Nature Photographer Unwinds after a Photo Shoot by Writing Light Verse
Two Nature Photos
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
Chasing Flora and Fauna
A Silly Verse from a Tired Photographer's Brain
Camera in hand,
Shoes on feet,
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?
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.
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.
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