4 Steps to an Enjoyable Hike

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Some people have fought many years of their lives to preserverepparttar rich heritage ofrepparttar 141189 outdoors and nature we now enjoy. That dedication and effort has been rewarded by fantastic hiking opportunities in our local, state, and national park systems. In honor of their efforts, let's break out of our winter hibernation and venture intorepparttar 141190 crisp, clean outdoor air and hit some of those dirt trails. Let's Go Hiking!

Here are 4 steps to having an enjoyable hike, no matter where your feet decide to take you.

1. Knowrepparttar 141191 area you will be hiking in to. Although many states, like California, Colorado, or Wyoming have exceptional hiking hot spots, even your local park will have some kind of useful information. Whether it's a website with information and trail details, or a map atrepparttar 141192 park office, trailhead, or visitor center, always check before you head out on your hike so you know what to expect.

2. Knowrepparttar 141193 conditions you will be facing, wherever you go. Nothing is worse than traveling to a hiking destination only to missrepparttar 141194 hike, because it was raining or freezing and you weren't prepared. Ifrepparttar 141195 trail is flooded out, or snowy conditions have shut it down for an extended period, you should be able to find this out as well. It is also good to know if there are any plants or animals to watch out for at your hiking location. Wiping with poison ivy won't feel good inrepparttar 141196 morning.

3. Wear clothing that works and fitsrepparttar 141197 terrain and hike conditions. There are many options in your clothing arsenal, to keep yourself comfortable, here are a couple of pointers: - Try and stay away from cotton. Instead, look for synthetic and natural fibers that pull moisture away from your body, or at least stay warm when wet. - Also, go for layers to keep yourself warm, versus carrying around a huge parka, in case you are hit by a freak snowstorm. - The two most important pieces of clothing for any hiker, are good socks and good shoes. Don't underestimaterepparttar 141198 pain a hike can cause with uncomfortable shoes and socks. - Finally, a hat in cold weather is a great addition, since your body loses over half its heat through your head.

Macro Photography Inspirations, Tips and Tricks

Written by Paul Smith

You won’t have to look hr to find close-up ideas – even everyday household objets can make fantastic subjects Once You’ve trained your eye to look for macro photo opportunities, you’ll find them almost anywhere, even in objects such as stamps, coins, paper clips, drawing pins and so on. The fact that you’re capturing them from an unusual viewpoint makes shot of ‘found’ objects interesting in themselves.

Macro tips

If your camera focuses poorly at close range, userepparttar telephoto setting to increase magnification. However, remember that this will further reduce depth of field.

Attach a close up lens that screws ontorepparttar 141147 camera’s filter thread (assuming your camera has one). Available in +1, +2, +3, +4 and +10 magnification, many camera can be adapted with push on systems that enable a close up lens to be fitted

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