Travel Tips

Home on the Range; Wind Cave National Park

Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

Chorus Home, home on the range,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

~Brewster M. Higley

I thought I'd share this guy for Song-ology. We are lucky enough to live in a area where you can visit Wind Cave National Park, or a Custer State Park and you will see buffalo quite often. Although, in all the years we have been "buffalo hunting" we have never been this close to one. We happen upon him as he was licking the salt off the road. Matter of fact, he was a bit perturbed that we interrupted his treat. But not enough to do much about it, other than to walk to the snowbank to for a drink out of the puddle. 

Tips & Tricks-

~If you are visiting a park, specifically to see wildlife, dusk and dawn are the best time to catch them. They tend to be on the move to grazing and settle in for the night, or the day, during that time of day. 

~It's important to remember that while you are in a "park" these animals are still wild. Do not step out of your car and try to capture a selfie with them. This guy was so close I did not even open my window. 

~A camera bean bag is a terrific accessory to have on hand if you are into nature photography. I used mine to give my camera stability when I took this photo....

~I tend to shoot all my nature photos with my white balance set to cloudy. It gives my photos that nice golden light regardless if I am shooting in cloudy weather, or sunny weather. 

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Life Thru the Lens 25:52... a throw back to Venice, Italy... and tips

{A little side note first... for my regulars. You know when life throws you a curveball that you were not expecting and you fill the sting of the impact because you did not dodge it? Yah well, last week threw us one. All the sudden my plate is overflowing with things I need to get done. So, in an effort to put my focus where it needs to be right now, I am going to be taking a month off of my blog. But hey, that means a summer break... woohoo. I'll be back right around the first of August.}

One of our lasts trips in Europe was to Italy. While there, we stopped in Venice for a day to explore the canals and and wander the zigzagging sidewalks. Venice is a charmed city, vibrant and full of character. 

The few days we spent in Italy were excruciatingly hot, so unfortunately I do not feel as though I truly experience everything I wanted to. I was so encumbered by the heat, I forgot simple things like drinking a real Italian espresso at a tiny cafe; who wants to drink hot espresso on a 98 degree day?

I am just now editing photos from Europe, yes, three years later. My grief at leaving the continent was so heavy that to even look at these photos brought tears to my eyes. Now that the grief has subsided, I look back on them with fondness and happy memories. And, while I forgot the little things, I definitely captured the big things like: life, culture, landscape, and color. 

Venice is one of those cities where a day simply isn't long enough to truly enjoy it. In a day you cannot explore every island surrounding the city, nor can you wander ever little walkway and path leading to new courtyards and canals. I would have loved to spend a week there just walking and exploring. 

Venice is a photographer's dream. It literally is a city with a view no matter which direction you face. From the vibrant colors, to the textured walls of the buildings, the people, the vistas, the flowers and gondolas... Venice was a thousand (plus) shot day for me. 


Do not go in the heat of the summer... it's hot, and more expensive

We did not take a gondola ride, I do not regret it. They are expensive, and you can see what they see on foot.


Do wear good shoes.. flip flops are not recommended, instead wear a sturdy pair of sandals.

Do wander the canals and sidewalks... away from the major touristy stuff.

Do pay for (local not touristy) meals. The food in Italy is worth the cost. 

Do eat gelato... lots of it. 

Do interact with the people, they were boisterous and fun.

Do get on the water somehow... we used the water buses.

Do stay overnight in Venice... I wish we would have splurged for this. 

Do stay longer than one day. 


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