Puddles and Worms
One effect of the recent rains is to have created some massive puddles. While this is inconvenient for most people, it has made hunting for worms a very easy task for some lucky local Snowy Egrets. Today, on my way back from a photo walk I came across one of these temporary ponds populated with ducks and egrets having their way with a bunch of water logged earth worms.
Walking and hiking are key to my photographic practice. I enjoy getting out and trying to time my travels so I will be somewhere cool when the light is good. I’m constantly scouting for compositions and interesting things to photograph. Photography is a mysterious practice that involves both careful planning and spontaneous surprises like today, when there was a group of birds in a park where kids are usually playing soccer.
Moments like these are why I keep a 400mm lens in my backpack. It is a 5.6 aperture, so it’s not that heavy, but it definitely adds some weight to my pack. You never know when you are going to find something that you want to photograph from a distance, so I keep it on hand most days. I don’t usually like to discuss lenses or camera gear, but in this case it is necessary. These shots are only possible with a long lens.