Like most organized events (ok you got me, none were this well organized), this one started as an interesting email thread by a fellow softie, soon complex scheduling ensued and finally we had a booked plan for 15 of us to go to NW Trek to photograph the wild life there.
This was an interesting opportunity for both Margaret and I since we had never seriously considered photographing animals for that sake, though we like to think we were, actually were not that serious with photography. But things do change and this was a welcome change.
Our car was in the shop, we had a loaner with us, no navigation on it so out came the trusty phone to help guide us along. A pleasant ride later we arrived just at 7:30am and met up with the rest of the crowd, still not knowing exactly what we had gotten ourselves into. Perspectives changed as we boarded the tram and started the tour, first we had to come to terms with the equipment folks were carrying around us, someone joked about 100K worth of camera gear on the tram and secondly the environment. Little did I realize that this was a 723-acre park, which housed about 200 animals ranging from black bears, wolves, deer’s, elks, bison to name a few.
As the day progressed we soaked in some really great sceneries and saw allot of animals up close and amazed about 600 shots together. Of course off the 600 about 5 really made the cut but compared to what the others had taken certainly had to hide mine ;).
This was truly a one of kind experience and would certainly encourage others to try out, irrespective of your interest in photography.
Feel free to check out the rest of the photos from trip on flickr.
Check out NW Trek @ http://www.nwtrek.org
Over and out, Raj