Camera at the Ready!

Morel Mushroom

Morel Mushroom by Jan Hygnstrom, UNL. Have a camera ready to capture photos to help you tell a story.

Today I received one of those emails that just make you smile. It was from our colleague, Jan Hygnstrom. Jan is a regular contributor to the Acreage Insights newsletter and on Facebook. She is always looking for great photos to add to her content and help tell a story.

With Jan’s permission, here is her quick email:

“I was taking my morning walk and found this on our land, the first ever in our woods (I found one about 7 years ago under our deck). Fortunately, I had my camera (following Soni’s sage advice!)”.

She also stated later “…I have been better at carrying my camera – photos of turkeys walking down the lane, a skull in the prairie after the prescribed burn, a black fox squirrel on campus. These are treasures!”

Jan was fortunate to remember to take her camera, so she had the opportunity to take this amazing photo. No camera = no photo. Jan took her photo and posted it on the Acreage Insights Facebook Page I’m sure she has started a great collection of photos for future use! Great job, Jan!

Lesson: No matter where you roam, make sure you have a camera with you! You never know what treasures and photo moments you can capture for later use with extension resources. And if you don’t want to carry a traditional camera, make sure you look at photo-taking capabilities of your next smartphone! Start your own photo library and you’ll be amazed how often you use it.

Soni Cochran
UNL Extension in Lancaster County

About Soni Cochran

Mother, Wife, Grandma! I am an extension associate with the Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County. I work with urban pests and wildlife, youth programs and manage the office web site at My degree is in education and I taught in rural public schools in Nebraska before coming to Nebraska Extension - UNL. I am Deputy Commander of the 155th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol in Lincoln - my focus is on public affairs, disaster relief and emergency services. Great organization of adults/teens serving this nation. Love my family, jobs, and sharing my love of nature and the outdoors with anyone who will listen.
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