Tip #6: Alwyas Carry Your Camera Bag With You
One sunny afternoon early in summer I was on a search for white-faced ibis. A birding report stated that about a dozen had been seen at a lake north of where I lived. I had never been to the lake so I didn't know the area or just how big it was. I winged it and walked around the lake to find the tall birds.
About 45 minutes into the hike clouds started to build. I thought I would have enough time so I continued to walk. I found the birds on the opposite side of the lake from where I parked. Right then the clouds opened up. I was completely unprepared. I only thought to bring a jacket for me; the backpack and all my rain gear for my camera was back in the car on the opposite side of the lake.
The closest place to get out of the rain was a shopping center - an even further walk but closer than going back to the car. I thought I could wait out the storm faster than walking back to the car since summer storms in Colorado usually just pass through - except this one (refer back to Tip #3!).
An hour later I was still sitting in a sub shop - cold and wet. I took off my jacket to cover my camera, which caused me to become soaked.
Since that day I never leave my car without my camera bag. At a minimum the bag should include spare batteries, spare memory cards and rain gear for you and your camera.
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