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 a Auto Trail or Scenic drive. Not only do we get to stay in our comfy car, but the wildlife seems to be more tolerant of cars than people. One thing that always amazes me is the amount of people that speed through the park as if they have someplace better to be. I’ve lost count how many times we have been behind someone that drive 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.
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 then I am. There’s 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 scan 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 make 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 with what you find hiding in plain sight.