A Photography Addiction

It’s Friday November 1st and it’s freezing outside—literally. My weather app says it’s 31 degrees and it feels like 23!  Yikes! Less than two weeks ago, it was so sunny and warm that we were out walking in shorts and t-shirts! Michigan weather is like that– happy one day, miserable the next.

Shooting in the cold–three layers on my head, three on my body (and it isn’t even winter yet!!)
Great Blue Heron
Trumpeter Swans flying over the Fall colors at Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

In spite of the vagaries of Michigan weather, I’ve had a surprising number of opportunities to squeeze in a picture walk here and there. When it looked like I only had an hour or two between bouts of rain, I’d stay close to home and visit the business park next door, or the nearby woods where we live, or the preserve across the street. When there was a bigger window of opportunity, I’d venture further afield to the fish hatchery, the nature center, or the bird sanctuary.

Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Towhee
White-throated Sparrow

Once the season changes from warm summer days to fall and winter chilliness, it gets harder and harder for me to find things to photograph. When I was out at the fish hatchery the other day, for example, it took me forever to spot the well-camouflaged snipes, yellowlegs and killdeer out on the mudflats. It also took me beyond forever to pick out the Northern Shovelers swimming among the mallards in the adjacent pond. From a distance, those birds all looked the same. It was kind of like a ‘Where’s Waldo’ search– but without Waldo’s brightly colored clothes!

Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin

I enjoy the challenge, though, of trying to find things. It’s a big part of what makes photography such an addictive hobby. When I am concentrating on finding an elusive bird or insect or mammal, there’s no more room in my brain for anything else–like today’s politics or the devastating effects of climate change or the well being of my friends and family.  So I keep going back for more, for another ‘fix’, as often as I can.

Wilson’s Snipes on the mudflats at the Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery
Taking pictures on Lake Michigan in 30mph winds on October 23, 2019
Kiteboarding on Lake Michigan

Over the last couple of years, I’ve wondered exactly how much of an addiction to photography I really have. How many pictures does it take to qualify as an addiction? a thousand? Five thousand?? I know that I take a lot, but what, exactly, is a lot?

Lesser Yellowlegs in the Fall light

There are several different websites you can go to where you can determine how many ‘shutter actuations’, or pictures you have taken, for any given camera. I’ve had my current camera, a Nikon D5600, for exactly 2 years and I’m the only one who’s uses it. As of September 2019, I’ve apparently taken 109,510 pictures!! That’s a lot of pictures by any standard I expect! In fact, Nikon says that the shutter expectancy for my particular camera was met when I’d reached 100,000 pictures!

I’m going to guess, that If there’s a standard by which one qualifies as an addict, this is probably it!

Cedar Waxwing
White Tail Deer
Beautiful Fall colors!

4 thoughts on “A Photography Addiction

  1. Thanks for the feedback! I depend on an app called iNaturalist for identifying many of the things I photograph. By the way, I’m fairly new at this and wondered how people even find my blog. How did you come across it? Thanks.

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