Distance: Several miles round trip cross country
Summit Elevation: N/A
Round trip time: Several hours
-- Maurice Sendak
I am often inspired by animal photos from the trail cameras of rangers and other outdoor enthusiasts. As a natural extension of exploration, I deployed a Bushnell 20MP Trophy Cam HD Low Glow back in October. I placed it off trail in an area I expected to get some animal traffic. The camera was configured in hybrid mode to capture both photos and video. Daytime photos are shot in color, while the red light flash at night produces black and white. As a first effort, I wasn't sure if the experiment would produce anything interesting. After a month or so, I collected the SD card and starting looking over the photos and videos. The first thing I learned was that tall grass blowing in the wind triggered the motion activated camera. There were almost 900 photos and videos recorded and most of them were of tall grass blowing in the wind. The camera was also triggered by large flying insects at night. It did capture a single animal:
I plan to move it to different locations periodically and hope to capture more wildlife.