Summer’s Most Important Piece of Gear!
Water! This life-giving fluid is essential for life. Humans should drink at least eight, 8oz glasses a day and up in the Sierra or any place above 5000′, this should be doubled. I’m always surprised though all the stories of folks succumbing to the heat and becoming ill because they simply didn’t drink enough water. It’s a piece of gear you cannot go without!
And on a personal note, get yourself a refillable water bottle and save the environment! This is the one I’ve had for years and it travels everywhere with me!
And we’re not the only ones who require water! Water is essential for birds, summer, and winter. You find free water and you will always find critters. At our home, we have five “ponds” and bathes for our critters and they are always in use. You not only help them by providing free water, but you set yourself up for real great photography. They key is getting low, light and of course, looking for that moment to go click.
Getting down low requires either digging a hole in the ground (which is how these photos were taken) or laying flat. You want to be in a blind as critters feel very vulnerable when at a watering hole. I like going long like shooting with either the D5 / 800mm or using the 180-400VR. You want a background that is some distance from the watering hole and a perch for birds to land on coming to or leaving the watering hole. It all comes down to the water, for us and critters. It’s summers most important piece of gear!