Walnut Woods Metro Park has paved trails throughout, which makes it very accessible. Little to no trees overhang the trails, so the shade is minimal. It’s bike and pet friendly. There’s a mountain bike trail as well, but since I didn’t have a bike and my dogs were with me, I didn’t check it out. The park also offers a playground, pavilion, sledding hill, and bathrooms in the buckeye area.
Looking for photo opportunities? Don’t overlook what’s in your own backyard!
Bored one day, I started looking around my neighborhood and surrounding areas on a satellite map. What I didn’t expect to find was a labyrinth. After some searching online, I found the group it belonged to, and learned that they had public visiting hours. I spent a wonderful afternoon wandering the property and taking pictures.
If you’re looking to walk through a forest to take pictures of flora and fauna, you could certainly do worse than Blacklick Woods Metro Park. The park boasts a variety of habitats, including forests, swamps, ponds, and meadows. Covering over 600 acres, there’s plenty of room for critters to roam. Depending on the time of year, you might come across owls and other birds of prey, coyotes, deer, frogs, turtles, and more. This is definitely a good place to bring a long zoom lens. Continue reading Blacklick Woods
What seems to be the biggest focus at Blendon Woods? Birds. They have a variety of protected habitats for our flying friends, as well as excellent spots from which to observe and photograph them. Continue reading Blendon Woods Metro Park
Where to begin? The metro parks are a wonderful collection of 17 parks in and around the Columbus area, spanning seven counties. Each park is full of photographic opportunities, and is endlessly fun to wander, regardless of the season. Their facilities and programs are free, thanks to a 2009 levy.
Each park is unique in its own way, offering walking/riding/pet trails, nature centers, wildlife refuges, educational programs, and an array of options to get closer to nature—and photograph it, of course! Continue reading Metro Parks
Don’t go into autopilot until you explore their ideas.
In planning a shoot, a client said “I saw this great spot at the park…,” to which we said, “Oh, we know that park pretty well! Sounds great!”
What we should have done was to find out exactly where they meant. We thought we knew the location well enough and took them to what we thought were good locations. By the time we got to the client’s spot, we realized what a mistake we’d made—it was fantastic! By then, the kids were getting tired and we were almost out of light, so we scrambled to get what shots we could, like the shot above, which would have been so much better with a little more sun. Why hadn’t we started there? Because we assumed we knew better and imposed our photographic will. Not making that mistake again.