger I was in getting this close to them. I stayed away from the bulls. | Source
I almost fell down an incline into the road after climbing to the very edge of a fence so I could shoot over it and exclude it from the picture.
I almost fell down an incline into the road after climbing to the very edge of a fence so I could shoot over it and exclude it from the picture. | Source
This duck relaxing beside Atascadero Lake wasn't dangerous, but she did remind me that I'd like to relax, too, after finishing my photo walk.
This duck relaxing beside Atascadero Lake wasn't dangerous, but she did remind me that I'd like to relax, too, after finishing my photo walk. | Source

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Comments 16 comments

Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning WannaB

Your brain did OK coming up with such a super poem. I loved it.

The garden was one of my favorite pastimes when i lived in England, but now live in Germany and on the forth floor of an appartment block so no garden up here, sadly.

UP/B

Take care and have a nice day.

LOL Ghaelach


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Ghaelach, I wouldn't exactly call it a poem, but I didn't see a category for light verse. Whatever it is, it's something I had to do for a change tonight. Thank you for reading and commenting on it.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Oh I do relate to this, sometimes you just have to cut loose and go with the flow when you get into that exhursted, silly brain stage, and oh boy I'm so glad you did, cos I love your verse. Also intrigued by your neighbour's strawberry tree, but will take your word for the fruits taste!!! Your work sounds interesting, I look forward to reading more.


Ghaelach 4 years ago

May be your right WannaB, but what i see here on HP sometimes i don't know what a poem consists of. Is it the classic four short lines to a verse or is it just a few words pro line and seemingly never ending. I suppose what pleases one doesn't please the next.

There are a lot of individual styles, some i like and some just aren't my thing. I think that could be said about most hubs.

Take care WannaB and have a nice day.

LOL Ghaelach


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akirchner 4 years ago from Central Oregon

Too funny on the staying away from the bulls~ I promise not to venture out in the pastures as we have bulls of the horned type here!

Cute verse and great pictures....me thinks my brain would be pickled by now as you have done quite a bit!

I kinda like those strawberry berries and perhaps that would be a good thing....bet you can only eat just one - a new motto!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Fennelseed, your name intrigues me. Some people have been poisoned by tasting what they thought was fennel in the wild, but was really poison hemlock, which looks very much like it. I grew some bronze fennel last year, but it didn't look much like the hemlock. That strawberry tree intrigued me, too, and I was very tempted to try one of those beautiful fruits. Decided I'd better see if it was safe first and identify the tree. All I knew about that tree was that bees love it. It's a hybrid of unknown parentage, but one of the possible parents, unedo, means "only one." So the fruit isn't tasty, but not poison either. I decided not to eat my one, since I'm not supposed to eat seeds.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Ghaelach, after writing a hub on the difference between poetry and verse, I wouldn't dare call this a poem. Any resemblance to real poetry is purely accidental. There isn't enough imagery for a poem. All verse has to do is rhyme, which this did. As often happens when I write a verse, I get a few stanzas down and then a couple more pop into my head. In any case, I'm glad you enjoyed it. That makes two of us who were entertained by it.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Audrey, my husband actually saw the access path for a closer look at the elephant seals than we had had previously, so he parked and I went to get the pictures. (He can't walk very far.) I saw some others down there, and they didn't seem to be having any problems. I stood and observed for a few minutes and got some distance shots while I located the bulls, who were the most vocal. They can be very dangerous. I had read the warnings. I moved slowly and cautiously and stayed far from the bulls, but I did get within a yard of some of the others. When my husband found out he said he'd never have stopped if he'd known I would actually go down there. But I am adventurous to a small degree. This is my idea of adventure.


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Dorsi 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

"Then that naughty versifying muse began to bully me into doing something silly".

This was a nice light read that I badly needed today. Thanks and I'm glad the muse came out (love the pics too though!)


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks, Dorsi. I'm glad this was able to distract you a bit from your pain.


1hopefulman 4 years ago

Silly and funny all at the same time! All the best!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

hopefulman, thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What fun, what fun. There is room for, and a need for all manner of verse. I tend toward heavy, sad, deep stuff, but this was a great and refreshing romp. :) Good pictures, too.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

phdast, I just posted my sad heavy stuff tonight, but in the midst of those moods, I think we all need to romp a bit. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks for your comment, Mark. Strange things happen when I get slap happy.


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RoadMonkey 22 months ago

Great photos! I enjoyed the verse too, just right for relaxing after a hard day's shooting.

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