I will show you how to find wildflowers and photograph them without harming the environment. These suggestions work anywhere; the pics I will be sharing were taken, literally, in my own back yard.
Step 1: Choose a Camera
- Ease of Use...it's nice to have something uncomplicated so you aren't required to lug equipment around on your hike
- Macro Settings...you'll want to use these most of the time. Practice with them, if possible, before making your purchase and definitely before making any long, once-in-a-lifetime trips
- Rechargeable Battery...you're reducing waste, and personal experience tells me these keep their charge longer. The square type is best; rechargeable AAs and AAAs don't seem to be any better for holding a charge over time than disposable counterparts
Step 2: Don't Miss The Obvious
Take a moment to consider letting nature have its way with your yard, and you may not need to plant flowers at all to enjoy a colorful landscape. Native flora has the benefit of being disease- and pest-resistant, as well as requiring less water and little to no fertilizer. Go green by letting Mother Nature do her own gardening!
Step 3: Choose Your Path and Tread Lightly
- Decide where to go and plan your path.
- Avoid areas that are eroded; these places are fragile, and even light footsteps damage them further
- If you literally watch your step, you can easily walk several miles without destroying any plant life.
- Watch out for the little guys--spiders included!
- Protect your body and clothing by avoiding sharp things...gently move thorny vines from your path without destroying them or yourself.