As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve been working our way through old photos. A fair number of these are from family vacations, including National Parks and other strikingly beautiful wild places.
This got us to thinking about trying to get more pictures of wildlife. There are a couple of nature preserves near our home, and many others within easy driving distance. Besides that, we have friends who own a large piece of undeveloped land about an hour or so down the road, and they often speak of finding signs of deer and bear on their property.
Of course, wild animals aren’t likely to cooperate in terms of posing for their portrait, and they tend to be rather shy of us humans … which got us thinking about game cameras. Often called deer or trail cams, these devices can be fastened to trees or other stable objects, then automatically take photos or video when motion is detected by the built-in sensor.
Here is a video of some great pics:
This looks like it would be a rather fun hobby, and there are some great resources on the web for helping newbies like us select a camera that will do the job. As with most technology, there are a number of factors to consider, from the type of lighting (flash vs. infrared vs. “black flash”) to battery life to the “detection zone” (range within which the sensor is triggered).
Also, since we’re just looking at this as a casual pastime, at least to begin with, we don’t want to spend a lot of money. So, trying to find the best trail cam for our budget is important.
Right now, the wildlife photography bug hasn’t quite bit us yet: it’s sort of just buzzing around our heads at this point. If we do decide to give it a go, though, we’ll be sure to share our photos with you all!