Being a nature photographer is awesome. That's a pretty blanket statement but it's true. However, with all that awesomeness comes insanely early mornings, sleepless nights, unlimited patience, and a lot (A LOT) of frustration. Mother Nature decides how my day is going to go. I can't control weather, elements, and most of all any wildlife. I've seen countless individuals try to manipulate a situation where wildlife is involved in order to get "the perfect" shot. That is disgusting. I can't tell you how many citizen arrests I wanted to make in Yellowstone National Park for the morons that get out of their car and approach elk and buffalo. They would then follow that smart move by clapping and shouting to get their attention. THIS is not photography. This is harassment. I'm a firm believer that if you're patient, and you respect every little thing that is surrounding you, that shot will appear. Don't harass animals, don't pick flowers, and for God's sake put your iPad away. Bottom line- nature photography is awesome, but don't be that person.
This morning I was patient, and respectful, and it paid off.