I belong to a photography group. I have met some talented photographers, and I am grateful to call them friends now. We are happy and eccentric group of people, and our passions range from scenic, travel and urban photography to wedding. Our small group’s skill set ranges from novice to professional, and we like to maintain a bit of modesty. The photography group meets for education classes and hosts photography challenges. The classes are very informal, but I learn a lot about current zoom and lighting techniques. We decided that our latest outdoor adventure would be to hike Ruffner Mountain. The Nature Preserve is 1,038 acres. We planned a day hike in order to photograph the flora, fauna and historic remnants of old mines at the beautiful location. It was the night before our trip, and I decided to prepare for the event ahead of time. I packed my old rucksack with my field binoculars and digital camera case. I made sure to pack my guide maps, a utility knife, bandana and some energy bars to snack on in case I got hungry during the day. I made sure my camera battery was charged, and I packed my new wide zoom lens in the case. Everything was finally packed and set neatly by the door.
The house was clean, and it was time to rest. I heard thunder in the distance. I started warming a kettle of honey tea and decided to check the local weather. As I was watching the weather, I noticed the radar showed the storm was located near Ruffner Mountain. I was not too concerned because I knew that summer storms usually passed quickly. My tea was ready, so I decided to turn off the television to unplug, read a book, and watch as the storm rolled in.
The next morning, I drove to Ruffner Mountain to meet my friends and participate in the photography challenge. When I arrived I stretched my legs and put on my back pack and camera. As I approached, the trail head, I notice a tree had been struck by lightning and its fallen branches were blocking the path. I used the internet on my phone in the hopes of finding a tree removal companyI found on the web, http://www.birminghambesttreeservice.com The crew came out immediately and started clearing the debris. The lead tree removal expert told me that it would take the majority of the day to clear the path of limbs and branches, so I decided to call my fellow photographer friends and tell them we may need to postpone our hike. They were more than willing to oblige, and we decided to return the next day in order to allow the crew to work.