Its Spring. This means you have to ask yourself one very important question. Are you taking advantage of it like you should? Spring is one of the absolute best times of the year for wildlife photography. This is the season when the world reawakens. When trees bud, flowers bloom, birds migrate, and everything is having babies. This is an explosive time of the year!
I am going to do a series of blog posts on Spring. Basically I am going to lay down some who, what, where, and whys of nature photography for this time of year that I think will be pretty useful to folks. There are so many options out there and the subject matter that I could cover in a series like this is pretty much endless. Obviously I cannot write about EVERYTHING you can do or EVERYTHING you should be photographing right now. But I can hit upon a few of the big concepts that leap right to my mind.
Now I live in a pretty unique place when it comes to Spring. There is one rule of thumb that governs Spring in my mind and that is, the depths of winter in a location dictate the bounty of Spring. This is Jackson Hole. It hits minus 40 here at times in the winter. Needless to say, our spring is AMAZING! But I am not really going to focus on this area because it’s not all that relevant to everyone. Instead, I am going to try to concentrate on subjects that can be found in a variety of different locations, or at least subjects from a variety of different locations.
You will notice a distinct LACK of focus on mammals here. Why? So much of the mammal population has been obliterated or hunted into absolute fear and terror all across North America. I live where I live because it is the mammal photography capital of North America. For most across the US however, birds are something that everyone has access to and so I want to make this series as use as possible to everyone.
Here is the list of ideas I have so far:
- Rookeries: How to find one near you and strategies for photographing the birds there
- Woodpeckers: Locating their cavities and tips on photographing them there
- Baby Mammals: exploiting the cuteness factors
- Flowers: from macro to grand landscapes
- Owl nests: locating and photographing
- Waterfalls: they are not all created equal in the Spring
- Ospreys: A southeastern Bananza
If you have anything else that you would like to see on this list as the days and weeks go by, please let me know! Shoot me a message via the contact for up top in the navigation bar, or hit me up on Facebook and I will try to work in your requests.