It’s all in the planning
It’s true that I find myself out with my cameras about five days a week for a few hours at a time. Even more often when I can. It’s a compulsion no doubt. Up until this year I rarely had a plan in mind when I left the house. Now I do most of the time. I plan to photograph one subject or another and gather up the gear I need for just that shot. Sometimes it backfires on me like the morning I was out for a sunrise shot and a doe and her fawn wandered into the field not far from where I was finishing up. They were too far away for my 55 mm lens and because I never planned on shooting anything that would require a telephoto so I just watched them and lost the opportunity all together. On the up side when I plan to shoot ducklings in the wildlife preserve not far from my house I carry the gear that I need and follow the plan to shoot baby ducks. The plan usually means walking right past other nature photo ops and right to where I expect the ducklings to be. This helps keep the time-table under control and the task at hand a lot easier to complete. Just wondering around the preserve can eat up lots of time and before you know it the light is gone and so are the ducks. As everyone knows the opportunities for great wildlife shots can be fleeting so not wasting time eyeing wild flowers is important if your really looking for the ducklings money shot.