We joined in for a very casual adventure this morning. Today was the day the Annual Warbler Walk took place along the Whistle Stop Trail in West Farmington, Maine. A group of approximately 20 birding enthusiasts gathered together to very slowly walk the rail trail, all the while, stopping and listening for various bird songs. Once a song was heard, binoculars were used to locate and identify the singing bird. It was a fun event and I think everyone who was involved enjoyed themselves.
While I do appreciate a good bird, I also appreciate my time in nature. I found a few birds with our binoculars, but when the novelty of that wore off, I began taking photos of the environment I was in. Whether that be the trail we were strolling along, the people we were with or the plants around us. I enjoy this type of photography. There’s never any rush and the relaxation makes for some great shots.
I thought I’d share some of my randomly captured photos here. They’re not of anything special – like I said, just what was around me. My favorites of are the group we were with. I think a few of these pictures truly capture the enthusiasm of the group. Birders are passionate people and I find it lovely that they have such a quiet appreciation of an interesting hobby like this.
This is what a water droplet looks like at 7am on a still, semi-sunny morning in Maine.
And here are just a few of the many young ferns that are slowly uncurling for the season.
This is a great example of how birders go about birding. Such devotion.
One of the participants brought along a camera and tripod with an absolutely enormous lens attached. I’ve never actually seen a camera lens so large. If you look closely in this next photo, you can see the gentleman at its center.
Here’s the same photo, cropped a bit so you can see the camera setup a bit better.
And finally, here are a few more ferns. These are of a different type than those above and I don’t know what they are. Enjoy anyway!