When all else fails
Break out the rain gear
It happens, and not too much you can do about it. You can sit there sulking and hating life or.... you can make the most of it. This weekend I ran across what I thought was a fox as I was making my way to do a landscape photo,
as I continued my walk I soon discovered the fox den about 30 feet off the trail. Having only a 60mm my plan would be to return to base and get my 70-200 with a 1.4 extension tube then return back equipped with the needed lens to take some photos.
My return travel time prevented me from getting back before sunlight was gone, so I planned for the next day. My next best plan would be to pack my equipment and take it to work, change clothes after work and drop in that following afternoon to take a few photos of the kit foxes and possibly the mother, but when I arrived I found the area closed and it was beginning to rain. Sad Face here. We don't always have perfect conditions, never give up an opportunity at photography.
Had the trail leading to the fox den not been closed I would have pushed on and just weathered the rain for a rare fox pup photo op, my equipment can take a few rain and I don't mind getting wet for an opportunity. As luck would have it you can see in the photos below the road leading down to the fox den - CLOSED. The park officials printed a BIG sign to make it known the area was closed.
Anyway, life goes on, so I snapped a few rainy foggy photos, what else could I do. Occoquan National Wildlife Refuge is a fantastic visit especially during the spring breeding season.
Recommendations: March- June bring a birding setup. Osprey are nesting as well as Eagles, and a bounty of other beautiful feathers delight the patient. August - October: End of Summer and some fall flowers are in bloom, so keep your Macro gear out. If your into Dragon Fly's this area has many species around July. Note: May Flies can be a problem at times around end of may, (long sleeves, bug spray).