Do you know why I like square dancing? It's fun, exercise and takes you to amazing places. During our stay at the Yuba City Fairgrounds, we found the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area. It was also here that I learned the biggest camera lesson of all. And it hurt.
No, I didn't fall into the water with my camera, I didn't have an SD card in it and my spare was not in the camera bag. What a bummer. I've not done that since. I now follow this routine: 1. Turn the camera on and take a picture the night before an outing. 2. Charge the batteries and make sure the spare SD card is in the case. Fortunately we were able to come back the next day, but we did have to give up a square dance session. And, it was worth it.
Gray Lodge is located about 5 miles north of the Sutter Buttes, a small volcanic mountain range near Yuba City, California. This seasonal refuge is the winter home for over a million ducks and more than 100,000 Ross' and snow geese. It is also a popular habitat for other birds including American avocets, western sandpiper and more.
I'm not a bird watcher, but I was amazed by the large amount of ducks and geese, etc. When they all decided to swarm together it was breathtaking.
We drove around the 9,200 acres on the road provided. The only drawback, was that hunting was allowed. Not wearing yellow/orange vests, my husband and I stayed clear of the duck blind areas. We could hear the pops from the hunters' rifles. I kept thinking, "Fly away ducks, fly away!"
Armed with a camera that contained an SD card and charged battery, I had a great time shooting the wildlife. I like that kind of shooting!