On the last Sunday in July, 2012, I was suddenly inspired to go for an afternoon walk at Finley National Wildlife Refuge,
south of Corvallis,
around a 45-minute's drive from our house in southeast Albany. So I packed up my new Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera system
— any excuse to use it! — my wife, and my youngest daughter, and we were off!
At 5,325 acres and with more than 12 miles of hiking trails, there are numerous different areas where one can walk. For this, my third photo outing to Finley in the past year or so, we decided to try the 2.8-mile Mill Hill Loop Trail.
It was a very peaceful and enjoyable walk — mostly through forest, which helped to keep us cool. You can see the photos from last year's outings in the Finley Refuge 2011
During my 90 minutes of picture taking, I captured only 39 images. I was trying to not be so trigger happy, but to make each shot count. It paid off, because out of those 39, almost half of them, 18, made it into the final album. It was a joy and pleasure to use my new camera, and I'm eagerly looking forward to taking it on more outings.