Lesson 1) The cormorant is standing in the sun drying out his wings for an extended period of time because their wings have less preen oil than other birds and not because, as you thought, they are one of the rare birds that enjoys posing for photos.

Lesson 2) The Great Blue Heron has not flown to this secluded spot in shallow, mucky water for a better nature shot, but to laugh at you as you attempt to kayak closer for a better shot with the muck flying everywhere, including into your hair.

Lesson 3) You are now middle-aged and your balancing skills are not what they use to be, so as you crouch down for an eye-level flower shot while holding your camera and the dog’s leash, one tug by the dog can result in tumbling over in the flower garden and having a sprained finger when you land.

Lesson 4)  Remember when you scout the location of your next shot, that there is a good chance that the lens you decide you need is not in your bag and there is always some question you failed to consider – such as, is the lighthouse under repair?

Lesson 5) Everyone has a bad hair day, be respectful and pretend not to notice.

Lesson 6) If you plan on working on your action shots by hanging out by the bird feeder for a shot, make sure you are not standing in the landing zone where you may be exposed to things falling from the sky and landing on your arm.