Saturday, October 1st was the day of the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk 2016 (#WWPW2016) and as the one in Fresno was in an area I'd sooner not leave my car, especially loaded with camera gear, I chose to head north and drove up to Merced, to join the walk organized by the Merced Camera Club.
I met them in the parking lot of the Applegate Zoo at 6:45 AM and we headed off along Bear Creek for a little over 2 hours. Saw much more than I expected to and got shots of Herons, egrets, ducks, squirrels, kittens and even an old TV! The was a model shoot with a model purloined from UC Merced and plenty of homeless if that's what you wanted to shoot. The walk Culminated with a behind the scenes tour of Applegate zoo.
I loaded myself down with both camera bodies, toting my 24-70 and 75-300 lenses. Was surprised by the variety of shots I got and chose one to enter into the photo competition of the day.
From there I headed over to the San Luis and Merced Nature reserves. The Sandhill Cranes have started arriving, though not yet in large numbers. I shot until after sunset and got a variety of animals on record, mostly water fowl, Tule Elk and a few Mule Deer.
A fun day and made a good start to my plans to shoot more moving forward!