One of my very favorite quotes is from Auntie Mame ~ “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” Too often people spend their lives in a holding pattern, continually waiting for this or that to happen before they do something they dream about. When I meet the right person… when I get that promotion… when I retire… then I’ll (fill in the blank). Truth is, there will never be a perfect time to do anything. So don’t wait until you’re a size 4 before you put on the bathing suit and jump in the water. Same goes with photography, yes, we all dream about shooting lions roaming about in amazing light on the Serengeti but you don’t need the Serengeti to shoot lions, the zoo is a wonderful place to hone your wildlife skills. No zoo nearby, not a problem, I’m betting you have at least one park where dogs get walked or one pond where ducks swim, or telephone pole where birds perch. So grab your camera and go find them, preferably in perfect light. These are all wildlife photos taken within 30 minutes of my house, see Serengeti not required. Now stop reading, go outside and find your own wildlife adventure.