Fun Things to do Around Charlotte, NC - Hiking at Mountain Island Lake at Latta Plantation
When the weather is nice and sunny, Matt and I are out exploring around Lake Norman or the surrounding areas of Charlotte. There are so many fun things to do in the Queen City and one of my favorite things is hiking on some of the beautiful trails surrounding the area lakes. The Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville is a great place for a fun little day trip away from the hustle and bustle and one where you can get up close and personal with nature.
The Latta Plantation is a gem and has some of our favorite trails with great views. You can hike, bike, horseback ride, canoe, kayak, visit the raptor center, and tour the old settlement home. It's easily a place that you can visit many many times over and always see something new.
For this particular day trip Matt and I decided not to bring Mr. Truck so we could focus on our photography and explore even further. He has a lot of cameos in the video at the bottom though! :)
I'm glad we didn't bring him this day because the Piedmont Prairie Trail around Mountain Island Lake goes really far and we saw some cool stuff just by going a bit further than we did in the video.
When I went in for this macro photo I had no idea there were two moths as one was hiding behind the leaf. I was pleasantly surprised to see two little guys just hanging out on a wildflower enjoying the hot sun and cool breeze.
They were not scared of me at all (which moths almost always are) so I was able to take my time and get a nice shot. I used my 100mm macro lens and a very steady hand.
My absolute favorite part of the day was when I noticed a huge birds nest way up high on a power line post. I pointed it out to Matt and we both stopped and admired its size. The photos don't do it justice. It was enormous. We walked away and continued on our hike...
But I had a suspicion that if I turned around and looked again I might see a bird. I did! It was an Osprey and she was coming in for a swift landing! Her wings were so powerful and it was such a beautiful sight. I had to act so fast to get these shots.
My biggest tip when taking any type of outdoor nature photography is: don't forget to look up! You would be amazed at the wildlife I have seen by just looking up. Nature isn't just at our eye level, it's all around us!
Oh and what I would have given for a drone at this moment. It would have been so awesome to have flown a drone over the nest to see if there were any eggs in there. I was so curious!
I have one picture of the mother bringing a stick back to the nest so she is definitely preparing to lay her eggs if she hasn't already done so. I did some research when I got home and Osprey's will typically nest by water sources and will lay 2-4 eggs and incubate them for 4-5 weeks so she will be there for a few months longer. I really love these pictures!
Ahhhh, Spring is here!
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