Birds of prey like eagles and hawks have vision up to eight times sharper than human vision. An eagle, for example, may be able to see a mouse from up to a mile away.
While we can’t see as well as some birds, photography can help us to see things in new ways. Nature photography is a fun way to get outdoors and learn about the natural world.
You don’t have to go far to get good shots — there’s nature in your own backyard.
Whether you’re taking pictures of flowers or wildlife, here are some tips for getting better shots.
Can’t find birds in the wild to photograph? Let them come to you.
Try this simple, natural-looking bird feeder to attract birds for photographing.
Find a pine cone — the kind with wide spaces between the scales works best. Go on a walk to gather a few, or if you can’t find any, craft stores often have them.
Tie a string to the top, long enough to attach to a tree. Spread peanut butter on the pine cone until it is fully coated. (For people with peanut allergies, vegetable lard works great.) Then roll the coated pine cone in bird seed. You can make your own bird seed by combining any raw nuts and seeds you have.
Then hang your bird feeder in your backyard or outside a window where you will be ready to photograph any birds that come along.
For more ideas, try the Tacoma Nature Center’s class on taking pictures with your phone. This class, for ages 8-adult, will be held Saturday from 1-3 p.m. The cost is $25 per adult/child pair or $25 per adult.
The same class, but for adults only, will be held May 14 from 4-6 p.m.
Also for adults will be a class on creating a nature scavenger hunt for your kids using photos and other cellphone technology. It will be April 9 from 6-8 p.m. This class is $25 per participant.
Visit tacomanaturecenter.org for more information.