I am a big believer in shoot local. Yes I love to travel and explore but for me personally it is important to find at least one local (within 30 min travel time prefer less) natural park or public land even private land that I have permission to be on (key word permission so I dont get shot or thrown the klink). After some research on line at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and a few phone calls to clarify some things I found on line for information I picked one of three local public lands. If I call it DNR please know I am refering to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency . It took me 15 years to quit calling it FWC when I lived in SC and FWC is Fla Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. I know I love change but am stubborn when it comes to some changes. Anywho I digress.
Sunday afternoon after maintence came out and fixed/replaced the faucet in the Kitchen my wife was kind enough to take me out to the refuge. Seeing as I was unsure of what it looked like or what I could see out there I took The Olympus EM-5 Mark II and the 14-150mm and the 75-300mm lens. They are my two choices of lenses for Oly and M43. The weight savings was huge and seeing as it was warm I took some extra H2O along for me.
Rural and well wild is a description of this location. Normally I will not give locations for where I shoot especially if there is a threatened or endangered species that I find in the area. That is because well I have no faith in people doing the right thing.
So I get out of the car and get my berrings then I find a small trail to walk down. Birds I mean Birds, Birds and more Birds. First one I saw was an Indigo Bunting. I will spare you the craptastic shot of that one. The lay of the land led me to believe that there was water close by and well I was not wrong.
I spent about 10 min watching this guy munching away on some food before he/she realized I was there and ran off in a comical manner.
After poking around the waters edge for a while I started walking down the trail more and felt like I was being watched so I stopped. To my delight I saw these two.
This years fawns. The photo is well not good and it is a combo of missed focus and heat shimmer or heat waves coming off of the ground causing it to be soft. Plus the 75-300 is a bit soft to begin with at 300 and I am fine with it. The comical thing about these two was they would run up about 10 meters stop look at each other and almost act like they were daring the other to move closer. Kids being kids after about 15 min they saw a Butterfly and chased it heading back into the grass behind them.
I saw this guy and I was not 100% sure on the id so I grabbed this shot then sent the photo over to the phone and used Merlin to help ID it. Common Yellow Throat is what it was.
This is nothing more than an ID shot.
A few hundered meters further down the trail I came to an opening that had of all things an acre or so of Sunflowers planted.
Well this was a great disctraction and I poked around the Sunflower plot for quite a while.
Even gave my hand at an attempt at HDR image
Not quite to my liking but it was a good exercise in how it works with Oly. I wish I had a fisheye or superwide angle lens here.
I am not sure what kind of flower this guy was but I saw him on my way back to the entrance of the property. This is definately a location that I will go back to many times. I now know or well have the start to knowledge about this place.