There are many kinds of nuts, most come from trees and yes some walk on two legs, but my visit to a local park had the tree kind in mind. I had the urge to get out yesterday if only for a little while and had Shunga Park across the street from my house on my mind. There is a grouping of oak trees that I can see from my front door and visit it often hoping for photo opportunities. I’ve taken many shots from here over the years and always seem to come away unsatisfied with my results. When one enters this grouping of oaks I’m guessing 50 yards by 50 yards square they are in deep shade with the surrounding park area in bright sunlight so I usually concentrate within the shaded areas searching for something unique or just catching my eye.

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This day I had a plan, I was going to concentrate on the ground, mostly without grass and scattered with acorns, leaves and sticks. I spent over an hour just roaming back and forth looking something, what I’m not sure, but I had my eyes focusing in on areas less than a square foot knowing with the lens I had on, a 17-50mm would be framing roughly this amount when set down to 12 inches or so from the ground. I would typically use my 70-200 with extension tube for such closeup/macro work but this is a new lens and honestly I just wanted to play with it. So that’s what I done and had a good time with it. One thing I did find out when working close to the ground like this, it’s getting much harder on my knees and legs to do the up and down thing for and hour! Next time I may have to use the longer lens when doing this type of work and play with the wide angle out on the prairies which it was actually purchased for. Nonetheless it preformed well for me and I ended up with a few images to hang on to.

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