Last week, while out for a little hike in a nearby state park, I had a truly wonderful experience. When I came around a bend in the trail, three deer were standing not more than 100 feet from me. I stopped, and they turned and looked at me for a moment. Then, clearly accustomed to humans being in their neighborhood, they casually sauntered off into the brush and vanished from sight.
Anyway, one of the things I wish I’d done at the time was try to get their picture with my smart phone. This just didn’t occur to me in the moment, but got me to thinking about trying my hand at a little nature photography.
A subsequent search online led me to discover a type of gadget known as a deer trail camera. These devices take a photo or video automatically when something passes in front of them and triggers an infrared sensor. Most of them also have night photographic capabilities.
I guess I was somewhat aware of these things before, but as I read more about them, I started to get excited about the possibilities.
For one thing, I have quite a large backyard with an adjacent undeveloped lot, and while I haven’t seen any deer from my kitchen window, I’m sure I get some animal visitors, especially at night. Setting up a trail cam to capture images of any four-legged guests that happened by would be easy enough, and would hopefully produce some pretty nifty pictures to share.
So, the next step will be understanding the features of wildlife cameras better so I can pick out the best one for my modest needs. This should be fun!