One of my favorite "go-to" spots for nature photography is a nearby country pond that really comes alive in the warm light of late day. I've shot it many times with a wide-angle - to catch the sweeping views - but I also like switching to a telephoto and capturing intimate scenes too. Tele-zoom lenses, in fact, are great for non-macro close-ups.
For this photo, I was particularly attracted by the beautiful colors and also the pattern/abstract quality of the reflections of reeds and grasses. Zeroing in tight with my 70-300mm Nikkor lens gave me the tight composition that my eye saw.
Have fun getting out in the beautiful light of late day and looking for colorful details!
More details on the photo: Nikon D3 DSLR camera, f13, 1/8th sec., 220mm, ISO 400, tripod, image processed in Adobe Camera Raw