When was the last time you were out in the field with your camera or just out on a hike? Do you remember who joined you? Did you experience a natural 'chill pill'?
|A Deer Moment by Sheen's Nature Photography|
Nikon 7100, 150-500 Sigma, ISO 250, f/9, 1/160 sec
As a nature photographer, time spent amongst nature and behind the camera is not only enjoyable but grounding. When looking at wildlife, birds, flowers and fauna for extended periods of time, our normal daily grind fades into a different world. This world is filled with sounds, colors and emotions that bring reality to our souls.
In most areas, even large cities, four season nature photography escapes are not that far away. Within a few miles of my home town of Birmingham, Michigan, nature centers, metro parks and nature trails with abundance of wildlife are within driving distance.
|Deer Friends by Sheen's Nature Photography|
A bit further east you'll find Stony Creek Metropark. Diverse in it's offerings, you can golf, run, bike and fish. Additionally, this park hosts nature trails that meander through woods, fields, across streams and around lakes. Wildlife viewing, birdwatching (they just had their first eaglet born to a Bald Eagle family this past summer) and wildflowers are just a 'wait and see' moment away.
To the west is Kensington Metro Park which has sprawling acres of wooded, hilly terrain that surrounds Kent Lake. Wildlife and waterfowl are anything but scarce.
|Deer Conversing with Nature by Sheen's Nature Photography|
All deer images captured at the Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center
The next time you've had a "Worked Hard for the Money" day or week, don't let a "Baby It's Cold Outside" mindset stop you. Reality, enduring memories and mother nature await. HAPPY SHOOTING!