Dewberries look tasty.
My friend Jess has encouraged me to shoot at Cullinan Park here in Sugar Land for as long as I can remember.
This was one of the few wildflowers I spotted.
So last Saturday morning, I decided to finally check it out . . . with Jess as my guide.
A large, white flower absorbs the sunshine.
The two of us had a great time walking the trails, chatting away and listening to the birds chirping. I discovered that Cullinan Park is a local, natural treasure.
A heron takes off across Oyster Creek.
As I prepared to leave for the park, I had one main thought: What camera equipment will help me best document this adventure? How will I be able to shoot both near (macro) and far (telephoto)?
Sidebar: My second thought? Don’t forget the bug spray!
A butterfly enjoys the local cuisine.
I opted for a two-camera approach. On my Nikon D700 was my trusty Nikon 105mm macro lens for closeups. Attached to my monopodded Nikon D300 was my Nikon 70-200mm lens for long-range photo ops. I used both and was glad I had brought everything along.
A large dragonfly just hangs around.
Although the park isn’t very big, it’s filled with interesting sights and sounds. I was hoping to see some dragonflies, and I wasn’t disappointed.
A green dragonfly tries to blend in with his surroundings.
We spotted a few of the flyers in the woods among the butterflies.
A blue dragonfly rests on the lake’s plant life.
But we scored big at the park’s lake. D-flies were buzzing about, enjoying the water and plants.
A green dragonfly is happy to pose.
Although I was sad that there were no alligators to shoot, just watching the dragonflies flit about made me smile.
Is this curious caterpillar hungry?
After our adventure, Jess and I sat on benches, resting and talking. This little critter shared where I was sitting, so, of course, I snapped some pix with my macro lens.
I wonder what he’ll be the next time I stop by Cullinan Park. Which I’m sure will be sooner than later.