Photo Journal - January 16, 2018
It’s been a while since I’ve dont one of these, so, I figured it was time. This past week or so, I took a trip with my daughter and my nephew to one of my favorite places to visit, Armand Bayou Nature Center. One of the great things about Armand Bayou is that it’s only about 10 minutes from my suburban home, but it feels like you’ve traveled 3 days into the woods.
The other great thing about Armand bayou, aside from the accessible wilderness, is the fact that there’s never any shortage of things to photograph. If you can’t find something to photograph in Armand Bayou, you don’t know how to make a photograph. All of the following shots were taking in that nature preserve while I looked after two small children.
The "while I looked after two small children" part is an important aspect of the wonderful-ness of Armand Bayou. Often times, as a parent and wanna-be photographer, I find myself pulled in two different directions. Get the shot or watch after the kids, and, wouldn't you know it, watching after the kids always wins out.
A place like Armand Bayou is great because you can do both. It's wilderness, but there's an almost complete lack of child-eating animals, so the kids can run around as much as they want and I can snap away to my heart's content. I'm spending time with my kids (and oftentimes someone else's kids as well), teaching them about nature, being in the peacefulness of the outdoors myself, and getting (hopefully) great images as well. The single stone of Armand Bayou is murdering so many birds for me I could probably be fined by the game warden.
Armand Bayou presents great opportunities to shoot portraits, wildlife, macro shots, landscapes, and all matter of combinations thereof. My recomendation is to bring a long telephoto lens, a macro lens, a portrait prime, and a wide angle lens if you go. It’s a wonderful place that every Houstonian should visit.
We also had a visit from some friends of ours and their 6 month old son. Photos were made of the kids and the dog while we visited.
The next adventure was to Galveston Island where we ate at Farley Girls and walked on the cold beach. Photographing the beach in winter time is a great thing to do. Primarily due to the lack of people. My kids enjoying making themselves into human sandpaper and running around like crazed squirrels. All in all, it was a pretty good couple of weeks.