As the weather improves and the family ventures outside for bike rides, walks in the park and outdoor activities like fishing and swimming, don’t forget to bring your camera.

I certainly appreciate those professional photos we take once or twice a year but depending on where you visit in Hendricks County, Indiana, the amateur photographer can capture some pretty cool shots too.

Avon Gardens is beautiful nearly year-round and provides plenty of spots for photos against a backdrop of carefully cared for flowers. Avon Town Hall Park also offers a beautiful, 9-acre lake and walking trails in wooded areas.

Brownsburg has the best of both worlds, whether you want photos against the brick older buildings along U.S. 136 and Main Street near Sweet Paige’s or Brightly Art Studio or if you want to walk the connecting trail into Arbuckle Acres Park along White Lick Creek and snap some nature-inspired photos.

I think the history felt in Danville offers some great photo opportunities, spanning from the steps of the courthouse to the vintage marquee of the Royal Theater.

Beasley’s Orchard also provides a great spot if you’re looking for apple orchards, an old, Civil War-era barn and other cool features.

McCloud Nature Park may be the best location for true nature and wildlife photos. There’s vast prairielands, Big Walnut Creek, walking trails and a 100-year-old iron truss bridge.

Bring the fishing poles and a picnic to make a day of it, and you’re sure to snap some great shots along the way.

My go-to location in Plainfield is Guilford Township's Hummel Park, with features like prairie and grassy space on the west side of the park, access to a large wooden bridge overlooking White Lick Creek and of course, the banks of the creek.

Don’t forget about Friendship Gardens, just a stone’s throw away, with a waterfall, old bridge, gazebo pavilion and garden landscape.

Nearly every town in the county has a mural that provides a great photo opportunity. Whether you want to hold the leash of the Brownsburg Bulldog or pick your favorite flower among the Clayton mural, it’s not only fun but photo worthy.