The other morning while running errands, I drove by the Churchville Nature Center and decided to stop for a few minutes to check out the garden area. I always end up here in the colder months and the garden area is pretty bare as a result. I had only planned to stay about a half hour, but I had my camera with me and well......Two hours later, I was on my way. The above shot was on one of the nature trails. Most of the trails are handicap accessible. This particular trail I have shot before during the first snow of the season, see below.
The garden area is filled with native plants and habitats. This includes several ponds complete with resident wildlife. I captured the Bullfrog peeking out at me after several failed attempts to sneak up on him. Dragonflies and butterflies were quite plentiful, though I wasn't able to shoot any on this trip.
I don't consider myself a nature photographer, but after hanging out in the garden stalking this frog and a chance run in with a fawn last week, I might start to get into it a little more.
These were all shot with a Canon 70-200mm F4L lens. Coming from a street photography background and shooting 24mm and 28mm primes, this lens feels like telephone pole. But, even at 200mm, I still needed to be right on top of the poor frog. Now I have a whole new appreciation for nature shooters and their giant lenses. Not to mention their patience.