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Hiding In Plain Sight


A Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa Violacea) hides in the underbrush.
Hiding Out

A whitetail deer fawn (Odocoileus virginianus) hides along the side of the road.
Hiding Fawn

Whenever Tracy and I travel, we always look for the nearest National Wildlife Refuge or state park. We’ve had the privilege to see many amazing creatures. During our wildlife visits, we try to find one that has an Auto-Trail or Scenic drive. Not only do we get to stay in our comfy cars, but the wildlife seems to be more tolerant of cars than people. One thing that always amazes me is the number of people that speed through the park as if they have someplace better to be. I’ve lost count of how many times we have been behind someone that drives right past a deer standing just inside the tree line or hiding among the tall grasses. Of course, I’m the one driving super slow like a grandpa. But I take it slow and easy for a reason. I don’t want to miss a thing.


A Garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) hunts on the edge of a pond.
Slither

Going slow and being patient are key factors in getting great wildlife images. Even if you’re on a nature trail at your local city park, you should slow your roll and take your time. Just take a deep breath, relax and keep your eyes peeled. Admittedly, Tracy is much better at this than I am. There have been many times when we have been puttering down a scenic drive and Tracy yells “STOP!” Of course, I grab my camera and say “what is it?’ I instantly start scanning the area for a deer, hawk, or maybe that always-elusive Bobcat. But she’ll say something like “Look at the lizard on that log”. She has a knack for seeing the small stuff. Which, by the way, also makes great subject matter for wildlife photographers.

So next time you’re out looking for great images or if you’re just checking out a new nature trail, remember to slow down. Not only is it more relaxing, but I think you will be surprised by what you find hiding in plain sight.


A  fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) hides in a tree.
Squirrel In A Tree

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Until next time, keep the sun behind you and the birds in view


David



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