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IN THE FIELD: Don’t Forget Your Own Backyard

Traveling to faraway and exotic places can be a real adventure, but we do not always have the opportunity to do so. I have found that exploring my local area, and even my own backyard, can be a journey of discovery.

In our rural areas, the farmlands, old structures and country fairs can provide a variety of subjects. The gardens, parks and playgrounds located in many suburban areas allow for a wide range of opportunities. And because of the cultural diversity of many urban areas, including the regional architecture, exploring your own city can be inspiring.

And don’t forget your local historical landmarks, which give you the chance to capture the flavor of the past. Or you could document changes that may be taking place in your region, whether it is man-made or from nature. Or even areas that are environmentally sensitive that may be threatened due to development, allowing you to help raise public awareness, if that is your buzz.

Check your local newspaper, or talk with your family, friends and neighbors to help you find places you may have overlooked. I saw an article just last week in my local newspaper about a field of sunflowers planted by a local businessman for the community to enjoy. I popped down there to check it out and realized that I had stumbled upon a real treasure.

Think of it this way: if you had boarded an airplane and flew off to some new location, you probably would have your eyes and ears open to what you could find there. Try taking that same approach to where you live right now. Anytime I have done that, I have never been disappointed.

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  1. August 20, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. August 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    You Bet!!

  3. Sue
    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Phenomenal shot!

  4. September 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    It was a perfect morning.

  5. September 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    That’s great advise. I take many shots of my flower garden. It’s usually spring though, and I’m chomping at the bit for the blooms to reappear. 🙂

    • September 15, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Cheryl, garden provide so many interesting subjects to photograph. I love being out there although all the recent storms really beat up the garden. Hopefully the will recover soon.

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