I attended a weekend photo camp at the Wilds in Cambridge, OH, near Zanesville. This wildlife conservation center has 10,000 acres for the animals to roam. It is home to rare and endangered species from around the world. They are living in natural, open-range habitats.
We stayed in a yurt. It is a round structure with screened windows all around, a wooden floor, and a front and back door. Inside there are enough bunkbeds to sleep 8 people. At night, you tie down the canvas flaps over the screens. It got down to 46 degrees the first night, so we needed the sleeping bag and a blanket.
At night, we could hear the deer breathing right outside our window. It was a long walk in the dark with a flashlight, if you needed to use the bathroom during the night. When we got up at 5am the sky was full of stars. I have never seen so many stars!! That made it worthwhile to get up so early for the sunrise shoot. We had to be on the bus by 6am.
We went around the Wilds in open air buses or pick up trucks, sitting on hay bales in the back bed to take photos. We had two professional photographers to help us set up shots and help with technical and lighting issues. Wilds staff members drove us up close to the animals and shut off the motor, so we could get the shots.
I had to narrow down the thousands of pictures to the number you see in the gallery. Enjoy!
Great pictures!! It looks like a fantastic photo op!!
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