Patuxent Research Refuge is a great place to view wildlife and especially birding. I saw a flock of blue herons just whiz by. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture any of them because I did not have a telephoto lens then. Tripods are allowed and encouraged. Many of the best photo spots are in the shade so there are a lot of low light situations you need to deal with.
The great basilica in Washington D.C. If you’re into church architecture, this place is a must. Beautiful stained glasses, grand chapel, the whole package. Tripod and flash are NOT allowed. BUT! you can take one of those Joby Gorilla pods and get away with taking pictures. That’s how I took most of these pictures.
The moment you step onto these hallowed grounds, you instantly feel that wave of emotion hit you. I wanted to talk a bit about the feature photograph here because I think this is the best photograph I have taken so far.
Needless to say, Tidal Basin during the Cherry Blossom Festival gets very VERY crowded. Best time to photograph would be around 7 AM during a weekday, when DC residents are working and tourists are asleep. Tripods are allowed but actual use may be challenging if you go during a peak hour just because of the sheer number of foot traffic.
I visited Chicago and this garden in April when the weather was still cool but many of the spring flowers were in bloom. I visited mid-day and since I was mostly shooting macro images of flowers, I loved having the extra light outdoors for deeper depth of field even without a tripod. For the absolute sharpest results from high MP sensors, a tripod with a macro slider is probably your best bet but under the circumstances, hand holding the camera will make do in many situations.
Yolo Bypass is a fabulous area for bird photography, although there’s also some opportunities for other wildlife photography including bugs and mammals. It is a key migration site on the Pacific Flyway, and the wintering site for literally thousands of waterfowl. The majority of the area is seasonal, manmade wetlands, primarily flooded rice fields with some interspersed rushes. There is also some varied grassland and forest habitat scattered throughout.
If you happen to be in Black Hills or Mount Rushmore you cannot miss this scenic highway filled with wildlife and scenic mountains. Best time to get here is early morning and you’ll be by yourself the entire stretch and wildlife to see. The road goes through needle eye tunnel where only one car can pass at a time. Since we were there around 5:15 AM on a summer day the tunnel belonged to only us and mountain goats.
If you’re going to South Dakota and near Black Hills you won’t miss this place. After viewing the carved architecture from the other side do the 0.4 mile loop hike that takes you at the foot of the mountain. This hike is really good if you want different angle photographs of each head. Tripod is optional here, also you have an entry fee to enter the park. The hike gives you history behind the whole place and worth doing it for educational and photography purposes. The photo of George Washington was shot from a small cave under the foot of the mountain which is also part of the hike loop.
The Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath and is located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the city of, Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. The temple serves as the seat of the national deity, Lord Pashupatinath.This temple complex is on UNESCO World Heritage Sites list Since 1979.
Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the first national park of Nepal and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984. Covering a core area of 932 sq. kms (360 sq miles), the park is famous for its density of the great Asian one horned rhino and also features a good number of Bengal tiger. It is equally famous for it bird population with more than 543 recorded species. The park also features marsh mugger crocodiles and the gharials.