Being Prepared. Recent C&O Canal Excursions.

Most mornings at the canal I explore. I don’t often have a specific photograph in mind. I’ll walk for miles, camera over shoulder, watching, listening, and even smelling the air around me. I’ll let nature happen.

If I am prepared then I will capture it. If not…well, at least I have the experience! But I am almost always prepared. 

Being prepared is more than having your camera and knowing it inside and out, it is also being mindful of your surroundings.

Hearing the screech of an eagle in the distance, spying the tawny coat of a deer in the underbrush or catching a powerful whiff of a rotting carcass on the wind means a good photo is just around the corner. So be prepared.